ALLOVATE (2592) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 24, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2006 Rusty but not sour, this wasn’t the gem I expected it to be, but then I didn’t know what to expect. Attractive to look at, with an inch thick creamy off-white head forming off the pour that was mostly lasting atop a deep, ruby red body that sparkled in the lights. The lace-work was magnificent. Aroma has soft notes of rancid meat, leather and fell, slowly fermenting fruit amidst a spicy Shiraz-like base. It’s more oxidised than sour in the mouth (as I noted earlier) with a good dose of blood and rust shining right through into the swallow. Light, souring, vinous malts blend nicely with the prickly carbonation to give it a slight zing and a little bounce on the palate. Finish has a feint sweetness of dark fruits before dropping off short. Flavours are well attenuated at this point making it a simple tasting, vinous beer, and its light body is almost watery in feel. Lacks the complexity of the better Flemish sours. Nice, but not exciting. (33cL, 21/09/07, Int’l Beer Shop, W. Leederville)
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 21, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2006 Clear dark cherry color with a frothy off-white head. Sour aroma with some malty hints. Sweet slightly sour flavor, light spice, and some fruity hints.
Keeper (252) - Milano, ITALY - APR 28, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber color, light brown, persistence foam , Vinegar notes and cherry. Good.
boojummy (50) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - APR 26, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
From a 11.2 oz bottle from the package store. Pours an extremely clear, reddish-brown with a very finely bubbled head. Sweet smelling, varguely floral. No ’beer’ aroma at all. The taste starts with an immediate cranberry tang and finishes with a subtle hop bitterness. The body is refreshingly light, while maintaining that characteristic Belgian fullness. Not a ton of depth in the flavor. Seems almost too easy to drink to be a beer. I can see gulping this down on a Friday night (if it weren’t for the cost) or just enjoying a single glassfull. I like it a lot. Man, I wish I could find *this* on tap.
Tubbfan (147) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2006
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
My bottle claims this is a 5.5% abv brown ale matured in oak barrels for 20 months. Well, I can tell you I produce a better brown ale in three weeks. It pours a dark, clear brown, but thin head and almost no lacing. There is no aroma or flavor to speak of. Thin body with no carbonation. What a waste of time in those oak barrels. I don’t even taste the oak!
SSSteve (3927) - - APR 22, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
dark ruby with a small tan head. sour apple and some caramel in aroma. lightly sour on the tongue. a tart cherry flavor dominates with some darker malts underneath. decent
macbar (30) - ITALY - APR 21, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2006 Bottle. Ruby colour with beige head. Some sour bruin aroma.Some vinegar notes and cherryA touch oxidized as it warms.
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - APR 15, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Blake w/ a red tint. small head putoz aroma of dark cherriez. flavor is of dark cherries. carbonation and refreshing berries. pal is carbonated & good. solid brew.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 8, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a clear dark golden brown color. The aroma had a light tartness. Sweet malty and fruity. The flavor was kind of bland. Malty, fruity and sweet. Hardly and tartness to be found. Carbonation bite on the tongue.
harrisoni (14990) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Ruby colour with beige head. Some sour bruin aroma. Some choc. Slightly sour in mouth. Some choc/toffee/sourness. Sourish finish. Not bad. Sweetish balance to it. Velvety in mouth. Fine.