Ratman197 (13290) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 4, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle 2005 vintage poured a cloudy dark garnet with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of sour cherries, dirty socks, oak, a bit of vinegar, and cork. Palate was light bodied and tart. Flavors of sour fruit[mild cherry character], oak, some vinegar notes, and cork with a sour, dry finish. A VERY tasty beer!!!
shadey (2079) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 25, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep purple color with a diminishing white bubbly, creamy head. Sour fruit aroma. Dark cherries, raspberries, sour candy. well carbonated. Delicious.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 25, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Rose colored bottom that fades to dark brown with a light brown head. Aroma is sour and like a burnt vacuum. Flavor is fruity, and power sour. Such sour and tartness that this beer owns your face harder than hard.
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - MAR 22, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma of oak, cork, cavendish, dark cherries, some vinegar. Appears a hazy, ruddy, brown-red, with an unhealthy looking filmy white head, that I know is as it should be. Flavor is intensely sour at the start but still quite drinkable, with a slightly sweet base beer coming through in the middle, and with a finish of lemon and oak. Palate is crisp and dry. Overall, this beer is truly a wonderful experience, and one that I would not have had if not for discovering Ratebeer. Truly a wonderful experience.
Siroy (220) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 19, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A fully diminishing small fizzy head tops up a murky dark mahogany body. Moderate lacing. No particles. Few bubbles. Aroma presents malt being medium caramel and hay while hops are moderate and undefinable. Yeast character is heavy fruitiness. Also, there are evident evocations of vinegar, sour cherries/red fruits. Hint of vanilla. Initial flavor is lighty acetic while development is moderate sour. Finish is long . medium to full body... creamy texture... Lively carbonation...
[ Bottled ; chilled ; dates are unknown ]
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 16, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a cloudy dark red color with no head. Very good aroma of balsamic vinegar with wood and sour fruits. The flavor is mostly sour and woody with again fruits and vinegar. The body is light to medium with an oily and dry texture and low carbonation. Excellent.
pivo (2665) - GERMANY - MAR 12, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Holy cow. Sour yeasty nose, dark mahagony color. Cherry body, raisin and prune sweetnes. Biting sourness deep in the throat. Some earthy, woody notes and a drying effect. Complex - extremely complex - but smooth at the same time. Balance is just fantastic. Go out of your way to get this beer.
Brodie (540) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - MAR 10, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mild vinegar, barnyard wet hay funkiness, caramel, and light fruit in the aroma. Hazy reddish brown, almost no head. Moderate acidity in the flavor, not nearly as sweet as others in the style, funky and earthy, I even get a little hop flavor in the finish. Medium body, the biggest flaw in this beer is the low carbonation level, dry finish. Complex and highly drinkable, although just a small notch below Rodenbach Grand Cru.
bu11zeye (12717) - 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.