MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - SEP 9, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was a real treat of the Labor Day gathering. Brown clowdy color with no head. Very clean slightly bitter aroma, some cherry and oak notes as well. Flavor is cherry and malt flavor. This is a fabulous beer. Palate is crisp and defined. A well balanced beer of sour bitterness, and sweet malt.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tom from The Blind Pig (Champaign, IL) brought this to share. Being of Italian heritage, I love most things Italian. Never would have guessed this was from Italy by the name or the style. It poured out a chestnut color, tints of red. The head was a foamy champagne type that lasted a short time. Good lacing decorated the glass. The nose was sour, almost a vinegar essence to it, a little of the oak preesent, tart cherry, malt, a dash of chocolate. Big carbonation and a fizzy, tingly mouthfeel. The flavor was definitely sour, like tart cherries, sour apples. Astringent at points. A very unusual, complex drink .
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Ruby with a thin tan head... sour nose, sour cherry taste tingely, lingering sour aftertaste
BBB63 (6527) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 5, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottles (one opened Friday and one Saturday) provided by Styles and Pailhead, thanks! :
Red hazy hue with a fading head that left a small bubbly ring and produced a good lace. The aroma was sour all right with a cherry and grape acidic quality. Also detected some fresh French oak, earthy yeast esters and even a dash of salt. The sharp taste of acidity is some what balanced by a flowery and bready background. Some yeast funk character is on display as well before the oak and liquor infused finish. The feel is lively and quite crisp and found myself digging it! This is a wonderful brew with full pucker power yet never came off one-dimensional.
temporrari (397) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 5, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2006 Sour and oaky. This is more sour than what I can enjoy, personally. I tasted this right after Southampton Biere de Mars (which I did enjoy), and I found them to be quite similar, but this much more sour. I wasn’t exactly shocked by the sourness, but it wasn’t what I’d call pleasant. I can’t knock it too hard though, because I know that’s what they were going for. -- I’d like to try this again sometime.(9/06)
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
#1000: 2005- Pour is mahoghany brown with some ruby and crimson red highlights with a thin tan head...smell is sour funk with some smokey wood and vanilla...lots of sour in the nose...taste is sour with maybe some hidden cherry notes, but lots of wood in the flavor...turns very earthy and more oakey toward the finish...sour, tingling, and slightly bitter at the end...lingering sour aftertaste...good stuff...
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 31, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tan creamy head; dark shiny copper body. Aroma has gueuze-like cask wood, cherry. Taste is sour, but not overpowering sour cherry, and gueuze wood. Great balance of sour and fruit, but could not drink more than 12 oz of this.
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - AUG 30, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
(bottle) Does weird necessarily equal good? If so, then this is a very good beer. Very sour in both aroma and flavor. Supposedly oak-aged and stuff but I couldn’t detect anything byond the sourness. Fairly decent, but I cannot imagine ever having more than a single small glass.
Aubrey (3508) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - AUG 29, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2007 Burgundy beauty with an inviting, sour-sweet nose. Lively carbonation, but with a complexly smooth underbody. Cheek-cringing sourness was perfecto. Lesser notes of wood and aged earth. Slight acidity didn’t bother my gums at all. A little sweetness shouldered a bunch of sourness that continued to elicit my interest well into the bottle. Faint horseblanket was nice but I yearned for more. Nice and quenchy; well made; very flavorful; and tremendously enjoyable to drink.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 28, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2005 Ruby color with a filmy head. Vibrant Flemish Sour aroma, cheese laden, with hints of coconut and wood, loads of fruits (cherries especially) and light malt. Distinctions and characteristics aromatically in Flemish Sours are always hard to pinpoint, but this particular one, from Italy, is very vibrant. Unbelievable balance of lactic and acedic acid, fruit, wood, sourness, along with a light coconut character, which I just love in beers. I’ve grown up in the shadows of New Belgium Brewing Company and La Folie and in my opinion, this is better.