kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - MAR 30, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2003 bottle: Poured slightly hazy amber-brown with a nice light brown head. OK retention and nice lacing. Very interesting aroma. I'm getting a suprising amount of cherry, citrus and vanilla. Theres some fruity (dark fruit) malt aroma there too, and a yeasty stench as well. Smooth medium mouthfeel. Flavour wasnt as complex as aroma. Starts with sweet subdued malts, finish is mildly sour and acidic. Slightly spicy hop like aftertaste. Nice stuff.
guzzler67 (1456) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 28, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2001 vintage. Cloudy (lots of sediment), reddish brown appearance with very little head and hardly any lacing. Yeasty, vinous aroma with hints of molasses. Tart, acidic, sour cherry taste with a full bodied mouthfeel. Intricate, multileveled stages that the tastebuds experience before giving way to the, alas, final sip.
mds (2118) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 27, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
cool bottle wrapped in paper. deep mahogany colour, no head. Aroma is very aciditic. a very full bodied beer, tart, sour, complex. Nice mouthfeel lingers. A solid choice.
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - MAR 22, 2004
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottled 2001: this one tripped me out a bit, never had a beer that tasted this way...is there sour apple in my mouth?? poured murky dirty brown with no clarity , sediment in the bottle and in my glass. little carbonation that goes away pretty quick. nose is somewhat earthy malt...i had just had a boon framboise and we know how tart that is but, this was a real tart bastard. it got better as i drank it, some underlying complexity of fruit apples and plums. i think this one needs to be cellared some more to mellow the flavors a bit and make it a little more enjoyable. not had many in this class so dont really have anything to compare it too. however, the rates are strong and its suppose to be a superb brew. going to try more in belgium to get a sense of what i should be looking for. i read somewhere it cellars and ages 'grudginly'...
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 19, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2004 2002 Vintage Murky red-brown w/ frothy light brown head. Mild, acidic aroma w/ sour cherry accents. Light, creamy, soft feel. Tart, oaky flavour w/ a balancing grape & cherry sweetness. Also lovely notes of caramel & anisette in the background.
1988 Vintage What a treat to find this one. Thanks to Doug Shoemaker & Michael Robis from Chester's.
Murky dark brown w/ very small off-white head. Port-like nose of oak, grape, cork, raisins, & nuts. Light feel. Again, Port-like flavour (oak, grape, cork) w/ a touch of licorice & molasses. Very dry finish. Lovely.
Aroma 8; Appearance 4; Flavor 9; Palate 4; Overall Impression 17; Overall Rating 4.2.
GregClow (2795) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Muddy ruby-brown with a mocha head. Robust sour fruit aroma. Flavour is predominantly malty with hints of anise, coffee, sour orange and cherry. Rich and wonderful.
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 18, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cork Date 2001, Sampled March 2004
Pours a hazy deep red color with no head at all. Only lightly carbonated. A sharp acetic aroma emanates from my glass, as well as notes of musty cork, alcohol, aged malt, and a bunch of other things that I can't quite pick out. The taste is not nearly as sour as the aroma would suggest. An astringent tannic finish that coats the mouth is preceeded by a light sweetness that counter balances the sourness. Definitely a woody finish to this beer, a bit oaky. Notes of raisin, red wine, musky mustiness,
This beer is good but it seems to be missing a bit of balance. Perhaps I am comparing it a bit too much to Rodenbach Grand Cru, but the balance is so much more complete in the Grand Cru.
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - MAR 2, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep brown/red beer with lots of yeast left-overs floating around. Thick and creamy light tan head. Vinous nose of fruit and vinegar with a fine alcohol tone in the background. Flavor is acidid malty, fruity and woody with a perfect balanced alcohol bite to the finish. A really fine and refreshing beer!
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - FEB 29, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very cloudy brown color with no head. Sour cherry and slight metallic vinegar aroma. Very tart cherry, lemon, vinegar, wood and barnyard hay flavors. Almost no carbonation, but it's so acidic that it feels kind of tingly. I really enjoyed this!
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - FEB 29, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Muddy brown/ruby color with no head. The aroma was full of balsamic vinegar, very tart cherrie, wet wood, and sourness. The flavor was extremely acidic...almost made this flat beer feel carbonated. Tart cherries, balsamic vinegar, sour lemon, and wet wood tones were present in the flavor as well. The feel was almost completely flat...the acidic aspect of this beer made it feel quite crisp on the tongue.