steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark reddish-brown with a slight head and some good lacing. Has a sweet aroma with a very nice flavor - both tart and sweet with a hint of nuttiness. Sour finish. Nice example of a Flemish red.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
I like Flemish sours, but this is an exceptionally watery example. Best before December 02 (could be why). Some slight bit of sour wood, dark cherries, but overall weak in flavor and aroma. Looks very nive, head was initially good and lasted as a tiny rim.
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - NOV 21, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
At The Brasserie Erasmus in Bruges. Nice brown color with reddish shine and good airy head. Fine freshness in the nose with touches of wood, pear in red wine, yoghurt and fresh stuffed plums. It reminds me to old Rodenbach. The taste is medium dry with a good roundness. I’m glad that this one is made "a l’ancienne" = not to sweet, in fact, it is not sweet at all. This beer has a refeshing mouthfeel with a woody caracter and some winelike hints. In the afthertaste there is a little touch of buttermilk and a greenish bitterness of wet wood.
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
250ml bottle brought back from Belgium, in a Liefmans glass. Very dark, held to the light this has a deep red hue and a fluffy off white head. Aroma is sour, slightly woody and with deep hints of balsamic vinegar. Flavour is sour, malty, slightly acidic with notes of sherbet and biscuit. Rather good, surprisingly, from the brewery that makes the nasty Jacobins ‘lambic’.
JorisPPattyn (8011) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 25, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dirty brown, creamy head, leaving beautiful fine lace; great red-brown, clear ale.Gorgeous nose of lactic acid, fruity esters and wood. Very subtle fruity taste, like freshly picked blueberries, wood, and soft lactic taste, as a yoghurt with "fruits of the forest". More woody-lactic notes in the aftertaste; tart, chewy, medium-bodied, slightly slick. Very nice oud bruin, probably among the best in the style for the blended ones.
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - JUL 18, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Metallic and sour aroma, pours brown with a thin head. The flavor starts tart and then mellows out, decent sour ale.
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 9, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown/ruby color with hardly any head. Sweet/sour aroma. Tastes of sour cherries and granny smith apples.
A very average sour ale.
gnylen (12) - Topanga, California, USA - MAY 27, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Head: not like the picture, that’s for sure. Thin, disappears quickly, about a pinky’s width, like the foam you get from pissing vigorously. Color: very nice, beautiful deep mahogany. Bright. Aroma: weak, tart and slightly sweet. Could improve in this category. Flavor: sour cherries. Rather one-dimensional. Nice balance with sweetness but could use more complexity. Oerbier kicks this beer’s butt. Nice on a hot day. Beats Bud by a longshot. Body: a little thin. This beer is much more quaffable than it appears. Great label.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 8, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
No head, the pic on the left is lying to you. Color is a nice dark red. Aroma is slightly sweet with some viniger elements. Light on the front of the tongue, pretty light body. Taste is tart and a little sweet. Nice balance. Sour on the way down and in the finish. Drinkable.
Silphium (3177) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tart, fruity aroma evident upon the pour. Rich, deep red body topped with a thin white head. Surprisingly thin body; the flavor starts tart, sour, and fruity (cherry and a touch of apple) but has no staying power. Otherwise has a decent mouthfeel, but I was recently spoiled by De Dolle Oerbier Reserva, and this doesn't come close to matching the brilliance of that brew.