ThisWangsChung (826) - 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.
BeerFunGuy (793) - California, USA - FEB 26, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I am a huge fan of sours and this one is right up there. It has wine like aroma and flavor. Pours a deep red brown with light colored head. It is a little mild in terms of its sourness but really enjoyable. The aroma would lead you to believe that it is more sour than it actually is. Very well done.
Vignale (2281) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 22, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sötsyrlig bruin med betoning på söt. Smak av ekfat, syrliga russin, nötter, körsbär. Lite urvattnad och smaklös och för söt. Bättre efter ett år då sötman rundats av och andra smaker släpps fram.
StilleStorm (938) - Stavanger, NORWAY - FEB 20, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
DAA; Bottle 33 cl. Pours clear brown with a large, creamy, lacing, lasting tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, caramel, yeast, vanilla, sour berries, bread and spice. Taste is medium sweet and bitter with a lasting roasted, sour spice finish. Body is medium, texture is oily to creamy, carbonation is lively.
Peter_L (951) - SWEDEN - FEB 19, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Flaska inköpt@Bier Tempel Bryssel. Brunröd vätska med tunnt skum. Dofter av ekfat och bär. Lätt syrlig inledning som sedan övergår i lite sötma och jästig smak. Når inte fram till klassledarna.
DraftDodger (237) - - FEB 14, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Copenhagen 10/1 2015. 75 cl bottle from Netto. Pours reddish
brown with off-white head. Only slowly subsiding. Very spicy aroma with a little sourness. Clear notes of alcohol. Low carbonation. Taste is dominated by sourness. Some overripe fruit and a bit of alcohol. Not the Best Belgian I have tasted.
joelwhite (30) - - FEB 11, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Ok. Sours are not our cup o tea so this is the first we've tried. This one isn't bad. Mediocre
Bierridder_S (109) - BELGIUM - FEB 10, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
07/02/2015 - 33cl bottle @ my brother-in-law’s.
Ruby red, small head. Sourness, dark berries, syruppy in smell & taste
HopCircus (10) - Penticton, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 9, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Light sourness, somewhat malty. Slight mineral on the palate. Overall very good
-- rated via 'Find A Beer' for Blackberry 10
tfredvik (1260) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 8, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a very deep copper body with a creamy, beige, long-lived head. Good lacing. Quite strong aroma of sweet and tart fruits, cask wood and bark. Notes of vanilla and red wine in the back. Moderate flavour of acidic and tart fruits and berries (especially red ones). At the same time the fruits and berries feel sweet. So, sweet & sour it is. Also quite woody, and with caramel in the back. The taste is light sweet, light bitter and very light sour. Light bodied, dry and moderately carbonated. A very gentle and not terribly exciting sour. But enjoyable.
[33 cl bottle, enjoyed 8 months before BB date, from Vinmonopolet Online]
kespecial (78) - - FEB 7, 2015
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours dark brown, tan head. Smell is wood, mineral, currant. A little chemical-y to my nose. Taste is medium sour, grape, prune, oak. Needs more acid IMO; I like my sours much more zingy. OK sour but would not get again. Their aged pale is much better.