TheAlum (5530) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle from the brewery. Pours a deep dark opaque brownish color, some rusty red notes throughout, with a brownish moderate sied head that stays decent sized, laces some. Aromas are a nice Flemish Red type, caramel malts linger benath, as a nice tart cherry, a touch of vinegar, wet wood and dry oak, a touch prickly, with light vanilla but preaching a solid sournes on top. Initial is medium bodied, lighter than expected though, some tart sour cherries and funky brett, wet oak barrel with a touch of vanilla and vingar, caramel and a touch of toffee and nuttiness underneath. This beer will throw some heartburn your way with moderate sourness and tart cherries. A bit of a prickliness and smaller puckering quality, the beer is sour, but doesn’t stick to the palate amazingly for what it is. Bit of lactic sticks to the palate, sourness grows like a wave further in. A solid Flemish Red styled sour. Very good overall.
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - SEP 13, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep red with a huge beige head with pinkish glimts. Aroma had lacto, cherries and woody notes. Flavour was sour with sour cherries, lacto, wood and vinious notes. Finished sour. Nice.
Ungstrup (29081) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 13, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. An unclear red-brown beer with a thin tan head. The aroma has notes of berries, wine, wood, and brettanomyces. The flavor is sour with notes of sour berries, malt, caramel, wood, and brettanomyces, leading to a lightly sour finish. Thanks Papsoe for sharing.
Pinball (10686) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 13, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
cloudy carammely brown, small brownish yellowish head. soon dissappears. good lacings.
nice fruity aged sour aroma, woody. berries are not fresh, but aroma is very good.
flavor is sour, berries, wood. very nice, but not exceptional, a bit too bubbly. perhaps aging will make it even better.
madsberg (10111) - Søborg, DENMARK - SEP 13, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Dark amber coloured. Murky. Fluffy light brown head. Berries, light sourness, cherries, light wood in the aroma. Flavour is full of cherry, sourness, fruits, wood. Medium to full bodied. Dry. Has a fruity sourness in the end. Very refreshing.
yespr (30689) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - SEP 13, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
75 cL bottle. Pours cloudy dark red with a with a small pink head. Aroma cherry and mild acetone to acidic. Acetone, light almondish and critric cherry flavoured. Light dry wooden note and vague sulphorish touch. Dry acidic cherry flavoured lingering finish.
Papsoe (25090) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 13, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 75 cl. Courtesy of Tweety. Pours an almost clear red with a bubbly head that dissipates within seconds. Dry, sour, berry-like aroma. Medium body, very dry, berry-like fruitiness. Almost vinous. Heavy carbonation. Dry and lightly sour finish. 130909
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 9, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2010 My Bottom Line:
Sour cherries develop cinnamon connotations that work admirably well with the black grape character, all the while riding this classy Sour Ale’s expansive carbonation.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam surrounds the cloudy mahogany.
-Bright wood notes appear here and there.
-The sourness is pleasantly long.
-Carbonation takes a lot of room in the palate, but the bubbles are tiny.
-This might not be the most complex Sour Ale, but it is mighty tasty, and better accomplished than their Blackberry Ale, for example.
TaktikMTL (5628) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 8, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bouteille de 750 ml, avec bouchon de liège, partagée lors d’une dégustation Ratebeer Montréal chez Glouglouburp. Arôme: Odeur de cerises avec une pointe de canelle. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée voilée. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de cerises légèrement sûrette avec une pointe boisée. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement sûrette. (Rating #2645)
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 4, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml straight from the source. Dusky reddish pour with a sizable pale head that’s somewhat thin in consistency. Smell is wood and cherry, with slight musk (not as much as I’d expected though). The nose suggested some kind of variation on JP’s La Roja but the body was much thinner, and the taste far more dry and astringent. I’m not sure if the port barrels had a thinning effect on the cherries, as there’s not as much there as I’d expect, and the beer’s more generically acetic than anything else. Very good brew, just not quite what I had hoped for.