kramer (5063) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle, 2004 vintage, 2006 RBSG, provided by Sledge Jr (Thanks Todd!). Pours a rosy glowing red with a minimal thin ring of white head. Aroma is very sweet with lots of syrupy cherry and a light tartness. Flavor is candy sweet with cloying syrupy cherry. Finish has the lightest tartness with some pixie stick sweetness. Light to medium bodied with fizzy champagne like carbonation. This was OK, but really not all that different from some of the sweeter (Lindemans) type lambics. Not my bag.
hopscotch (9388) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2006
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
2004 Bottle... RBSG2006... Hazy orange ale with a small, off-white head. The fruity, citric aroma is a marriage of fresh cherries and citrus fruit. The acidic flavor is fruity, tart and tangy. Pretty well-balanced with only very meek sweetness. Almost medium-bodied with medium carbonation. Fruity, dry finish.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 17, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 On 06/18/2011. Clear pink body with a small frothy white head. Tart cherry and funk aroma. Big sweet cherry flavor with some tart funk notes. Light body with moderately high carbonation. 7/3/8/4/15 3.7
On 07/17/2006. Sampled at RBSG06. 2004 Bottle. Red body with a frothy light pink head. Sweet cherry aroma. Sweet cherry flavor with a malty end. 7/3/8/3/15 - 3.6
csbosox (1223) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JUL 5, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
bb 9 May ’04. Drank in April/May ’06. Sour cherry aroma. Fruity, but very balanced. Reddish, copper color. Flavor is sour cherries, maybe a bit of wood. Finish is mlidly tart, with predominant sour cherries. Enjoyable. Thanks to Rob Beck.
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - JAN 29, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasty yet one-dimensional with plenty of cherry flavor yet way short on malt complexity to back it up. Mostly some graininess and gentle fructose. Mediocre.
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - DEC 12, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the Yeha. Poured a pale pink with a white head. Aroma of caramel and chocolate covered cherries. Taste is tart cherry, a mix of sweet and sour. Not half bad.
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful red color with CO2 bubbles rising to the surface aggressively and a fat, tight-bubbled, strawberry colored head. Aroma of tart cherries and a subdued brettanomyces that underpins, does not overwhelm, but lacks a lot of the complexity of a Belgian fruit beer. Flavor is a subdued Kriek lambic. It has the character of a producer of a classic, dry kriek (not the knarley sweet ones) but is diminished. Sometimes a dry kriek can be overly bracing and challenging, I think this is a good transition from a sweet fruit beer to a more dry style. Me like.
bruce09 (2) - USA - NOV 14, 2005 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
The best beer myself or my girlfriend have ever tasted. I have been a big New Belgium fan and finally was able to visit the brewry last year. We pick up some transatlantique and couldn’t believe it. The color and taste is amazing. Drink it outside in the summer! It’s perfect.
DarkElf (3035) - La Jolla, California, USA - OCT 28, 2005
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with whaleman, thanks David!) Well, this pours pink-red in color and fully cloudy, not too far away from looking like red grapefruit juice. The pink-white head pours to over an inch in height and takes several minutes to settle to a thin layer, and while doing so, is leaving a curtain of very decorative lace on the glass. The highly aromatic nose is wonderful, tart cherries bursting forth to pleasure my olfactory senses. Unfortunately, the flavor doesn’t deliver on the promise of the aroma. Yes, the beer starts off with plenty of tart cherry, but as soon as I swallow the beer, the aftertaste turns bitter, metallic and slightly grainy. Personally, I think that has to be from the "New Belgium Ale" they blend into the kriek, and it ruins what starts out to be a really nice cherry beer. Carbonation is lively and with the tanginess, is quite refreshing on the palate. Body is light-medium, but it finishes quite watery. Boy, talk about a beer falling apart at the end. Looks great, smells wonderful, tastes pretty good too, but the finish is terrible. Such a shame.
Zamboni42 (10) - USA - OCT 10, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Explosive. Very sour cherry flavor, but not too sweet. ALmost comes across as more of a cider than a beer, only with cherry flavor. When drinking it I could never quite connect the flavor to the word "beer", but that shouldn’t negate the fantastic flavor. Big and interesting.