b3shine (3571) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle to oversized snifter (2008 vintage). Looks decent; dark with very low carbonation and bubbly lacing. Smells good; tart. Tastes overpriced with an overpriced mouthfeel. Overpriced.
caesar (4508) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 27, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ ZZT VII, thx to everyone for sharing their bottles. Typical flemish sour aroma, but not really complex enough. Bit thin on the flavor. Maybe on the fresh side.
PapaSkeetSkeet (788) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - AUG 3, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy, yellowish brown with yellow-tan head. A little muddy looking. Aroma is light decaying wood, tart and dry cherries, light wine grape, vegetable. At first, I noted muted sour garbage. I think this may have been a bit harsh; it gets a bit better in the aroma once it has time to breath. Body is light-medium and watery. Flavor is cedar, tart, old vegetable, overcooked broccoli in old, drying mud. These negative notes come out when drinking with the mouth open, allowing air to waft over the tongue and up to the nose, leading me to believe they are actually properties of the aroma. Also, pleasurable and nicely rounded yet sharp fruity sourness overshadows these flaws, however, that old veg/garbage note nags at me, just as a looming deadline might while I’m trying to enjoy my vacation. This is a very conflicted beer for me, and I wander if it was stored properly on its journey to my mouth.
thedm (4853) - Fort Wayne, USA - NOV 18, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This 2005 bottled brew poured a large sized head of foamy light brown colored finely sized mostly lasting bubbles that left behind a carbonated hazy brown colored body. The aroma was sour and malty. The mouth feel was initially very sour and dry in an initial flavor rush with a tingliness that soon mellowed leaving behind a dry aftertaste of sour malt flavors. This brew really comes on strong initially what a rush!
jcwattsrugger (10731) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 30, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle-pours an offwhite head with brown/reddish color. Aroma is fruity, sour. Taste is fruit, vinegar. A nice occasional beer.
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750ml bottle. The aroma is what I expected from a good sour ale, but the flavor was a little lacking. Very good upfront sourness on the tip of the tongue, but it seems to fade too fast. I will try this again, but right now, I would put Monk’s Flemish over this one.
GarrettB (849) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAY 27, 2006
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2007 The ebullient Italian way of life has a distinct way of taking the mundane and making it festive. Take the Italian dinner, for example, whose table is criss-crossed with mercurial debate, love songs and even a handful of food or two. Or the zest and pep the Italians demonstrate in war; in WWI the first battle of Isonzo ended in utter defeat, but the vivacious Italians repeated the very same push four more times all with disastrous results, demonstrating a non-chalance rarely seen outside the Mediterranean. Until only recently Italians, partly out of apathy and partly out of inability, retained in power a loud-mouthed, outspoken and candid politician as President who brought a much needed vigor to an otherwise stuffy European political arena (and along with it some rude, offensive and hilarious remarks). This same exuberance is expressed in Italian beer, so far as Flemish Sour Ales are concerned. My own opinion stems from the exemplary Panil Barriquée. It’s a speciously straight forward beer, packing all the anticipatory vinegar sourness while retaining a few surprising qualities that are only discovered with a little breathing and a little warmth. The murky, red color of the Panil, familiar to sommeliers everywhere, has a small trace of oakish brown, perhaps to remind drinkers of the intense aging involved in the brewing process. The head is a delicate, tan fringe that quickly fizzles away in the heat of its own pour. From the ale to my untrained olfactory comes a barrage of the sour vinegar smell, with an aggressively bullied puff of sour cherries, red wine and a ubiquitous oak. Alas, this is where the pleasures of this finely crafted beer come to an end. Each sip brought a laceration I have never known in any other Flemish Sour Ale. A great crimson wave washed over my tongue and pricked each one of my taste buds like a corrosive red tide. The delicate flavors I knew were there could not be found. I blame my own inexperience, but I did not think it would be so difficult to extricate the sweeter and deeper flavors that the Panil promised. Maybe it’s an overexertion on the beer’s part; maybe I’m unfit to handle the Panil, or maybe I’m just ill suited for the garrulous Italian attitude that fills the bottle. Whatever the ill may be, I’m mournful – not upset – that this fine Flemish Sour Ale is beyond my capabilities. I’m all too happy to see it enjoyed by those with more refined tastes, where I can acknowledge that there is a deeper concoction of beer in their glass than I’ll ever know, in the same way that there is a deeper appreciation in the Italian lifestyle than I can ever understand.
GG (2019) - NorCal, California, USA - FEB 26, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
NorCal tasting Feb 07 - To say I was bummed would be an understatement. The bottle I got was corked thru and thru. Cork in the nose, cork in the taste. It basically obliterated what otherwise was looking to be a nice beer. Aroma was..well...cork. Beneath the cork there was some light berries struggling to get out, but the cork wouldn’t have any of it. Appearance was reddish/brown in color and a nice head to it. Mouthfeel was acidic and tart. Flavors were, again, corked with a oaky/berry/vinegar angle lying underneath. Once I land another bottle of this and if it too isn’t corked, I will nuke this and re-rate. But for now, this is it.
Braudog (5376) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - MAY 4, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by Cameron at Coastal Wine. Poured flat and sheeny red; smooth and light-bodied. Bit sour, but even keeled. Doesn’t even approach a La Folie or the stronger Flemish sours ... this is actually drinkable for a non Flanders fan like me. Maybe a good introduction to the style. (#2835, 5/3/2007)
lb4lb (2112) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle shared by guezelover
’07 bottle Pours a ruby color with mild offwhite head. Smell is oaky and sour cherry. Taste is mainly the same two flavors as in the nose with no real offensive funkiness at all. Still tart and some vinegar qualities, but one of the more drinkable sours that I’ve had, for sure. Nice as far as sours go, overall I thought, but still not my cup of tea.