Suttree (5591) - 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 (2935) - the Containment Area, 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 (2606) - 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.
alobar (3128) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2005
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Never had a beer quite like this one before. Aroma was quite difficult at the outset. The best analogy I can come up with is that the aroma was something similar to something only the ex could conger up from the nether regions. The first sip was rough However, one gets used to the sour grape taste, slaty vinegar and the flavor of a dark, red wine. Overall, an enjoyable beer. Thanks to richlikebeer for sharing.
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
thanks to willblake who gifted me this bottle, poured a cloudy dark amber with a thick creamy head that faded fast. very sweet aroma, grapes, vinegar, wood, whiskey. flavors were also very sweet, red wine like flavor with the vinegar tastes not nearly as overwhelming as rodenbach grand cru.. also in the back are some smoke and grassy hops. a very tingly, carbonated mouthfeel and a crisp aftertaste, where again the acetic character is not overwhelming. i actually opened this just for the sake of drinking it, and found myself enjoying it thouroughly.
Pailhead (5746) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - AUG 15, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2005 Bottle: Courtesy of Styles. Aroma is a tad on the weak side for a Flemish Sour. Lighlty sour with some wood, and a slight malt presence. Pours a non-transparent brown with an off-white head that lasts a minute or so. Sour and tart flavor with a pretty big oak presence. Tartness lingers into the aftertaste for some time. Definitely gets better and more sour/tart as it warms.
Had this again on back to back days. Much better. More flavor and much more cherry tartness. Old rating was 7-4-8-4-17. New rating is 8-4-9-4-18
BeerandBlues2 (10835) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 14, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 mL bottle from ClarkVV. Pours crisp and clean dark nut (hazel) brown with ruby highlights as you turn it in the light and a few tiny tightly packed bubbles clinging to the glass. A light brown foamy head sits atop the sour goodness and exhibits a creamy tiny bubbled lined lacing that lazily falls back to its perch on the brew. Lightly musty aged oak shortly greets your nose but is quickly replaced by tart cherry/berry malted aromas with faint caramel notes. As soon as the tart acidic sour cherry mouthful hits your tongue, the saliva glands kick into high gear. Nice tartness that is enough to overpower the alcohol content which remains unnoticeable throughout the bottle. The flavor ends moderately acidic with musty aged oak notes and of course, tart cherry. Medium bodied, almost full bodied, palate with an excellent balanced mouthfeel that is somewhat dry except for the saliva kicked up because of the tartness. Excellent brew to accompany an acidic Italian dish, to replace the traditional red wine.