Gorbalev (2981) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle obtained in a trade with Captain Cougar and shared with Greg, Harry, blankboy, Dave, and R. Muddy brown, hardly any head. Nice sour aroma, barnyard like, yeasty. Wonderful sour taste. Again barnyard, yeast, some hints of spice. Somewhat tart, but quite mild and ridiculously drinkable for the style. Grape, sour, lovely stuff, this may be the best sour I have ever tasted. A sipped on this one long after the others moved on to the next beer. The hit of the tasting.
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - JAN 22, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
75cl bottle...2005, 2nd batch to US...Funky bottlecap...opens somewhat like a wine vac-u-sav cork. Pours w/ some fizz & a slight brownish head that is blotchy...deep zinfandel-type red color to the beer. Heck of an aroma! Oak, nougat, mustiness, chocolate & coconut (why is this sounding like a candy bar?) Evolves into earthy berries (elderberries, maybe a couple cherries) & leather. Quite complex & wonderful. I guess I should drink it though. Light bodied & tart. Earth, leather, oak and a pronounced tartness reminiscent of raspberries & strawberries in its acidity. The flavor has very little trace of the candy bar save a touch of chocolate. The oak is not overdone, just present & pronounced...refined. Carbonation is very light, but it does add a bit of a spark to the beer...vinuous in its drinking...this beer should be served like a quality red wine & enjoyed the same way...Room temp(my room temp today is 64*F), sipping slowly. It seems that it opens up as it breathes, becoming a bit beefier in body perhaps & the acidity becomes better integrated. A great beer to spend some time w/ on a lazy Sunday afternoon. I’ve gone through 6 bottles of this in the last 30 days...every time I enjoy it a bit more. I had wanted to make carbonnade w/ it...but I think I’ll save the Goudenband for that and savor this stuff.
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big thanks for sharing Kevin! Murky brown liquid sits under a thin, ring of off white foam. Pungent sour grapes, salty brine, woody, and other sour fruits. Tart as all get out, vinious, and sour fruit fill the mouth. Great tart aftertaste, smooth and silky for the style, with some puckering afterwards. This beats out any FSAs I’ve had hands down. It’s really very good. THanks so much Kevin!
HogTownHarry (6199) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (750ml). Shared with blankboy, GregClow, tupalev, Dave B and R - courtesy of tupalev - big thanks for sharing this one!. This is a difficult rating - I am still building my palate for Flemish sours - but this was the hit of the tasting and I really liked it. Poured murky, muddy brown with a small foamy off-white head - just as it should be. Had a sour, funky aroma of malt vinegar, yeast, cheese, rubber - sour but not a nasal assault either - balanced. Taste is also sour, but milder and more balanced than some Flemish sours - a smooth, funky blend of red wine vinegar and yeasty tart fruit juices. Mouthfeel was acidic and fairly flat - very nice, smooth and easy to drink - could drink a whole one, which is saying a lot.
frankenkitty (1962) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My notes are spare but my numbers seem correct so I’ll be brief: Deep brown/caramel with a chalky-brown essence. Aroma and flavor are oaken & sour without offence... pleasantly tart.
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adrian910ss (2387) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2008 750 ml bottle. Pours a dark reddish brown color with a thick beige head. Aroma is very sour,almost vinegar like, with hints of misty dark rotting wood, cherries and wine. Taste is all SOUR. At first sip, it feels like vinegar. After the flavor sets in the taste buds, hints of cherries and other musky fruits can be detected. Not a fan of these sour ales, as they are more wine like to me than beer.
sloth (2582) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JAN 15, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy of Degarth
Medium sized, fizzy tan head that retreats rather quickly, lacing is seriously minimal. Good clarity, deep garnet red hued ale. Nose of sour crabapples, cherries, lightly dusty. Light bodied, sorta thin, puckering and very tart. Fruity, sour and fairly acidic. Muddled flavors, vinegary, strange fruitiness. Lost in its own sourness. Somethings not right here, not sure what it is though. Finish is dry, aspiriny and somewhat astringent. I,m not a big Flemish Sour fan but i have had others i,ve enjoyed much more than this. How do you know if you,ve got an off bottle of this style? Hmmmmm. Thanks Joe!
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - JAN 9, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: sour with some semi-sweet chocolate, mustiness, minerals, and coffee grounds
Appearance: dark, dark brown-->black, tan head, lacing
Flavor: very interesting--sourness with coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, dark fruits, maybe some red grape skins, and oak
Palate: smooth with sourness; interesting coffee grounds/semi-sweet chocolate chip aftertaste
Overall: interesting combination of flavors, never had a sour ale quite like this one.
3fourths (8395) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2009 Dark murky plum brown colored body with sandy toast colored head. Yeasty sour nose consisting of nutmeg, cinnamon, maple, plums, cedar and sour sour sour? those brett phenols are beautiful. Initially smooth and creamy texture with a medium to light lambi sourness over the middle and across the back of the tongue. Brown sugar, toast and nutmeg flavors ? overall very light compared to things such as Cantillon - but very nice? smooth and creamy without being thick. A bit lacking of flavor depth, and not as sour or pungent as lambics and sours that I really like, but I?m just nitpicking. Good beer.
Lubiere (10700) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted at Belgium Comes to Cooperstown, July 16, 2005. Hazy red brownish ale with thin off-white head. Light sour cherries in aroma, with barnyard notes, and grapes. Sourness abounds in mouth, pleasing and definitely flemish. Wonderful ground cherries with light lactic notes, vinegar, balanced horseblanket. Rich and smooth. Mmmmm...to style 100%