mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - APR 26, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thin, fast fading head, golden to copper in color. Smells reminescent of a gueuze a bit...sweet, tangy wood earthy apple cider. Thin, very thin palate & little/no carbonation. Not a ton in the flavor, light sour woodiness, but it does bite back in the finish(acid). Alcohol well hidden. I get almost everything flavorwise right as it slides down my throat and afterwards. Certainly sour, but just too thin and straight-forward to get high marks from me...too strong to be a session beer, but not complex enought to be a real charmer.
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 17, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very faintly hazy medium gold under a large short lasting white head. Medium citric cidery slightly metallic and skin yeasty aroma. As it warms a touch of vinous alcohol comes through. Thin sour body with medium light carbonation and fair smoothness. Medium big cider sour woody vinous and yeasty flavours. Faint resinous vinous character comes through as it warms. Dry mild sour finish.
MartinT (7952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 10, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2010 Haystacks perfuming an apple orchard...Beautiful apple cider vinegar in which slowly simmers dry lemon rinds...Superb head and lacing crown a musty, bready malt character...A very classy and quenching sour champagne, midway between lambic and Flemish Sour...Those bubblegummy phenols can get in the way of unbridled pleasure though sometimes...
Rastacouere (6134) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 4, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks Rodolito for a rare and marvellous example Appearance is first a surprise, but you get to love it like a child who's the smallest of his class by a head. This can't be clearer, I see my finger prints through it, but the head my friends is the perfect white, sticky as if it weren't enough. The body is pure liquid gold, very shining, spectacular one may say. Very effervescent from the outside look. Aroma of wet hay, apple cider, grass (saison anyone?), a bit of funk, a definite sour touch, dry, not unlike a good champaign, grassy. Isn't this well structured and beautiful? In mouth, this is also reminiscent of champaign, very white wine alike in the dryness. Lightly bitter finish which adds a new complexity. Moderately malty with peaches and pears flavors. It's mostly about the delicate dryness though, puckering and hayish. Mouthfeel is quite biting, thin-medium and a nice fit. I feel I don't have the words to do it justice though, there'd be a lot more to say, but it's hard to be put in words. Very complex for sure and rather tart with gueuze character. Lovely dry aftertaste. I think this would be hard to drink in any kind of large quantities though, just like champaign once again. Truly in a class of its own and worth seeking out.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 4, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Flemish Sour Tasting with MartinT & Rastacouere Part 1 #6. This was in some ways the sport of the evening. First, the appearance: Michelob comes to mind. Clear golden, a bit bubbly, good head...totally different from the usual, but the clarity and warmth in the color is pleasant once you get over comparisons to macros. Fresh hayfields and sour apples and a little pine in the nose, very nice. Extremely sour and dry on the tongue, somewhere between dry champagne and Cantillon Gueueze, but just enough apple sweetness peeks through to keep things balanced. The front bitterness is a tough nut to crack, but once you do it's worth it.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very pale straw yellow color and thin white head. Fruity aroma of lemons, apples, blackberry, and clove spice. Very tart and tasty flavor. Some earthy, musky qualities. A challenging sour but complex beer.
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - MAR 29, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pale orange gold color. Medium head. Aroma is woody, grassy, fruity and earthy. A medium bodied Flemish Sour Ale. The aroma is a little difficult to get a hold of, it s has a lot of stuff going on. Malts are fruity and sweet, citrusy and oaky. Tart and sour. Nice oak and woody notes. Nicely balanced. Grassy and earthy at the finish. Light and refreshing. Touch of mustard at the very very end, long after most aftertastes are gone. Nice but it takes a while to get there. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly tart.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - MAR 18, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer was sampled with beerguy101...thanks again bud! This beer poured a goldeny yellow color with a beautifully clear level of carbonation and a small white head which dissipated almost immediately. The aroma is heavy wood, cherry and some sour grapefruit...man that nose is VERY hard to describe, but damned if it isnt incredibly entrancing. Perhaps some hints of dirt and olive oil in the nose as well. The taste begins with a very sour bite upfront leading to a smooth grassy finish. There's also a sweet bready flavor in the finish. The mouthfeel here is great..i cant get over just how many flavors are there. Highly acidic mid taste, medium carbonation. Slightly bittery cheese finish..bready and mustardy...hints of mustard seeds i swear!! The longest finish in history... a great beer!
jables (101) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ok. I'll admit this beer is way over my head as far as my experience with a with a wide range of beers. I had never had anything quite like this. the yeast yields a near cider fruit flavor. the mouthfeel is still full and the finish is fruity and light with a citric aftertaste. The whole flavor is absolutely out of this world and the drinkability is second to none.
Aubrey (3442) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 3, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark yellow and only slightly hazy. Yeasty, apple-like nose. Somewhat weighty mouthfeel with a prickly, but moderate, carbonation. A little fruity (apples, lemons, and some hints of cider) and tart, with a healthy bit of sourness. Not much bitterness to speak of though. And the finish is mostly clean, and flavorless even.