Ungstrup (29985) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 28, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A hazy deep red beer, which pours with a huge brown head. The aroma is sour with notes of wood, vinegar, berries, and brown sugar. The flavor is both sweet and sour - the acidit running along the sides of the tongue. The flavor has notes of sour grapes, berries, wood, and metal. It starts out with the more fruity notes, but then they fade away to make room for the woody and metallic notes, which in turn gives it a very dry finish.
Rastacouere (6144) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 27, 2006
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Quickly fading to nothing head covers a cloudy brownish orange body. Rather dry dusty character emerges from the nose. Raspberry bushes, branches with concrete and dullish jammy aspects betray a heavy yeastiness. Light cherries and faint orange juice procure a rather juicy feel, but it’s extremely dusty all the same. Light bodied, restrained fruitiness. Poorer than expected.
MartinT (8247) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 24, 2006
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Any first impressions?
-A scant ring of foam decorates the discolored yeast universe.
-Dusty red grapes and bubblegum disapppoint, compared to the classy, confident Sour version.
-Leafy dryness and yeasty irregularities form a stale flavor spectrum.
-Large bubbles seem to thin out the body.
What if you dig deeper?
-The fruitiness isn’t as clearly defined as the Sour’s.
-Sourness is tame, and practically non- existant.
-The dusty dryness screeches in the back.
-I don’t care what they say, the end result here is entirely different from the Sour version’s, and even when I take it as a unique entity, I still don’t appreciate it.
Bottled on June ’05.
KnutAlbert (6298) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 24, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2006 The best Italian beer I’ve tasted - at the Highlander, Parma. Large rocky head, a complex beer with lots of nuances. Malt and dried fruit, a Belgian sourness in the aftertaste.
Rerating November 06: Excactly the same score. Low carbonation.
Keeper (252) - Milano, ITALY - DEC 17, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good beer, with one particular fermentation.Nut brown, light brown head; aroma is fruity with raisins.
YogiBeera (2516) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Super-Santa Jonas - you are the greatest for sending this one on my wishlist!!!! Murky brown color, big long lasting frothy head that leaves nice laces on the glass. Huge koriander, mustard seed and fenugreek nose with cherry and yeast. Yeasty cherry taste - light sourness, medium dry with some malty notes in the finish. A bit thin bodied. But still a nice and classy brew!
pivo (2610) - GERMANY - DEC 12, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge nose - cherry aromas, yeast - yum. Murky brown color, with a cream clingy head. Soft cookie-like malt, with hints of toffee and a light vinegar tinge. Sourish end. Medium body. Just a high quality beer. Sophisticated. Not too aggressive, but great balance.
jonas (5910) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - NOV 9, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
0.5L Bottle courtesy of my good friend Marco
Bottle was gushing and some yeast snuck into the glass - cloudy red chestnut, offwhite lacing head.
Wooden and light tart cherry aroma.
Starts off with a oaky flavor from the barriquée which transforms into a subtle cherry and balsamico note.
Creamy and sparkly mouthfeel.
The mild version is not about extreme flavors and it doesnt have the sourness
of a flemish red at all, but its elegant nuances definetely makes it worth a try.
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 31, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Murky hazy opaque mid brown red with a large lasting pale beige head with random lace. Mild woody fungus with faint hint of bubblegum and malt aroma - I wish it was a bit stronger. Palate is very smooth lowish carb. Flavourwise it’s a bit disappointing, Medium lightly sweet malt with woody, light body yeast with hint of vinous sour and medium lemon rind and hops bitter dominating the finish. Aftertaste is a fading malt sweetness and alcohol comes through as it warms. The wood seems incidental which is strange considering it is wood aged.
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.