j12601 (7350) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 30, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the Shenandoah Throwdown. Pours a clear ruby brown with a thin beige head. Soft funk and fruit. Light fruit and a bit of funk. Smooth and tasty with some more light funk on the finish. Decent, and yes it’s tasty, however it doesn’t come close to living up to the Rouge that it replaced.
Leighton (13187) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2010 Tap at Rattle n Hum. Pours a cloudy, red-brown with a soft, off-white head. Tart, funk aroma with hints of fruits. Flavor is fairly sweet, lightly tart and musty. Plenty of Belgian funk as well. Medium in body with average carbonation. Finishes quite dry with lingering barnyard notes. Very good.
November 27, 2010: had the bottled version, a few months old. Better than on draft. A much stronger cherry presence. Really good. 4.0
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JUN 29, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange-brown pour with a light tan head. Slightly opaque. Light aroma of sour grape. Sweet cherry, almost pie like flavor. Fades to moderate sourness. Decent sour.
italarican (1507) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - JUN 29, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap at Rattle n Hum. Pours brownish maroon with moderately bodied, fizzy beige head. Aroma is very faint. Hard to pick up anything with a casual sniff. More forceful sniffing revealed some subtle grape and cherry in the distance. Flavor is weak of red grape skins and water. A slight touch of tart cherry in the finish. This is very weak and watery. Hopefully age will bring out some of the flavors, but this has a long way to go before it’s anything but bland.
GT2 (9132) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUN 29, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750mL brought to Shenandoah Throwdown. Poured a slight hazy mahogany with a thin beige head. Sweet concord grape juice nose with cherry, strawberry, slight vinegar. Taste is sweet grape juice, sweet cherries, moderately tart concord grapes, slight lactic acidity, touch of red wine vinegar. Decent.
Trev (1980) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 27, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours a cloudy mahogany with ruby highlights and a thick tan head that keeps a decent cap.
aroma is woody, tart cherry sourness. some vinegar tones and light roasted toffeeish malt presence.
Flavour is medium sourness, red wine vinegar, soft cherry fruitiness.
quite drinkable. Not as intense as some other sours. Very approachable though. I liked it.
nickd717 (3600) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 27, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
750ml bottle shared at a tasting thanks to chswimmer on BA. Pours dark reddish-brown with a small off-white head. Aroma is slightly tart cherries and vinegar. Not terribly much to it. Flavor is pretty uninspiring. Not very flavorful. There are some cherries, oak, and red wine vinegar, but the flavor is somewhat weak overall. Somewhat watery on the palate. Very slight tartness. This beer is not very good for the style at all. We didn’t finish the bottle.
PBoegel (29) - New York, USA - JUN 27, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is nice balance of malt and acidic sourness and light cherry character. Very refreshing and not overly acidic.
slightly hazy brownish red with a nice reddish brown head, tightly beaded head.
the sourness is not overly tart, very well balanced and pleasant slight malt sweetness provides some balance
craftbeerdesign (2204) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 26, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle. Zuur pours a dark murky brown with a huge 2-3 finger white fluffy head - there is good retention throughout until the lasts 1/4 of the glass. some tart cherry notes on the nose with lingering apple, vinegar and slight wood notes... really not as sour as I would like across the nose. big round body with more tart cherries throughout... fairly good carbonation levels... sweet malt undertones... sour finish - but still fairly soft. the acidity is higher on the back end, but overall this is on the low end of sourness.
BluePhish (93) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 25, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour is a dark umber with a ruby tinge. Big white head.
Nose is big cherry, light malts of toffee, cereal, and definite sour notes of course.
Taste is sour cherry, sour apple, and a good bit of cereal malt notes.
Palate is pretty standard stuff, nothing bad or great about it.
Overall a very standard sour for me, nothing special but pleasant overall and quite drinkable. Still, at the price point and rarity i would expect more.