ThisWangsChung (638) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reviewed 3/5/13. 11.2 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.
A: Pours a dark chestnut color. The head is a nice-looking three finger light cream color featuring a great texture - and downright fantastic retention for the style. Good lacing is left down the glass. One of the most attractive looking sour ales I’ve ever encountered.
S: Not very tart or sour compared to others in the style, though a minor presence of lactic sourness and tart apple exist. A combination of caramel malts and diacetyl are at the forefront instead. I could live without the latter quite easily.
T: This one has three stages: the initial flavor is slightly tart, the midtaste is a bit chocolaty, and the finish is sadly high in diacetyl. No big deal, I don’t really mind the diacetyl presence so much here. Really, the subdued sour profile allows its malt base to shine through; it gives off notes of almonds, caramel, brown sugar, and the aforementioned chocolate. It could have used more fruity esters, though.
M: I actually really like the mouthfeel of this one - it’s soft at first, yet crisp and dry to finish. The tannins are a subtle compliment to the creamy texture, aided by firm carbonation.
O: Decent, but if you’re looking for something mouth puckering, this ain’t it. Rather, it’s balanced and easy to drink, if unexciting. A good one to introduce sour newbies to.
harrymel (1096) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2013
1.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Best by: 23DEC12
A: pours cherry brown ale with a finger of latte foam which falls quickly to a solid sheet of the same. Near excellent clarity. No lace.
S: smells like metal and wood and some alcohol. A little bit of funk.
T: vinegar, hints of grape, vines, wood. Not good.
M: Really thin with hi carb, reminds me of an AAL.
O: This beer is not good.
Serving type: bottle
jmgreenuk (2724) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 8, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy of Kermis. Poured a clear dark chesnut brown with a reddish hue. The aroma is rich caramel yeast and malt. The flavour is medium bitter with a slightly sour raisin fruit liqourice palate. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.
kermis (3769) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 8, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared. Pours brown with a medium tan head. Aroma of malt, ripe dark fruits, caramel, oak and tobacco. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter and light acidic. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.
Martinus (2532) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - DEC 7, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear caramel colour, beige head. Aroma of malts, caramel, nuts, cherry, kvas, light apple. Very light sour flavour, somewhat sweet, caramel, wood notes. Finish wood and malts. Not bad, but could do with a bit more of a kick imho.
(33cL bottle @ home)
superspak (1930) - Michigan, USA - DEC 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 10/3/2013. Pours lightly hazy very dark ruby red color with a 2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with solid retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grape, pear, apple, raisin, cherry, oak, clove, red wine, vinegar, herbal, hay, musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Nice aromas with good complexity and solid balance of fruity/funky yeast and oak barrel notes; with solid strength. Taste of grape, pear, apple, cherry, raisin, red wine, vinegar, oak, musty funk, herbal, hay, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Minimal tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, cherry, raisin, red wine, vinegar, musty funk, oak, hay, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a bit. Nice complexity and balance of fruity/funky yeast flavors; with decent flavor robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a good Flanders brown. Nice balance/complexity and decent robustness of yeast flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.
emartell (202) - Zapopan, Jalisco, MEXICO - DEC 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
ApariBuen aroma, ligeramente acido, vinagre, madera. Se percibe ligeramente notas a levadura.
En apariencia color obscuro profundo, cuerpo redondo, corona de espuma media de baja retencion.
En boca suave, ligeramente acida peroo bien equilibrada.
Al paladar en primera instancia es seca y ligeramente acida. Posteriormente tras el paso por la lengua se equilibra para dejar paso a sabores frutales principalmente cerezas y nuevamente al caracteristico sabor ácido originado por la guarda en barrica.
En resumen una cerveza más seca y fuerte que lo acostumbrado, sin embargo agradable y la cual se debe consumir con tranquilidad para apreciar cada un de sus diferentes sabores.
Mothroy (25) - - DEC 5, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at home. Promising sour aroma. Flavour not as sour or sweet as expected. Quite thin and subtle. A gentler version Rodenbach ideal for a beginner!
sdmmb (273) - USA - DEC 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Drunk from 33cl bottle. Lovely old brown beer. Sweet sour taste. Similar to rodenbach.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
JBPortland (227) - Portland, Maine, USA - NOV 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle pours semi clear dark chestnut brown with finger of off-white head. Nose is tart woody cola, berry. Taste is sour cola, oak, light funk, meaty, crisp, earthy, light acidity. Finish is tart sweet oak and earthy dark berry. Very thirst-quenching, solid mid-level sour. Nothing mind-blowing but doesn’t do anything wrong.
alliance100 (123) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - pours light brown with thin off white head . Slight vinegar aroma. Nice lacing . Moderate sourness balanced by a healthy dose of malt . Barnyard meets salad dressing . Nice !
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone