Ljunkan (530) - SWEDEN - JUL 3, 2009
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
75 cl bottle from Systembolaget. Pours a hazy copper color with a thin head which dies, color is nice though. Aroma is funky and acidic with lots of unripe gooseberries, green apples, lemon, cherries, red currants, oak, hints of barnyard and even some interesting cognac-like notes. Flavour is really tart and sour with lots of lemon, unripe gooseberries, green apples, cherries, red currants, funky barnyard, cheese and oak. Really dry, no sweetness at all. Lovely medium to fullbodied mouthfeel. Carbonation is soft. Very similar to a gueze or fruit lambic - in fact it is drinkable as an 5% gueze or fruit lambic. Dangerous, utterly tasty brew actually. One of the best beers I’ve ever had. Only thing which isn’t perfect is the appearance in my opinion, but I can live with that... This is why beer is so fun. A masterpiece! Probably in my top-5 or so of all time.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft - Max’s. Hazy turbid copper, thin white fizzy head. Red wine and booze ride big currents of musty lemony oak and cherry. A soft acidic tartness sways towards just a touch of funky cheese and cherry balsamic vinegar that’s enveloped by a near perfect warming wooden vinous tone. Medium bodied with cask-like carbonation. A fantastic sipper…
Skinnyviking (7235) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 30, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. High and lasting off-white creamy head. Hazy dark orarnge body. Powerful spicy fruity lemon grapefruit alcohol aroma. Wonderful sour lemon grapefruit spicy vinegar flavor with low carbonation and a long bitter aftertaste. Sour ale? In a blind tasting I would definately have said gueze. Lovely and surprising. Alcohol: Seldom have I felt anything being hidden that well.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 26, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Max’s in Baltimore: I had this alongside the 2007 version and found this to be a little bit thinner and more acetic. Still had a good oaky vinous nose and cherry fruitiness. Body has some crisp, tart citric and acetic acid flavors with a touch of light sweetness before a tart finish that hides the alcohol fairly well. This could use a little more age, but should turn out pretty nice.
ekstedt (5635) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 23, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (75 cl), thanks deft. Shady mahogny, thin head. Red and green apple aroma with cranberries, with some vanilla and coconut oak notes as well. Medium bodied, low carbonation. Very dry and sour, with some churny bitterness.
gnoff (7979) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JUN 23, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2011 First rating
75 cl bottle, thanks to deft!
Bottle 00276 (out of 1276?)
On June 22, 2009
Hazy reddish color, small orange to tan head. Acidic, dry, mienral, solvents, alcohol scent. Acidic to sour, some cherry, dry taste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness. Cherry aftertaste, also salty. Gut warming alcohol.
750 ml bottle on January 8, 2011.
Thanks to Hjalmar (non ratebeer)
Cloudy copper to brown color, small off-white head. Acidic, lactic and wood scent. Sweet, lactic, tart taste. Puckering mouthfeel, low bitterness.
Marsiblursi (3028) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 20, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle) Pours hazy dark amber to red with almost no head. The aroma is wood dry with a slight touch of residual sugar. Tones of tart cherries, rhubarb, unripe gooseberries, unripe green apples, basement, sharp mold, tiny barnyard, dry red wine/dry port, white grapes, citric acid, dried plums, vinegar and a light whisper of cheese. The nose is concentrated and well balanced but a bit out of focus. A whisper of almond paste-like alcohol is present. The flavour is dry and tiny bitter with tones of cherries, rhubarb, basement, light horse blanket, mold, wood, vinegar bitter grapefruit peel and lemon. The mouthfeel sticky without any sweetness. Light to medium carbonated. Long, super dry finish with notes of citrus, wood and wild yeast. Medium bodied. This is a fantastic example of strong sour ale with a lot of personality!
andersand (529) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 17, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy hazelnut brown colour with a small bubbly grey head. Colour is interesting to stare at but overall it’s just ok looking even in a clean wine glass. Aroma is superb with both malty fruityness and acidic oaky berry fruits alongside mild grape, cherries, pure oak and dirt! Mouthfeel is a bit heavy, slightly sticky but still going down fairly easy. Flavour is a lovely blend of sour oak, malty fruit, bitter grape and a dry, warming finish with acid similar to a red wine. Very complex and fun to drink but perhaps a tad too much bitterness in the finish.. I still appreaciate the grape characteristics though.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 15, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Pours out in a hazy deep red colour. Small tan-coloured head. Distinct strong aroma of black cherries wood, lingonberries, plums and port. Full-bodied with strong and balsamic notes of over-riped cherries, oak, yeast, mild spces and red berries. Long fruity and woody finish og tart red berries, lemon-zest and balsamic vinegar. I must say that this nearly beats the top examples from Liefmans and Rodenbach.
Hank1980 (945) - Athens, Georgia, USA - MAY 27, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a clear amber red with a slight beige head. Aroma of a flanders red, tart, with some wood, fruit, and light spice. Taste is also tart, some dark fruit, grape/wine, light alcohol, mild malt. Finish is also tart and fruity. Very nice beer.