Ernest (5627) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 27, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2007 2007 bottle (batch 8). Head is initially average sized, frothy/fizzy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy medium brown, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain, chocolate, caramel), lightly to moderately yeasty (cobwebs, barnyard, horseblanket), with notes of wood, cherry, cinnamon, sour apple, lemon zest. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Still not as sour as it was back in ’05, but still very good in the flavor balance compared to other examples in this genre. Weaker mouthfeel too (thinner, more watery). Same wonderful nose, though.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - AUG 27, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to JohnC for sharing his bottle. Ruddy brown brew sitting under a cream colored head. Some slight cherry notes along with a oakiness that seems to hold things in check. A really nice brew but my favorite in this style is still Speciaal Brouwsel.
chronictonic (454) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow - this is one really really fine funky beer. One of my top 5 beers is Ghiridan Geuze - and this has some of the same great characteristics that I like in that beer, but with a dark fruity, cherry like sourness. Sharp, tangy and dry - wonderful balance. I wish I had taken more complete notes when trying it - but sometimes you just gotta enjoy a really fine beer.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 27, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This pours an opaque brown color with a small head. The flavor is sour, with some mild notes of cherry. At first the sourness hits you, but as you drink the brew, it actually becomes quite quaffable.
Suttree (4453) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 27, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2005 Vintage. Cloudy reddish copperish bronze, with a decent sized tan head. It smells sour - kind of a battery acid, but also a winey, and citric sourness. Nicely tart up front, with a citric bitterness (kind of like a grapefruit rind. The melds with a wineyness and hint of wood. as it warms, and my palate becomes used to the sourness, subtle hints of whiskey and earth, with even a faint taste of chocolate. Big thanks to Lou18 for the trade!
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 26, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A big frothy pink head sits atop a dark rosy body, hazy but by no means yeasty. Funky aroma of cherries and something else slightly overripe. A big sour punch greets the mouth, striking in a fashion very similar to La Folie. Big cherries, acidic. As the beer finishes, taste becomes somewhat grainy and earthy, very mineralized almost to the point of being unpleasent. 8% is well hidden, especially for the style, but it doesn’t take long to feel it. Sticky, solid medium bodied beer. Very well done, one of the few sour beers that can stand up next to La Folie.
OldGrowth (2108) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 25, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, from Julio’s. Great nose, Sour. You can smell the tartness, Cherry/raspberry fruitiness, wood, a hint of chocolate every so often. Great hazy brownish orangy red color. Goood head that faded to a ring. Bitter sour flavors, Like aroma, with a vinegar addition. Man this is sour. medium body, lite dry smooth mouthfeel, bitter tart finish, tasty, but I’m still trying to get my taste buds around these sours.More research nessesary.
harvey (40) - Milano, ITALY - AUG 23, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottled in August 2004. Brown in colour with reddish shine, pours a huge and neverending head. Vinous and woody aroma with raspberry hints. Flavour is sour and fruity. Even if I tasted it at cellar temperature, the 8% ABV was not invading, while the very high carbonation disturbed me a little.
[2005 version (for the US only)]
Same colour. More stable carbonation. More sour, more dry, lovely woody hints, complex. Simply perfect, IMHO.
DaSilky1 (2604) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 22, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Usually one would shy away form rating a beer after 12 straight hours of drinking beer..a different beer every 10 minutes or so, mind you. But i don’t give a rat’s ass what one would usually do...This beer still kicked all ass when my palate was as limp as a 96-year old man who can’t find his viagra. Poured into the glass after midnight by the one and only Dr. Bill, courtesy of Cquiroga. It was a purple hue on top of amber. Faint whispers of galactic suds swirled. Tart, Pink grape aroma. Flavors were sour, fruity, and grape-like with a perfect ending. The sourness sticks to the end and fades slowly to nothingness instead of quickly fading to graininess as some reds seem to do. Perfect fruity sourness..damn near perfect, though i need to drink more to rate so.
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to richlikebeer for broadening my beerexperience. Aroma to me was vinegar, slight wood and whiskey and what I describe as cocktail sauce. Poured a dark murky color with a thick head. Flavor was definitely sour, red winish flavor some smoke. All I can say is wow what an eye opener to a different style.