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.
40oz (181) - Newport Beach, California, USA - AUG 12, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
User_Ex ordered me a bottle of this stuff while at the bar at BJís in Irvine waiting for our table; my taste buds were just beginning to recover after the 2 hour car ride back from Stoneís VI anniversary festival. Fruity, musty aroma with a hint of bubblegum. Earthy, spicy, lactic (balances hint of fruit sweetness well), almost saison-like, taste. This stuff evokes images of Belgain barnyards. Delicious.
oneartisan (2) - USA - JUL 24, 2002 does not count
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 20, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Argo explained it the best.Definate sour cherry nose.Lively palate with a little sweet and sour thing going on in the taste.
argo0 (11556) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 11, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I donít think Iíve had a íFlanders Red Aleí before, but if this beer is representative, I canít say I like the style. Brown beer with a hint of redness and minimal head. Sour cherry aroma and flavor. Dry acidic finish. Overall, seems fairly one-dimensional and lacking in complexity.
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 4, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I canít see whatís to get worked up about on this one. I like a Flanders red ale that make you pull that super sour face and make your head snap back a little. This one Iím afraid was rather wussy and had nothing strong about it. Faint hazy red brown with small tan head. Light cider/vinegar and some caramel malt aromas. A light body and very little to activate the taste buds apart from some very faint wood and faint yeast. Soft sour, slightly yeasty start, sweeter middle and weak dry finish.
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAY 4, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice indeed. Very sour but sweet at the same time. Nice brown head. One can definately tell it was in oak barrels. Very tart. This is an excellent beer to cook game birds in.
Aurelius (4199) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 30, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Strong vinegary-fruity aroma. This was almost like a kriek. Flavor sour, vinegary but very good. Small bottle, though. :(
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 21, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fruit and nuts scent. Deep brown shade. Slight sour taste, also raisins and bread. Great mouthfeel, complex. Extremely good beer.
NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - APR 13, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep rapsberry-brown color. Sweet-tart aroma, slightly fruity. The body isnít quite as tart as the nose suggests, which I found a little disappointing. Smooth, mellow flavor, and I agree that it is rather reserved. This was my first Flanders red, and it wasnít as bold as I expected.