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.
YogiBeera (2470) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 23, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2006 RERATE - Bottle 2005 - Pivo Bday Treat: Beautiful dark red color, small layer of a head. Nice dark beerries - sour in nose. Also some pine and spruce. Wonderful tart and woddy taste - medium long lasting. Medium carbonated. Wonderfully refreshing. This will always remind me on that wonderful summerday in the garden of Kulminator with the Low Country Meeting 2005! Cheers!
At the LCRBM> What a fantastique brew! Medium brown color with a soap foam layer head. Vinegar -balsamico, also woody nose! Earthy, barn, malt, sour cherries and prunes nose and taste. A bit metallic but not unpleasant with a nice dry finish.Quite complex and amazing! 8/4/8/4/17 - 4.1
sprinkle (114) - Arcadia, Michigan, USA - OCT 20, 2005
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Almost a hazy garnet in color. Has the distinct lambicish nose of wet horse blanket, ust not as intese as Cantillion, but good still. Rich and mouthfilling, very complex,tart but balanced with just enough sweet malts. I like this beer alot.
Very winey mouthfeel, world class beer!
lachesis (756) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - OCT 19, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
At the LCRBM (Kulminator Antwerp). Nice brown reddish coloured beer with a fine creamy beige-yellowish froth. Complex aroma’s of sour slight oxidized apples, wood, hints of acceto balsamico, dried sour fruits, forrest soil, oak bark, sirop de Liège, barnyard accents and the smell of an old cider-press for appels (pressoir en bois). The taste is delicate and has a nice elegance. The sourness is there but there is enough counter-balance to bring the beer in harmony. It has a nice maly sweetness, Like a fresh baked butter cake soaked in a mixture of Colheita port and old lambic. In the afthertaste there is something tannic with rubarbe accents and choucroute that is fermented in a wooden cask. Nice sour fruity, woody and winelike Flemish sour style beer.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 19, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2006 Bottle. Mmmmmmmm. Lovely acidic aroma, cherries, wood, farmyard funk, love the aroma. Palate shows some slightly sweet malts, but quickly turns tart, dry and sour. Beautiful wild character, some people may find this too sour, but i found it perfect for my tastes, i just loved it. Quite balsamic, with the same wood, cherry etc that i found in the aroma. Wonderful!
Otje (677) - Veendam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 19, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at LCRBM. aroma: cheesy, barnyard. taste: woody, lactic acid, funky, yeasty and malty. dry, astringent finish. lovely.
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2007 No#22. Aroma is sour tartish, berry maybe. Taste is very similar, however i had high hopes for this fellow and he hasnt paid off as i would liked it to have done. Rerateing, bottle thanks to Knut. Georgous complex sour ale, i could drink this all day.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep, dark brown with red highlights and thick, brown foam. Tart, fruity aroma with sweet malt, oak, cherries, tart apples, a bit of residual malt sweetness, superb acidity and tons of sour. The body is full, with supple, soft bubbles. Great flavors, tons of sour acidity, fruit, a solid malt backbone and a long, sour finish. What a great beer, huh?!?