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 (8980) - 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 (12358) - 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%
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 1, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Chocolatey brown color with red tints and nearly no head. Aroma of dust, brown sugar, grapes and vinegar. Light vinegar flavor, a bit dry and dusty. Not overly acidic like Rodenbach GC or La Folie, more tart than sour. There is a slight balancing sweetness in the finish. Very nice.
CamdenD (1161) - Madrid, SPAIN - DEC 31, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big wine beer. Taste is bitter and fruity, but the nose is fantastic, nebbiolo and sour. Glad I finally had this one.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2005
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2006 Bottle purchases at the Corkscrew, Urbana. Poured with some apple spice tea bread that made for a nice pairing. Very low carbonation, to the point where I thought I had sampled a bad bottle, although a second bottle revealed the same. Flavors of apple cinammon, nutmeg, lots of clove, brown sugar, molasses, and vanilla. Certainly sour and pervasively earthy with a warming alcohol finish. A bit more carbonation would be appreciated to draw out the flavors. RERATE: Another bottle, and I’m still annoyed by how little carbonation is in the beer. Flat.
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2005
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle. Pours a deep reddish brown with a neglitiable head. Scents of vinegar and wood on the nose. Although sour to taste, it tastes like an oaked port that has had acidity introduced. Very disappointing for the result as well as the amount wasted on the cost of the bottle.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sour cherry aroma...yeasty, mouth-puckering...Beautiful-looking with a dark body and slight bright white head. Very low carbonation, which I appreciate in a Flemish Sour Ale, and it’s very wine-like. The flavor is tart, and not sweet at all, leaving one to taste the true flavor of the fruits. Something musty and cellar-like qualtiy to it.
notalush (5637) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark reddish-brown color, with very minimal carbonation and a small tan lace - not a very sour aroma at all, almost sweet, actually - a bit of must and brett, chocolate and cherries, even a bit of toffee - flavor is not nearly as mouth puckering as others in the style, esp. Rodenbach Grand Cru, but in some ways that makes this beer better, because you can more easily appreciate the other flavors the beer has to offer - lots of oak and red wine qualities - chocolate, plum, fig - a hint of smoke and ash - earthy, very - extremely dry, but warming finish - perhaps my favorite of the style so far.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - DEC 20, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750. Pours a very murky deep brown color with very little to no head, more of a film than anything. Really nice aroma, oaky, tart, some sour cherry. Flavors are muted domewhat from the fairly lifeless body. Literally tons of wood in the flavor, somewhat sour but not much at all, very earthy. Body seems watery, extremely little carbonation, some acidity, raw dryness. Something just seems to missing to give it that good, mouth-puckering zip that you find with something like Rodenbach or Goudenband. Hmpf, I’m a bit disappointed.