Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - JAN 29, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
There is lots of wood and cherry in this, chased and eventually overtaken by incredible vinegary sourness and patches (mostly in the aroma) of green smoke and cinnamon. It grew on me, but again one of those beers that I couldn’t manage a whole bottle of.
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 12, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2007 A Mes rate:
75cl bottle from Cantillon. When we were given this bottle we were told it was not for sale as it was not ready for consumption yet. It didn’t even have labels on it so Jean had to hand write some! We were made to promise that we would not drink it for at least 4 months. 4 and a half months later we could wait no longer and popped it open and oh my word it was worth the wait. Aroma is that of their Lou Pepe Gueuze with some added cherry (obviously) some apple and lashings of cinnamon. Wow. Bouquet is a far more suitable word than aroma. Appearance wise it is just as you would expect. A glorious mahogany cherry red body with a swiftly diminishing head. Flavour wise it perfectly echoes the aroma. Pulp of cherries with hints of apple and lemons and plenty more cinnamon. Palate is tart and dry but not as overly barnyardy as you would maybe think. It does make moves in that direction but just before it gets over the top a wonderful thick sweet cherry finish washes in and down. Simply an amazing brew.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 8, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
1999: Poured nice deep red with a nice pink head...smell is funk, subtle cherry, mildey wood...taste is sweet up front turning tremendously sour without a lot of cherry around...dried mouth out a lot though, almost astringent...made my tongue feel like sandpaper...
jonas (6042) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - DEC 28, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 2001 vintage - courtesy of the ever generous Joris Pattyn
Neon red, plentifull fine bubbles, nice pink head cover.
Wooden, leathery, light metallic notes.
Not too heavyhanded on the cherry, soda, almonds.
Sparkly mouthfeel, light body.
Medium dry exit.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bright read, with a decent pink head. Very sour nose with hints of lemon, brett, cherry, and vanilla. Extremely tart, dry, with tannic and oaky notes and traces of cherry. Fantastic, refreshing stuff, an effect not unlike super-concentrated cherry lemonade depleted of any sickly-sweetness.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12.10.05 1999, 750ml bottle at RLB YEHA-05. Dark pink pour, very dark like a pomegranate juice, with dark pink head. Aroma is fruity, cherries with plum and apple, and light musty wood. Flavor is boldly sour but not so funky, lots of cherry (starburst). One of the most pronounced sweet/sour contrasts I’ve had. Very tasty.
IMtheOptimator (1162) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - DEC 12, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at the Yeha. Poured red with a pink head. Aroma is sour wild cherries. Taste is intensely sour with good cherry flavor. Almost like an intense sour candy. Had fun with Paul seeing who could drink it without making a face. I don’t think either of us succeeded.
stefanberggren (135) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 5, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
on tap (MHTG Club holiday party)
Wow it looks like an odd colored blood entering my glass ! Wonderful aroma emminating from my glass. What a treat this is to sample from a keg ! There is a slight pinkish head/lacing going on that looks beautiful. Latic nose with a faint sour cherry/cherry pit(nuttiness). The first taste is like a bombshell of flavor. Sweet with brett and lactic acidicness that leads into a wonderful cherry undercurrent. SImply wonderful !
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 30, 2005
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2001 Bottle, shared with a couple other Toronado patrons, San Francisco. So when the guy beside me offered to share his $35 bottle with me, I didn’t complain. When he bought a second, I managed to at least chip in some cash. And I am glad I did. This was dark blood ruby red in the glass, with an intense red head and wonderful lacing - looks amazing. Nice mellow sour and cherry aroma. Taste is incredibly balanced between sourness and cherry. There is an earthy quality to it as well that is quite nice. No hint of age at all. Incredible.
thebeertourist (5072) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 18, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2005 bottle. Dark red with an orange hue. Fine pink head. Very complex aroma; definitely vinous, aromas of cherries and lemons. Flavour starts with sour cherries, gradually revealing its more mellow ,yet lemony base lambic flavours with almond flavours in the finish. Medium body, medium carbonation. A special occassions beer.