boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - MAY 12, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shimmering brown pour with some dusty red hues blended softly into the body. A small beige head is drawn from adequate carbonation, good retention. Minor lacing. Aroma is soft and moderately complex. Vinous notes are joined by herbs, French oak scents, brown sugar, lightly funky sourness, cherries, prunes and apples. Light yeastiness and lighter still alcohol settle in late. Odd, though mouth-watering. Flavor is of medium tartness, very mild bitterness, moderate acidity, medium-high sweetness and emblazoned with a badge of sour caramels and dark and melon-textured fruits. The finish is tart and fruity, off-dry and pretty elegant. A very flavorful sour brown, especially because of the sexy vinous nature. I love wine-reminiscent beers. The mouthfeel is soft but adequately carbonated, sticky and medium bodied. A very unique and treasured example that always has a home in my cellar, likewise in my kitchen. Never has the flavor of a beer provoked such anticipatory thoughts of a sure-to-be winning food and beer pairing. This would seem to be, and later turn out to be, a most stupendous match for baked salmon and steamed green beans with honey.
DaMenace123 (253) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 11, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Solid brown color. Smells of cherry and apple. Sweet, sour taste like a champagne.
goozen (3810) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - MAY 9, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beer of the month at ABT-cafe Bar le Duc, Den Bosch. Pale amber looking Flemish Sour legend, fruity/sourish tasting, but you must love this great beerstyle.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours light brown with alot of yeast chunks. The smell is very medicinal without much else sneaking through. Flavor has notes of light roasted malt, raisin, medicine, and tart fruit. For 8%, the alcohol is very well hidden. Comparing to another Flemish Sour, this one doesn’t rate as high, but I still love this style.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 8, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2007 2005 bottle. Pours a murky, brown-mahagony with tiny bits of sediment; head is average, pale beige, and fizzy, with a bit of creaminess; head is mostly diminishing and leaves no lace. Aroma is nice and complex with a bit of vinous sherry notes; notes of vanilla, maple wood, overripe plums, raisin, lightly acetic, and a bit of earthy funk. Flavor is less sour or acetic than I would have thought; lots of maple woods, vanilla, and caramels with overripe plums and faint acetic notes with a low earthy bitterness. Palate is medium-light, lively, and a bit of dryness as it progresses. Finishes lightly tart of soured plums with maple wood and toffee and a dryness. Not the puckering sour tartness of a Flemish Red but a soft tartness is well supported by other malt notes; a very nice Oud Bruin Plenty of vinous notes found throughout to match the ’funk’ and just enough bitterness to keep everything intact.
garthicus (2907) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAY 5, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Over-ripe apple scent, looks like a dead beer or a beer that has been sitting for hours (best before on cap was 2018) my bottle was much different to the one in the picture, it is a plain bottle (no writing) wrapped in purple and white paper, anyhow, tastes of barley and wine, alcohol is disguised very well, enjoyable (my wife who doesnt drink chose this for me so I am very impressed!)
downender (7925) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled from Corks, Bristol. Dark copper colour with a slight head and a bit of cloudiness. Sweet aromas of caramel and vanilla with a touch of phenol. Flavour was sour with accompanying red fruits. Surprisingly light in body. Overall, this was a bit muted and disappointing.
thornecb (5495) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - APR 25, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cork says 2005. Pours dark brown/mahogany into a snifter. Offwhite micro head has excellent retention. Cherry aromas. Smooth with sweet pit fruit and strawberry with a slightly sour cherry finish. Alcohol aromas in the finish..
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2008 Re-rate. Sampled at Tria Fermentation School, 9/16/08. Poured mahogany, topped with a few off-white bubbles. Appealing aroma of dark fruit, brown sugar, black cherry and wood. Flavor was sour cherry and other dark fruit, especially prunes, brown sugar, and port. Medium bodied with some vinous qualities. Great stuff.
Original Review; 4/2007 375ml Bottle, 2006 vintage. Pours cloudy brown, with a small tan head. Musty, tart aroma, with yeast, cherry and wood. moderately tart, not as tart as i would expect from the aroma. A bit thin bodied. 7/4/8/4/14 = 3.7
beermaniac (86) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2007
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma: I don’t know where to start. Cherry, sherry, dark fruits, fruity alcohol, woody, some sour acetic character, very complex, I get something different every time. Lovely.
Appearance: Brown, somewhat cloudy, low head retention.
Flavor: Just as complex as the aroma. Not as sour as I imagined, with a pleasant sweetness in the finish, although enough sourness to keep it interesting. Well balanced.
Palate: Very drinkable, not crazy sour, medium bodied, with moderate carbonation. Alcohol well hidden, not harsh.
Overall: Perfect. What else does a beer drinker need?