Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 3, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is great stuff. If you are a fan of reddish, sour ales with a nice madeira like quality, then this is your beer. If you can’t get Rodenbach, this will wet your whistle. I wish it came in bigger bottles.
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 12, 2001
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark, dark, dark. Big head. Very sour and acidic. But i love the style. The sour acidity just works for me.
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 8, 2001
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark red color, foamy head. Tart fruity aroma. Light tangy, acidic tastes. Spritzy. Quite a short, dry palate. I thought this beer was good, but timid.
tjbjcpmaster99 (5) - Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2001 does not count
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Different from a Flanders Red ... Oud Bruin or ’Old Brown’ is really not the same. Medium sourness and tannic oakiness blend nicely with the dark malt complexity for a very pleasant beer.
Oakes (12234) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 25, 2001
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2003 An interesting example of the style. Has a rich maltiness that is undercut by a fairly sharp acidity, but by no means overwhelming acidity. Fruitiness is more prevalent here than in Rodenbach. Deep mahogany colour, a lot of cherry in the aroma. Wonderfully refreshing, though, which is key to this style.
2 years old:
Amber-burgundy colour is lovely. Fruity, woody aroma with grapes. Very wine-like. Effervescent body. The malts have fermented out a bit, but really this hasn't changed all that much. Sweet caramel, woody, plummy, cherryish notes abound, but little else. Just enough acidity to be quenching. Not bad, but doesn't appear to benefit from aging. Vintage rating: 3.2
TAR (2445) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2001
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
At least they tried. I usually love their beers, but this one is lacking in complexity. Dry and woody with some fruit.
heykevin (1274) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - NOV 7, 2001
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2003 Light sourish aroma, hint of ketchup, not unappealing, though. Soft mouthfeel, low carbonation. Only lightly sour, some definite oxidation notes (touch of wet paper bag). Sweet cherryish finish. But altogether enjoyable.
Bov (9335) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - SEP 13, 2001
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2006 hazy dark reddish-brown colour under a fine little foam; gentle fruity nose with notes of vinegar; rather thin-bodied and quite sharp acidity; the finish is moderately dry, showing more acidity and some notes of apple - lacking of malt backbone to be really good
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - SEP 12, 2001
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2007 Bottle@Home. Lactic, winish, chocolate aroma. Brown color, beige fine h, good lace. Light sweet, lactic, prune, light sour, hint of oak. Soft and full. Very nice example of a Sour Ale although it’s not very sour, aggresive or complex. It’s just a wonderful beer.
trappist12 (200) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - AUG 16, 2001
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A unique beer. I look forward to the Aged Pale version coming out soon in Michael Jackson’s Belgian Beer of the Month Club though.