MartinT (7797) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 6, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
In the glass, a Christmas ornament dipped in blood…A menacing burgundy yeast storm…Woody and acid whips lash the tongue simultaneously…But leathery fieldberries then act as a balm…A trail of vinegar invites you for more sadism…
pilsnerrogge (2491) - Finspång, SWEDEN - JUN 17, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2011 Bottle
Pours a deep redish brown colour with a nice head. Acidic cherry stone aroma. Balsamic and vinous flavour with notes of oak and sourish cherries, there’s also a slight dash of toffee.
TAR (2476) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUN 12, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
1998 sample: Musty, meat, wood, cherry, rum (as it warms), and sweet tart candy aroma alongside elusive toasty malt. Aroma is quite round. First sip was not what I was anticipating. This is a little light on the palate at first sip before a presence of plentiful carbonation and candied malts make way to provide a semi-fullness. Brown sugar quickly comes to my mind, followed by cherry, spice, caramel malts, spruce, and an adequate bitterness. Finishes musty with whispers of yeast. Sweetness cuts the sourness to perfection, exhibiting the best of both worlds.. Yeast/fruit silt adds a unique tinginess which numbs my palate. Very straight forward, yet very complex. The base reminds me of a malty and fruity English barleywine. This and some sharp cheddar would be a match made in heaven. This raises the standard by which all other Bruin’s are judged-and deservingly so.
JoeM500 (1905) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUN 2, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Absolutely no head, in fact, no visible carbonation. Musty, earthy nose similar to my Grandmother’s humid, dusty basement. Overly ripe, sweet plum mixed with the tartness of a sour, green apple taste. Way too sweet at the beginning and way too sour at the end. Tasted more like a homemade wine. An interesting dessert beer in small quantities, I could not finish a pint of this. Musty, earthy, moldy, humid, dusty fruit-burps!
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very good tart flavor with a strong black cherry base.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 11, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cherry wine scent. Hazy red colour, some floaties. Sour. Sticky sweet. Has some aging to do. (Best before 2011)
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 6, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2004 1999 edition,consumed in 2004. Deep orange/light brown in color with a small white head.Oaky,acidic aroma,fruity,roasted/toasted malt,sweet/sour character,mild cherry character,smooth and slightly creamy.Alcohol is very well hidden.
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 5, 2002
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Big viuous aroma, deep amber with strong beige head, highly cabonated & many particles. Flavour is some sweet fruit but quickly sour with metalic undertones. Just too sour for me
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - MAY 4, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2004 Deep murky red, blocks almost all light, no head. Nose tart and sour, cherries, strawberries, and vanilla. Bit of woodiness and a predominant musty, horseblanket funk to it. Taste is very funky and sour, a gueuze packed full of sour cherries. Nice bite and acidity at the end, crispness sticks in the mouth for a lovely, long finish. Drinkability is high, smooth, reasonably full and easily quaffable once you get past the heavy sourness. Didn't like this at all the first time, but my palate has considerably changed over time and this is now quite good.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 1, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice auburn color, Toast, salt and iron flavors. A dry version of the Oudenaarde Brown stlye. A good change of pace from the sweeter/malty versions.