SHIG (3840) - 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 (1232) - 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 (2290) - 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 (2728) - 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 (8425) - 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.
JBPortland (1056) - Portland, Maine, USA - FEB 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
375ml bottle pours dark cloudy ruby red with a finger of head. Nose is fruity musty dark cherry, funky oak, red wine, very mild tartness. Taste is tons of dry earthy barrel wood, dark cherry, red grape, wine, soil, vanilla notes, a faint hint of tartness. Finish is dry and the earthy woody barrel notes sit on the front palate with flavors of dirt and occasional dark berry fruit notes. Very red wine like. Very nice.
cpetrone84 (1602) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is dark copper brown with a thin tight tan head. Nose has a hint of dark malt base with some sawdust and sour cherry. Taste is similar, a little watery and less bright than the nose. There is a stronger dark malt component than a normal Flanders red, fairly sour with notes of tart sour cherry but a bit thin in flavor through the finish. Very strong carbonation on a lighter body. No glaring flaws, not acetic at all but not bright and a bit watery.
MartinT (8351) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 5, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My Bottom Line:
Earthy, vinous and leathery, this Flanders-style Red knows how to captivate the tastebuds while making them relax due to a frothy and airy mouthfeel.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-This is more effervescent than any Flemish-style Red I’ve ever had. Yet this ’Saison-level’ carbonation works beautifully with the tartness and fruitiness.
-Acidity is certainly present, but never detracts from the rest of the brew’s complexity.
-I was expecting a somewhat leaner mouthfeel.
-The rusticity created is compelling.
-The oak barrels give a hint of added character while never detracting from the other ingredients at play.
Huhzubendah (2807) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 21, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul.
The beer is mahogany to crimson colored with a thin collar. Aromas of oak, cherries, vinegar, plums, wine. Very nice. The flavor follows suit, with sour cherries and an overall acetic character. Vinous and lightly sweet. Grapes and cherries. Some musty oak. An outstanding representation of the style. Delicious.