BeanDip (117) - Florida, USA - APR 3, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2005 Black Lable: This beer is right at the top of my list for depth and complexity. So many things I’m picking up on here. ..sour cherries, tobacco, flowers, powder, chocolate. Once it warms up the alcohol emerges - perhaps a tad too much because it masks all the other wonderful aromas. I can feel the warmth in my cheeks from the alcohol. The texture is really nice with a tannic quality to the finish. There is really no sweetness here but the sourness is subtle enough to trick you into thinking there might be. Really very different than anything I have had before. Very, very nice.
jercraigs (8735) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2007 Sept 2007. Bottle @ Rudolf’s ’Sourfest’. Small bottle, Lost Abbey version. Brown headless body. Fruity aroma has light woody notes (7+) Moderate sourness, with a sharp cherry pit bite at the back of the throat (7+). Average palate. More depth to it than my notes reflect. I figured I had already rated it at least once, so just enjoyed the sample. 7+/3/7+/3/15-16 - 3.7
<P>April 2007 New yellow ’C’ style bottle, courtesy of HogTownHarry. Hazy brown body with a small tan head that fades fast. Woody aroma carries over to the flavour. Light sour cherries in both aroma and flavour, more pronounced than in the Mother of All Beers. Average palate. More aggressive flavour than MoaB, but lacks the subtlety I liked in that one. 7/3/7+/3/16 - 3.7
<P>Radekfest 05 Old style bottle. Highly anticipated, my first Pizza Port. Headless ruby tinged mahogany body evokes the image of wine rather than beer. Samples became increasingly cloudy as they progressed to the dregs of the bottle. Green leafy vegetation lurks deep in the shadows accenting dry sour cherries . A complexity deserving of a meditation more advanced in both scale and duration. Moderate sourness throughout carries less disgruntled enmity than more intensely sour beers of the style. Sufficiently complex and subtle to woo this sour doubter.7/3/9/3/16 - 3.8
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - MAR 31, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2006 bottle #CUSU43. brown and gold at the edges, no head, no visible carbonation. nose is brandy, cherry, a little banana. flavor is dried cherry, port like, slightly drysish and barely woody. also caramel malt/faint banana in the flavor. very vinuous but not acidic. slightly sour. EXTRA thanks to Jimmack04 and Eyedrinkale, this is one of my faves!
RE-RATE 5/21/06: Sampled at the JimMack ’06 Invitational. can’t remember who brought this bottle. black label, gold "C". aromas of cherry and wood. flavor is dry and a little bitter, tart sour cherry malt. this batch is not as great but I still love this BSA!
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 31, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark mahoganey, no head. Excellent whiskey / cherry wood aroma. Taste is strong sour woody alcohol which cuts off into a sweet malt yeast that balances the sour perfectly. Very good, very glad to have tried. I want more!
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 30, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is an ok Belgian strong ale. Tart, sour, and cherry flavors. Finishes bland, sticky, and chewy.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - MAR 29, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark brown, small white head. Aroma of sour cherries/lambic funk, and wood notes. Flavor is sour cherries, hay, lambic funk, wine (sweet red), a little onion, beautiful finish, my opinion really changed half way through.
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - MAR 28, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks eyedrinkale for hooking jimmack04 up and thanks jimmack04 for hooking me up. Aroma is sour, a little funky, sweiss cheese. Murky brown with a red tinge. Thick pallate sticks this stuff to my tongue so the sourness lingers. Dark Cherries. A good sweet to sour experience. Interesting Brew.
1FastSTi (3344) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2005
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this at the Tosa tasting. Aroma: Very potent. Strong sourness, Belgian yeast, roasted malts. Appearance: Dark walnut/mahogany color, non-existant head. Flavor: sour fruit, very Belgian, dark cherry, lots of tannins, oakiness. Palate: Acedic, acidic, tangy, medium body. Hand bottle CVNV33 (or something like that). Overall: this is very good. Thanks to whoever brought it.
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAR 27, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
’04 Bottle thanks to Eyedrinkale. Silver Foil. Dark ruby/brown color with a small tan head. Aroma of tart cherries first hits you followed my a mildly sweet
caramel malt aroma. Beautiful! Complex flavor, again starting with the tart cherries before the malty sweetness comes in. Other dark fruits are noticeable, with just a hint of oak. Nice dry finish. Very good, but was a bit(just a bit!) let down after the initial aroma. Flavor didn’t quite match the aroma’s complexity, but it’s hard to find any faults with this beer.
sloth (2661) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAR 25, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A disappointing( to me) entrance, not a whimper of carbonation released upon opening though the aromas leapt out of the glass inviting a sampling. As expected there was no head and i was unable to rouse one. Murky, dark brown color with some ruby edging. Large fruit notes in the nose, cherrys of course, vanilla and notes of cinnamon. Medium body, coating mouthfeel. Flavors of sour cherries, woody tannins, medium acidity, chocolate and faint vinous notes. The sour cherrys and oak seem to compliment each other well. Some carbonation would of added to the whole expierence for sure. Finish is dry, sour, puckering and long. Thanks to DarkElf for the trade!