muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 15, 2004
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle, 2004, shared with (and courtesy of) TAR and cb. Cloudy copper, lasting small head. Huge nose: wine, cherry, sherry-vanilla..gets much more complex and sour-oaky as it warms. Super-intense, mouth-puckering sourness...this is at the other extreme of FSAs from De Dolle Special Brousel, the fruitiness and sweetness being really subdued and buried in a rather light maltiness. Smooth and oaky in the midpalate, lots of balsamic vinegar at the finish and hints of cherry-nutmeg. Not quite Rodenbach, but quite distinctive.
npdempse (933) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Red/brown with little head. Sour nose with cherries and oak notes. Flavor comes on intensely sour at first, breaking down into cherry and oak notes over a light, dry sweetness. Some lemons and spice notes--thyme? rosemary? Iím not generally a fan of strong oak flavors in my beer, but here it works out fairly well in balance with the tartness of the beer.
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - JUL 2, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2005 Murky red-brown tending towards red, small creamy head. Lots of vinegar, some random cherries. Hay, more cherries as it warms, then brown sugar. Taste: very acid up front, full and fruity in the middle, big clean sweet/acid finish. Lovely. Thanks, Beaver!
kwoeltje (2207) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JUN 24, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
(bottle 04-98) um, maybe I should have let it age. Brown with very little head. Sour fruit aroma. Sour woody flavor. Iíve had other sour ales I liked, but this was overwhelming (I guess it was the phenols). I got two bottles. Iíll let the 2nd one age a bit, and then let the bottle breathe before serving.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 19, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 mL, tulip glass. Dark bread, caramel malt (M); grape juice, plum, prune, raspberry, cask wood aromas. Creamy, off-white, large head. Orange to ruby body. Moderately sweet, lightly sour flavor becomes a moderately sweet, moderately sour finish. Medium-full body, oily texture, soft carbonation. The bottom line is: nice balance...sourness never gets out of hand.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 7, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 04-2722 Thanks cquiroga for the efforts through all your tribulations on your recent trip. Clear dark orange color with a smaller lasting creamy head. Aromas of toffee and light resin, with hints of dough, over-ripe melon, cherries, and strawberry wine. A late enterance of alspice. A sticky body that seems to get lifted away with enough lively carbonation to keep it from sticking to the tongue. Mildly acidic with light malt sweetness and hints of light fruit. Mild dry cider and oak as it warms. Perhaps a bit young, but aready good and could get much better.
SeamusNeko (45) - Anacostia, Washington DC, USA - APR 29, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Equipment: 2002 vintage. 750 mL bottle served chilled in a Brewerís Art chalice.
Appearance: Murky reddish brown topped by a small off-white head. Big bubbles popped up occasionally and replenished what eventually was a scant film of small bubbles. Wisps of lacing were left on the glass.
Aroma: Oaky and brassy tannins bitchsmack your nostrils like a rented mule. Then some heavy and tart cherry aromas kick in. Peppery twang and whole lotta funkiness. If the P-Funk mothership landed in a barn and starting doing cow evisceration a la the Greys, thatís about the level of funk weíre talkin íbout.
Flavor: Vinegary, woody, sweet, and incredibly tart. Intense as all get out. Whole lotta tannins goiní on. Long lasting aftertastes.
Palate: Puckering and quite the palate scraper. Oddly refreshing. I think my cheeks are still caved in.
Overall: If Flanders Reds are your bag, this is your new best friend. At first, I didnít like it but after I got about halfway through the glass, I reached out and snagged the last few precious centimeters of this stuff soís I could get the yeasties. Aw crap, the bretty beers are growing on me.
fly (1393) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - APR 14, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A wait that proved well deserved ... Missed going to NB when in Denver, but had a friend pick it up - held on to it ever since. It was pretty much all I hoped for - acidic, sour, beautiful flavors. Avery and NB keep battling for which Colorado brewery I prefer. I have no problem with that.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - APR 11, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2005 Pours a lite brown with a small bubbly head and good lacing. Can smell the sourness from an armslength away. Lots of phenols. Donít care for this at all but I think itís only the seconf Iíve had. The other was Liefmans and it wasnít anywhere near this sour. Had trouble getting through it and it was split amongst four others. Thanks Whaleman for letting me give it a try. 6,5,4,3,8
re-rate 12-4-05: Pours a cloudy brown with red highlights and a pinkish head. Aromas of krieks, and vanilla. No real funkiness but a hell of a lot of acidity. The body is dry as hell. The beer is so sour that it actually makes me feel like I might caugh. I guess I donít see what others are seeing in this. Itís fairly one-dimensional and actually biting in itís sourness. The sour in this sort of beer is supposed to add to the overall character, not be the character. While I have bashed, I did split a whole bottle of it and, as an American, appreciated its extreme nature.
Terminus (3085) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - APR 11, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle-Huge sour aroma of cherries, oak and apple notes. alcohol detected. Very sour palate full of cherry, dry wine, and wood. sharp palate that is almost to much for me. New Glarus Belgian Red runs all over this stuff. highly over-rated