CaptainCougar (7093) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 11, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2005 Rerated alongside Zoetzuur and La Folie: Very dark mahogany color, much darker than the other two. Has a dry, lightly earthy, mildly funky, very tart aroma. Body is a fine balance of sweet and sour with a tart, sticky finish. This is my favorite of the three. A truly great Flemish sour!
Sampled on 8/14/05 courtesy of JCapriotti: Pours a deep copper mahogany with a nicely-lacing off-white head. Aroma is very well balanced and complex with a touch of grassiness and lots of sweet malt mixed with a great sour oakiness and hints of dark fruits. Body starts with nice full malty sweetness and good sour balance tending toward a dry tart, lightly fruity finish. A very nice, complex and well done version of the style. Thanks Jason for sharing and JPDIPSO for the extra bottle!
Nuffield (3348) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 11, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy brown-red with moderate, irregular head. Wonderful cherry aroma, a little woody. The sour hits more like a bit of spice, and the woodiness underneath comes out as a touch bitter, almost roasted. Argo0’s point of lemon here is well-taken; there is an acidic quality that hits the front palate like a lambic, just without the jaw-dropping edge, and it isn’t especially sweet. The moderate palate/body can be forgiven, since the thinness is off-set by the sourness. I wouldn’t say this is my favorite Flemish sour ale but the wood gives a layered quality that makes this very interesting.
jasonp (1556) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 10, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy dark brownish amber with a beige head. Aroma of cherry fruitiness and light barnyard. Flavor is sour, tart and somewhat salty with notes of sour cherries, citric acidity, oak and little caramel. Some bitterness and a touch of alcohol show in the finish. Medium light body with lively to moderate soft-bead carbonation. Nice stuff.
Kinz (2971) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 10, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge thanks to Lou18 for sending this my way. I love this style, and was delighted to be able to try it. It fully lived up to expectations. Dark, muddy looking reddish brown, decent tan head that faded away. Aroma of sour cherries with a faint hint of piss. I know this is going to be good. Flavor was sour cherry, faint woodiness, and the faintest hint of chocolate, with a drying sour note throughout. Very, very good stuff. If I was to ask for anything different, it would be for a slightly fuller body, but that is just getting picky. A great beer that will totally throw off my average rating on Italian beers.
argo0 (10388) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 10, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy red-brown body with tan head. Aroma is moderately sweet, cherry, some sour, light wood, faint mint. Taste is medium sweet, sour cherry, light lemon, wood. Medium body, light acidity, somewhat watery. Alcohol well hidden.
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 10, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2005 Couleur rouge très foncée allant vers l’acajou, apparence pleinement opaque. Abondante mousse beige pale, persistante et se résumant à laisser une fine couverture sur le dessus du liquide. Arômes pures et intenses suggérant nettement le vinaigre balsamique, les barils de chêne, le bois humide, les caroubes, cherry blossom, et le tabac à pipe. Saveurs pleinement évolutives débutantes un fort accent boisé, de vanille, de fruits sûrs, de balsamique. Puis, le profil vinaigré et acide ressort davantage, devenant ainsi très vineuse en bouche, ne semblant pas construit sur une base de malt aussi dense que disons, La Folie, ou simplement plus atténuée ? Finale très sèche, corps velouté. Fascinante ! Bouteille, Hop Devil, N.Y., Septembre 2005.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - SEP 9, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was a real treat of the Labor Day gathering. Brown clowdy color with no head. Very clean slightly bitter aroma, some cherry and oak notes as well. Flavor is cherry and malt flavor. This is a fabulous beer. Palate is crisp and defined. A well balanced beer of sour bitterness, and sweet malt.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tom from The Blind Pig (Champaign, IL) brought this to share. Being of Italian heritage, I love most things Italian. Never would have guessed this was from Italy by the name or the style. It poured out a chestnut color, tints of red. The head was a foamy champagne type that lasted a short time. Good lacing decorated the glass. The nose was sour, almost a vinegar essence to it, a little of the oak preesent, tart cherry, malt, a dash of chocolate. Big carbonation and a fizzy, tingly mouthfeel. The flavor was definitely sour, like tart cherries, sour apples. Astringent at points. A very unusual, complex drink .
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Ruby with a thin tan head... sour nose, sour cherry taste tingely, lingering sour aftertaste
BBB63 (5411) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 5, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottles (one opened Friday and one Saturday) provided by Styles and Pailhead, thanks! :
Red hazy hue with a fading head that left a small bubbly ring and produced a good lace. The aroma was sour all right with a cherry and grape acidic quality. Also detected some fresh French oak, earthy yeast esters and even a dash of salt. The sharp taste of acidity is some what balanced by a flowery and bready background. Some yeast funk character is on display as well before the oak and liquor infused finish. The feel is lively and quite crisp and found myself digging it! This is a wonderful brew with full pucker power yet never came off one-dimensional.