JohnBarleycorn (537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Healthy-looking deep brown. Unusual aroma is difficult to break down, with hints of chocolate, lemon and steel layered over a sour malt body. Tight, fizzy palate could use more malt to flesh things out. Sour chocolate flavour is nuanced by a herbaceous/celery element. Slight bitter finish. Different and worth trying again.
Wulfstan (509) - California, USA - DEC 10, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This is dark red brown with a big, light brown, head that slowly dissipates to a thin, hazy top and leaves no real lacing. The aroma is sweet, pungent, with notes of molasses, earth, and fruit. The taste is sweet but sour, tangy, with earthy molasses elements, yeast, red wine, and fruit, almost like grape soda mixed with beer. It has a sweetish, slightly grainy finish. Itís ok, but not my style and I donít really like it.
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 10, 2009 Dark brown mahogony pour with minimal head. Very nice sour cherry aroma. Flavor is on par with the best sour ales except it is extremely subdued and mild compared to those examples. Cabonation is pretty nice but the body is vacant leaving one wanting. This is an everyday sour ale. Very tame but still has more refinement than most other beers. 126.96.36.199.16
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 5, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2009 Tap at Hamiltonís in San Diego. Very easy drinking, very Flemish. Notes of cinnamon, tart apple, funky grape.
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - DEC 2, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
33cl bottle courtesy of Jetzler: poured reddish brown with a fizzy tan head. The head dissipates quickly. Mild sour aroma of cherries with a slight bit of oak. Flavor is mildly sour from cherries, just a hint of wood, and yeast. Moderately dry. Mild bitter cherry pit finish. Good.
kempicus (343) - Bakewell, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice beer, poured a redish brown with soft white head slight iron on the palate and on the nose flavour is slightly reminiscient of black doris plum seeds mixed with a sourish note. Very dry on the finish.
BeerBiker (1414) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Bottle from Els.] Nice great intense aroma which later is to find in the flavor. Notes of oak, sweet sourness, portnotes, round and sharp at the same time, acid and complex indeed this redbrown looking great brew from Flanderen.
davhix (38) - Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
nice pour with quickly dimishing head. dark redish color. did not expect the sour/cherry flavor, but liked it quite a bit.
gottalottaibu (243) - charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 25, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
brownish red pour. decent foamy head. light aroma of malt and sour. light funk in the taste with cherry malt and oak. everyhing was balanced well nothing really tanding out. decent flanders style. expected it to be a bit more sweet. light bubbly mouthfeel. easy drinker and good initial step for someone unfamiliar with the style.
beastiefan2k (3590) - 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.