Geokkjer (7332) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 8, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle.Pours brown with a beige head.Aroma of sour grapes,berries and barnyard.Mildly sour and spicy flavor with some mild funk and wood, a decent amount of residual sugars .Medium body.Oily and vinous texture.Nice one.
OldMrCrow (2404) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 1, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from bottleworks. Deep red-brown pour, nice woody aroma. Quite a drinkable Flemish red, tart but not overly vinegar, well-integrated wood, easy-going and totally enjoyable even though it was lacking the sort of complexity that makes the style shine. I think I prefer this to Duchess, for example.
NomDeBeer (414) - Maryland, USA - SEP 28, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep red color with a small off-white head. Aroma is faint and sour - wood, brown sugar, and plums mostly. Taste is the same - subtle and buttery. Kind of boring, not at all acidic, the sourness is minimal, and there are no vinegar-like notes here. Good body. Drinkable, but uneventful.
DSG (11600) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - SEP 27, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2013 Re-rate 6/2/13: Bottle sample at a sour tasting at Noam’s office. Thanks zvikar. Reddish brown with a beige head. Oaky aroma with malt, some cherries, other fruits and a bit of caramel. Sweet and slightly sourish flavor with malt, some cherries and grapes notes, a bit of caramel and some oak. Light to medium-bodied. 6/3/7/3/13=3.2
[9/8/09] Bottle at my hostel in Brussels. Deep red-burghundy color with a pinkish-beige head. Aroma has some slightly caramelly malt and light acidic woody notes. Sweet flavor with malt, brown sugar, some dark bread, fruitiness and subdued wood notes. A decent beer but not as a Sour Ale. 6/4/7/3/13=3.3
Hansen (8410) - Assentoft, DENMARK - SEP 19, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown witht a note of red. Has an off-white head, fully lasting. Aroma of wood, acid, lactic. Candis too. Flavor starts sweet and acidic, finish light bitter. Dry, syrupy texture.
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - SEP 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark purple to brown body and no lacing. Aroma is a very nice sweet red fruit and a bit of tartness. Lightly sweet cherry flavor, candy sugar body, cream in the middle, faint hint of oak in the finish and a slight tartness. Nice creamy body.
vtafro (6679) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 11, 2009
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle. Dark mahogany pour with light white head.When i read that it was a red flemish sour, i expected less of a vingear ish sour flavor than i received. Flavor was light, dark fruits, oak, but the vinegar tinge killed it for me.
Tmoney99 (13466) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 4, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from keg Liquor.
Poured clear brown color with a large fizzy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy dark fruit and yeast aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and lively carbonation. Medium to heavy fruity sour flavor with a medium sweet & sour finish of moderate duration.
My expectations where met with a complex beer.
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 30, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a very dark brown color, almost black with deep mahogany edges when held to a light source. Creamy .5 off-white head that quickly fades into the thinnest of rings leaving very small specks of lacing.
Tart funky aroma with a nice oak vanilla presence from the barrel aging. Also a bit of a vinegar and dark fruit notes.
Lighter end of medium bodied and a bit watered down. I was expecting a fuller mouthfeel. Tart and puckering but much more of a vinegary sourness than expected. Lots of oak and vanilla character with a pleasant dark fruit flavor. Dark cherries, plum and raisin notes with a dry finish.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the Sam’s in Downers Grove, Illinois: It pours a deep chestnut body, clear around the edges, with a decent beige head that collapses quickly. The aroma is venegar and tart cherries with oak and dark caramel. The flavor is a tad more sourwith less cherries but a bit woodier. It finishes tart and dry with a lingering acidity. Very nice.