VastActiv (3952) - Oulu, FINLAND - MAY 16, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (Vintage 2009) at Mikkeller Viktoriagade, Copenhagen. Originally rated 20150503. Colour is deep dark ruby with very small bubbly white head. Aromas and flavours: Berries, massive wood, oak, raisins, dryness and dry fruits.
jgb9348 (5096) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 11, 2015
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Naturally, I’ve been saving this bottle for a while, and I picked a pretty good time to crack it open! Super dark brown coloured body with a violet and light ruby glow, all with no head, no movement and no carbonation at all. Aroma of sour grapes, cherries, malt, yeast, brett, yeast, pit fruit sweetness, alcohol, vinegar and way more sour notes that are mouth-watering! Medium to Full-bodied; Rich malty flavour at first that shows a lot of sour notes at first then fades to a vinegar and almost rich prune and deep cherry flavour with a good deep malt flavour, some raisin and date sweetness and a complex alcohol flavour at the end, with more and even deeper complexity from the sour notes of grapes, cherries and apples. Aftertaste is nice and robust with malt at first, but all sour and complex fragrant flavours with cherries and grapes at first, but a rich prune and alcohol pit fruit flavour of sweetness comes through at the end, all still with some light chocolate maltiness. Overall, a very nice and rich beer that shows well throughout, leads a lot of complexity down the line, but still has a ton of sour flavours - all this without carbonation, as well. Definitely worth trying and keeping a few bottles of this, if you can find it - i’ll be looking for more of this to cellar on the West Coast. I sampled this caged and corked 37,5 split bottle purchased from Olive Tree Market Place in San Diego, California on 08-February-2011 for US$16,49 sampled at home in Washington on 10-May-2015 - Mother’s Day 2015, a bit more than 4 years after purchase. Great to finally sample this one, but perfect as a celebratory rating!
Marduk (3991) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 10, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
375ml bottle (thanks FatPhil). Dark mahogany color. No head, flat. Woody, whiskey, alcohol, prunes, sweet notes in aroma. Sour, licorice, woody, sweet, oak, apples in taste. Acidic mouthfeel. They have dissolved at least 3 lakupiipu in this bottle. Alcohol is well hidden behind all this vinegar and salt (so where are my chips?). Hurts my tongue a bit, but not bad. Not a fan of sours, but I can drink it.
BOSSbrewer (2707) - Arkansas, USA - MAY 10, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the source. Pours light brown. Aroma is tart cherries and chocolate. Really super fantastic.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
FatPhil (10892) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 9, 2015
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
375ml bottle (Alus Celle, Riga)
Pleasant wqod-glue aromas, a little bit of vanilla, quite sour. Nice dark brown, but glassy - no head at all. Horrific vinegary acid palate. Some sugar sweetness. For looks, I have to add an extra point for the look in Aresh’s face as he takes a sip, it’s like a baby sucking on a slice of lemon, but followed by more swearing. Taste has burnt liquorish and rubber, some marmite yeastiness. Apparently whoever wrote the commercial description was unaware that brett doesn’t cause battery acid, other little bugs do instead, brett causes funk. So one can only conclude that the brewers don’t actually know about how to brew a beer. Ooops, Aresh drainpours his, so does Anna - Marduk’s up for more and volunteers. For me, this is a complete battery acid fuckup. I guess it’s an OK vinaigrette salad dressing. Aresh = 7:3:1:1:1=1.3 - "I’m not prepared to call this beer, I don’t drink apple vinegar".
tdtm82 (1205) - Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 3, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled; shared with Clayton and Martin at Clayton’s; 3rd May 2015.
Stunning oak chips and wood on aroma. Typically Rodenbach aroma. Taste is sour cherry, cherry tart; moderate puckering, light acid, great use of lactose. This is a fantastic example of beating the Belgians at their own game. Some vinegar and Modena oil too. Super.
Zymurgeist2 (1280) - Redwood City, California, USA - APR 23, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Harry’s Hofbrau. Aromas of tart cherry, slight earth. Pours an aged burgundy-brown with minimal white head. Taste is smooth tart cherry and moderate bread. Bone dry creates a quick finish.
XaenDovet (1222) - British Columbia, CANADA - APR 12, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at hopping pig. Pours a deep cloudy reddish brown. Aroma of sour cherries, wood, raisin, bourbon. Taste is sweet and sour. Palate is sticky, astringent, leaving a slick refreshment and salivation for more.
mathieuc (2180) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 8, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Lord Hobo. Pours a nice dark brown/reddish with small beige rim that leaves good lacing. Nose is of grapes, red wine, cherries and some sugar. Taste is of grapes, vinous, not too acetic but with a nice Flanders Red character still. More red fruits. Moderately sweet and not too boozy for such a hefty brew. Body is medium-full, carbonation moderate and mouthfeel slightly syrupy. Overall it was every bit as good as I thought it would be. Nice!
Ontape (469) - Valley Village, California, USA - APR 5, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at TDA’s 5th. Better or draft than the bottle I’ve had, carb helps. Bourbon and sour cherries lead on the nose, tadte brings in the raisins. But and pleasantly tart. Some lingering funk, nice.