DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 4, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
’02 bottle generously donated by Joe M. Cloudy light brown body, foamy white head. Cream of wheat aroma w/ brown sugar, plum, and some apricot for good measure. Tart flavor - lemon rind, salty minerals, pear, and wet hay malt. There’s a lot going on in this beer, but nothing that I really enjoy.
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 4, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 14, 2011 2002 bottle thanks to RatedX! The appearance is Cloudy brown body with a thin white head. Good lacing. The aroma is sweet, grain similar to alfalfa or hay, green raisins, caramel malts, barrel aging. The flavor is casky alcohol, salty, fruity, kinda like a gose (salt beer) but casky and not as salty. Tart, sour. Damn, there’s a lot going on in this beer. The palate is filled with a huge carbonation, medium mouthfeel. Acidic. 9, 3, 8, 3, 17= 4.0
2004 vintage for $4.99. The beer pours to a murky dark garnet body with a tall lasting meringue-like off-white head. Nice lacing. The aroma is stunning. Sweet and sour oaken Bordeaux. Raisins, cherries, pears, oak. The flavor is tart and sour with a strong wine flavor that’s full of raw oak, cherries, and sour brettanomyces. Tart warming palate with no alcohol vapors or flavors. So nicely warming. Nice sourness. 9, 4, 9, 4, 18 = 4.4
2009 vintage bottled in Feb. 2010. 13%. The beer pours to a deep mahogany body with a fluffy/rocky tan head. The aroma is oaken and definitely vinous. Raisins, dust, hay, and oak. The flavor is sour funky white grapes with a dry earthy peppery red wine. Oak and cherries. Palate is velvety and tart. With a medium body and necessary carbonation. 13% is totally hidden. As excellent as ever. Thanks De Dolle Brouwers!
jtw (1151) - farmington, Michigan, USA - APR 30, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2002 bottle. like a mix between a kriek and a dubbel, very oaky and winey and cherrylike in the aroma, and surprisingly tart flavor. lots of tangy brown sugar, quite good but certainly nothing i could drink often.
OlivierMTL (709) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 27, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2005 Couleur brune rouille foncée, faible mousse parsemé de bulles savonneuses. Arômes de pommes brunes meurtris, de vieux cuir ayant des histoires à raconter, de cire à souliers et de vinaigre balsamique très affirmé. Les effluves d’alcool annonce une potentiel agglomération entre ces éléments. En bouche, une aigreur prononcé rappelant les jeunes pommes vertes, laisse ensuite la place au jus de pruneau bouilli dans de vieux tonneaux de bois. La texture mêlée à l’heureuse réconciliation entre l’aigreur et le fruit fait constamment allusion au vinaigre balsamique. Une dose réconfortante d’alcool arrive en retro-olfaction. Bouteille miraculeuse dégusté avec Jocelyn. Pour ceux qui savent ce que signifie Oer en flamand, en prendre une et l’enfermer dans un baril de bois pendant des mois ne peut que faire ressortir le meilleur d’elle même. Bouteille achetée à la brasserie, Mars 2005.
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy dark amber with a fine head...was present until the last sip. The aroma is oak cask, fruity, and some sweet maltiness. The flavor is sweet and sour, earthy, and some alcohol. Hard to believe this is 12% abv. The wine-like qualities come on as it warms. Medium-bodied, and finishes with a nice tart bitterness. Thanks Eric for this little gem.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - APR 23, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2006 Much deserved re-rate. 2004 courtesy of 1FastSTi. Murky medium reddish-brown. 1 finger, off-white head. Decent lacing. Aroma is all dark fruit up front, mostly cherry, but also get some fig/prune. Plenty of yeast and oak along with it. I know it reads Bordeaux, but getting vanilla, seems more bourbon like. Flavor has a quick tart/sour cherry kick up front, again fig and prune, before woodiness takes over through the middle and finish. Sourness shows up a tad near the end, but otherwise, quite dry in the finish. Creamy smooth palate. Didn’t get any alcohol whatsoever. Would score even better without so much wood character towards the end. Still a gem, regardless. Thansk again Blake!
Pailhead (6322) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAR 30, 2005
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2009 Bottle: Great malt and fruit aroma. Pours a dark cloudy reddish-orange with a huge off-white head with great retention. Very nice lacing. Extremely quick malt up front with a pretty big sour finish. Some light raisin and wood in the background. Thanks to Styles. 9-4-7-3-14
Bottle (2007): The aroma consists of sour cherries, grape, wine, oak, and hints of chocolate. Alcohol isn’t noticeable at first, but definitely is once it warms. It pours a hazy brownish-red with lots of sediment and a moderate creamy beige head with great retention. A nice thin sheet of lacing is left behind. The flavor has lots of sour cherries mixed with some moderate vinous notes, and light dark fruits. Moderate oak in the finish. Alcohol is very well hidden in the flavor. Very Flemish Sour-like. Medium bodied with lively and soft carbonation.
Arnoud (35) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - MAR 13, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured with a huge fluffy head that dissipated slowly. Brown with reddish tint. Nose is yeasty, fruity, perhaps a bit vinous. Flavor is tremendous... well balanced. Strong body with alcoholic warming. Fruity, tart, a bit dry at the end. Great, although I think I prefer the original Oerbier a bit more.
Belgo (154) - Køge, DENMARK - MAR 11, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Beatiful mahogany colour. The aroma bursts with blackberries, cloves and toasted oak. This is almost like a beer-version of cognac. On the palate the beer is very sweet and heavy, but the sweetness is balanced beatifully by fruitiness and some sourness. Very long aftertaste. Thanks a lot to Jeppe (BierKönig) who let me have the privilege to taste this exceptional beer with him.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 4, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aromas of Dates and plums witha big malt bomb of a body. Nice tart candied fruit and nuts with brownsugar and syrup. Only one problem with this bee. they did not make enough.