JasonNYC (18) - New York, USA - DEC 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
As the first reviewer, let me proudly say that this beer should be officially endorsed by John Madden. It just might be the perfect pairing for turducken. That's right, though the Belgians who made it might have no idea what (or why) turducken is, I did break a bottle out for Christmas dinner and found its slightly sweet and slightly bitter (reminding you it is indeed a beer) notes worked perfectly with the three poultry types on my plate - along with the chicken-like roast rabbit also making an appearance. (Yes, some ambitious dinner hosts.) Not a style I would pick as my session, but festive, not too sweet, nicely carbonated, and eminently shareable. Only my second Flemish red, so keep that in mind with my review.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
DMLINAZ (261) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 25, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at World of Beer, Tempe. Lots of sour aroma and flavor, but not bad. Enjoyable. (Had this a while ago but just uploaded the rating.)
harrymel (1439) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Best by: 07NOV15
A: pours a treated dark rawhide color with a 1.5 finger peanut head which falls in a couple minutes to a capped sheet. Cobweb lace. Good border clarity.
S: Dark cherries, strawberries, lemon, leather, mineral hints, plenty of woody oak. A little bit of sweetness, pretty for the style.
T: much sweeter than I had imagined. A medicinal cherry flavor is dominant with oak, tannins and bitters bringing up the back end. On the finish I get a hint of band-aid mixed with nougat. The acetyl aspect of this beer is limited; so much so I with there was more vinegar in this one.
M: Medium on heavy with moderate and spritely carbonation. Semidry and smooth finish.
O: Not a bad beer, would be interested to see if it gets more sour with time. It’s not a bad beer by any means, the flavor has some off-tones and that’s my primary complaint - it’s in the finish that I’m put off.
Serving type: bottle
Ferris (1868) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 20, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle - Vintage 2012 - Red wine and barrel notes, sour funk and a bit of berry. Cloudy maroon with a rich beige head. Front end sourness that masks lots of flavor, cherries and a bit of oak come up after finishing sweet and sour. Flavors are a bit muddy, I have seen much better versions of a Flemish.
bytemesis (2433) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 10, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at the birch. Pours deep clear ruby, large tan creamy head, nice lacing. Aroma is funk, wood, cherry. Flavor follows, medium sweet, light tart, bit of funk, tons of wood, fruity, oranges. Medium body. Interesting, but too sweet.
after4ever (5861) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 9, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750, corked and baled. Pours a very dark rubied ebony with a dense and creamy tan head that sticks around and leaves lots of lace. Mild balsamic, brown sugar, and cherries on the nose. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Balsamic, cherries, and molasses on the mid palate; fairly mild. Soft finish.
Lectvay (59) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 9, 2013
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Labeled as Strubbe’s Grand Cru, in the December Rare Beer Club shipment, which is disappointing, since this is not rare and not all that great. Very faintly sour, a little sweet with a fruity, cherry flavor. Nothing unpleasant about it, but kind of lackluster.
JDBaker11058 (1108) - Maryland, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: dark purple with a short, fizzy, slightly bubbly head; not terribly much to look at. Aroma: nice sour nose of light balsamic vinegar and stone fruit, over a base of brown sugary malts. Taste: not nearly as sour as the nose indicates; rather, this is all about the fruit--lots of cherry, raspberry, plums, red and green apples, and some red grape juice. Finish: lingering slight fruity/cola sweetness, with decent carbonation prickles and just enough sourness to scrub the palate. Notes: This was lightly, delicately sour rather than the in-your-face sourness of, say, a Rodenbach. This beer was all about the fruit. It was more like a less tart lambic mixed with a less sour Bourgnone. It was a nice change of pace from the traditional sours I’ve had recently; alternatively, it would be a nice intro to the style for someone with little to no experience with sours. ME LIKEY. Bottle from the Rare Beer Club under the Strubbe’s Grand Cru aka.
camborne (640) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Has decent funky sour nose. Palate is not very sour. Was really surprised how tame this one is. Dark fruit does add nice flavor profile.
Renobob (145) - - NOV 21, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Voilà une vieille brune qui vaut le détour ! Un équilibre quasi-parfait pour une dégustation agréable en tout point.