Swaroga (2111) - Gdańsk, POLAND - AUG 16, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with medium beige head. The beer has an intensive chocolate, tart and red fruits aroma. The taste is sweet chocolate with raisins and medium sour like cherries. Great balance makes it easy to drink. Quite sweet though but it’s actually closer to Duchesse de Bourgogne then to American sours. It’s a perfect example of this style.
dlovell2 (1805) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 15, 2015
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2015 On tap at Monk’s Café in Philadelphia. It was really dark in the bar so I held beer up to light and as far as I could tell it is a reddish brown. Aroma is fruity tart with funk and horse blanket. Flavor is fruity tartness of cherries and finishes with yeast and funk. Really refreshing after a long day of walking around Philadelphia.
Nsanders (1017) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - AUG 9, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Caged and corked 750 mL. Red brown with a big foamy khaki head. Tart cherries, dust and light woodiness. Taste opens with a initial granulated sugar sweetness and has a tart cherry finish. Medium body with a clingy acidic feel.
GreatDane1632 (1169) - North Dakota, USA - AUG 3, 2015
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rated based on notes taken 22 Sep 2012 -- Great Flemish red. One day I hope to recreate the majesty that this beer embodies. Great example of the brew.
dodskenta (125) - Rönninge, SWEDEN - JUL 28, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
1986 vintage at akkurat. This vintage has a really old aroma, wet wood, sweet malts, bit of slightly tart berries, figs and dates, old cellar. Flavour is really well balanced, sweet malts, oak, old cellar, red berries, raisins, yeasts, vanilla, caramelized figs and dates. Quite subtle but really well balanced and I’m surprised it still has a slight tartness. Even the fact that it’s still very drinkable is amazing. Medium dry, little carbonation, medium body. The flavour really grow the more you drink.
bnokk (476) - Lee, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 20, 2015
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Drank the Monk’s café Flemish Sour Ale.
APPEARANCE - exceptionally red, great light beige head.
NOSE - slightly sweet, not much sour scents. There?s a different scent in this that I can?t identify.
FLAVOR - sweet with very light sour hint at the end.
NOTES - not your typical sour. Excellent balance with the malt, and a very unique treatment.
Bacchus66 (60) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 17, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 330ml. Pours reddish-brown with a frothy head. Yeast, cherries, raspberries on the nose and in the glass. Sour cherry and wine-like flavors. This is a delicious, refreshing beer, if a little on the light side of sour
anderson01 (330) - Idaho, USA - JUL 5, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark red in color. Thick, bubbly head with outstanding lacing. Has a mix between fruity and floral aroma. There is some citrusy aromas also. It taste like sweet unripened raspberries. Medium carbonation with a smooth finish. Is this what a sour is suppose to taste like. It reminds me of drinking lemon water. I likey lots. Very easy to drink.
Frozer (240) - Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark. Slight tint of red when held up. Sour cherry candy like aroma. Nice sour bite followed. Refreshing overall.
migwell (277) - Northampton, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 17, 2015
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Darker than expected sour. Refreshing is the key word here and this certainly is. On the other hand it tastes like a sourish, carbonated glass of fruit juice rather than a beer or ale. Sour cherries? In any event, this end of the beer spectrum is not one I want to explore any further, except perhaps for an occasional cold one on a hot summer day, which, as it happens, is currently the case.