rederic (3256) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 5, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish mahogany color, with a light foamy head, the nose is one of welcoming of cherry anf raspberry getting married in front of a berryfield of aromas. The palate is sweet and sour, where the cherry intermingles with some fruits and sourish notes in a roundness. Finishes with a hint of maltiness.
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 5, 2005
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Ruby colour with a big off-white head. Light yeasty sweet malty aroma and taste. Medium body and a sweet finish.
Wheatsheaf (104) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 19, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle. A mahogany-red ale that foams enthusiastically to produce a huge, fluffy head that is fully-lasting and leaves excellent lacing. Lightly yeasty aroma with some dark fruit in the background. Medium body. The forward flavours feature a big, dry, toasted malt character, some vinous fruitiness, and a juicy acidity. Spicy, yeasty finish that lingers on through the very dry aftertaste. Drinks much bigger than its modest 6% abv. Flavourful and characterful. Very nice.
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 29, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours brownish copper, medium frothish off-white head, lovely lacing, with visible yeast floaties. Aroma is very Flemish, sour cherries, tart, and slightly vinous. Forwardly vinous, slight cherry and grape flavors. Picking up slight woody notes. Finishes with a slight tartness, and more cherry flavor. Good body and mouthfeel, somewhat milky in texture. Thanks goes out to Rastacouere for the trade!
Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 22, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown to ruby depending on the light with a smaller off white head and some lacing, mostly spotty though. Aromas of biscuit malt, grapes (sour), some hops, yeast, and caramel. Flavors vary. Tart grapes or plums in the beginning, this leads to some alcohol. Very sweet. Both the nose and flavor are tart and barnyardy. Smooth mouthfeel, and a tart finish. Thanks Rasta!
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAY 22, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2004 Very light carbonation with little to no head or lacing, just a tight ring on the outside and small island on the inside. The aroma has some vinous notes along with a brief maltiness and some alcohol. The flavor is nutty with some tart and sweet notes and some funky complexities. Finishes smooth with some hoppy notes and a little alcohol. Thought it was the brune at first but it seemed a bit too tart for that.
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 20, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Almost no head, dark red body. Has an aroma of sour fruits with some acidity. Nice sour fruit flavor, maybe cherry. Nice balance between the acidity and the fruit.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 12, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear dark brown with a thick cream-colored head. Aroma is musty, caramely sweet and pungently sour with an overall dryness. Body starts light and sugary sweet with the sourness following leading to a tart, but not overwhelming finish. A very mild example of the style that could've used more body.
muzzlehatch (4830) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - APR 9, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml bottle, purchased in Montreal. Ridiculous gushing gigantic foamy mountainous crazy head...you get the picture? No matter how hard I tried to pour carefully, I had to wait 10 minutes for it to subside at all. Very dark, clear reddish brown. Lovely soft cherry-wine aroma, nicely malty. Soft, round body, slight alcohol taste is surprising in a 6% beer but actually not unpleasant; nice molasses-maple hints, acidic at first but merely warming and pleasant at the finish. Not phenomenally complex, but rather as Psychprof notes a session example of the style...I could definitely drink a few of these on a cold spring night like tonight.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAR 2, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Softer and rounder in the flavors than other FSAs - delicious and a session beer through and through. Deep earthy cherry skin and rotting leaves aroma, light. Acidic and cherry flavors in the mouth, highly carboated, earthy - sweeter than others, with a distinct maple sugar component. Very nice and a great starter from the big Rastacoure pack received today!