Beerdedone (2837) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sampled. Pours a dark copper with a light one finger tan head. Aroma of dark fruit, cedar, ginger, and some sake notes. Flavor is moderately sweet with caramel malts, maple, brown sugar, and oak barrel spicyness with a nice warming alcohol finish. a very good belgian strong.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - NOV 30, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy amber body with a small beige head. Rich woody oak and vinous nose with notes of light berry, allspice, nutmeg and toffee. The flavor is moserately sweet with caramel, golden raisins, vanilla/oak and berry. Medium body is soft with moderate carbonation.
Funknmilla (727) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2007
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Copper with just bubbles for a head, and cream on the swirl....smells vinegary....sherry flavor and aftertaste, medium bodied palate to thin....sweet lingering essences with a dry finish
bitbucket (2160) - 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 (1133) - 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 (4444) - 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 (2012) - 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.