IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - JUL 9, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My first of this style. Dark brown with amber hues. Highly carbonated with small fizzy head. I opened and poured very slow to prevent the "volcano" that some have described. Aroma of sour apples, worchestershire sauce, malty sweetness some gym sock funk. A thin feel, tart up front yet some sweetness also lingers. A finish similar to a Chardonay, dry with green apples and hay. A bit fizzy for me leaves a slick feel on the lips. Very interesting, not my favorite by far but I look forward to trying more of this unique style.
JorisPPattyn (7820) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 7, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Vertical tasting between: A; Liefmans Goudenband (375 ml), cork date: 12/2002, points as above; and:
B; Liefmans Goudenband (750ml), cork date: 1986, points in [brackets] in text. Colour: A: thick yellow head, dense, lacey; deep brown beer with reddish shine. B: thick dirty yellow head, cringing to a 1 cm thick ring; dark brown, amberish shine . Nose: A: acetone, nuts, Maillard/bread crust, wood; B: earthy, lactic, Rodenbach-like, mushrooms  Taste: A: really like a burnt crust of a pretty sweet bread (eggbread and the like). Surrounding sourness (lactic-woody) with always a bitter finish: a bit harsh, not hoppy, licorice; B: Sourish, pretty lactic, acetic is hinted at but below identification treshold. Yet something clear-sweet inside. Very little tartness, more sour-sweet, but lots of fruity, wooden notes. Vague hint of old port, with the suspicion of the Stilton served alongside. When compared to A, A becomes a pale abbey dubbel, even like a German brown beer, and this is the real thing  Mouthfeel/aftertaste: A: Full-bodied, but thinner texture. Shame about the finish, the beer is quite OK; B: much more refreshing, lesser bodied but it somehow sits more right with the style. Or is that prejudice?  Overall: A is nice and would come out best when drunk as such. In this vertical test, however, it completely fades in front of the 1986 onslaught. One that tastes as if it were brewed last december for a surviving bunch of real Flemish 'potentaten' with flat caps, a mean eye, and a no meaner stomach. Truly great: , which would give it 4.4 out of 5!
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - JUL 4, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark ruby color; raisen cherry smell and taste, though the aroma sour and the taste very sweet; loads of head. Nice way to end ratebeer summer party pub crawl at teh chicago map room.
Kinz (3258) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUL 2, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 24, 2010 WooHoo! This is what it is all about. Smells like soured cherries and Robo. Perfect, long lasting rocky head persists over a ruby/copper body, slowly fading to a perfect tan veneer. None of the head retention problems others have noted (2002 bottling). Flavor is fantastic, acidity bringing forth a sour cherry flavor, balanced by nice malt tones. If the malt had just a touch more depth, this could be a perfect beer. Complex with all the rot and funk I love in a good Belgian brew. Yummy. RERATE: 4/23/10 - I’ll leave up my initial rating of the 1 year old bottle. This was a 2006, rated in 2010. Almost still, very little carbonation left. Aroma was softly of sour cherry, little else. The funk I appreciated in this beer had died off, replaced by a nice chocolate note in the malts. Still some sour cherry, but overall, this one was past its peak. Too bad. 7, 4, 7, 4, 15.
jsquire (3402) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUL 1, 2003
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
On tap at the Map Room. Deep red color in the chalice with strong lace from a thin head. It had that forboding evil rotten smell even though an attempt was made to mask it with a sweet perfume. The taste is of Cherry Coke with vingear in it. It was not as bad as the smell indicated, but it still tasted of turned cherries. Thin body with soda pop carbonation. Drinkable, and almost not unpleasant. I'm still having a tough time with these sours though.
SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 1, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mahogany body, nice big head. Sweet aroma, oak, some alcohol, dark fruits, caramel. Woody, a bit tart but overpowered by the sweetness, dark fruits. A good beer but too weet for my taste.
Frank (2787) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2003 Coca-Cola brown with a quarter inch of head and big spots of lace. Sour nose is lambic-like only milder with a slight sweet malty edge. Medium to full bodied. Creamy but with a strong sour bite. Definitely vinous. Notes of apples and sour grapes. Very tasty. A must for sour beer lovers.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - JUN 24, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2001. Slightly musty aroma, dark chocolate amber color. Pungent citrus and cherry flavor. Chunky yeast surprisingly added to the texture. Earthy oak and a bit of moss added to the tangy goodness which sweetened slightly as the brew warmed.
wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 14, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2004 Presentation in the glass was absolutely fabulous. Tangy pungent aroma. Dark brown with light head. Amazing sour taste with subtle sweet finish. Very distinct taste.
TheBeerGod (5188) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 2, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2003 Had this at 't Materke Inn on 5-16-03. Ruby brown with a pleasant fruity and malt-ish aroma. Sour taste but permeates fruit like apples, strawberries, and raspberries. Finishes sour but there is a dryness and sweetness that introduces itself. Not bad.