blankboy (7216) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 24, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a clear bubbly dark reddish-brown with a small diminishing light-brown head. The slightly sour and woodsy aroma of malt, fruit, spices and alcohol was not much to my liking. The flavour follows the aroma and is also quite sour but not in a good way, there’s something "off" about the sour taste -- I found myself wondering if I had a bad bottle but then I remembered it was like this last time I tried it as well. Mouthfeel was thin. Flemish Sour Ales are not my favourite kind of beer to start with but there are so many better ones than this one, I think my rating is fair as this beer is mediocre at best.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
An almost headless chestnut body gave off a strong aroma of sou/tart cherries and hints of oak. Pronounced carbonation. Medium bodied. The flavor was very sour, biting.
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours ruby with a 3-4 finger off-white head. The aroma is oaky malty, with nuts, bourbon, brown sugar, port, merlot, and some funk. This tastes initially like a slightly sweet Flemish sour, but gains a solid merlot flavor profile and palate feel, coupled with some oaky malts and berries. Very nice.
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 22, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A Mes rate:
Sampled at Quinns in Camden and I am pretty sure this is way over chilled. Decent but standard "old brown" aroma. Flavour has a disturbing hint of beer puke. Not regular puke but come on we all know what beer puke tastes like. Slight woody notes too but no real evidence of the gentle tartness you would find in other flemish sours. Creamy then a touch of bitterness. The tarty zing I was expecting just about comes through for the very brief finish.
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - OCT 15, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Hazy reddish brown with persistant beige head. Aroma of oak, cherry, balsamic vinegar, yeast. Medium mouthfeel with sweetish finish. Not bad at all.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 13, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Darkness in the glass, a deep brown, thoroughly opaque, 1/2" of creamy foam above.
Aroma: Smooth, spicy, yet complex in the fruit, dark, nearly sour, twisted.
Taste: rich and well-rounded, the brown ale mixed with dark fruit, tasty...oaky...big carbonation, big zest, big fruit, very tasty...did I say that already?
Medium bodied, fullness in the mouth, the brown ale and the cherry, playing happily amidst the oak and the crisp, brisk snap.
Very nice. Enjoy, please.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - OCT 10, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark brown, reddish color when held to the light. Tan head fades very quickly to just film. Aroma is sour cherry, but rather weak. Flavor much the same, very dry finish. Very carbonated. Just doen’t cut it for a flemish.
emptytankard (36) - Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2005
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Wonderful tart aroma very reminiscent of a gueuze. Pours deep amber with a nice fluffy pale head. Flavor is mellow, actually a bit mild for a Flemish sour. A pleasant introduction to the style, but too thin overall. Finish is a bit dry and could have used a bit more tart fruitiness. Still not a bad brew.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - SEP 22, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear ruby with purplish tints. Head is full, fluffy and of reddish-brown tinted bubbles. Smell is all flemish sour, after I believed this one to be a brown. Sweet and acidic, it makes the nose pucker. Taste is strong balsamic vingegar, concord grapes, on top of a healthy amout of caramel. Nice flavor base. Subtle oak rounds out the palate, keeping the aftertaste mellow like an afternoon smoke instead of tannic, like some sours tend to be. For me this is enjoyable, but it is somewhat of a tweener, as the palate has some belgian dubbel ale qualities to it that aren’t apart to sours. Damn good beer, though...and interesting!
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - SEP 22, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown colour, average brown head. Full, sweet aroma. Taste is fresh, with a pleasant smooth palate. just enough sourness, for an old brown. lovely beer.