elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - MAY 3, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to jcalabre for this taste. Dark brown, smallish head, fruity alcohol nose. Full-bodied, some tartness, dark fruit, grapes with a sweet finish. Very impressive creation.
mreeves (274) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - APR 24, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had on tap. Very dark in color. Has a sour, tart flavor reminiscent of Duchesse de Bourgogne. Very fruity, a work of brewing art.
DarkElf (2988) - La Jolla, California, USA - APR 19, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Draft: O'Brien's in SD) Fruity -- grape and plum -- and very tart like champagne; Mildly sweet; Very effervescent and bubbly mouthfeel; Dark brown/mahogany color and fairly opaque; Minimal head when poured
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 16, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2005 I was very impressed with this brew. As I try more and more of the rare pizza port brews, the more amazed,eager, and thirsty I get. Pours a deep brown with a small off-white head. Aromas are similar to that of a good cabernet: Cherries, dates, berries, spices and a warming vanilla. The flavors are more of the same. Wonderful full-bodied flavor with a nice warming finish. I was very very happy with all aspects of this brew.
DCopperfields (145) - Alabama, USA - MAR 25, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 5, 2004 f ever a beer looked like a wine, this is it. The appearance of a deep burghundy, ruby red highlights and little or no head going on here, although a residual halo of bubbles. The nose is very wine like as well, plums, prunes, notes of leather and subtle herbal spicing. Very tart up front; deep fruity complexity. Vinous is the word here, I feel almost as if I am consuming a wine. Some citrous or sour, un-ripe red fruit, such as sour cherries, dry on the finish. Quite a beer, but unlike anything I can recall.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 17, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Finally, I get my hands on some of this stuff. It pours with a deep amber brown body topped by a thin to medium thick head with some lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet but mostly tart with nice vinious notes. The flavor is great. It's sweet yet slightly sour and tart with slight malty notes and a slight fruitiness. Medium bodied and smooth yet dry.
austinpowers (2827) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 5, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Red foil: Bought at Pizza Port (San Clemente) during my recent trip there. This was a pretty sour, gueuze-like brew that's reminiscent of a bottle of cuvee rene with cherries, despite its dark madeira-like color. I can't say I'm as smitten with this beer as many others are. There is no head whatsoever on this dark, opaque, aromatic brew. It smells of typical lambic smells - barnyard, leather, all that crap. I won't bore you with the same old adjectives - the taste of the red foil Cuvee is very tart cherry and is decent, but not of a mind-blowing complexity like I'd been led to believe. The oak has imparted relatively little in the way of character to this beer. I agree with Ecrvich - a noble effort worth of more study and refinement. My suggestions to the brewers at Pizza Port whom I deeply respect: make it less tart, eg. sweeter. Make it more complex - perhaps more oak aging in sherry casks or scotch casks. I respect that Pizza Port has bravely tackled such a challenging, unfamiliar style with such gusto. I'd just like to see a little more Duchesse de Bourgogne complexity of both sweet and tart.
Ernest (5863) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 3, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught. Body is dark orange-brown. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain, chocolate), lightly yeasty (barnyard), with notes of sherry, cask wood, cherry, cassis, and alcohol. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Nice, but didn't quite live up to expectations. Aroma is suitably complex, but the basic components are vague and a bit sherry-heavy. Flavor balance is somewhat starkly sour, yet not sour enough to be taken seriously. Overall, pleasant and interesting/challenging, but doesn't really approach the better Belgian brews in this rough style.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 29, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
GABF '03, hazy brown with ruby highlights.Sour aroma as well as roasted and chocolate notes.Malty,oaky,fruity flavor.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 29, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Gold Foil: Pours a transparent dark copper brown with absolutely no head. Aroma is immensely complex with notes of aged oak, sour cherries, brown sugar, and Belgian yeast. Body has a tart syrupy presence with a dry warming oak finish. Good sweetness and balance of acidity round out a masterfully crafted beer that tastes more Belgian than a lot of real Belgian beers. A very unique treat, kinda like a cross between a kriek and a barrel aged old ale. Thanks jcalabre!