MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - MAY 5, 2006
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
1.5 liter bottle 2000 vintage... I waited foe the right time to crack this bottle and indeed it was. In great compant as well! Pours a ruby brown huge aroma right out of the bottle. nive off white head.. Nice dry flavor due to aging ... Aroma was fuity and yeasty.. flavor was a dry sour with nice fruitiness .... I would write more but I am in a middle of the glass and damn I want to drink it..
iambeer (255) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2006
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
The bottle from LCBO was wrapped in paper. this stuff is gross. The1st impression was white vinegar the 2nd red vinegar, 3rd down the drain. The worst ale EVER.
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 23, 2006
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2006 I’m guessing that this was a skunked bottle - the "Best Before" date was impossible to read.
Looked good, but smelled more than just sour, it seemed rotten. Not surprisingly, the taste was horrid - astringent and nasty. It left a grotesquely bitter aftertaste and was basically unfinishable. Only its beautiful brown/red colour kept this from being a drain pour.
And I love Rodenbach - this must have been a bad bottle, so I will re-rate as I bought a couple at the LCBO...
But come to think of it, $5 for a bad bottle is a huge waste of money.
Re-Rate: Next bottle wasn’t skunked - fairly dry, but I found the taste to be shallower than expected and hoped for.
caledonian (367) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 22, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2006 Dark reddish-brown with a beige head. Slightly tart, it does share some aspects of a good red wine. The fragrance fills the nose and mouth with each sip. Earthy, complex, and generally enjoyable to have in hand.
shintriad (701) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 19, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a beautiful dark red with a beige-brown head, spotty lacing, and a vigorous twister of carbonation spiralling at the bottom of my chalice. Warm, pleasant balsamic vinegar in the nose. Not nearly as sour as Rodenbach (my only other comparison point so far) and is balanced with a mild fruity sweetness rounded out by dryness in the finish, like pomegranite. Incredibly refreshing, even when room temperature, and astonishingly subtle. Smooth, almost creamy palate. The alcohol doesn’t show up at all. Wonderful.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - APR 17, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2009 Sour balsamic vinegar dominates the aroma with hints of chinese baby corn. Ruby/brown in color with a lazy white head tha diminishes rapidly. Fore is tart and slightly vegetal and is followed by some sweeter fruit notes including cherry and slghtly caramel accented malts. Leaves a tongue tingling sourness in the finish.
pootzboy (1693) - Hopville, Ontario, CANADA - APR 17, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Corked, mini champage bottle. Poured a murky chestnut brown-amber with a rocky, sticky cap that laces. Sweet and sour aromas of musty spice and sharp medicinal smells against caramel sweetness. Moderate body is slightly sour uop front with a tart cherry or grape tase that then becomes mellowed in the body by a luxurious whack of caramel malts. Finish is slightly drying as the hops are detected with metallic aftertastes. This is probably the better of the Flanders browns I have tasted...the malt is more pronounced and it is more drinkable than Petrus or Rodenbach.
chicagobears (449) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2007 Poured ruby brown and spicy. Strangely, I found this to be not as sour as expected. A good eathey malt tone, nutty, and a wild souriness. This is a delicious brew that has a subtle unique complexity. Will certainely try again!
I’ve had few bottles since my first rating and I found them to be subpar. So Ive decreased my score from 4.3 to 3.9. Maybe they’re some inconsistencies with this Brown sour ale?
luvcasks (178) - USA - APR 16, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From a botle in Pizza Paradiso (2005)
Aroma: Sour, Sweet, Caramelly these are just words ... not doing justice to the whole thing... (just like describing pieces leaving out the whole!)
Appearance: Deep dark caramel with a dusty long lasting tan head
Flavor: Green apple, Pineapple and caramel flavors are balanced with a spritzy spicy finish
Palate: For such a complex beer it is so light on the tongue..
Overall: Just fantastic.. undeniably complex, subtle intruiguing and engaging all at the same time... For Flemish Ale Seekers a great treat - I personally like the Rodenbach just a little more than this one!
DerWeg (1594) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 15, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
33 cl ’05 vintage bottle. Pours a deep impressive foggy-translucent mahogany with a solid, fine head that sticks around a good while. Wow. This comes off all subtle then it really works its charms - super smooth creamy mouthfilling feel, unique, hints of cherry-like sourness and delicate spiciness darting to and fro in the mouth. Refined but enticing tart fruitI aroma - I am soon back to the garage for a second as the sexy, appealing drinkability of this ale is remarkable. To say ’Belgian beer approaches wine’ underestimates beer and yet this beer evokes such a reference. Yet this beer is incomparable really, to toss in still another paradox. Ageing may balance it out still more, rolling off some youthful sweetness in the taste giving full expression to the cellar-like aromas and exqusite tart fruit. The unlabelled tissue-wrapped bottle is certainly meant for hiding away anywhere cool and musty until fate calls upon it. All said, a Flemish well worth it.