daleharshman (855) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 30, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Churchillís. Pours a nice red-brown with one finger of beige foam. Aroma is tart cherry and berries with lighter notes of funk and oak. Flavor has more nice tart fruit (cranberry, cherry, raspberry) and also some oak and balsamic notes. The tartness eventually emerges into a bit of fruity sweetness. This leans toward the puckering side but overall itís a nice level of sourness. I really like all the fruit in this Flanders red -- it reminds me of a slightly more sour version of the Rodenbach Grand Cru. (300, 415)
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 24, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap at churchillís in SD. pours a bright, ruby-red with a thin, whispy, white head and thick sheets of lace. aroma is great with notes of fresh, sour, tart cherries, berry seeds, and brett funk backed by light notes of oak and dusty basement with a hint of yeast. flavor is delicious as well with tart red cherries and sweet black cherries backed by tart red grapes, red wine vinegar, oak barrel, and bretty funk with a hint of caramel on the back end. palate is medium bodied with light carbonation and a fruity, tart finish. overall, a damn nice sour ale.
peteinSD (1281) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 17, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Churchillís. Aroma is pleasant tart cherry and sour. Taste is chunky and fruity tart cherry with slight funk. Heavy tart finish with burning sour. Great beer but the taste is a bit too tart/fruity and not dry enough for my personal preference.
dcschiller (2201) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 16, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(on draught at Churchillís). Pours ruby red with off-white head. Little carbonation. Aroma of sour cherries, strawberries. Taste is sour with nice fruit flavors. Lightly bodied with oily/thin finish. Smooth tart finish. Nice sour. Easy to drink and at 5.5%abv, this is very sessionable. I really like this beer.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 31, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
In an Ommegang chalice, dark reddish brown body, with ruby highlights, undera a dotted dunnish head.
Aroma reeks (in a good way) of cranberry and sour cherries. Thatís with the nose several inches above the glass, but to drink in deep...intense tart fruit aroma, with only a hint of sweetness below it.
to taste is to be smacked up and down with sour. Big puckering, wincing, then smiling for the great taste and absolute refreshment. Bit of a brown ale feeling under the intense tart flavor, but itís not much, mostly the cranberry/cherry flavor..
Full-bodied, full-flavored, distintive, authentic, and delicious.
Yes, it could be "funkier" or "earthier" or more profound or meaningful in myriad ways, but itís still damned good. Might even make some say "Roden Who?"
vyvvy (3607) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUL 11, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours very dark brown with a mahogany hue and a very small head. The aroma has oak, cherry, raspberry, tartness and light funk. Medium / light body that is on the smooth side with a light prickliness on the finish and has low carbonation. The taste has the aroma traits and is a nice blend blend of sourness and smoothness. There is plenty of oak that gives it an almost vanilla taste. The cherry and raspberry traits are fairly subtle and there are only minor vinegar notes. The finish has the nice sour ale sort of traits, but doesnít linger too long. Excellent sour ale.
callmemickey (2262) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 A: Rich blood red body with a slightly off-white cap... decent retention and lacing.
S: Strawberries, raspberries, black cherries, plums and an ever present sour character.
T: A delicate sweet and sour interplay... Sour cherries and raspberries... Sweet strawberries and plums. Nice brett presence which kicks in some tart, earthy funk.
M: Suffered from a bit of thin, metallic sensations for the first few sips before warming into a nicely carbonated beverage.
O: A good beer... I am going to forgive the metallic sensations early in the session, good brew and a nice introduction to sour beers for anyone who hasnít had one yet.
Nickls (1765) - SE DC, Washington DC, USA - JUN 21, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Old BA rate - tap)
Poured with a half-finger of pure white head that dissipated pretty quickly; ruby red/darkish pink color; fairly clear. Sour fruitiness; raspberry and cherry notes; just a slight hint of vinegar acidity; pretty mild but pleasant overall aroma. Tart cherries; bit puckering at first with the sourness, but mellows throughout the sample; no vinegar acidity shows up, but still fruity acidity in the flavor; a little savory; delicious. Thinner MF; nice prickly carbonation. Hugely drinkable for the style and wonderfully refreshing; tight; clean; and just damn great.
koopa (338) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler filled at Caponeís on Black Friday.
Appearance: Pours a rusty but transparent copper with minimal head, retention and lace.
Smell: Very nice bouquet of sour cherries, some cider vinegar, a touch of funk, and a touch of oak. Mainly just delicious sour cherries and a touch of vinegar though.
Taste: Well balanced cherry / vinegar tartness with a touch of sweetness from the malt. The tartness is strong at first, then fades, and finally leaves a dry finish. Wild yeast has much more of a lead role in the flavor profile than in the nose.
Mouthfeel: fairly thin but still satisfying. Carbonation is minimal as well but still pretty true to style. I like how the beer feels crisp by has a puckering quality and a dry finish!
Drinkability: Very sessionable for the style.
Serving type: growler
Reviewed on: 12-03-2009
badnewsbeers (2317) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 21, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The closest beer to rodenbach grand cru. Had on tap at hopcat a long time ago. Reddish brown with slight head. Huge cherry , oak, chocolate aroma. Tart and refreshing flavor that is massive in tart cherries, lemon, sour funk and raspberry. Huge flavor to accompany the equally huge aroma. Almost perfect within itís style. Oaky finish is unmatched in terms of aging.