Racegoer (353) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - OCT 26, 2002
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
decent example, not Par to other FR Ales IU have had,sour , yeasty, not that good.
beerguy101 (5286) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 15, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2004 Re rate- Medium brown color. Small head. Aroma is malty and fruity, touch of vinous quality. Medium bodied Ale. Malts are fruity and sweet. Touch of sour cherries, yeast and fruit. Seems to have a much milder vinous quality than other beers of this type. Nicely balanced. Smooth taste. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
Possible over the hill bottle. Dark brown color, small head, vinous aroma. Full flavored brown ale, some oak character. Deep malt flavor. Very mild and smooth taste. Mouthfeel is a little thin, expected it to be fuller from the taste. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is vinous and a little malty. Note: There was a lot of soild yucky looking sediments in the bottom of the glass. Old beer or natural for this beer? Need to retaste.
radiomgb (2249) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 12, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My first example of the style. Deep reddish-brown colour, slight malt feel to it, acidic and sour, rather like that of a lambic, not much of a head on it, fruit flavours linger in your mouth.
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - AUG 29, 2002
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
A very light Belgian. Almost like very weak lemonade minus the lemon. Not really a particularly tasty beer at all. Probably would never order it by itself. Maybe I’m just not a fan of the Flanders Red style.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 28, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Distinctly tart like many cherry lambics, but not as complex. It is not as smooth or as malty as it could be. The oak flavor is subtle, but noticable. Would be better with a little more sweetness. Overall though, still a good beer.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle says it’s a brown ale. I expected a more diverse taste for something that was aged 2 years. Lots of apples in aroma and taste. Somewhat spicy. Just didn’t do it for me.
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - AUG 20, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark coca cola coloured beer. A bit sour malty taste. A bit flat.
joet (2172) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - AUG 14, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I’d forgotten about this one completely until I found the tasting note a few minutes ago (see 40oz’s rating below). My notes say "sour, yeasty, dry w/ brown ale feel nuttiness"
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - AUG 14, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark red-brown color.Short lived big bubbled head.Aroma is simple.Tarty,yeasty,slightly oaky.Taste also seems somewhat simple.Light fruit acidity pretty much controls the whole mouth feel.Palate is lacking also.Finish is best part of this beer IMO.Spicy,stale-hop,oakiness lingers for minutes after sips.Drinkable but not praisible.I’m ready for Rodenbach!!
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 13, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2003 first impression - Cherry Coke. second impression - add the bing cherries from Cherry Garcia to the Cherry Coke. Final judgement - Dark ruby, thin malts, sour cherry taste dominates, dry hop ending. Actually, I kind of liked it after the shock wore off - I was expecting an "oaky" barrel taste (I know I've had that taste before....). So, when that fruity flavor hit it confused me a bit - had to try more. This is good, but needs a bigger malt to fight the cherry pits.