Sammy (9314) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 16, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from FlandersNed. Funky from 2009. Pours with enormous head on thick beige. Slightly sour aroma. A somewhat sour but controlled faromhouse, thick lace, good sipper. 8% abv on bottle, and it did not taste boozy at all.
madmitch76 (17446) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 7, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
27th September 2009
Cloudy brown beer, frothy off white head. Sour and slightly woody nose. Soft dry palate. Sour but not too much so. A little malt and maple are well buried. Sourness is the order of the day but quite drinkable.
brokensail (12478) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Steve for another Big Rock beer. Pours a sort of hazed amber color. The flavor is lightly sour/tart with a mild sweetness--sort of oud bruin-like. There is some bread as well as notes of lemon and grass. The flavor has a bit more of a fruit character. Like with the nose, a light sweetness to go along with the tartness. Lemon peel and apples enhance the fruit flavor. Light to medium carbonation with high carbonation.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Date: March 11, 2011
Appearance: cloudy burnt orange, wispy off white head
Aroma: sweet caramel and maple aroma
Flavor: flavor starts off sweet before a big tartness kicks in, light musty brett character, dry spicyness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Score: **+ /4
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - SEP 26, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sour cherry aroma, hazy caramel hue, white head. Awesome punch of tart cherry and strawberry. Clean juicy tart funky sour, awesome on several levels! Dense tart raspberry finish wrapped in oak.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 20, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle February 2009; Sampled September 2011
Pours with a voluminous pale amber tinged, light tan colored head that leaves some spotty lacing on the sides of my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip. The beer is a dark amber red hue that shows a brilliantly clear, bright cranberry color when held up to the light (it is very pretty up in the light). The aroma is very fruity smelling with lots of tartness. The tartness smells mostly lactic, but there does seem to be a nice spicy acetic character that really accentuates the rich fruitiness. There is a backing musty, toasted maltiness; the last leans towards a nice whole grain toasty character that is quite wholesome and also has some toasted dried hay like character. The fruit notes lean towards cherry notes (the acetic brings this out), apple cider and, as the beer warms up, lots of red-wine like fruitiness. Also as the beer warms up a soft, toasted, vanilla laden coconut note starts to become noticeable in the nose.
This beer is incredibly well carbonated, but loses its carbonation fairly quickly, by the time I have taken my first sip the beer has lost a fair amount of carbonation, but it is still fairly prickly though strangely smooth and almost creamy textured somehow; the beer has a medium’ish mouthfeel though it is quite drinkable. There is quite a bit of acetic sourness to this beer, but it is quite smooth; it makes me wonder if this has smoothed out since being bottled. Toasted, caramelized malt, noticeable biscuit maltiness, and perhaps a touch of wheat-thins each play a supporting role here. While the acetic acid is more noticeable, most of the sourness in this beer comes from lactic acid; this is good because it makes this beer a lot smoother. This beer is not aggressively sour, but is definitely quite tart. The beer is quite vinous, certainly a touch of spicy and woody oak in the finish help to accentuate this, but the fruitiness and even tartness also contribute to this character. The subtle, toasted oak character also accentuates some of the toasted malt character. After my second pour a touch of funky cheesiness starts to become noticeable, it is wrapped up in some buttery oak like notes, but it is a bit more “ripe” than oak could ever beer; nicely enough it is at a very subtle level, so really works here. As the beer warms up the oak contributes notes of vanillin which mix with the dark fruit notes and caramelized grain character.
This is a really nice beer, and I don’t know why it took me so long to crack into this beer. This is almost a quintessential example of a Flemish Red; from the gorgeous visual presentation, to the very well integrated aroma and flavor, this particular batch is highly recommended if you can find some. While I liked this beer from the beginning, it has definitely grown on me as I work my way through the bottle.
thirdeye11 (5739) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 16, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22oz bottle thanks to Jyoungsbcp) murky orange pour, thick Long-lasting tan creamy head. Nose of moss, wet wood, dusty books, muted cherry and orange tartness. Taste of caramel, sour, cranberry, muted a bit, perhaps age has faded it, creamy body with very soft carbonation. Nicely done.
jrob21 (2849) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A new brewery to me and a very delicious one at that. Trying difficult and unique beers. I mean a sour doppel bock? It works I tell you. Murky orange color with a long lasting off white head. Aroma is deep red fruit and a little citrus sourness, lemon peel. A little blue cheese working subtly as well. Tastes full bodied and malty up front with a hit of fruit in the mid palate and the sour finish gives a nice diverse experience. The doppelbock character is pushed to the background a bit by the aggressiveness of the yeast but you can still get hints of it throughout the palate. This one is also pretty high on the sour spectrum so I would not suggest it for the uninitiated.
SpringsLicker (3233) - Tennessee, USA - AUG 17, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Chunky white head over a cloudy orange/amber body.
Sour acetic aroma.
Nice sour flavor, well balanced.
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 25, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a murky, brownish amber color with a small white head. Aroma of sourness, cherries, cranberries. The flavor is sour, dry, acidic. The body is light to medium with a dusty texture and lively carbonation.