Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 18, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2007 Pours a odd deep brown with a grey tinge to it with a fast fading off-white head. Aromas of toffee, nuts a slight prune touch and a little earthy musk. Wow... mmmmmm.... this is the most unique belgian strong ale Iíve had yet. Fairly sour and dry on the palate which makes your tongue want more and more. Medium bodied with sharp carbonation.. Flavors of banans, a little cherry, a little hint of spice.. This is definitely a only one at a time brew. Outstanding...
arjoseph (639) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2008 Re-Rate. 2006 vintage; bottle purchased and drunk at Kulminator, Antwerp. Transluscent dark brown-ruby in the glass with a mostly diminishing tan head. Smells are Rodenbach-ish, with sour cherry not quite as warm and full as in Rodenbach beers, mixed with Granny Smith apples and light spices. Taste was not as sour as I expected after the smell. This picked up a lot of good barrel character: dry on the tongue with a dark plum undertone at first with fizzy, winey alcohol and cherries in the middle; finish displays a tannic and distinctly wood driness after a slight burst of citric acidity. Further sips show the cherry in the middle to be wonderfully distinct, yet surrouned by slightly tobacco-ish tastes and lots of wood. Wonderful counterpoints of barrel tannins and driness with the juiciness up front and at the very beginning of the finish. Worlds better than the previous bottle I had, which was probably a 2004 vintage. The overall score above is a combination of the two ratings heavily weighted toward this more recent one. 8/4/9/5/18 = 4.4.
Original Rating.6/14/2004. Bottle, Maproom, Chicago. Iím slightly unsettled by this. I liked it, but I felt like I maybe shouldnít, or that I should like it more but didnít. It just didnít feel right. As the first Oerbier Iíve had, maybe I was discovering that I donít like the style. Either way, despite any misgivings, I liked it. I smelled cherry with a garnish of spruce and a little honey. It poured a deep amber color with an almost off-white head that was mostly diminishing. Initially, it tasted lightly sweet, moderate-to-heavily acidic and not at all bitter. The finish picked up some bitter, kept the sweetness and the acidity. It reminded me of a combination of grapefruit and banana. 7/4/7/4/15 = 3.7.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 14, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Really intriguing stuff. Lots of different flavours coming through. Oaky, sour cherry, some chocolate, and acidic sourness. Rich, yet mildly refreshing at the same time. This is a very intereting , unique beer.
Cobra (1100) - - MAY 29, 2004
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
330 ml. brown bottle. Poured out a murky, cloudy caramel brown color. Thick tan colored head on this brute, it lasted until the bottom of the glass. Aromas are of sour apple candy, sugar, brettanomyces galore. Very little in the malt aromas and no hop aromas at all. Sour tasting, either on purpose or itís infected. Lactic tang right up front, lemon juice middle, and mouth puckering finish to it. Man, this is one sour ass beer! It takes you by surprize, that much is certain. Mixed mascerated fruits in the mix, along with a plum wine taste as well. Not my favorite Belgian, thatís for sure.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 25, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The beer after its resurrection from the 33cl brown bottle pours a totally clouded brown to plum color, the head portly in size, the texture creamy and the color a beauteous light tan with the resultant lace a fine sheet to drape the glass. Nose has a distinct aroma of fusel alcohol along with the over ripe plum scent, sweet malt underneath, slight hint of yeast me thinks, with the start lightly sweet, with a rather light top. Finish is ferine in its tartness, quite dry, past vinous, with a hint of hops and the sweet and sour carries to the tummy warming finish, a unique beer, and quite a ďHootĒ thanks goes to Argo0 for this bottle.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber-bronze body, big velvety beige head, and substantial carbonation. Pungent, intoxicating aroma of brett, leather, cherries, plums, anise and inhalants. Dark fruity sourness plus kerosene, brett, and plums in the flavor. Alcoholic with moderate sweetness and medium bitterness. Has many loud elements of sourness, funk, and alcohol, but somehow lacks the harmony to tie these features together. Still very good, just not elite. Yet. Needs more time. Thanks MRomero548 for throwing this one my way.
TimE (3373) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 23, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I agree with Brianís comments, this is kinda overrated, but still a good beer IMO.
Liquid oak color, the nose is very complex of cherries, brandy, oranges, sugar candy and oak. The mouth is very tart and not rounded at all. Cherries and vinious traits come through with a bitter dry finish. The alcohol is relatively well hidden. I would say if you have a bottle wait a couple of years when things start to round out.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 22, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Spicy, bready aroma. Smokey sour taste. Finish is a little weak. Prevalent alcohol. A little overrated.
tidiaguy (168) - Hawley, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cloudy orange/brown body nice foamy white head. Impressive lacing. Sweet fruit aroma with notes of whiskey and yeat. Sweet tart flavor is awsome, complex mix of acidic citrus flavors. Nice dry finish plays well with the taste. Truely enjoyable brew. At the top of my Belgian list.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 14, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Extra cloudy brown ale with a foamy, off-white head. The aroma reminds me a lot of cantelope. Very tart lemony taste. After having a chance to breathe a few minutes, the ale begins to taste a lot like a dry merlot. Very good.