Ungstrup (34308) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 20, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I’ve been looking forward to this beer for a long time - and it didn’t disappoint me - even though I don’t give it 4+. Unfortunately it has slipped out of the Top 50 before I sampled it ;-)
A muddy brown beer with a thin brown head. The aroma is lovely sour combined with woody notes. The flavor is quite complex with notes of berries - especially cowberries, wood, and light notes of red wine on a lovely sour background. Very nice - but I’d like higher carbonation, since I think that would bring out even more nuances from this nice brew.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 19, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bloody hell, that’s good! Beer pours a very dark, clear, brown-plum color with an average-sized, off-white, frothy, diminishing but mostly lasting head.
The aroma is thick and puckerific: malty with moderate notes of toasted grain, cookie and caramel; hoppy with a light note of herbs; yeasty with light notes of dough and moderate notes of horseblanket; lush, vinous notes of moderate-to-heavy lemon, cognac, balsamic vinegar, grape, candy sugar, light notes of raisin and oak.
The flavor is moderately-to-heavily sweet, lightly-to-moderately bitter, heavily sour with a long, moderately bitter, lightly acidic/sour finish.
The body is light-to-medium, the texture is velvety and the carbonation is lively.
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 18, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Muddy orange brown colour with a beige head. Light sour, wood, fruity aroma and taste. Medium to full body with a sweet sour finish.
bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - APR 18, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Cloudy reddish brown in colour. Tastes of dark fruits and is also sour and vinegar like in flavour. Nice dryness and oakyness. Notes of sherry.
ElGaucho (2391) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - APR 17, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Sour aroma like a Flemish sour (it is a Flemish sour, so go figure). A lot darker than most Flem Sours. Small, off-white head. Beautiful color; no lace. Very sour. Why is this brew rated so highly? How is this brew so superior to other sour beers? Top 50? Very good for a Flemish Sour, but as a style, I’m still not getting it. Is this more of a Sour Brown?
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 15, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle - thanks to Footbalm for the trade! Pours a dark reddish mahogany color, slightly hazy witha foamy beiigey head. Aroma is somewhat funky, dry red wine, sour fruits, wet wool and astringent. Flavor is sour, tart, raspberry and cherry, earthy, woody and vinuous. Medium body, tingly carbonation. This Flemish Sour was delicious!
beerBB (132) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I expected a lot from this ale but was a little dissapointed. Good sourness at first but fades too quickly. overall pretty good but I wanted the tartness to linger longer
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750ml bottle. The aroma is what I expected from a good sour ale, but the flavor was a little lacking. Very good upfront sourness on the tip of the tongue, but it seems to fade too fast. I will try this again, but right now, I would put Monk’s Flemish over this one.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - APR 9, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle via my Christmas in July Secret Santa - Thanks Mullman! - Pours deep copper in color with a short creamy tan head that didn’t stay too long. Aromas of sour cherries, bannana, and just a touch of vinegar. Flavor is an interesting blend of sour cherries, caramel malts, chocolate, roasted malts, and a touch of vinegar. Also some raisin, and some definite oak flavor in there as well. Palate seems almost buttery and soft. Carbonated pretty well but not overly so. Quite a complex and interesting brew.
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
Big thanks to Kramer17801 for this one in a trade! 750 ml bottle: Orangey/reddish copper w/ a short lived off white head. Initial aroma out of the bottle is sour, over ripe, bananas, as well as brett and catty aromas. Oak barrel aging is apparent but not overwhelming. Some earthy and band aid plastic notes as well. Lighlty toasty malt and a hint of caramel work their way in as it warms as well as a bit of sour cherries for some reason. Starts off sour and finishes tart. Toasty malt balances well to keep it from being mouth puckeringly sour. Earthy hop notes with toasted malt and a bit of a vinegary finish & aftertaste. Woody notes in the mid palate as well as well as a bit of alcohol with some hints of sour raisins & cherries. Medium carbonation, lighter medium body, well hidden alcohol in the mouth. Fairly smooth. Sour beers are still not my "cup of tea" but it’s not overwhelmingly sour and might be a good summertime refresher.