atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - SEP 24, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark deep brown with heavy orange colors and a large creamy tight tan head that is built with great activity and and produces elegant lace. Wonderful sour aroma. Sour and tart aromas along with a plesant sweet berry presence. Has the smell of fresh picked berries rather than some beers that have an obvious puree presence. Earthy, peppery, woody and with a tobacco aroma as well. Very complex beer. Sour and tart to great depths. Fruityness in the form of cherry and vinegar. Thre is a mild woody character and no realy alcohol presence. The sourness makes the palate beg for more and produces a great experience. Not a style that I am very experienced with, but it is begining to grow on me. Great clean finish, even while sour. I like that a sour beer can be so fresh and good.
MrRomero (1973) - Nolanville, USA - SEP 21, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 bottle: poured brown with a medium tan head that was small at first and then cascaded upwards. Wood and cherries in the aroma. Flavor is tart but not real tart with a slight sweetness present. Finish is wood and brett. This is a damn fine beer that is highly drinkable. Outstanding.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - SEP 20, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 bottle. Cloudy brownish red with a lasting head and tons of lacing. Aroma is obviously cherries with some oak, alcohol and vinegar. Taste starts smooth enough then the tartness become more and more prevelant. Then the wood flavors come through with tangy Brett flavors. Some dustiness and burgundy flavors there also. You can’t drink this and not think of Rodenbach. This is only going to get better.
Silphium (3111) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 19, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the Ohio Labor Day gathering, provided by Styles and Pailhead. Red-brown body, thin off-white head. Sour, rotten fruit aroma with strong tannic oak notes. Flavor hit with "big time" sourness (so much larger than life...), oak tannins, raspberry vinaigrette, and even hints of toast. Nice tight oak finish, wrapping the book on this richly rewarding Flemish Sour Ale. Great complexity and palate. Highly recommended.
rocfort (7) - Rome, ITALY - SEP 19, 2005 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours with a deep red body topped by a medium thick head. The aroma is packed with sour cherries, wood, and just a hint of lacto. Flavor was sour cherry, faint woodiness, and the faintest hint of chocolate, with a drying sour note throughout. Very, very good stuff.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - SEP 18, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2005 Bottle. Pours a clear, deep mahogany colore with a dense tannish head which leaves fair lacing. Big sour aroma wafts off of the liquid, quite barny adn woody, much like a top flight lambic. Medium bodied, almost a creamy quality to mouthfeel. Flavor is immediately tart and sour at the same time. Major salivary gland stimulus going on. Very woody flavors and tannins. Drying and astringent with a very acidic presence. Damn nice beer.
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 12, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to jeffin7: Mostly opaque murky brownish amber with a large tan head that sticks to the glass. The aroma is packed with sour cherries, wood, and just a hint of lacto. Aaron claims he’s smelling mint here, but he’s wrong. The flavor hits your tongue and palate much like a Cantillon. It gives a blast of courness and acidity right up front, but it’s not quite to the degree of Cantillon Organic Gueuze. Sour cherries are present in the flavor alongside wood, apricot, vanilla, lemon, old wooden barrels, and hazelnut. Medium-full bodied, medium carbonation, very dry. Very nice.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 12, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours with a deep red body topped by a medium thick head with some lacing. It’s sweet and malty with a nice oaky note and just the right amount of sourness. A fuckin’ awesome beer. Medium bodied, smooth and crisp.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 11, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2005 Rerated alongside Zoetzuur and La Folie: Very dark mahogany color, much darker than the other two. Has a dry, lightly earthy, mildly funky, very tart aroma. Body is a fine balance of sweet and sour with a tart, sticky finish. This is my favorite of the three. A truly great Flemish sour!
Sampled on 8/14/05 courtesy of JCapriotti: Pours a deep copper mahogany with a nicely-lacing off-white head. Aroma is very well balanced and complex with a touch of grassiness and lots of sweet malt mixed with a great sour oakiness and hints of dark fruits. Body starts with nice full malty sweetness and good sour balance tending toward a dry tart, lightly fruity finish. A very nice, complex and well done version of the style. Thanks Jason for sharing and JPDIPSO for the extra bottle!
Nuffield (3536) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 11, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy brown-red with moderate, irregular head. Wonderful cherry aroma, a little woody. The sour hits more like a bit of spice, and the woodiness underneath comes out as a touch bitter, almost roasted. Argo0’s point of lemon here is well-taken; there is an acidic quality that hits the front palate like a lambic, just without the jaw-dropping edge, and it isn’t especially sweet. The moderate palate/body can be forgiven, since the thinness is off-set by the sourness. I wouldn’t say this is my favorite Flemish sour ale but the wood gives a layered quality that makes this very interesting.