puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 27, 2006
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I suspect this bottle is from 2004 as it says best before 2024 (!). Beautiful cherry aroma, cheese, nice tartness and brett, slightly sour but mostly cherry. Pours is probably the most beautiful Iíve ever, with a deep glowing red body and large, wonderfully pink head. The large head shows in the palate though as the beer is a bit too aggresive and carbonated, coming across almost as seltzer when cold. No matter, though. As it warms, the beer calms down and offers cherry up front with barnyard tastes and a slightly harsh finish. Once the cherries past its a very dry, acidic afair; red-wine vinegar, perhaps. Iíd love to taste this after a few (ten) more years aging.
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beautiful deep cherry color with a nice pinkish head. Acidic, vinegar with a touch of cherries in the first mouthful. The flavors mellow out a little bit in subsequent sips. Still very vinegary, quite sour & tart, but with a nice element of cherry.
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 25, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2002 vintage pre frank boon brewer
reddish color w/ a nice thick pink head and some good lacing. heavily sour cherry aroma some barnyard notes as well. heavily tart palate coats well. Flavor is simiilar to the 3fountains i had earlier tonight (share a yeast strain) dominated by a tart cherry then some great spices round out a flavor that will include a touch of lemon zest and green apples. Good stuff.
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 26, 2006
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge tart cherry aroma makes your mouth water. Flavor is the perfect blend of sweet and tart cherries, with hints of wine. Extremely good!
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nose is rich with cherry but tempered with some peppery sharpness, old socks, and sour yeast. Pours a deep cherry red - quite opaque. The flavour is intense - sharp, sweet, sour, dry, biting - every taste sensation you can have all muddled up together. Flavours of home made lemonade, cooking apples, and even some toffee sweetness to take the edge off. Not a lot of cherry in the flavour. As a recent convert to lambics, I like this a lot.
OldMrCrow (2157) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 17, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2013 Fresh from the bottle, 2007. Pours a lovely cloudy cranberry with small fizzy white head.
What a staggeringly good beer. Iíve gone through bottle after bottle of this; I keep trying to age it but I keep digging into the cellar before I get there. All of the expected elements are present in the aroma and flavor - aroma of vinegar, sour cherry, wine cask, and barnyard lambic; taste that is deeply sour like biting into a lemon, tongue-drying woody tannins, slightly metallic at the end of the sip on the back of the throat; hints of cherry aroma more than strong cherry flavor. As the beer warms, the light, refreshing, and splendidly sour champaigne nature yields to the wild lambic underneath.
On tap (Uber tavern in Seattle), this is a strikingly different beer. Itís far sweeter, with the cherries far more apparent in the aroma and the flavor alike. The woody dryness of the bottled version isnít there, nor is the mouth-puckering lemon juice sourness. Instead I get a very nice, but rather....easy drinking...fruit beer. Feeling generous I would give it a 4.0 maybe on tap, but the rich complexity is missing and it wouldnít pull the 4.4.
Additional note: the difference described above almost certain comes from the comparison of the old version from the old brewery (bottle) to the new version from the new brewery (tap). See http://www.ratebeer.com/Forums/Topic-81709.htm
2007 bottle tasted Nov 2013. Finally managed to age one a few years. This is a best by 2025 bottle. Beautiful pour, translucent glowing red with a short-lived pink head into a tulip. Aroma brings glorious barnyard, pie cherries, fainter latrine. Flavors of cherry juice turning to lemon juice late, woody tannins. Hard to go slow with this one. I donít know if Iíd go 4.4 but it would be at least 4.2, so Iím not going to adjust the original rating.
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAR 26, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Pink head and lace atop a ruby red clear body. The nose is ripe with funky cheese, tart cherry and barny horse notes, the dusty belgian experience. The flavor is tart and lightly sour, not overly puckering nor sweet, just dry but very drinkable example. Doesnít quite push forward the envelope on any front though. Quaffable, enjoyable, yum yum.
Sammy (9553) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 28, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Massive exploding cork. Very pinkish foam. Medium mouthfeel, creamy, intense cherry skin. Not too tart, not mouth puckering, somewhat malted and a bit of sugar and wood. Appropriate carbonation. Easy drink.Recent batch as expiry date 2024.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 15, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish purple color, kind of like strawberry fresca, with a big pink head that was long lasting. Nose is very sweeet and sour with lots of cherry and sugar. The taste was just about the same, full and strong. Overall pretty good, enjoyable for a lambic, especially once it warms up a bit.
feedmec00kies (49) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 27, 2006
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2006 Looks so lovely, with that foamy light pink head and deep, dark red body; heartbreakingly beautiful in the glass. Damp wood, cherry, vinegar aromas. Tasted first overwhemingly like cherry seltzer, with the woody, sour flavors in the background; I found the carbonation overbearing. As I kept drinking, the other flavors came to the foreground but I still tasted that weird not-exactly-metallic flavor that seltzer has (the one you taste in flat seltzer which makes you realize that itís not just the carbonation that makes it taste that way). Body felt a bit thin. I, like puzzl, would like to try it after some more aging.
rerate: had another bottle.. didnít taste the seltzer-like qualities, nor that weird saccarin after-taste, that i sensed in the other. new aftertaste... this one was more like a mild blue cheese.