OldGrowth (3095) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - OCT 4, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, from Julio’s. Good nose, fruity. Cherry and/or raspberry. You can smell that tartness. Cloudy orangy brown color. Ok head that faded to a ring. Fruity tart flavors, though not as good as the nose. Cherry/raspberry with cardboard, chalk, red wine vinegar. Medium body, lite creamy smooth mouthfeel, DRY sour finish. Nice easy to drink Sour. Flavor wasn’t as good as nose lead me to believe.
sloth (2755) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - OCT 2, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Small dark tan head, fair retention, lacing is minimal, spotty. Hazy brown/red hued brew. Nose full of sour cherries, gently so. Body is light/medium, palate is lightly puckering, crisp but a touch thin. Cherry flavor is nice and fresh, medium sourness, lightly woody, musty, a hint vinagary. Finish is fruity, cherrys and lightly sour, clean.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 1, 2005
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle:Light bourbony mahogany color with very light dusty head and a bit of ring lacing around the edge. The nose is very ripe and tingley on the nose, almost like peach shnopps with some brown sugar and brett. The flavor, lets say it this way, isn’t as tart. A bit of muskiness and wet wood taste but not offensive in any manner. A quaffable sour ale with fruity tendencies that is quite drinkable. I can drink a few more of these.
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 26, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2008 Sampled a second time in a blind tasting. Definitely came up short with the Duchess and Rodenbach.
Bottle courtesy of Boutip. Dark brown with red tint. Thin skiff for head. Aroma is initially vinegar-like but fades back. Flavour is indeed sour but not overwhelming. Nice tart grape flavour. Finish is a touch dusty with lingering sourness reminiscent of a Warhead candy.
JonMoore (2058) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Mahogany coloured with a slim beige head. Vinous, sour cherry aroma with some background malts. Sour wine taste, muted cherries and some caramel. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. Pretty good.
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 21, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 75cl Labled 5.0% and 2005
Red mahogany kind of colour. Aroma from oak with a meaty fatness to it. Red berries, sultanas and some oak character in taste. Some wine like sourness with a note of cherries. I would have appreciated a bit more full palate though, but nice enough to have another one.
Sammy (10555) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 10, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A flanders sour aroma, wine like, alcohol whiff. Nice redish sight. Ok in taste, understated cherry and not overly sour. Wood, vanilla. Moderate carbonation. Medium to thin mouthfeel, but refreshing easy drink. Underated
Veer (362) - Landskrona, SWEDEN - SEP 10, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2005 First time:
Appears much like blackcurrant juice (i.e. reddish) with small beige head.
Smells of fur, goat, hay, yeast, malt and wet wheat and redcurrant.
Salt and watery flavour, malty aftertaste. Chemical hop-bitterness.
Much carbon dioxide, fizzy, flat body.
Red brown clear, like old-fashioned fruit-syrup, beige head of a julmust character.
Aroma: sourish, vinous, red currant, rubber, hay and mould (earth), berries, fresh seed. Hoppy and manury.
Taste is sour, mineral, bitter, metallic, quinine, rich and lactic.
Dry and fizzy, pretty thin but rich, milky.
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 7, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
a sim rate: (On tap at Paradise Beer Weekend, Brussels 2005). An old favorite. This is the first time I’ve had it on tap. Very metallic with a tinge of Flemish sour flavour. Sweet/sour aroma. Not as much punch as in the bottle, but lovely!
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - SEP 6, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer comes courtesy of my summer 2005 Secret Santa, boutip, thanks from my Canadian friend up north! This beautiful flemish sour pours a deep blood red color with hints of slight purple and brown. The head is quickly dissipating, mildly soapy and slightly vinous in color. Very little lacing to speak of. The aroma is of balsamic vinegar, cherries, berries, twigs, dirt, vanilla, caramel, and brown sugar...sweet and sour nose...an excellent start. The mouthfeel is wonderful....silky smooth fruits...mainly cherries with hints of vanilla and brown sugar....tart grapes and citrus... a sticky malty finish. Not as crisp of a flemish as ive had recently, but very sweet and pleasant. Lacking in carbonation and a little discomfort in the dryness, but generally well put together. Nice cherry and brown sugar usage.