jtw (1074) - farmington, Michigan, USA - NOV 5, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
big 750mL bottle from 2005. lively carbonation on a red murky body. unlike many flemish and belgians, it’s not mouth-puckeringly sour, only hints of tartness. nicely malty behind the oaky sourness, and a smooth dry finish. excellent beer, but for $13 a bottle, it had better be!
Cletus (6322) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 4, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to hopdog for his one. Pours a deep red almost brown with a tan lasting head. Aromas of tarte cherries, fine wine, vinegar, rasberries, and oak are well established and blended in near perfect unison. Taste is tarte and nutty with vinegar, cherries, a hint of oakiness, and some very nice bitter grape elements. Mouthfeel is spectacular with the tarte astringency remaining behind for what seems like an eternity. Superb finish that can be best described as running through an Italian vineyard when the grapes are being harvested on a humid sunny day. Fantastic!
Ughsmash (6969) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 2, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled in 2005, 750 mL. Beautiful hazy deep ruby pour with a very nice initial layer of creamy caramel/beige head. Intricate lacing going down. Nose was wonderfully complex and intriguing... sour cherries, iron, lemon zest, apples, oak, balsamic vinegar, earth, and much more that I am just not able to put a finger on. Tingly vinous notes grace the lips on entry... followed by some kind of magical cherry/lemon fruit, that just pummelled the taste buds with sour and tart sensations. And when you thought that this brew couldn’t pack any more depth and character into the flavor... come the top shelf malt vinegar, oak barrels, and some tangy metallic notes. Finish is tart cherries soaked in vinegar with a lemon twist... long-lasting and lip-smacking good. Fairly high carbonation makes the flavors spark very well, and this left an ideal vinous dryness across the palate. This was just tremendous in all regards.
MartinT (7482) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 1, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2010 2005 vintage:
Royal sweet grapes trickle onto chocolate truffles. Vinous dryness welcomes the obvious tartness. Blueberries are even evoked in the wooden wisdom.
Handsome grape fruitiness, clothed in cherries, get sagaciously covered by a tart lemon curtain. This tartness doesn’t last too long, and is thus never overwhelming, even though it can be quite intense in the first half. Yeasty softness benefits from the sweet chocolate within, as alcohol warmth sticks to the wooden barrel allusions. Red wine sovereignty hugs the tartness perfectly, this is of the utmost class. Easier drinking than La Folie, though evidently not for the initiate, a little thinner too, though La Folie is sooo sensual, and all in all leagues in front of the recent Rodenbach Grand Cru. What a stunning beverage fit for kings and queens.
Respectfully walking the infinite halls of a glorious castle, in awe. 4.2/5
The nose is a little sweeter (brown sugar and chocolate malt notes), with lots of barnyard and the flavor is really not as fruity. The flavor profile is rather muddled; this is still good but elegance has disappeared. This is a rough, flavorful Sour Ale. 3.5/5
hotstuff (3732) - Indiana, USA - OCT 31, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Bottled in 2005. Mostly lasting medium sized tan head with fine-small sized bubbles, fair lacing, carbonated, and a reddish brown hue. Sweet, cherry, alcohol, sour nose. Sweet, acidic, sour, tart, cherry flavor. Tingly, sour palate. Light-medium body.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Again thanks to Crosling for this flemish sour ale, came in a trade along with La Folie. It was nice to compare them within a few days of each other. Pour was murky muddy brown, looked like pond water really. Nose is acidic, with a nice fruity tang, and that barnyardiness? if I can use that word. Flavor is alot less sour than the LaFolie, but still on the sour side. Big cherry flavor tagging alongside the mild alcohol kick and oak. Nice to try, but I’ll take the American made version in LaFolie when consuming a flemish sour ale in the future.
hopscotch (8460) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 31, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2008 Bottle... This beer rocks!... Dark, ruby ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. The nose is earthy with notes of malt vinegar, wood, blue cheese, must, tobacco and a touch of chocolate. Malty, earthy, woodsy flavor. Sour as hell... not geueze sour, but close. Medium-bodied and fizzy. Finishes sour and bone dry. I didn’t pick up any brandy in the aroma or flavor, but what a great brew. World class! Thanks go out to egajdzis for letting me know I could pick up a bottle of this gem in Baltimore... just a hop, skip and a jump from home.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 31, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle, 2005, from Bello Vino in Ann Arbor, Michigan (Oct 2005). Very very thick, clinging tan cotton-candy head tops a deep, ruddy almost opaque body...balsamic vinegar, sour cherries, and stale sugar cookies inhabit the enormously strong aroma, acidic and potent yet with JUST enough sweetness to keep it from overpowering....quite palatable on the tongue despite the huge initial sourness which only deepens through the tasting...very very sour cherry-grape mash underpins the wisps of burnt caramel and extremely dry yeastiness....climaxing in an immensely vinegary, charred woody finish that threatens always to overwhelm and burn the tongue away, that relents just enough for you to say, oh my God what was that, beer or fire, divine or demonic? A little of both I think.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 30, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 mL bottle, 2005 bottling, Rochefort glass. Deep brown-ruby hue with fair clarity, visible carbonation, and a moderate, creamy, light tan head with a few larger bubbles. Leaves a fine sheet of foam over the beer as it disapates. Lush and sour fruits abound at first whiff: prunes, plums, figs, red grapes, dark cherries. A more earthy date and almond note comes to fruition. Dark, unsweetened baker’s chocolate tempts. Oaky and vinous aromas invite. Rich alcohol aroma like that of a smooth brandy, which I will assume to be the congac. A delicate floral note rests in the background. A mild Brett-like presence along with a doughy yeast aroma. Moist pipe tobacco. Perhaps a hint of olive oil. Vinegar aromas is along the lines of balsamic, though fairly withheld for a Flemish Sour. An amazing olfactory experience - though I could bear to have it ever so slightly more aromatic. Up front, a delicious blend of those sour fruits and sweet honey on bread - elegant acidity keeps everything in check. Mid-palate, chocolate flavors take hold, full gusto. Wood and tobacco notes creep in as well. More sourness, bitter fruit skins, and red grapes close out the taste. An aftertaste of sour cherries, tobacco, oak, and light chocolate is left behind. It’s so hard to say, but for as good as this tastes, there’s a certain "roundness" missing from the flavor. Something about not being able to tell where one sip ends and another begins. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation. A /touch/ to dry in my opinion - it negatively affects my ability to fully taste and enjoy each subsequent sip. But hey, damned good. Tasted in memory of Robert (dortmunder). You will be missed. May there be great beer in whatever the afterlife holds. Prost.
GarethYoung (1109) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - OCT 26, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
[bottle at LCRBM] The nose is amazing, fruity, cherrys, woody, with some mustyness, a little balsamic and some wood. full bodied with a sour finish. soo good.