Godofthecellar (677) - NYC, New York, USA - JUN 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown with a dark red hugh. Smell of chocolate covered cherries. Taste of cherry, oak barrel, yeast, moderate carb really great flanders
Ontape (469) - Valley Village, California, USA - JUN 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 bottle from an old trade with Lukaduke, special treat for myself on Father’s Day. First proper HF I’ve had in ages and it’s a good one (natch). A nice take on the Flanders Red style. Port barrel flavors add a nice complexity and make this one stand out. Wine barrel notes come in as well. Pours brown with a ruby tinge, a little bit of carbonation, elegant as all the beers I’ve seen from HF. It’s sour but not in a big way, I’d say the sour is part of the show but not the main event. Really lovely beer, I always feel lucky to enjoy Shaun’s beers out here in CA. Thanks Lukaduke!
MJGG (952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bouteille de 375 ml. Arômes très vineux, beaucoup de fruits rouges, touche de poussière. Robe brune aux reflets roux, effervescence fine et belle mousse beige tenant bien. En bouche, on retrouve un beau caractère fruité et vineux appuyé par un malt assez corpulent. Belle présence de brettanomyces contribuant une touche de champignons et de poussière. Finale très vineuse, légèrement sucrée et présentant une acidité modérée pour le style. Très élégant.
GT2 (9275) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUN 3, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
> Well balanced, slightly sweet red berry forward dark sour
[ Bottle ][ 375mL ][ oteyj ][ Tasting ][ Snifter Tulip ][ 5.28.14 ]
>> Thank you James! Awesome bottle. Clear red amber pour with wispy, tan foam. Nose is cranberry, sharp mixed berries, Merlot grape, lemonade. Taste is slightly sweet, nice berry mix, dusty cranberry bread, lightly bitter, good sugar remains to balance out the sourness. Citric level is not too high. Definitely not an all out margarita mix salt overload, no acetic. This is one of the few sour reds I’ve had where more than a few sips isn’t overpowering. This one could essentially have all to yourself without getting acid reflux. I think this one really deserves some credit for getting the sugar balance right.
SHIG (3934) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - MAY 26, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at the Culmination Fest: Poured a reddish brown colour with a thin layer of off white head. Aroma was fruit/berry with cherries and grapes. Taste is tart cherries, grape, caramel and even a bit of a toasted wood presence. Very tart to the tongue.
olr1984 (1324) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
375ml bottle pours a dark mahogany with an off-white head. Tart cherry and acidic aroma. Taste is identical
craftycarl21 (2295) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 30, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, hilarious in that my mom’s boyfriend picked this up on a whim because I told him to visit! Delicious tart vinous, balsamic, not too acetic but definitely aggressive character. Plums, raisins, young wine, tart grapes. Not Shaun’s best, but I’m down with it.
beastiefan2k (2830) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - APR 26, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared by noblesquirrel. Reddish brown color. Aroma is dark alcoholic malt with tints of acetic and some alcohol. Some thinned out malts. Flavor has the thinned out malts with brown leaves and acetic sweet and sour finish. A light acetic earthy finish.
yourefragile (139) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 10, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at HF Saison Fest 14.
Pours a clear, ruby brown with a dense creamy, light tan head. Nose of dark fruit, cherry and oak, vinous. Flavor is midly tart, red wine and dry, oaky and musty, light vinegar. Very dense flavor and a slightly creamy body.
mcberko (9323) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
375mL bottle, sent from Glouglouburp (thanks a lot, Dany), pours a deep dark mahogany with a small beige head. Aroma is very complex, bringing out lots of wine and port notes, lightly sweetened and fairly soured dark fruits, and a big of balsamic vinegar. Flavour is very dry and tart, with red wines dominating, followed by a touch of port, dry tart dark red fruits, and light vinegary notes. Carbonation is solid, without being overdone. Finishes on notes of dry red wine and light vinegar. Excellent beer.