antzman (315) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - JUL 31, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 13, 2007 Bottle. Pours a hazy amber with little head and a trace amount of carbonation. The smell is of tart cherries, with some oak scents as well. The flavor is really smooth. The tart cherries come through, but not in an over bearing manner. As the beer warms the oak flavors come through. A tremendous beer!
NOTE, the 2006 version seems to have some fermentation issues. No carbonation, nothing like the previous years.
boamr (309) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2009
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Batch # 10 2008 bottle 1058 Pours dark amber color. Not much head to it. Smell isn’t as strong as I was hopeing. Taste is a little milder than I was hopeing. Overall good beer but not as sour as I would like.
RC8 (305) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Incredible. Bitter, wine-like, sour, very enjoyable throughout. You need to be fairly knowledgeable to accept this as a good beer in North America.
scotchzi (301) - Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is a hazy brown light head. Aroma is tart grapey peppery sour. Taste is light tart woody grapey earthy tart peppery. Good.
MrGGen (301) - ITALY - MAR 8, 2009
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2009 Colore rosso-ramato molto profondo,con una schiuma quasi avorio che scompare un pò in fretta.Aroma di quercia e malto dolce,il sapore è una miscela di malti,frutti scuri e caramello,acidità ben equilibrata.Ha in finale piacevole di amarena.Come non parlare bene di questa birra.Ottima.
radioseer (297) - Virginia, USA - AUG 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Batch #12 - Bottle #755 - Snifter Glass) Pours a nearly opaque brownish red color. Has a sour aroma notes of sour cherries and sherry vinegar. Medium sweetness, heavy sourness and very little bitterness. Has low to medium amount of carbonation and a pleasant dry sour finish.
shaynsawchuk (295) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 mL bottle. Pours a dark mahogany with a thin white head. Aromas is sour and woody; yeast, sour cherry, vanilla, earth and clove. Palate is smooth and gently carbonated. Very complex. Different and tasty.
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 23, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
75cL bottle, thanks Marc, the Alpha King! Brown color, some head but not a bunch. The aroma is really tremendous, sweet and sour like Rodenback, plenty of acetic. The flavor is pretty sour, not too sweet. The oak is pretty pronounced. It does get sweeter as it warms and probably tastes even better. Pretty drinkable actually. Great beer if you are into bacteria! And I definitely am!
Davinci (295) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle 0048, batch #8. Pours a nice foamy red. Nose is of vinegar, cherries, cranberries, and horsebanket as well as a thin metallic note in the background. Flavors of sour cherries and must are very pleasant. Palate is somewhat thin, but smooth and enjoyable. A very pleasant suprise tasted at the hopleaf.
BeerZack (288) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 5, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottles (2 different vintages! this review is for the fresh version) thanks to geuzelover
Clearish dark-brown mahogany with bubbly head leaving good lace.
Some sweet fruity and bubblegum nose.
Tart, brown sugar fruitiness, mild horseblanket, some cherry, apple, grape maybe. More tart than funk, but much more funky than something like Duchesse.