JonMoore (2011) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark red colour with a slim pink head. Nice cherry aroma with a sour promise to it. Taste is sour, then sour followed by sour with a sour dry finish. Nice acidity throughout also, and there is some sweetness which dances round the edges quite nicely. Excellent.
SB (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured dark red. slight reddish head. Aroma of cherries, but not overpowering. Flavor is of very sour, slight cherry flavor. Sweet in the aftertaste. Very acidic all the way through. Dry finish. Comparable to a nice red wine. Very nice beer for a special occasion
YellowMellow (6) - ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2005 does not count
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep red and slightly cloudy appearance, only slight cherry aroma. Very acidic to start, but long finish with cherries coming through. Intense. Needs to be drunk slowly.
shadey (1986) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 15, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bright red color with no head. Aroma is tart with some sour cherries. The flavor begins quickly with sweet but turns sour with the sweet sneaking in again at the finish. Nice stuff.
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - DEC 13, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003 Bottle. Beautiful red with a pink head, my only complaint is that the head doesnít stay around too long. Very musty and earthy aroma. Lots of dirty blanket. Not good at first, but becomes benign after a few minutes. The tartness in the mouthfeel is enough to knock almost anyone down at first, only the persistent will get up from that blow. A fleeting sweetness emerges after a few sips and the cherry becomes present for a few seconds before getting knocked back down by the brett and tart. By the end of the bottle, however, the transformation is complete, and this becomes a wonderful beer (although I have trouble calling it beer, itís something more)... sweet, fruity and dry in the mouth. Very puckering. You canít help but to lick your lips after each and every sip. The aspect of this is the post-aftertaste: there is a residual flavor that only surfaces a few seconds after you swallow. I canít really describe what it is, but itís damn good. One of the more complex beers Iíve had in a while.
Lubiere (10998) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Fresh from the tap, unblended) Deep cherry red with light cherry head. Light fresh sweet cherries in aroma. Ever puckering sourness, with fresh cherries in mouth, but a bit light bodied. (7-4-7-3-13). Aged bottled version was more intense on the cherries in aroma, more tart, due to blending with gueuze. Excellent (8-4-8-4-16). Sampled at Quintessence Cantillon 2005.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 22, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sour fruits, musty barn in the aroma. Red with pink highlights and a fast fading white head. Mouth puckering sourness dominates the flavor with the cherry only barely making an appearance and even then it tastes like sour cherry candy and not real cherries. Musty barn and blanket flavors follow that. Very high acidity actually hurts your throat if you lrt the liquid linger.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle. Pinkish red color with a fairly fizzy pink head. Musty aroma, punchy funk, light cherry, quite sour. Flavor is nicely balanced between the funk, the sour and the cherry. A bit woody, definitely earthy, with lots of Cantillon house character. Active mouthfeel, finishes sour, quite dry, very acidic. Completely refreeshing. Excellent, Iíll need to pick up some more.
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - NOV 7, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear red with a small pink head. Tart and fruity aroma, with brine, funk, and a little earthiness. Very tart flavor, but not in the same way as the Rose de Gambrinus; this is a tartness separate from the subtle cherry fruitiness. Lip-puckering. There is some funk in the middle, and it finishes with a funky, salt-water dryness. Not as good as the Rose de Gambrinus, but decent.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - OCT 30, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the bottle this pours a bold rose red with a quickly falling white head. Big sour cherry and wild yeast nose give it a very funky earthy smell to it. The nose gives a great view of what is to come, showing an acidity so strong it burns your nose when you inhale, kinda getting your palate ready for the sour kick that will attack it in a second and the massive dry finish that will follow. The only thing that really showed from the cherries was the sourness, no sweet cherry flavor.