beastiefan2k (3500) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - NOV 24, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
They tricked me with the new label but it was about time I revisited the beer. The beer pours with a large, foamy, sticky head. The color of the beer is a dark burgundy red. The head stays around for a bit and then turns into a surface covering lacing. The color is dark enough to make it hard to see through but in the light itís a clear beer. Aroma is simple yet right on the button for what this beer is going. Itís a light clean beer with an addition of some light funk, cherry, flanders red characteristics, and a hint of wet wood (oak). Taste is watered down cherry/flanders red with a sprtitz-y mineral thing and just a hint of sourness in the aftertaste. An extremely sessionable flanders red, good intro to the style. I doubt it will age well but I will give it a shot. Also, there must only be a very small part of this beer thatís barrel aged for 20 months, most of it is fresh, which is well experienced in the beer.
11.2 oz bottle stamped 38810, Lindener Spezial smaller stem glass.
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium brown - mostly clear - slightly tart aroma - notes of spice, nuts, sour cherry, vanilla and malt. Flavor is lively & tart, without being unpleasantly sour or funky. Sort of remindes me of Duchess de Bourgogne only a little more sweet and mild.
KimJohansen (10416) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - NOV 16, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours clear brown with small head. Slightly sweet flavor with some spices. Where is the sourness? Would expect more from a beer like this...
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 16, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted 16/11/2007. 330ml bottle from Regional Wines and Spirits.
Dark reddish chestnut. Light-tan head that disappears faster than hopes of a Phoenix clean-sheet. Nose is wood, sour fruit, vanilla, dark malt. Quite slender through the mouth, and fizzy, with a little sweetness, reminiscent of cola, a nice balancing sour fruit character and a dry woody finish. Mildly bitter and ever-so-slightly more tannic. Pretty good but, to be honest, Iím a little bit suspicious - "Matured on oaken barrels during 20 months"?
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - NOV 13, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
OB pours almost mahogany with a decent head that reduces slowly leaving only a thin, fluffy ring ov evidence. Smells like the sour bratton my aunt Debera used to make, stink the whole house out. Medium nectar w/ ample residual effers. It has a nice soft cotton texture as it expands on the palate. Itís a dry beer with a defined yet mild souring component. Itís the kind of sour you find in an under rippened peach or green apple. Theres also a touch of roast and cakebread that seems to get lost in the shuffle. I can taste the 20 months of wood along with some gravely rocks from a forgotten meadow. The finish is bittered mildly. Overall: I am impressed but not thirsty for it. My fiancee likes it and that really surprises me.
Cobra (1100) - - NOV 10, 2007
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
11.2 oz brown, longneck bottle. No freshness date seen. Cryptic code on back label. Poured out a dark reddish brown, with a soapy white head. Aromas are of sour Belgian funk, oak barrels, some herbal notes. Flavors are of a typical sour ale, mostly lactic acid, Belgian funk, some woodiness from the barrels. Thin body, points off for that. OK to try, but nothing to bust your ass to get.
jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 7, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle, pours a dark red/brown color, with a tan head and decent lace. Slightly sour aroma, faint medium malts, are also noticible. Slight sour flavor nothing like a Rodenbach or Duchess, A bit watery on the palate. Also slight metallic hops but very slight, some notes of oak. Nice but very light I was hoping for something a bit more sour.
probstblueribbon (3700) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 3, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
330 mL bottle from LCBO, served cool in a tulip glass.
App.: Deep mahogany, clear, with a fair light tan head.
Aroma: Yeasty, some sweet, med.-roasted malts, some herbal notes, all backed by a restrained organic acid tang; lightly woody and vinous.
Palate: Medium-light body, medium effervescence.
Flav.: Organic acids jump out first, somewhat vinous and woody, hints of the malts and herbal notes in the background; a bit tangy, a touch bitter with a lingering impression of sweet, dark malts (dark dried fruits and caramelized sugars).
I havenít had enough examples of the style to know how this one holds up. However, I enjoyed it somewhat.
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - OCT 27, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a deep mahogany brown, with a creamy beige head. Aroma is sour like a mouldy basement, and musty like an empty attic, with notes of roast beef as the beer warms up, but strangely appealing. The flavours are very different, edgey, with some sourness right upfront, like noted by a few others, the middle is kind of void of flavour, the finish is relatively satisfying, with a tasty sour cherry flavour.
Bobsy (194) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 27, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2007 Bottle conditioned and purchased from the LCBO. Dark oak pour with a quickly fading white head. Smells of lemon and blue cheese. Taste upfront is moderately sour, but this is toned down by aggressive carbonation. As the drink flattens, the sour tone is enhanced, and the beer begins to resemble a red wine that has started to turn (but in a good way). The mouthfeel lets this drink down, as the carbonation is too intense and overpowers the flavour unless let to sit.