brokensail (9108) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 26, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Batch 8, 2007.
A: The pour is a fairly typical dark amber color with plenty of brown to it. The head is somewhat mild in volume and off-white in color.
M: Quite fruity for a Flanders red ale. Lots of cherries, green apples, and a bit of lemon. Plenty of oak, a hint of vinegar, and some light sweetness.
D: A bit lighter in flavor than I would have expected. The fruitiness translates well to the flavor, as do the vinegar and oakiness. There is, however, a bit of a metallic flavor at times.
M: The body seems a bit thin, but for a sour beer it is a bit more forgivable. Moderate and tinging carbonation.
D: Pretty easy beer to drink, but not all that impressive. Maybe a more current vintage would change things a bit.
Lubiere (9031) - 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%
Rasmus40 (8880) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ HenrikSoegaard tasting. Clear amber with a big and lasting off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, dark fruit and wood. Flavor is quite sweet and light acidic. Dry and light acidic finish. 210513
Bov (8805) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - APR 2, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2005 750 ml bottle - reddish-brown colour, big creamy and slightly brown-tainted head, nice lacing, prodigiously complex aroma: wood, hazelnuts, touch of vinegar, olive and bread; high carbonation, robust malt body, strong and rich acidity, the finish is dry and sour showing some more woody and dark fruity notes - thanks to fiulijn for this mind blowing beer !
Leighton (8601) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2010 Bottle, at Jimmy’s no. 43 during the Lovullo Sour Tasting Session. Pours a dark, red-brown with a slight, white film. Tart, sour aroma with mild fruit and wood. Flavor is extremely puckering and very sour. Plenty of Brett and lactic acids. Mild sweetness. Some booze, especially in the finish. Light woodiness throughout. Some licorice notes. Pretty nice.
Ratman197 (8471) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 4, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle 2005 vintage poured a cloudy dark garnet with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of sour cherries, dirty socks, oak, a bit of vinegar, and cork. Palate was light bodied and tart. Flavors of sour fruit[mild cherry character], oak, some vinegar notes, and cork with a sour, dry finish. A VERY tasty beer!!!
BeerandBlues2 (8445) - Hanover, Maryland, 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.
hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 31, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2008 Bottle... This beer rocks!... Dark, ruby ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. The nose is earthy with notes of malt vinegar, wood, blue cheese, must, tobacco and a touch of chocolate. Malty, earthy, woodsy flavor. Sour as hell... not geueze sour, but close. Medium-bodied and fizzy. Finishes sour and bone dry. I didn’t pick up any brandy in the aroma or flavor, but what a great brew. World class! Thanks go out to egajdzis for letting me know I could pick up a bottle of this gem in Baltimore... just a hop, skip and a jump from home.
hopdog (8225) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
There I was, rearranging my beers in my cellar when I knocked one off a shelf. It fell to the concrete floor about 3 feet. My life instantly passed before my eyes. It was if time stood still. While holding my breath, I waited for the shattering of glass. No glass. Whew, did I dodge a bullet. Then I hear the pssst of a leaking cap. Oh crap, what beer did I knock off. Of course it had to be this one. At least I didn’t shatter the bottle and it was drinkable! I’ve been in the mood for a Flemish Sour anyway. Poured a deeper and cloudy reddish/brown color with a large (could it be because it fell 3 ft) tan head. Aromas of sour cherries, oak, very light vanilla, and light yeast. Tastes of nice sour and tart cherries, light oak, and all around vinous. Nice tart finish.
JoeMcPhee (8053) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2008 2007 bottle shared by puzzl and maxxdaddy. Deep orange-amber beer with a thin tan head. Aroma is really fantastic, lots of tart sour cherries, rich acetic character over the soft oaky sweetness. Rich tart flavour with the acidity smacking you right in the cheeks. A bit of light lactic character behind the acetic notes. Soft fruity tannins on the back of the palate along with some oaky character. The best of these I’ve had to date.
2006 bottle provided by gotmos and shared with myself, beastiefan2k, notalush and apoptosis. Cloudy amber orange beer. Very woody aroma with lots of burgundian wine character and heavy toasted oakiness as well. Warming brings up a bit of booze, but also more strong toasted oak character. Soft sweet maltiness and a lingering vineousness. Very oaky flavour over a bit of sour flemish red character. There’s lots of stuff going on in this one, but it still works pretty well. Could probably use a few more years in the bottle to see if the acidity will come up a bit and to settle down all of the wood.
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Deep brown/burgundy beer, thin white head. Big malty aroma, sweet chewy malts, acetic and yeasty aroma. Flavour is also big, acetic, malty, flavour. Sour tart finish. Cherry, woody, sour acetic finish.
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