gnoff (7030) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - AUG 12, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Sampled from bottle, thanks Marsiblursi) Red to brown color. Tan to brown head. Fruity a bit smoked Belgian ale scent. Sour cherry scent as well. Sour taste and aftertaste. The dominance of the kriek sour taste is almost overwhelming. Low to no bitterness. Spritzy mouthfeel. No alcohol taste, but a bit in the scent.
GT2 (6980) - Riverside, California, USA - JUL 21, 2009
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2012 330mL 2007 ed thanks to ryan. Muddy brune pour. Rich, creamy tan head for a full sour. Insane nose as always with savory meat, red wine, sweet aged balsamic, toffee, caramel, holiday spice, porcini mushroom, funky/dusty attic. Rich, dark, funky with a sweet and sour play. Quintessential Flemish red nose. The archetype. Taste has tang, lime sour, lactic sour, red wine oaky spice, sweet balsamic, key lime pie. So rich, quenching, lactic. Light and refreshing to drink with heavy complexities. One of my favorite beers at the ultimate vintage. Nothing beats 2007 Oerbier Reserva for dark sours. 11/24/2012 9/5/10/5/19=4.8
330 mL 2007 ed into Orval trappist. Aroma is very sour (I can’t believe this doesn’t count as a sour ale): lots of sour cherries, raspberries, strawberries with merlot, oak. Appearance is perfect: cloudy, deep mahogany with a one finger, creamy, tan head that leaves big sticky lacework. Taste is similar to a Flemish red upfront with very sour light fruits and powerful, citric tartness but with a creamy, milk chocolate background along with sourdough malt. Long, sour finish. 13% is completely hidden. This is excellent. 7/21/2009 9/5/9/4/17=4.4
330mL 2006 ed. Pours similarly excellent deep brune with a towering, tan, bubbly head that has excellent retention and fair lace. Aroma is similarly excellent with oak, vinous qualities, grape skin, lactic funkiness. Taste though has more of the Oerbier strange qualities like tamarind, must, dusty yeast. It is less sour and more like an unintentionally infected batch of double gravity Oerbier. Still good, but not superlative. 6/21/2010 9/4/8/4/15=4.0
330mL 2006 ed. Aroma is completely amazing: red wine reduction, sherry, black cherries, spicy oak, hot balsamic, slight kriek funkiness. All very soft and muted. Taste up front is dry, fairly prominent carbonation, sweet Belgian strong ale dark fruits and bready spices with a quenching, lactic palate with a hint of acidic lemon. Really impressive. Not quite at the fresh 2007 level, but excellent. 10/15/2010 9/4/8/4/16=4.1
FULL VERTICAL TASTING 2/12/2011
2002: Not really a sour or even tart. There is butter, some sharp lemon, sweet tarts in the nose. Taste is watery and lacking character.
2005: More lemon/lime heavy, sharper. Taste is richly lactic with cinnamon and vinous oakiness.
2006: Butter, flank steak, bourbon, and raspberry jam come through in the nose. Taste is sharp, sour, muted, tannic, tart. Really excellent aroma and great body. Very nice!
2007: Definitely the most funky and sour in the nose. Flank steak, fatty meat, and lime palomilla in addition to sharp red wine, Flemish red complexities. Taste is unreal: hugely tannic, mineral forward, lots of red wine oak. No acetic acid. Definitely the best of the series with palate perfection: cinnamon, butter, spice, lemon and citrus. Very similar to Struise Earthmonk is idea but so different in execution. This is softer, easier to love and much more consistent than Earthmonk. 2007 Oerbier Reserva is certainly in the running to be my favorite beer in existence.
2008: Heavy, more vinous, more tannic, really just over the top tannic like oversteeped tea. Tart but not sour. Meh.
2009: Pours the best aesthetically with the best head. Fresh lemon and berry aroma. Taste is tannic, oddly salty, big tart berries. Decent.
Ughsmash (6909) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 29, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2004 bottle at Hopleaf. This was one of those occasions where I just got completely lost in a beer... Poured a deep, hazy, orangey-brown with a short cap of beige head. Nose was ever-so-powerful with tart vinous notes, cellary yeast, black cherry, oaken vanilla, spicy malt, and woodsy hops... to name a few. Flavor didn’t skip a beat... it led with rich vinous malts and funky yeast... then came the perfectly-integrated woodwork (oak, vanilla, and Bordeaux), tart cherries and grapes... finished by balsamic vinegar, more tart dark fruits, and complementary alcohol. Rich, tart, and heavier-bodied on the palate... flowed perfectly, and all of its components were expertly blended and balanced. Warming and satisfying finish. Phenominal!
Rune (6905) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUN 2, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle, vintage 2009, 13% abv, shared with Finn at ‘t Bruges Beertje. Brown-red body, hazy off-white head. Aroma of dried fruits. Dried fruit in flavour, too, but this time with a twist of acidity that lingers down the throat. Full bodied. Perfect as the last drink at the bar (Brugge, 02.05.2011).
Fin (6628) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2008 Bottle, bought this as a present for my dad, but not his thing so I had it. Poured dark reddy/brown. Aroma is woody, yeasty and with some alcohol. Taste quite sharp which I hadn’t expected, I had not even looked up this beer despite the high ratings, things mellowed after a while and there was a wonderful cherry tartness with the oakyness definately discernible, still I have to be honest and whilst I quite liked it I have to declare it to not really be my thing. Had this at Mes’s 20-06-08 in the company of Mes, Ang and Loz, many thanks Mes for your generosity Maybe my palate has changed as second time around I loved this and can’t quite believe it only got a 3.5 from me before. There is a distinct musty fruitiness on the nose of this beer which pours almost chesnut in colour with an off-white soft bubbly head. Dusty wood and leather some warm wet alcohol laden oaky flavour’s come through and then lovely sour cherries, the finish is a little dry, I think my palate has changed I love this beer, once again cheers Mes. 4.2 is the new rating for this
DruncanVeasey (6597) - NUNEATON, Conference Premier, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2008 version. Glinting-to-muddy chestnut under a fine creamy collar- in the requisite stemmed Oerbier bowl, naturally. Immediate tang of lactic and champagne-like acidity on the nose; plenty of barrel, balsamic touches, slight cheese, vomit, leaves and dampness leaning into Flemish sour territory. Spritzier and more straightforward than anticipated; gentle warming dried fruit and nougat peeping out from behind the dank barrels, blackcurrant, champagne, iron-like glow. Light and prickling; no burn or heat, but quite a bit of fizz. Touch of ash in the aftertaste. Incredibly mellow at the declared ABV, but feels a bit empty like it needs some time in the bottle to lose the spritz and develop some genuine magic. Rodenbach with a tablespoon of Drie Fonteinen and champagne dribbled in it. Maybe one to come back to...
bb (6481) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 17, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. 2005. Chestnut color with a nice light tan head. Slight tart/oaky aroma with some malt. Tart/fruity flavor with backing malt and yeast. Medium body. Lingering oak/tartness. Can taste the wine influence. No alcohol - very well hidden. Duchess like, but smoother.
j12601 (6403) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle of the 2005 at the Rosso release at Captain Lawrence. Pours a hazy milky brown with a thin beige head. Gorgeous thick caramel on the nose. So pretty. Tastes like a Charleston Chew, piled high with sweet vanilla. Lightly tart finish. Wow this was wonderful.
Cletus (6250) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 14, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 edition. Pours copper with some fizzy hints. Smells perfumy with some nice funky undertones. Tastes dry and perfumy with lots of crisp pilsner hints dominating an oaky finish.
Skinnyviking (6221) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 18, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2007 version. Bottle. High and lasting creamy light brown head. Hazy dark red brown body. Aroma of fruit and sour berries a shot of hops and alcohol in the background. Pretty high carbonation fruity and sour flavor with a long bitter aftertaste. I would not have guess on such a high alcohol level.