1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 31, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2008 Thanks JasonC! Poured from a 2001 bottle. The aroma is pine sap with cinnamon and nice earthen funky cherries and lemons. Wow!!! This is REALLY tart. You may actually get jaw ache from cringing too much. The beer pours to a deep reddish cherry color with a nice fizzy white head. The flavor is really intense tart cherries and grapes with some nice cinnamon spice and light apples. Once you get past the first hit with the intense sourness, the complexity really opens up. The palate is really tart and good feeling. 8, 4, 9, 4, 18 = 4.3.
Thanks JasonN. 2002 vintage. Phenomenally tart. Puckeringly sour flavor of fruity cherries and pie filling. Ridiculously tart palate but finishes clean. The aroma’s god some tart cherries and funky horseblankets. Very "simple" but masterfully made. 8, 4, 9, 5, 18 = 4.4
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 31, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2001 vintage; sampled Jan 2006. Raspberry colored clear body, pick bubbly/creamy head. Woody dry cherry and barnyard vinegar aroma, dry weed stems, urine soaked and dried blanket, fresh liquid cowpie (thanks Dave), sour patch kids. Very smooth sour cherry taste (overall). This is extremely smooth, for a "sour" beer. Some oak perhaps, mostly cherry sour patch kids without the fakeness, but does have Kool Aid hints. Generally full of flavor. Booyah.
LePoopie (151) - Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 31, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks for Jason! Has a vinegary aroma, with a hint of cherry. Nice deep red color with a pink head. Wonderful flavor. VERY tart and sour. Nice body. Overall, very pleasing.
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, 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 (6698) - 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 (1164) - 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.