madmitch76 (14285) - , Essex, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
6th August 2013
Tasting at Bruce’s pad. Thanks to Leighton as always for the HF lifeline. Hazy red - brown beer, tidy cream coloured head. Palate is light and softish. Light fine carbonation. Light Flemish sourness with a woody geueze vibe. Very light oak that seems to be keeping the sourness in check. Light and semi dry finish.
jcwattsrugger (11061) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - SEP 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12.7oz bottle shared by markwise @Chris’ for Tampa Wkly Gathering-thin tan-dk copper with red. A-sour med fruit, some med malt. T-sour med fruit, some vinegar, med malt.
Leighton (10405) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared at Bruce’s I’m London during Jack’s farewell tasting. Thanks mom for grabbing this one. Pours mostly clear ruby-amber with a tight, creamy beige head. The aroma holds lots of tangy berries, ripe cherries, some wet wood. Light to medium sweet flavor with mildly tangy berries, a bit of bread, cherries, plums, hints of pepper. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Light warmth in the finish, more wet wood, tangy berries, cherries, cranberries, subtle funk, some raspberry. Lovely stuff. Starts slow but finishes strong. Great depth and balance.
daknole (8851) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish brown pour. The flavor of this was a bit surprising. It was like a really good Flanders red but watery. Not what I expected. Nice nose and good flavors, just watered down a bit.
hopscotch (8776) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Hazy brown pour with a small, creamy, off-white head. Decent retention. The aroma is a swirl of vanilla, cherries, leather and mild, woody funk. Light to medium-bodied with tingly carbonation. The flavor is fruity and tart – sour cherries – but also presents a gentle notes of malty caramel and tannic, bread crust bitterness. Lengthy, tart, caramel finish. Bottle courtesy of landhoney!
GT2 (8159) - 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.
Theydon_Bois (7898) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Jack’s Farwell Tasting, big thanks to Leighton for more HF goodness, 06/08/13.
Hazed mahogony brown with a thin light beige covering.
Nose is tarte grape skins, tangy orchard fruit, earthy, raisensm soured green apple.
Taste comprises brandy soaked apples, woody, farmy, tarte dark fruits, sour notes, light fruit balsam.
Medium bodied with fine carbonation, dry tarte fruit finish.
Great sour red.
MartinT (7677) - 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.
Scopey (6136) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Jack’s farewell tasting, big thanks to Leighton! It pours deep red-brown with a small light tan head. The nose is earth, wood, vanilla, toasted coconut, dark fruit, red berry, jam and candy floss. The taste is tart, earthy, damp wood, sherbet, lemon, pleasant tartness, granny smith apple, vinous, red berry, light alcohol warmth and jam. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Damn tasty and well-balanced. Very nice!
mcberko (5917) - 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.