Cmax (8) - - FEB 1, 2014 does not count
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Flat, bitter sour. Pass on this one. Rate beer needs 75 character.com. Seventy five characters.
JBPortland (1183) - Portland, Maine, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle (2011 vintage) pours hazy ruby red with no head. Nose is rich tart cherry, oak, and dark fruits. Taste is sweet and sour cherry, barrel, vanilla notes, dark fruits, raisin. Finish is sour cherry, raisin, sweet notes. A touch of carbonation would have helped a lot, but the sourness held up the flavors nicely. Enjoyable.
curepute (140) - New York, USA - DEC 29, 2013
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy amber. Nose of sour cherries, wood, red wine. Nice sour, tart, woody taste. It’s more a sourness that grows into a tartness and then mellows out. Wood in the back all the time. Don’t get the booze at all, really mellow, light body but put together very well. Amazing, but my only complaint is that it finishes a bit too quick.
TheJvd (958) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours hazy dark orange/red with a small soapy off-white head. Aroma is berries, grapes, some acetic notes, vinegar, malts, wood and a little bit of alcohol. Taste has strawberries, berries, vinegar, a medium sweetness and a soft sourness. Slightly dry finish and dangerously drinkable for 11%. Medium body and soft carbo. Nice, but not as good as the white wine BA I’ve had.
jhamp9 (1302) - Corinth, Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Murky red brown with sparse bubbles for a head that fade quickly to nothing. Aroma is red berries, wood, slightly musty, and a hint of vinegar. Taste is tart, sour cherry, wood, acidic, with a faint sweetness in the middle. Dry in the finish. Really good overall.
TimsRatings (421) - - DEC 16, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at Ridgewood (Raleigh).
Pours a somewhat cloudy dark amber - almost red. Tart aroma. Classic sour taste, somewhat mellow. Not bad for a sour.
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Torrefacto (924) - Madrid, SPAIN - DEC 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Color caoba rojizo con espuma color crema escasa que pronto desaparece. Aromas afrutados de fruta ácida y confitada, viruela, uva. En boca, con cuerpo medio, entra dulce y afrutada a lo que sigue una acidez equilibrada muy agradable que recuerda a ciertos caramelos. Excelente.
TBone (14175) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 20, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy amber color, small white head. Tart, cherryish aroma. Medium-bodied, but a bit weak for this ABV. Tartness, cherry, lots of alcohol. A bit simplier than many other BFMs.
TheAlum (6297) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle I’ve been hanging onto for a good long while. Pours a nice more hazy copper red hue, some gentle brownish red glow on the edges as it settles. Some darkness in the middle is a bit muted. An offwhite foamy layer sits atop, dies down small and laces small overall, mellow stick around. Aromas present a mix of sour fruit, apple and cherries, touches of raisin and dark fruit mix with some sweeter caramel, toasty malts and firmer lactic element. Some touches of wood hit firmly, oaky and a bit vinous. Initial is sweeter than anticipated, showing caramel and sour red fruit, dark fruit, and gentle toffee. A bit nutty, some firm oak, lactic acidity hit the palate. Touches of biscuits, gentle vinegar as we keep pressing on. Some sweeter elements at times, a bit more tannic into the backend, firmer wood, red wine, vinous qualities. Still overall a firmer body and sweetness remain than anticipated, raisins, plums, dried cherries. Finish is tapered out sourness, more mellow with a firmer body, a bit sticky at times. Odd flow to this one.
Lubiere (11170) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A hazed dark amber ale with a very thin off white head. In aroma, sweet fruity malt with wild character, lactic acid, wood extract, complex. In mouth, a beautiful complex mix of sweet cherry and earthy lactic notes, well done. Sampler at Battle of the Belgians at Jimmys 43.