MartinT (7288) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 21, 2004
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dry caramel and minuscule peaches idling complacently...Dabbling with earthy malt, vegetable innuendos scare the palate, although they are quite inoffensive...I’m sorry but I really don’t see the Flemish Sour in this one, not in the least bit, what I had was more like a regular, unfulfilling amber ale...
Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 21, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper pour wearing a thin off-white head. Aroma proposes caramelic malt, moderate yeastiness. There’s something oily going on as well. Fruity palate with earthy cranberries and cherries dealing with yeasty tones. Highly carbonated thin-medium body carries little off-flavors, almost vegetably, almost cardboardish. I must have missed something seeing the other reviews or this bottle was not in splendid shape, because there was nothing too interesting in there with more oxidation than you’d hope for and a hard time finding anything related to flanders sour ales besides ever so slight woody suggestions.
rauchbier (3496) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap, ZBF 2004. Hazy amber, off white head and good condition. Spicy and yeasty with some soapy hoppiness in the nose. Sweet and fruity in the mouth with some low caramel that lingers into the finish.
maupie (927) - Roosendaal, NETHERLANDS - MAR 9, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
This beer has a brown body - hue apperance and a white scum collar. I have drunk the beer from the barrel and it had a no carbonic acid. The initial flavor tast was acid.
Ungstrup (27643) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 14, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A hazy amber beer with beutiful light brown head. The aroma is sweet with notes of corriiander, bannana, and mango. The flavor is very acidic which prickles the tongue combined with notes of lemongrass and hints of bannana. A very interesting beer.
MartinKubert (862) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 14, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice! Sour freshness. Mild and soft carbonation. Amber color. Crazy big fast growing head. Some spicy cinnamon, cardemomme or other bakery spices in the finish.
Hildigöltur (5105) - København, DENMARK - JAN 14, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2004 Slightly aged. Amber coloured with huge head. Extremely complex aroma. Notes of mango, coriander leaves, lemon grass, acid and other stuff. Very refreshing flavour with notes of iron and acid. A truly great brew. Thanks Joris.
Kåstå (1272) - Mol, BELGIUM - NOV 15, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 1, 2004 Flaky amber coloured beer with a big head. Weak aroma. Buttery, toffee taste. Light sweet start with a growing bitterness. A nice well balanced beer.
JorisPPattyn (7547) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUN 13, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2005 Am I truly the first one to rate this? Oh ye cruel gods!
Foxy-brown, hazy, yeast in suspension. Very thick head, nearly gushing. Nose of apples, lactic acid, ironoxide, horsey. Taste is yeasty, ironoxide, lactic acid, lemony & barnyard aroma’s. Sample a bit aged (2 yrs.), hence some oxidized, ’biscuit’ tones. Extremely refreshing, medium bodied. "Martzen" is a stronger, bottle-conditioned version ot the year-round ’Tonneke’. Brewed with the March water, which, according to the brewer, is ’in bloom’.One of Belgium most complex, most underrated, and least-known classics. One of my absolute all-time favourites. One of Belgium’s big losses to come in the near future. DRINK THIS! Incidentally this brewery has also one of Belgiums’ best artisanal pilseners.
<P> Re rating Above was for the predecessor; known as "Maartse" or "Märzen". More than just the name and the ABV changed. The following is for the Mars Especial, which is no longer a Flemish brown, but another Belgian ale.
<P>Colour: Golden -amber beer; thick, dissipating head. 4/5 Nose: with ambrée and crystal malts, cookies. 7/10 Taste is very young, like concentrated vegetable matter, as from insect secretion. Rather moderate acidity with faint lactic touch. 7/10 Medium bodied at best. Slight burning sensation 3/5 regrettably much less distinctive than the original. But no doubt produced following more "learned" and "Eu-approved" methods. O tempora, o mores. 14/20 </P>