matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Emence Thanks to my buddy Rastacouere for sending this brew along in our last long distance trade!
Pours a dark mahogany body with edges of rubies and a thick tan head leaving behind a quilt of lacing. Stimulating aroma, tart and Geuze like quality. Hits with notes of green grapes, strawberries, still firm pressed cherry juice, and a hint of balsamic vinegar. The flavor is tart as well, very nice!!! Again, all of the fruits mentioned in the aroma but far more lively and interesting, a slight leathery note as well. Very creamy and tart palate and finish, hint of gooseberry…… Thanks very much Rasta for such an exciting Ale!
nickchalk (229) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 21, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours amber-red with an off-white large head, lots of beautiful lacing too. Subtle aroma, strawberries, sugar, some sourness detected. Tasted is sweet and sour, very well balanced, though maybe a little weak for what my bottle calls "Belgian Strong Beer". I really liked the sweet finish, which stayed around a while. Nice beer. Bottle.
jazz88 (2465) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 8, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. A tan head with a brown colored body and a ruby tint in the light. The sugar coated tart cherry and fruits come through well as the beer warms. I love this style. The sweet fruits and tart finish are warm and pleasing. Not as intense as the giants of this style. Thanks to Rastacouere for the trade.
Rastacouere (6042) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 18, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown coloured with a fugacious head that let us expect a tart taste. Woody vanilla and blackberries aroma. Refreshing acidity slowly replaces a sweet mouth entrance of cherry and cloves.
Boutip (3971) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 26, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Even though it says rousse (red) on the bottle it seems more like a dark brown beer. When pourred into glass, small head is formed but disapear too quickly. Very sweet taste, almost like tasting natural sugar cane and end with a sour aftertaste. Very different (hearty) beer.
CapFlu (4010) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 3, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(330ml Bottle) I think someone down at the Hendrik plant has to go back to tranlsation school since my 6% reads ROUSSE (RED) and Brown. It is 6% so that is how I decided to rate here. Pours a thin, fast dissipating, white head and a deep brown-mahogany body. Pleasant felmish sour nose. Cocoa and sour cherries with hidden lemon flavours. finishes with a abrupt sourness then clean sailing....
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 1, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
slightly hazy deep red. sour cherry and red wine aroma. nce filling mouthfeel. nice mix of cherry, vanilla, spice, and lemon zest in the flavour.
MartinT (6934) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 20, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2006 Expansive foam remains for the duration of the tasting, obviously offering frothy carbonation in the mouthfeel...Mildly sour cherries and berries are laced with dark cocoa shavings and butterscotch...Gathering vanilla in the a dry forest, leaving early to rest...
Oakes (10935) - Savusavu, FIJI ISLANDS - APR 19, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
At present this is produced just for the Quebec market, as something of a test market. Dark brown. Vinous aroma - cherry and plum - sweet with slightly sugary malt. Light but insistent acidity carries dark fruit notes. Refreshingly tart, cherryish, grapey finish.