JorisPPattyn (7547) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 9, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(No this beer is not retired. It's the brewery, Clarysse that's folded. And no, the old label going till 1998 is still used, bottling date stenciled on the label, by the new brewery. But nobody seems to know who's responsible.)
Hazy red-brown; brownish yellow head. Cookies, wood, lactic acid, estery nose. Woody taste, strange sweet flavour, peanuts, honey, lactic acid. Sourness strengthens gradually, but there's a sweetness supressing it, that is not 100% natural. Bit nutty palate. Slight acidburn, warming too. Body is very difficult to estimate, sour thins it, slick mouthfeel and woodiness beef it up. For the record, Clarysse had a draught version, a simpler old brown, in their pubs, that was always superior IMO to the bottled product.
imdownthepub (9163) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle Conditioned. Brown ruby with malty head. Tart, sharp brown beer, smokey and woody. Not lacking interest and mildly pleasant but not a great beer.
caesar (4505) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 3, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Red brown color, slightly hazy. Aroma of cask wood, oak, tart cherry, bit cork. Taste is weak cherry, oak, old taste. Decent flemish sour ale, but more old and not as fruity as fresh ones.
jerohen (1932) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - MAY 3, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
May 2003 (BB 2001, bottled at least before 1993). Brown coloured, bit cloudy, black yeast particles. Sour, fruity nose, woody with a bit cork. Sour, tart flavour, woody, some cork. Not as fruity and outspoken as other flemish sour ales, but that's perhaps because of the age. The label indicated 5.5% ABV.
bierkoning (9563) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - MAR 12, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2008 Bottled in 2000. Acicic caramel aroma with oak. Sweet with a good deal of sourness, with caramel, oak and cherry. Dry, somewhat alcoholic mouthfeel. Just a bit of mocha. Amazingly complex, rougher and more sourness than a Liefmans Goudenband.
SilkTork (5019) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Quite refreshing in large gulps, but rather thin when sipped. Pleasant enough, but not a good example of Flanders Red.
duff (5484) - Lund, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Quite an old bottle purchased from bottles in London. This is AT LEAST 4 years old, as the use by dates on the side of the bottle were up and till 98, and none of them had been punched in to indicate a used by date. On to the beer. Wow!!!! amzingly cherry-like and chocolotely nose, sour aroma. Very sour, smooth, chocolately, fruity (cherry), and a touch of balsamic vinegar. Very interesing. i love it.
Hildigöltur (5105) - København, DENMARK - OCT 9, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very velvety and smooth, fruity and refreshingly sourish. I am looking forward to try it aged.
Mads Langtved (2245) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - SEP 19, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
the head is velvety. Sweet and sour. Very subtle composition of sourness and sweetness. A nice fine-adjusted Red Ale.
Bov (8805) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - AUG 7, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
dark ruby colour, fine creamy head, nice lace, fruits and vinegar in the nose, smooth, very sweet with some sourness, dry with a brief fruity finish - subtle but too discreet