omhper (21288) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Hazy nut brown, lively creamy head. Vinous, woody and tart. Medium bodied with lightly toffeeish malt. Cherryish finish. Has dry white wine qualities.
zathrus13 (1736) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - OCT 6, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy brown, with a white head. Aromas of malt, spice, apple, and oak/wood. Flavor is wood/oak, slightly sour dark fruit and apple cider.Finish is slightly dry. I would like it more if it was a little sweeter.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Captivating aroma of red apples, sweet malts, slight tartness, wood, red wine, pears and cherries.
Complex, cidery, slightly sour flavor with notes of dark fruits, pears, apples, wood and raisins. Dry and lingering finish. I wish there were ore "double" flemish sours out there!
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - SEP 10, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Plummy brown haze in color, more glowing towards the bottom than at the top, medium sized frothy whipped creamy dark beige head, settles slowly if at all to a creamy thick skim; lacing in the stringy thick variety.
Aroma is soft of peppermint-like spicy alcoholic heat mixed with a strange, unidentifable dark citrus melange, graham cracker crust, and a bit of a merlot type of touch with dark red grapes and some ripe plum. Its a very soft nose, even the heat seems soft; nothing overly exciting or strong but it definately has a great subtlety and complexing waft about it.
Taste is a whole nother conceivability in its character from what the aroma leads you to believe. But those little hints of wine-like character do surge forward now. Upon first touching the lips its a delightfully smooth ride, but thats literally swiped away quickly, so quickly in fact its hard to get an overall of what the bier is doing. Why, cuz it gets all crazy with a semi-tart and souring little wine-like character that completely takes over the character. Grapey and plummy with touched with citrus tang of oranges. This settled down in a hurry though as it warmed; and thank goodness for that, when first outta the fridge this was frightening with a souring, off flavor of red grapes and tart lemon/orange. But it resides in its strength as it warms and becomes much more drinkable and enjoyable with more plum aspects floating in and some very light drying off in the finish of vinous qualities mixed with a bit of spicy candied alcohol.
Feel is spicy and boardering a sweet tartness thats bearable and vinous to the point of acceptance and tone for a bier of this nature, which may throw some folks for a loop when first taking a sip. The alcoholic heat and spice is quite warming late, way beyond having a any and all sips. Incredible in that respect. Has about a medium body and has a slight throaty burn that keeps popping through very, very late. Medicinal in a way but not overly so. Lots of yeasty alcoholic action in this stuff the whole trip through.
The first sip was antagonizing, but the last was a wish for more. This reminded me more of some of the English style Old Ales that are tangy and souring sweet. This stuff is all about that, but with more control over the effects of the malt side then those with more of yeasty spiced alcohol and vinous softness around its character that was fun to behold and take in for a night ending sipper.
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - SEP 9, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
creamy tan head, goes fairly quickly. lightly cloudy and ruby at the center, brownish gold at the edges. malty nose, yeasty, cookie, sour apple too. nice carbonation, very fizzy mouthfeel. tart flavor, more so than sour. malty sweetness for balance. dry taste and pleasing alcohol finish. goes good with fig newtons. Thanks Drew from Plumpjack for giving this to me from your personal stash!!!
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 3, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Lightly sour and very fizzy. Slightly metallic taste that hides the 12% abv unbelievably well. Iím truly impressed. Usually, the only way to hide it would be behind malty sweetness. De Dolle really delivers here if you like a sourish Belgian ale with wittish bite. Lots of yeast floating in the bottle. More of a flemish sour than any other style.
IndianaRed (2880) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 1, 2004
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle Poured a deep mamber with a modest off white head and very nice even lacing. Aroma was a very nice musty yeasty, malty conglomerant.
Very tart and dry flavor. Old wood and dark pitted fruit. Quite dry, Brut-ish and fizzy I might say. Finish was...dry and quick.
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 1, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice brown color, thin off-white head. The aroma is very tasty with barny sweet tarts & crab apples mixed with a nice malty backbone and some oak. The flavor is dry, tart yet balanced & very tasty. Sour fizzy finish. Tasty BSA but seemed more like a flemish sour.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 1, 2004
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
1000! Pours mahogany with a creamy light tan head. Spotty lace. Aroma starts off with the wood from the casks, then caramel and roast malts. Some figs. Coriander and bitter floral hops. Vinous in a way. Blam! Tart flavors erupt. Roast and caramel malts underly. Barnyardy almost. Bitter hops as well. The tartness covers most everything else up. Some alcohol comes through. Palate is dry and tart, cloying slighly bitter and sour with a wierd tart finish. I really liked the nose but the flavors just were strange. I donít know though, at least it was something different for the good ol K.
hopdog (9856) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2005 I split this bottle DrNate03 at Monkís. Iíve been looking for this beer for a little while and was excited and surprised to find it. Poured hazy dark brown color with a small head. Smoky oak aroma with malts and fruits. Sour, woody, smokey, fruity with light alcohol and on the sweet side.