Howlader (388) - - DEC 20, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Served in a snifter at Monk’s Cafe in Philadelphia. Wonderful sour beer. Very tart.
nulptr (92) - SCOTLAND - DEC 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
this rating based on a bottle of unknown bottling date. my memories of adoring this beer may be based largely on experiences having it on draft. lots of sediment in this particular bottle. medium fizzy, more sweet than sour, but finishes tart. a "starter sour" for sure. no duchess, but then again what is?
zvsn (369) - ISRAEL - DEC 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample at sour beers tasting at Beer&Beyond shop. Clear reddish-brown with a small head. A bit funky, woody and malty aroma. Sweet, syrupy with light acidity, caramel and dark fruits notes. Medium-bodied, low-med carbonation.
apotekhin (49) - ISRAEL - DEC 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice light sour aroma. Barely existent sour flavor. Caramely with a sweet quick finish. Fun. Not really sour.
ExpendableHero (723) - Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Monk’s Cafe Flemish Sour Ale. Copper colored/brown brew with red hues and a frothy, white head. Aromas of tart fruits. Tastes of lots of berry musk, sour raspberries, and some barnyard funky sour notes. Sour finish. Not as mouth puckering as one would expect, this one is a moderate sour flavor. Some sediments floating around the bottom. Easy to drink, and very enjoyable.
jvhemert (303) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 6, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
At Avenue Pub, New Orleans
AROMA: granny smith apple
APPEARANCE: brown, hazy,
TASTE: heavily sour, medium bitterness, light sweetness,
PALATE: full body, thick feel, lively, astringent, bitter, long finish,
OVERALL: Close to an Orval, but slightly more subtle sourness to it. Winner.
Fritz123 (707) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Total Wine thanks to Gail! Snifter at hour. Deep reddish brown pour with a thin head that disappeared quickly. Lots of sediment. Aroma of cherries, apples, pears and an almost toasted nut. Acidic as well on the nose. The taste is more mild than expected. Wild cherries, sour apples, vinegar, acids, and yeasts. Medium body, light carbonation. Not bad overall.
tectactoe (1043) - Michigan, USA - NOV 26, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2013 Tap: solid, burnt ruby color with some mahogany; mild translucency, topped with a very small, beige ring that sifts away in no time. Aroma contains juicy, ripe apples & cherries with some residual, cider-y sweetness & a mild touch of tartness. Light berry, black cherry, acetic acid, oak, & vinegar pops out with some time. Very, very mild "wet hay’ funk quality. Taste is only mildly tart, mostly sweet with some residual sugar notes. Lightly vinous, heavy grape, fruit juice-like. Some cherries, grape skins, & light oak in the finish. More sweet than sour, despite the name. Nice beginner sour brew, but it is quickly forgotten.
Salamiwami (47) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 21, 2013
3.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Beautiful dark red color. Sourness isn’t overpowering and it balances well with the other flavors.
mcnealc31 (245) - Elida, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The color is attractive. As close to brown as red can get. However, the giant chunks of sediment are a bit off-putting. Aggressive carbonation tingles on the the tongue. This is, indeed, sour, but not unpleasantly so. A touch of caramel and even a fruity finish. But sour is by far the dominating note.
I feel like this is going to be a hit or miss. You’ll love it or hate it, depending on your individual feelings toward sourness.