brandonbrew (24) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 3, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance- Pours a hazy and murky copper-bronze. A little bit lighter than the color of a standard brown beer bottle. A thin off white/light khaki colored head that for the most part fades fairly quickly. A small bit of head creates a circle in the glass around the edge that stays on and provides a slight lacing during the drink.
Aroma- Malt sweetness and cherries are the first aromas I notice. Light vinegar and lactic sourness followed by hints of oaky vanilla. A slight breadiness on the nose.
Taste- Upfront on the taste is cherry and a perfect amount of subtle malt sweetness. The Brett flavor works well with those 2 providing an almost brown sugar flavor (not brown sugar sweetness). Near the end I pick up an acidic red wine/sherry flavor. Not really the flavor I would get from an oxidized beer, but a true wine/sherry flavor. A vinegar and oak finish rounds out the sip.
Overall- This is the first beer (besides my own) that reminds me of the old Liefmans Goudenband spirit. This beer is full of great balance. Even though there are tastes and aromas that come out first, Goose Island has done a fantastic job of keeping them all in check. There is not really one of the major components that vastly overshadows another. Usually I like to cellar a beer for sometime, but I believe this is one that you drink shortly after the release. The balance is so perfect, I think cellaring would turn a fantastic beer into just a good beer. To sum it up, this is an awesome beer that is very easy drinking, but somehow remains complex. I would recommend this beer to a novice or an experienced craft beer lover.
dogfish120love (1000) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 21, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma consists of vinegar, cherries and hints of oak. Hints of sweetness. Pours a reddish rust in color with very little lacing.
brew3crew (166) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Canít quite put my finger on the smell. Nice fubky smell that finishes super smooth
evanlarkin (307) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - JAN 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Weird hazy amber. indecipherable note about Darkness. Interesting. No head. Grapes and funk. Sour, cherry crazy malt secrets. Rare and beautiful, like a beached whale.
This was my 29th different beer at a tasting one night. My notes didnít really make sense anymore.
emacgee (4137) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 bottle. Pours a deep red orange with one finger of off-white head. Very nice aroma, lots of pie and tart cherry notes. Very well defined cherry character with lots of acidity and a light acetic character. Bright and aggressive acidity with lots of caramel and cherry. Light tannic character. Medium body and lots of acidity. Boss.
jckp64 (356) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 4, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours cloudy amber with an off white head. Aroma is cherries, sour, oak and funk. Flavor is light sour sour cherries, oak and funk. Medium to light bodied with light carbonation. Has a nice sweet and tart finish.
orourke (17) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 26, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a bottle poured into globe glass. Iím not a sour beer lover, but this one was drinkable for me - still hurts my teeth though... Very nice sour cherry flavor, not unlike a typical Belgian Lambic only a little more sour. No "expired orange juice" sour flavor present. Although probably wonít drink again because itís unbelievably expensive - about $14 / pint bottle.
ryanfolty (1900) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2012 December 20, 2011, bottle from Heritage. Semi-opaque brown with some head, sour cherry aroma, sweet and tart cherry with some wood in taste, kind of like a sweettart. Really good and I am not a sour guy at all. Bottled 10/1/10 1456.
BVery (6939) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Bottle. Nice dirty orange pour with a small creamy head. Aroma is tart cherry and a touch of wood. Medium palate with decent weight. Taste is tart cherry, somewhat sour, and a touch of wood. A little bit spritzer like as well.
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 14, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
In short: An oaky cherry beer that is unfortunately overly vigary. Decent sipper
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed 10 months after bottling date (oct 2010 vintage). Bottle sent to me by FullObs, thanks a lot Brett
The look: Partlially cloudy dark amber body topped by a small off-white ring of foam
In long: Nose is a bit musty, soaked oak and some cherries. The cherry component of the aroma is not the sour cherries I was expecting, it was more like standard regular grocery store red cherries. Taste is fairly dry, cherry pit, barnyard character, wet oak, a bit papery, tannins, cherry skin, some sour cherries, vinegar notes, . The acetic acid flavor overwhelms the fruity sourness character. Finish is harsh, astringent and acidic. Overall this was a nice sipper, not something that encourages big sips despite the relatively low 6% abv. Because it uses sour cherries I was hopping for something along the line of Cascade Sang Royale but the two donít even seem to be related from the third cousin. A nice sipper but not fruity enough and a bit too vinegary/acidic to be considered very good. Madame Rose is good, but not very good.
Roses are red
Violet are blue
Madame Rose is also blue
And if you tell anyone Iíll strangle you too