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.
Ernest (7030) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 27, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2015 2014 bottle (batch 18). Head is initially small, frothy/fizzy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy dark amber. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly to moderately yeasty (cobwebs, barnyard), with notes of wood, cherry, sour apple, lemon zest. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately to heavily acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately to heavily acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately astringent.
Surprisingly thin and watery for its size. The aroma and flavor balance are pleasant enough, but overall it’s just kinda plain and forgettable.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - AUG 27, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to JohnC for sharing his bottle. Ruddy brown brew sitting under a cream colored head. Some slight cherry notes along with a oakiness that seems to hold things in check. A really nice brew but my favorite in this style is still Speciaal Brouwsel.
chronictonic (472) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow - this is one really really fine funky beer. One of my top 5 beers is Ghiridan Geuze - and this has some of the same great characteristics that I like in that beer, but with a dark fruity, cherry like sourness. Sharp, tangy and dry - wonderful balance. I wish I had taken more complete notes when trying it - but sometimes you just gotta enjoy a really fine beer.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 27, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This pours an opaque brown color with a small head. The flavor is sour, with some mild notes of cherry. At first the sourness hits you, but as you drink the brew, it actually becomes quite quaffable.
Suttree (5767) - 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 (3058) - 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.