MakeItDrinkIt (66) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 3, 2008
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy dark brown color with a medium brown head. Aroma is quite tart (but not "sour"), oaky and fruity. Flavor is large and malty across the center of the tongue, with dark cherries, plums and quite tart along the edges, causing an interesting tongue-curl as I sip. Finish shows a bit of wood, alcohol, caramel and the fruits make a small reappearance, while the tartness continues to dry it all back out. Yum!!
Minderbinder (1591) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 17, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours very dark burgundy with low beige head. Aroma is of fruits, sourness, acidity, nail polish remover, sour berries. Stingy. Taste is of sourness, acidity, fruits, sour berries, slight metal, some vinegar. Mouth watering. Palate: Light-medium body. Soft carbonation. Overall: Too heavy on acetic/sourness. Not drinkable. Interesting otherwise, but it’s just too much.
arsol (417) - NORWAY - MAR 16, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Colafarget med tynt lyst beige skum. Lukter syrlig, vin. Smaker syrlig , cider, eple og har en vinøs feeling. selvfølgelig også syrlig finish.
Ric_Olie (7) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 24, 2014 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, batch 439.
A profound red body with almost no head. Sad for the head, but it is kind of normal in sour/wild oak aged beer. The nose reminds of cranberries and sour cherries and you can perceive hints of oak. You have pretty strongs acetic aromas, but, they are in harmony with the whole. The same adventure goes on in the mouth: cranberries, cherries, oak and a tart finish that cleanse the palate. Pretty liquorous.
Great product, remind me of a Flanders Red.
superspak (2215) - Michigan, USA - FEB 16, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 2/10/2011. Pours slightly hazy very dark reddish brown color with a small light khaki head with poor retention, that reduces to a ring of lacing that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of blackberry, cranberry, cherry, green apple, red grape, oak, clove, red wine vinegar, pepper, hay, straw, brown bread, leather, herbal, musty funk, and oak/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance of malt, yeast ester, and wine barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of blackberry, cranberry, cherry, green apple, red grape, clove, oak, red wine vinegar, brown bread, light chocolate, leather, herbal, pepper, musty funk, and oak/yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy/spicy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of blackberry, cherry, cranberry, green apple, red grape, oak, clove, red wine vinegar, brown bread, light chocolate, pepper, herbal, leather, musty funk, and oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and balance of malt, wine barrel, and fruity/acidic yeast flavors; with a nice malt/acidity balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with lightly slick and moderately acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Flanders brown ale. All around good balance and complexity of malt, fruity/acidic yeast, and wine barrel flavors; and nicely smooth to sip on with the moderate level of acidity. A very enjoyable offering.
mathieuc (999) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 9, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Batch 439. Pours a still looking dark brown with big bubbles from the pour fading away in a timely fashion. Aroma is of nail polish and vinegar over a (maybe) fruity and roast/ashy background. Pretty intense and burning acetic shot through the nose though so, who knows. Taste is bracingly sour but still drinkable with some lightly fermented grape must flavors and overall really fruity. Acetic acid burns your throat, this is really hard to drink. I’ve had vinegars that were easier to drink than this. No carbonation (or maybe it was just painstakingly low?), light bodied and slightly oily. OK, enough acetic burns. DP
VinegarStroke (210) - Napa, California, USA - FEB 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Cloudy, hazy, brown, with no head or lacing. Wow... This is very funky. Caramel, malt and ethyl acetate. In wine I’d scream. Herbs, spice, wood. Dense and earthy. Cocoa. Dry, very sour and low bitterness. Searing acidity. Squeaky. Medium to medium dense. Long. Low or no carbonation.
Nice flavor but just a little to volatile.
tom10101 (2247) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (500 ml). Vintage 2012. Reddish brown with no head and no lacing. Aroma is of red fruits, strong balsamic/vinegar notes, wine, oak and light vanilla. Taste is very sour (harsh) and acetic with a lot of red fruits, wine and oak. Medium body. Low carbonation. Mouth puckering. Dry. This is one of the most sour beer I have encountered yet. Harsh and acetic, but still complex. Nice fruitiness and barrel presence. Not easily enjoyable, but once you are used to it, it’s really good.
NeoHippie2 (799) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 15, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brown pour with no head to speak of. Aromas of oak, plums, wine, vinegar...you can tell this one is going to be very sour. Flavor is sour upfront with oak notes and some grape/wine flavors as well. Finishes clean with residual sourness hanging around on the palate. Overall, just too sour for my taste. Every sip is like licking a warhead candy. It’s so sour that it becomes hard to notice what else is going on with this beer.
Buongiorgio00 (582) - - DEC 1, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Un’acidità ingestibile che chi ama le sour ale apprezzerà senza riserve. Il tocco norreno di Haandbryggeriet si fa sentire in questo prodotto che supera nettamente la qualità di molte altre sour ale continentali. Ogni sorso è una sinfonia di gusto, barricato e citrico-acetato insieme, che non lascia dubbi sul fatto che si sta stringendo tra le mani una ottima birra.
harrymel (1450) - Spokane, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Vintage 2009, let’s try this again
Turbid brown with a velcro surface. Smells of maduro tobacco, plums, oak, tree bark, a little ocean air. Flavor is sweet malts, acetic tart, some pepper, some jerkey, lemons, and a little bit of bitterness. Full bodied with lighter carb and an off dry finish. Sooo much better than my first experience.
Vintage 2009, bottled 10 May 2010, Drunk August 2011
A: When I pried the cap from this one, I thought maybe the cap was leaking as there was no audible indication of pressure in the bottle. Then upon closer investigation, this bottle is very, very full, maybe 3/4" from rim. Anywho, rolls out a dark tawny brown with nearly no head production. A simple, tortuous peanut sheet sits atop the ale and when I can find light, the beer becomes a fiery orange and red. No lace.
S: Up front sourness, oak is raw and woody. There is some sweetness in here as well, like a dark belgian candy sugar. There are some vanilla and tangerine/cherry notes as well. Interesting.
T: Wood, sour, bitter, band aid (first time I’ve tasted this off flavor, but there’s no mistaking it here for me). Really becomes medicinal in nature for me and this overshadows the tartness, bitterness (quite bitter), and lemons. There is a great amount of chemistry here that does not meet me well.
M: Medium to heavy for the style. Medium carbonation. Finish makes my mouth water quite a bit (but because I’m really struggling to drink this one).
O: Man, I poured a glass of this, and I don’t know if I’m going to finish the glass, much less the beer. Too bad, I like this style.