Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 6, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2004 RateBeer Summer 2003: 2000 vintage, blood red color, sour cherry aroma that is overpowering. Starts and ends very sour. Very complex, I only hope that I get to try it again. Tried it again on tap at Redbones, same rating as before, although a bit more watery than I remembered.
JoeM500 (1903) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUL 2, 2003
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2004 2000 vintage sampled 2003 & 1999 vintage sampled in 2004: Another awesome Lou Pepe!!! Sour cherries as if in a bowl in front of my nose backed by incredibly sour and cheesy goodness. Complex as hell on my little tastebuds, with notes of moss, wet stone, chalk, and the sweetness of over ripe cherries lingering behind the supreme tartness and definitive sourness. A notch above Oude Beersel in every category. Not as dry at the finish as the regular Kriek, but much more body and complexity.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 30, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Perhaps the most incredible red color I've ever seen. So totally vibrant and alive beneath a full light pink head. A tremendous and gorgeous aroma of tart cherries and their stones. Tart and acidic, the slight fruit sweetness does not detract from the mouthpuckering sourness. A brilliant and beautiful lambic. Many thanks to Todd for bringing it this weekend. The best lambic I've yet tasted.
omhper (19237) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUN 26, 2003
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2000 version sampled draught at Akkurat, Stockholm, Sweden.
Deep red. Acidic aroma rich on black cherries. Less sour and softer than their ordinary kriek. Very flavourful and tart where the Scharbeekse cherries bring vinous qualities, like tannines. It's remarkably complex and has a slightly woody finish. Mindblowingly fantastic brew!
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2003
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2004 Rerate, after several tries of the second vintage: 4.9.
Original at 5.0: #800 - Hey_Kevin brought this from the wilds of John's Grocery in Iowa City and I am indebted; he and his friend Frank and I had an excellent afternoon of sampling a couple of rare beers while watching the kids play with their new yo yo balls. On to the beer - incredibly rich cheesy horseblanket, the kind of oaky woodiness normally I only sense in Hanssen's and the most incredibly sour Schaarbeek cherries - a bit softer that Cantillon's regular Kriek, and slightly more sour than Oud Beersel Kriek, but just as complex. The Gueuze is limited to 120 (!) bottles, but this does not have a bottle number on it. The label says 1999, the cork indicates a bottling of 2001. Delicious, and utterly world class.