csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JUL 18, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
11/05 Hopleaf-On tap and served in a goblet. Reddish color, light off white head that leaves plenty of head residue. Aroma is cherries, oak, lemon, vanilla? It smells nice. Taste is cherries, strawberries, lemon, red wine, red wine vinegar, and vanilla. Sour, but restrained sourness. The mouthfeel almost has a creaminess to it before the astringent finish. One of the better examples of the style.
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
250ml bottle from Beers of Europe. Same brewery but a completely different style to the Celis White sampled directly before. Pours a lovely dark ruby red with a thin but rich off-white head. The main thing that strikes me about the aroma is a very woody/aged character, fairly typical of the style but perhaps a bit more pronounced here. Behind that is a strong whiff of sweet and sour spoiled fruit and is quite vinous and wine like. Thereís also a strange off smell in there, like a really pungent sewer, quite yeasty. On to the first sip, which is surprisingly thin compared to the intense aroma, itís very sweet and woody with vomit, red wine, chocolate, gravy and a fruity lip puckering sourness, but thereís just quite a bit of off flavouring in there. I found to be, at best, rather bland, and at worse flawed with nasty off flavours.
JK (5809) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUL 17, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2007 Draught at Barley Johnís. Dark red and a thick lacing head. Aroma of balsamic vinegar and cherries & other fruits. Fairly sour, a little fruit sugar, and oak. Thanks to Robertsreality for this beer. Also sampled as Monks Cafe.
mtdshn (173) - Moline, Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2006
2.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle. Minimal head, with a reddish brown hue. Scent is quite nice, some raspberry and a little cedar perhaps. Taste is a little overpowering, similar to Worcestshire sauce. Not bad, just not so good on itís own. Would pair well with red meats.
mxpx54981 (8) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2006 does not count
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had on draught at Monkís Cafe. Excellent atmosphere really makes this place. For their beer, one of the first sour ales that I have had. Could not drink 10 of them, but I will definately check out other sour ales that I come across.
SpringsLicker (3467) - Tennessee, USA - JUL 12, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Suttree for the bottle!
Pours with a large head of creamy off-white over a brown body with lots of red throughout.
Fruity sour aroma, citrus just beginning to rot.
Lightly sweet with a smooth, strong tartness. Light body.
Iím not a true lover of sours, but this was o.k. for me.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 9, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2007 Sampled 7/06 as Bios Bourgogne; sampling a bottle of the Monkís Flemish Sour tonight (7/14/07). Iíve had this beer dozens of times on tap at Monkís and itís become one of my favorites. Pours hazy reddish brown with a thick tan head. Tart, lactic aroma reminiscent of balsamic vinegar. Tart, woody flavor with notes of cherry, vinegar, and black cherry. Dry finish. Very refreshing. Less sweet than many other Flemish Sours. Really refreshing and enjoyable, a great beer to have in the fridge. Sour ales have become my favorite style in the past year, and i owe much of that to this beer.
Bios 7/4/7/3/16 Bottle, from belgianshop. Thin body, with a refreshing, tart, sour cherry flavor. Perfect beer for a hot sunday afternoon.
eve (240) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 4, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reddish amber with light head, aroma of apples, tastes a little watery but pleasantly tart with cider and a little must, maybe some lemon. Itís drinkable but not assertive.
IPAndy (120) - minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 4, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Little aroma is vinegar and apples. Poured red/brown with small bubbly head. Flavor is tart granny smith apples or perhaps tart cherries, a bit of musty yeast, lemon sourness. Finishes sour and dry. Pretty good.
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - JUN 28, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear light amber body with a well formed head, that fades quickly to a ring. Nose is big on brettanomyces. Cheese (aged cheddar) light diactale, thin sawdust buried deep along with some alcohol. Tounge features many sweet fruits (banana, orange, lemon). Slightly calsic, with marsanne undertones. Around 3 units of carbonation, slightly high. Finish is moist with drops of honey, lemon, and ginger.