sayravai (4667) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 11, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2007 (Bottled in 2005, BBE 2015, rated 7/8/2007) Hazy, dark ruby red with a very small head and huge yeast particles when poured in. Slightly tart, sweetish aroma with sour apples and cherry, plus hints of alcohol. Sourish, slightly sweet-sugary flavor with red vinegar, ripe cherries and sour apple juice. Yeast softens the flavor only slightly, since it remains in rather large clumps. Alcohol is completely hidden all the way, though. Medium-bodied, smooth and lowish-carbonated palate. Complex and quite enjoyable despite the sweetness, but it would be interesting to sample an aged version.
(Bottled, BBE 2012, rated 4/11/2004) Hazy, dark red/amber color with huge yeast particles flowing, and a small head. Sourish aroma, very much like a full-bodied red wine, with hints of cherry, trappist yeast and oak barrel. Sour, very complex, but surprisingly thin flavor with cherry, oak and plums.
mkobes (2138) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - APR 4, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brownish red. 750 ml. Sour flavor that i loved. Tasted like apple cider. Full bodied. Excellent beer. Delicious.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - APR 2, 2004
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2004 750 ml with a cork that says 2001. Dark brownish red, with floaties. Musty soured aroma that is to die for. Indescribable. Soured jolly rancher-like flavor of apple cider and apple skins. Full bodied and smooth. Delicious. This beer rocks!!!!
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - APR 2, 2004
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dry, slightly acidic aroma. Very slight nose. Color is a nice reddish amber brown. Light carbonation. Head forms and dissipates quickly. Laces nicely around the glass though. Flavor profile is dry, slightly woody. Dark fruits, vinuous. Like the previous rater said, like a dry red wine. Gets more complex as the beer gets some oxygen and time in the glass. Excellent beer!
MrManning (1982) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 30, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
1988 VINTAGE- Very special thanks goes out to Doug Shoemaker for getting this one. Also thanks goes out to Michael Robis of Chester's. Dark, dark body, almosr like a red wine. A dark ruby red. Looks very appealing. Aroma is oakey, woody and hickory with some slight alcohol notes that remind me of a port. Very nice! Taste is like a dry red wine. No carbonation, a tad smokey with a bit of a sour note. Very still. Goes down with a bit of a punch in the throat. Very nice! We all appreciated this one Doug! Thanks!
bluevegie (3039) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 30, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very much enjoyed this beer! It's not too cheap though to be drinking it on a regular basis. Deep cherry red colour with a large off white head. Good lacing. Cherry aroma plus some nice malts. Lovely smooth taste of cherry, fruit and balanced malt, also I don't find this to sour at all. Good beer! Cheers!
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 (1473) - 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 (2154) - 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'...