joshpiledean (316) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 26, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark amber pour, small whiteish head. Aroma of sour funk and cherries? (I do have a cold, though - hard to pick up the aroma) Luxurious palate, tart cherries, very smooth, a light sourness. A wonderful balance of complexities, incredibly delicious. What a treat!
Dogbrick (9444) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2010 Bottle at Bodega Brew Pub in La Crosse. Pours a reddish-amber color with a medium frothy white head that diminishes slowly. Patrchy rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of tart fruit, earth and vanilla. Medium body with flavors of moderately sour fruit, malt, earth and a bit of oak. The finish is dark cherries with a lingering tart aftertaste. Good brew overall.
alexsdad06 (7028) - Ohio, USA - SEP 25, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Enigma pours a slightly hazy brown color with reddish highlights and a small off white head. The aroma and flavor share almost the same qualities: Cherries, apples, vanilla, oak, and an acidic touch. The beer does have some sour/tartness to it, but it is not over the top. Everything works pretty well together. This is very smooth drinking and full bodied at the same time. Very similar to the original, but this one seems to be softer and a touch less interesting. I will surely revisit this again, but early results tell me the original was better.
TURDFERGUSON (4024) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 24, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by ucusty. This one tastes pretty similar to the old one. Maybe not quite as tart or full in the mouth. Very similar to the New Glarus Cherry Stout we consumed right before this. Yummy brew, but not quite as complex, nuanced, or exciting as its younger sister.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 22, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle from arminjewell - thanks, Armin! Funny, but for some reason I wasn’t initially aware that the recipe had changed. To me, the modest lowering of the ABV hasn’t diminished the complexity even a hint. Still lovely in the appearance (a weathered looking reddish brown), nose (that delectable barrel character familiar from many NG beers, along with a heady mix of tart fruit and vanilla), and the superbly complex flavors. Nice to try it fairly young too, albeit with a tweaked recipe. The yeast isn’t necessarily understated, but hasn’t quite suffused the beer yet. Still outstanding and no doubt will age as well as its predecessor.
nuplastikk (5071) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 20, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle, though I was lucky enough to try it on tap a few times when it first came out as well. Pours a glowing brown red color, with a big, soapy beige head. Tart, funky, barnyard cherry aroma, quite nice. Cherry vinegar, some creamy lactic undercurrents as well. Sour, but retains a nice drinkability. Tarter than I had remembered, perhaps the Brett is still at work. A masterpiece, this beer is phenomenal.
blutt59 (6236) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 20, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle, thanks to thirdeye11, reddish brown color with smokey sour cherry and brown sugar aroma, flavor is balsamic vinegar and pie crust, more vinegar and less sugary than the 7%
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at campsite tasting at Ebenezer’s Belgian Beer Fest
Aroma : Strong fruits with a bit of cinnamon. Liquoreux. Notes of cough syrup. Very fruity and spicy. Cherry-ish.
Taste : Huge spices, some cinamon and cloves. Really fruity. Finish is very spicy (gingerman bread).
Overall : Very intense. Interesting stuff. A bit too intense on the cough syrup and spices. Didn’t felt very sour and wild to me. Not as good as cran-bic and far from being as good as Raspberry tart.
benpickens (442) - Camarillo, California, USA - SEP 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Crystal clear; not suprisingly reddish in hue. Oaky cherry aromas. Tart on the tongue but not overwhelmingly tart like Rodenbach’s Grand Cru. Thirst quenching. Usually I don’t like tart beers, this one surprised me. Unusual.
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - SEP 13, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour from a bottle. Thanks Kan. Reddish murky brown with a bit of off white top. Aromas of fruit, sweet malt. Nice feel in your mouth with a fairly light body. Lightly sour and tart with sweet cherries and lighly toasted malt. Some vanilla off the back. Pretty tasty beer.