Dunt (297) - Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle provided by Matt, poured into a Portsmouth tulip. A hazy dark brown in color with minimal head. There is a moderate amount of sediment on the bottom of my tulip. Nose is incredibly sour, strong vinegar, oak, and some non-descript fruit. Puckeringly sour, a lot of vinegar and oak again. Mouthfeel is acidic, has medium carbonation, and a medium finish. A lot better than I expected. A lot more sour than expected, it was real nice.
readbaron (78) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nose is vitamin c, vinegar, funk. It’s a murky amber brown with a bit of off white foam. Taste is super sour, vinegar, funky. Palate is nice - medium bodied and softly carbed. Fairly tasty sour. I’d drink it again.
BMan1113VR (7884) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 1, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to GRG1313. Pours with a hazed brown body with a minimal tan head. Aromas are straight vinegar. Balsamic, red wine, red wine vinegar. Floral and all acetic acid. Flavors are floral, red wine, vinegar, very light funk. Acidic, acetic. Lively bubbles, dry with some lasting burn.
brokensail (11998) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 16, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a cloudy pinkish red color with a small off-white head. The nose is certainly sour, mostly in the form of vinegar. A little bit of dark fruit and straw, but overall, it’s a fairly simnple beer. Maybe a hint of oak. Tastes similar to how it smells. Perhaps a bit more lactic than the aroma lets on, but still fairly vinegary. There is some fruit character such as black cherry and raisin as well as a bit of lemon peel, straw, and grass. Medium body with medium carbonation.
Gription79 (2389) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - SEP 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber thanks to Doug.
A: vinegar, acidic, toffee
T: toffee, berries, acidic
It was a little out of balance towards the tart/acidic side. Overall a good beer, I would drink it again.
douglas88 (6588) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 9, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle. Pours a deep red/brown color with a medium tan head. The nose is rich sour wood and cherries. The flavor is rich and robust but drinkable; sweet vanilla and wood, some intense sourness, raw like a unblended lambic, some fruit especially sour cherries. Very nice. Akin to a old bruin and very drinkable.
chandler0201 (648) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 8, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark amber pour with a medium tan head and lots of lacing. Aroma has lactic sourness. Flavor is that of granny smith apple juice or hard cider, with medium carbonation and some vinegar. Complex yet missing something.
jcwattsrugger (11310) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 26, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle #1/230 shared by jtclockwork, thanks-pours a tan head that slowly foams over after opening and copper color. Aroma is vinuous/acidic, medium malt, tart/barn. Taste is vinuous, medium malt-caramel, medium fruit-raspberry, wood. Finish is acidic/vinegar, which didn’t work for me, but front and mid-palate are quite enjoyable.
jtclockwork (9686) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 21, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle #1 of 230 shared with Jcwattsrugger. Pours dark red. Tan head. Nose/taste of tart red fruits, oak, minor buttery notes and cherry finish. Taste is very acidic - lots of cherry vinegar in the finish. Medium body.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml shared by SincereNC - thanks, Ian! Pours like a well-aged brune, with a thin crisp layer of bubbles atop a medium brown body. Looks slightly oily, not much heft to it. Acetic vinegar funk aroma, with a faint but lasting oaky note. Body is medium, a bit too puckering on the finish maybe. Taste is well-rendered, even if a bit too sweet at the end (I problem I’ve had with some bottles of Duchesse). Could probably benefit from some age, but I found it enjoyable as is.
Earlier Rating: 2/11/2010 Total Score: 3.8
Several samples enjoyed at Pre-Sex. Faint oak and tartness in the nose, dry to complement the fizz. Medium amber color, could be midway between a cider and a lambic to look at it. Vibrant flavors, cherry isn’t overwhelmingly sour, just well integrated and balanced, with oak and mild lactic quality bringing up the rear. Bottle this!