GuillaumeCL (344) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 6, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
750mL bottle from the LCBO. Pours a deep brown with a bit of white head that dissipates pretty quickly. Smell is quite sour, with some cherry and oak barrel. Body is good, but carbonation is a bit weak. Taste is overbearingly sour a tiny bit of sweetness in the aftertaste, but it’s kind of like drinking sour patch kids.
VinegarStroke (338) - Napa, California, USA - JAN 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (750ml): Hazy, brown and no head. Malty, old oak, sour, lactic, sour red fruit, rhubarb and hints of citrus. Dry, moderate to highly sour and low bitterness. Unripe fruit and citrus. Clean, lactic. Not bretty. Layers, food friendly.
Very interesting. Amazing cleanliness for an extremely sour beer.
NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 12, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma was tart with a strong oak presence and a lightly enteric nature. The aroma was certainly lactic but had a bready character which might hint at a Brett culture. The aroma was fruity and complex with a hint of caramel. The beer poured clear dark brown with hardly any head at all, so nothing remained to lace the glass. The flavor was very mild by comparison to the last time I had tasted a bottle. The tartness was restrained and the tannic oak character was restrained as well. The flavor was only lightly acidic and had some estery fruit but while complex, missing some of the expected tartness. The body was medium and since devoid of carbonation this bottle really didn’t affect the palate. Overall a nice subdued Flanders Red, but this bottle had some room to improve by comparison to other bottles I have tried. 750 ml capped bottle, bottled in 2005.
mtoast (336) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2006 Vintage. Dead flat. Vigorous pour yields about 6 big bubbles floating atop a deep red, almost brown liquid. Big oaky aroma, hints of sour cherries. BigHuge oaky flavor, as it warms it starts showing signs of a bone dry red wine. I really wanted to like a lot more than I did, but can I please just have maybe a hint of carbonation? Now I’m just kinda pissed I didn’t cellar this for a year or two.
petematte46 (330) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 4, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle 2008. Pours a clear brown with no head. Aroma of bourbon and cherries. Flavor of light tartness and lots of hard alcohol. I don’t dig the sour cherries much, but it wasn’t bad.
Avengedpoet (329) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 27, 2008
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from 2006. Pours a dark ruby with voluminous, pillowy, white head. The head collapses quickly. The aroma is of heavy sourness, oak, and a lot of vinuousness. Taste does not back this up. It is very mildly tart with an aftertaste of sweet tarts. Very not sour. Other tastes include quite a bit of cherry, some darker malt flavor, and definite oak with some hints of different kinds of alcohols. This one was somewhat disappointing for me.
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 8, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Take the Duchesse De Bourgogne and up the grain bill. Then, increase the lactic and acetic character and make it more complex. You then have the next level of Flemish Sour Ales. Gorgeous deep ruby color with bits of sediment swirling around your glass. Great head retention and lacing. Deeply complex aromas of green apple, sherry and grapes. Layers of malt character emphasized by a nice sour candied flavour. Slightly assertive oak presence. Sourness on the palate is definate something to behold, but milder than I would have thought. Very well done.
MrGGen (319) - 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.
antzman (316) - 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.
mcmd (315) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 11, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours amber red with a decent off-white head. Aroma is vinegar, funk, oak. Taste is nice and sour with the oak coming through nicely balanced in the finish. Palate is excellent with perfect carbonation and medium body. Very nice sour.