bu11zeye (12364) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 10, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(750ml bottle, 2005 vintage) Pours a murky reddish-brown body with a spare white head. Nose of cherry and oak. Flavor of oak barrel, sour cherries, and earthiness with a dry finish. The oak over powers rather than complementing this flemish sour, thus weakening the flavor of the wild yeast and bacteria.
Goldorak (438) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 5, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The second of the Flemish sour portion of the "let’s piss off Clark" tasting
Dark brown, with perhaps a little bit of red, the ring of lace was pearly white.
Aromas was a lot more woody with a cherry sweetness, the balsamic character was more subtle than a Rodenbach grand cru.
Strange, even though the acidity seemed less present in the nose, it was there big time in the taste. The smoothness of the cask aging showed up nicely in the finish. As good a Flanders Red as you’ll find anywhere, and hands down the best Beer to come out Italy that I’ve ever had.
hopdog (10105) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
There I was, rearranging my beers in my cellar when I knocked one off a shelf. It fell to the concrete floor about 3 feet. My life instantly passed before my eyes. It was if time stood still. While holding my breath, I waited for the shattering of glass. No glass. Whew, did I dodge a bullet. Then I hear the pssst of a leaking cap. Oh crap, what beer did I knock off. Of course it had to be this one. At least I didn’t shatter the bottle and it was drinkable! I’ve been in the mood for a Flemish Sour anyway. Poured a deeper and cloudy reddish/brown color with a large (could it be because it fell 3 ft) tan head. Aromas of sour cherries, oak, very light vanilla, and light yeast. Tastes of nice sour and tart cherries, light oak, and all around vinous. Nice tart finish.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Vinegar predominates the nose...and some tart fruitiness as well. Flavor was also vinegar, sour cherry, yeast, cognac, oak, and alcohol. Very interesting brew. As a beer lover here in the States, I found myself all a-titter over this sour, wood-aged ale!
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at The Map Room. Sour ales are not my thing but this is one of the better sours I have had. Pours a rich medium amber with a thin head. Sour and tart berries dominate with wood and vanilla accents in the background. Not overly sweet and finishes crisp.
Sregnar35 (1028) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - FEB 24, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very strange drink. Bottled in 05. Aroma is much vinegar and oak. Ugly beer, no head, and a reddish brown color. Flavor is vinegar, yeast, sour fruit. Different and very enjoyable.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - FEB 24, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
LCRBM: Dark brown with a tan head. Easy drinking yet still quite tart. Nice berries, cherries and oak flavours. Some vinegar notes come through, but not in a bad way. Really refreshing stuff.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 20, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This reminded me of drinking some of the finer aged Burgundian wines. This pours a brilliant ruby red, with brown highlights, and a head that if you blink you will miss it. Sour fruits notes, but not overpowering. Lots of wood and vinous vinegar, but the finer balsamic type. Intense on the mouthfeel, amazing complexity. This is definitely a sipper, a thinking beer, that you can just enjoy over the course of an evening, much like a bottle of wine.
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - FEB 17, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2005 bottle thanks to hey_kevin for this one. pours a very deep ruby red with a thin ring of white bubbles. aroma is sour but not as strong as i would have thought. there is also some malt and just a hint of oak. taste is sour sweet and dry. there seems to be just a hint toward some kind of fruit. mouthfeel is syrupy and eventually dry. damn fine brew. thanks kevin!
drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
25.4 oz bottle 2005. Very interesting. Reddish brown body with almost no head. Aroma of yeast, wheat, wine, some fruit, maybe lemons and apricots. Flavor is very vinous. I tasted vinegar and white wine, quite tasty. Seems almost more like wine than beer.