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 it’s 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, that’s 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 “Hoot” 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 (4058) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 23, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I agree with Brian’s 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.
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 8, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Much milder and less alchohol burn than the stille Nacht version.Tawny appearance.Balanced cherry sweet sour flavor with some oak and subtle vanilla towards the finish.
jazz88 (2600) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 7, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Toronado. Wood, cherry, raisins, caramel, and tart lambic hints in the flavor. Chestnut brown color with ruby tints in the light. The tan head held to the glass. Somewhat lighter than I expected but a nice refined beer.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 4, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours deep dirty amber, lovely milky off-white head, extreme amounts of carbonation, and with super sticky lacing. Vinous, cherries, and wood on the nose, very nice. Slight alcohol notes in there as well. Smells much like a Flemish Sour Ale. Up front its definitely sour, in the variety of unripened cherries & apples. Its a strange sourness, eminating from the back of the mouth. Slight woody tones, very warming as it enters yer belly. Seems almost too sour... will let it warm up a bit. Ah yes, as it warms it is much more manageable. More of the port qualities emerge, and the alcohol seems to be hidden better (either that or I am on my way to buzzcentral already). Finishes with a very woody vinous quality. Didn’t seem all that yeastie or malty, rather in the middle. I wished this one to be a bit more complex, but alas it wasn’t (at least for me). While still enjoyable, it didn’t amaze me like I wished.