1FastSTi (3341) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 20, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2007 Ah yes, another milestone. Cracked this one open to get #600! The beer is labeled as best before 06/10/2024. I was hoping to wait 19 years, but... I figured I should try one now and one later. Perhaps every 5 years assuming I like it? Anyways, the beer pours to a huge lively fizzy grape colored head atop a dark red body. Decent lacing. The aroma is balsamic vinegar, olive oil, feta/Gouda cheese, Bing cherries. Very complex. The flavor is very tart cherries, light leather, strong cheese. At only 6.5%, I wonder how this stuff can last another 19 years? Are they speculating? Tons of natural preservatives? Am I drinking formaldehyde? This one’s not near as good as Giradin Gueuze Black Label (I know it’s a different style). The palate has thorough carbonation and is tart and acidic. Lingering flavors. Medium bodied. Tons of fruit went into this. Not bad but it’s lacking something. 8, 4, 7, 3, 15 = 3.7
Rerate. The beer is spectacularly tart. Some would say gueuze-like. Was much more delicious than I recall. I love the IN-YOUR-FACE tartness.
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - SEP 20, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy orange-brown-reddish color with nice old pink colored head. The aroma has touches of over ripe blood oranges and sour oxidized apples, it has also hints of wet wood and balsamic vinegar. The beer has a good livelyness and the sourish part is well countered by the roundness of the body. In the taste you can notice touches of cherry-pits, wood branches, sour apples, bergamots, and old beaujolais village wine. Old Gamay. Nice one and very refreshing but not the most complex Oude Kriek.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - SEP 19, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Red with a HUGE off white foamy head. I tried to pour it gently and the head just pwnd the brew. For the aroma I will 1st quote my roomate: "It smells like fruit that has gone bad, fruit flies were all over this shit." Now for me: Has that that smelly dick cheese smell. Like a barn, quite sour in aroma, with fruits trying to bust through. Some grape, possibley the most fresh green apple ever. Musty, rusty, rustic, like something old. The aroma is so sour that a wiff of it makes the check muscles contract like you are smiling. Each wiff I take is less offensive than the prior. Up front it tastes kind of fruity, like a really sour rasberry (much more sour than rasberry). If you leave this in your mouth for a few seconds it forces you to pucker. To quote my roomate again, "Don’t leave this in your mouth unless you want to look like you would if you had just seen your mother naked." The aftertaste is even more sour than the flavor itself. Kind of a foamy finish like you let a maddog or alkaseltzer sit in your mouth for too long. The fruit taste is present, but I just can’t pull them away from the sourness. At the very least this is a good beer to share, if only to take pleasure in the other’s reactions to it. Along with the sourness comes a tartness that is ridiculous. Just an outrageous beer all around.
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 15, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours a cloudy deep pink color with a minimal head and pinkish tinged lacing. the aroma is wonderfully fruity with strong cherry notes. The flavor is strongly cherry with mild undertones of horseblanket and maybe a slight citrusy hint as well (?). It presents itself with a nice bite and is fairly dry.
tjthresh (1866) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - SEP 13, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2005 Pours a hazy/murkey deep pink (if there is such a thing). Not nearly as effervesant as I would have thought. Sour cherry, horsey, lactic aromas. Little cherry flavor. Sweet until the last second, then finished pretty dry.
brigg (529) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 9, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful deep red color. Almost no head. Cherry aroma as well as the taste - with a hint of rasberry. Tart, refreshing. Highly carbonated.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - SEP 5, 2005
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dulled, clear red color with a light pink head. You can smell te tartness and barnyard flavor from an arms reach. The head dimishes pretty quick though, into a thin layer. Taste is very Cantillon though, heavy on the tartness, light on the cherry. The mouthfeel is lively and there’s some oak in the taste but the body is just lacking something. This is a really nice beer though.
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - SEP 5, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2008 Pours deep red with a gigantic pink head. Not one for gentlemen to drink in public. Very slow effervescence. I was expecting a blast of cherries in the aroma, but got a noseful of Gueuze funkiness backed by a raspberry-like tartness and a slight hint of cherry. The Gueuze really shows through in the taste, as well. Very funky and barnyardy, with, again, just a hint of cherry in the back of the mouth. Very good.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
BB 2024?: Pour is deep crimson with a light reddish head that billows over the rich red beer...smell is tart cherries with lots of lambic funk...taste is loaded with funk and some cherries definately toward the back of the mouth...also, some leather flavors...finish is a little tart and definately bitter cherry...a little disappointing...still a 3.8...what an asshole...disappointed by a 3.8...
shadey (1962) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 24, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cork came out a little too easy but it appears fine. Apricot color with a cream beige head. Aroma is funky and fruity. Spritzy tart and wonderful.