chriso (7475) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 27, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at GBBF, August 2005. One good thing about having a big backlog is that all the confusion about this beer had been clarified by the time I get to enter my rating. At the time I was rather bewildered. Very sour? Top 50? No way. Little did I know at the time that this was the dumbed down version reserved for us Europeans who don’t know how to deal with sour beers (like Belgians?). And not making it clear that there are two versions is not too smart in my book. Anyway, the beer was a hazy copper colour. Quite flowery, perfumed aroma with some vinous touches. More vinous notes on the palate and lots of wood. Moderately sharp, but not exceptionally so. Some stone fruit. A good beer, but I was distinctly underwhelmed at the time. Only subsequently did I find out why. Interesting that the US version is down as a Flemish sour, but this one as a plain old Belgian ale. And that’s what it is.
rocfort (7) - Rome, ITALY - SEP 19, 2005 does not count
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sweet malty and floral, lavender tones with plenty of woodiness but no obvious sourness. Medium body is lightly warming with moderate but soft carbonation. Very enjoyable.
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 19, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
RBESG 2005, Hazy deep amber colour with a small off white head. Sour, fruity and light yeasty aroma. Mild balanced tart flavor.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 7, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet malty cherry aroma with a strong woody character. Cloudy caramel brown with strong tan head that recedes slowly to partial cover with some patchy lacing. Sweet malts, dark cherries, and floral, lavender tones with plenty of woodiness but no obvious sourness. Medium body is lightly warming with moderate but soft carbonation. Very enjoyable and not at all what I expected going into this. Bottle sampled at GBBF 2005.
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 30, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled at RBESG 2005. Pours a dark nut brown, with a tan head. Aroma is sweet malty, with some barnyard components. The oak is very present in the nose. Taste is sweet, fruity, oaky, but not sour at all. Nice beer, but not exactly what i expected.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - AUG 27, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (GBBF): Cloudy light brown, ruby notes. Small tan head. Oaky nose with some subdued berries. Nice malty start. Mildly acetic with a touch of dark fruit. Medium-full warming feel. Very nice, but lacks acidity.
omhper (20328) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - AUG 25, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled at RBESG. Cloudy dark brown. Flowery, yeasty, oaky aroma. Sweet with soft, gentle mouthfeel and some banana. The oak adds to complexity, but does not overpower the subtle flavours. Lightly salti finish. Subtle and very complex, not at all what I expected, but a beer that grew on me with each sip.
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 22, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Muddy brown colour with a baige head. Light acid fruity aroma and a light sweet dry light sour taste. Medium body and a light dry finish.
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - AUG 20, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled at RBESG 2005.
Unclear amber orange with a fine off-white head. Rather odd aroma of malt, berries and herb with no flemish sour characters (I guess why...........!!). Some woodyness in the flavor along with berry hints and lots of herbs. Cheesy tones. No sourness (again I guess why.....) and clearly not a flemish sour ale (......).
Sigmund (5426) - Tau, NORWAY - AUG 19, 2005
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2006 Rerate bottle, RBESG 2006: Cloudy golden colour. Barnyard and ensilage aroma. Funky flavour, some woody notes, but not very exciting. Original rating: Bottle, RBESG 2005 Grand Tasting. Strong brandy-like aroma, oaky and alcoholic like hell. Extremely oaky flavour, not too sweet. (Rating 3.7).