bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - NOV 22, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy hogfodder. Lightly hazy amber with a fluffy off-white head. Aroma starts with some sweet hints, then wood, spicy yeast. Caramel apple taste quickly dissolves to a dry cedar and slightly sour finish.
jtw (1089) - farmington, Michigan, USA - NOV 21, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
aroma of belgian yeast, coming from a medium-to-hlghtly carbonated amber liquid, beige head atop. tart cherry and apple, perceptible alcohol but not overt. flavor is first tart and woody, but i’m not sure how much sake flavor the beer took on. not loaded with esters like many belgian style beers, nor is it heavily spiced. well-rounded acidity, and the "spice" flavor seems to be from the wood, and this is certainly an intriguing brew - medium body and a surprisingly dry. certainly worth the experience!
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 19, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2008 On tap at Capital Ale House - Innsbrook on 08/27/08. Clear golden amber body with a small frothy off-white head. Very sweet spice, some floral hints, and lots of sake kick. More big spicy and floral flavors, some light caramel hints, some fruitiness, apple shining through as i work through the beer, and more sake background. Medium body with moderate carbonation.
This seems quite different from the bottle I previously had. (8/3/8/4/17)
Bottle on 11/19/07. Cloudy dark brown body with a medioum frothy off-white head. Sweet sour cherry aroma with some spice. Sour cherry flavor, with some spice and light molassas. Certainly seems to be more along the lines of a flemish sour. Original Rating (8/4/8/3/16)
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 18, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
33 ml bottle. Poured a slightly hazy dark orange color. Head was thick and off white with good retention. There was only a bit of lace left behind. Aroma was distinctly of oak with the slightest hints of toffee, brown sugar, and alcohol. Medium bodied with mingled acidity and malty sweetness on the tongue. Nice mixture of molasses, alcohol, oak, and sour fleshy fruit flavors. At times I also picked out cherry and vanilla notes. The sugars and acidity were equally matched and played well against each other. More of a sour ale than simply a Belgian strong. This is a great beer and underrated, IMO, at the 91st percentile (on the day I rated it). Must be unbelievable on tap. I have to go to Japan.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. If nosing, blind I might be apt to think that this is a Flemish Sour. Lots of sour/tart cherry notes. There’s also an odd (but not offputting) aroma of cedar chips and mothballs. Almost smells like my great grandma’s attic. Pours cloudy brown/amber with a thin white head. Flavor is tart with lots of light cedar wood influence. Lots of lemon zest yeast presence. Very odd, yet intriguing. Medium bodied with mouth filling carbonation. Finishes mildly tart and sour with the wood notes lingering.
dmac (3983) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 11, 2007
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2008 11.2 oz bottle. Wow, what a pleasant suprise from the country that has manufactured my last three cars. Aroma is awesome with a very funky vibe going on. Lots of wood, sour cherries, sake is very light but detectable, slight floral notes. Palate is very creamy and medium bodied with a very strong aftertaste that changes after the air hits it to something that is rather unpleasant to me. Flavor of wood, sour cherry, citrus that is sweet yet tangy. After such a fantastic aroma this beer drops off and definitely let me down, it still was good but could have been better.
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - NOV 9, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle shared by Dickinsonbeer. Deep hazy anber in color, lots of red highlights. Aroma is quite funky, with sour cherry, barnyard, tangy lemom, as well as light floral hops, and some weird funk. Taste is light citrus with moderate funk- sour cherry and lemon. Pretty acidic but not over the top. Body is medium. Finishes funky and lightly sour.
Floback (523) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 7, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
My first Belgian Strong by a Japanese brewery. Pours an attractive opaque, murky amber/cider underneath 2 cm. of tan head. Head leaves rapidly to form sporadic ringlets of tan skin on top. Tight webs of tan lacing. Tasty aromas of barnyard-funky yeast, subtle caramel, and leather. First sip is strange: yeast is struggling up front, but is quickly pushed aside by astringent alcohol. Interestingly, flavor retains balance in the next few mouthfuls. Notes of grain, more funky Brett, clove, bread, wood, and banana emerge. Medium carbonation and medium/full body. Slightly acidic and bitter. An intriguing brew. I like where they took this style. I’m very interested to try their Real Ginger Ale. The bird on the label needs to hold off on the LSD.
Ernest (6183) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 5, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
33mL bottle. Head is initially small, fizzy, light brown, fully diminishing. Body is hazy dark amber, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain/nuts, cookie), lightly yeasty (barnyard, cobwebs), with notes of oak, sour cherry, mild black tea, dried mango, lemon zest, cinnamon, hint of band-aid. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. Quite the fun little Belgian-style sour ale! Very clean, rustic, and characterful. Surprisingly complex nose that invites exploration. Such a cool brewery.
Arayaga2 (1775) - portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 4, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Vibrant amber with a thin brown head. Aroma is acetic and tart with a pineappley effervescence and a weird pine-sol edge. Taste is just about exactly how it smells with a somewhat biscuity finish. Rather aggressive flavors which leave a woody sting afterwards. $4.10/11/2oz