Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 4, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2004 Pinky red hue, extremely cloudy and as mysterious as any forest at night. Pink head gives it a sexy appeal. Aroma of a fine saison blended with cherries, appealing, fresh barnyard which is still a virgin from human exploitation if that's possible. Belgian funk, dry leather, dust, cobwebs, wait this is a kriek? I didn't get much fruits in the aroma, but I know I liked it, just not as much as I hoped, perhaps some more cherry intensity would have been extremely benefiting for it and lead me to give it extremely high ratings. Ah! Yeah, after sipping now I understand, cherries are indeed there among more leather and dust. This is very yeasty, but that was expected. This is quite tart too, but that was expected too, I surprise myself hoping for more. Mild alcohol feel in middle-mouth. More yeasty cobwebs, sulfury, fish spices and cement-like flavors in the finish and a light bitter touch. Mouthfeel is thin-medium which fits well, but perhaps a touch too fizzy and carbonated. Overall, there are plenty of flavours I love in there, but I kept wishing they'd appear better blended in the next sip. It tastes old although it isn't (1.5yr). Definitely worth seeking out nevertheless, especially if you're a Fantôme fan, you'll find yourself enamored swiftly enough. As messed up and orderless as my review is, it's quite obvious that this is quite the untypical fruit beer. Cheers Martin.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 4, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Flemish Sour Tasting with MartinT & Rastacouere Part 1 #8. Ok so this is called a "fruit beer" here, so what? Fits right in. And it really does seem more lambic-like from the get-go. It's a totally opaque pinkish brown, I mean this is as thick and viscous as any 12% Imperial. Strong farmy aroma, not much cherry, perhaps a bit of sour apple, hay. Sour, sour cherries in the flavor, yeast, ancient dusty cobwebs in the hayloft, with spike of bitterness abounding. Needs more cherries I think, slightly peppery and alcoholic but in a very nice way; a little old-seeming. Excellent.
BBB63 (5603) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 21, 2004
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Third in of my “Kriek, not just for breakfast ” tasting: (No vintage, but is Lot 04) Pours to a muddled brown red with a quickly dying pink fizzy head and no lace. The aroma hints of cherry, current, apple, leathery yeast esters, sharp cheddar cheese and mild oak wood. The taste is fairly one-dimensional, straight cherry and wood. Just a touch of the yeast nature is displayed. The mouthfeel is rather flat and lifeless. Disappointing beer, not worth the money. Where was the hoppiness I read about?
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 17, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This brew pours with a slightly cloudy red body topped by a medium thick head with a good amount of lacing. The aroma is sour and tart with a woody, cherry note. Not bad at all. The flavor is slightly sour and tart with a slight cherry note and a touch of oakiness. Medium bodied and dry.
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - MAR 16, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Raspberry/cheery color. Small head. Aroma is tart cherries and yeasts. Funky, tart and sour. Everything you would want from a kriek, Sour and tart dark cherries. Some oak and wood flavors as well. A refreshing kriek, fairly acidic, but balanced by the fruit sweetness. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth although it is still rather dry. Aftertaste is slightly tart
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark red body with no head. Sour black cherry to the nose. Sour cherry to the taste. I love sour cherries. Any cherries. Did not like this beer.
diabel (1589) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - MAR 7, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pink head, fairly lacing and fully diminishing. Bottle conditioned, large particles and a thin density. Red, cloudy body. Cherry aroma. Lightly acidic, lightly bitter initial flavour. Moderately acidic, lightly bitter long finish. Oily texture. Lively mouthfeel. The brewer told me that part of the flavour is due to 30% Girardin Lambic in this beer. And you can surely confirm it when you smell and drink this marvelous beer.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 28, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy red in color with a pinkish head. Aroma is musty,sweaty,acidic,sour,tart with a touch of cherry charcater.Intersting cherry charcater,finishes tart and acidic.
ericnixon (737) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 27, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nice amberish color with a sharp berry-ish nose. light fizziness with a noticible tartiness to the flavor and a weird lingeringly coating in the aftertaste.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 27, 2004
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle, red with a thin pinkish head. Sharp cherry aroma, medium bodied, Sweet tart flavor that quickly becomes sour and acidic, ends very dry quick and almost watery.