axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2005 Now this was an incredible Belgian. Aroma of cherries and other fruits with a little vanilla. Flavors are oak, chocolate, cherries, raisins, apples, alcohol, etc. A lot going on here. Great drink.
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 7, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2008 (750ml bottle) Bottle erupted open with a hazy fog and then flowed out like a volcano. Poured a dark murky brown with a small beige head. Aroma of oak, chocolate, cherries, and spices. Heavy malt flavor with chocolate, cherries, pink grapefruit, and bit of gueuze characteristics as it warms up a bit. Excellent beer!
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 4, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2006 Black Label from clarkvv. Dark brown w/ foamy light tan head. Fine bubbles run constantly throughout. Head retains well. Nose is cherry, oak, chocolate and a slight hint of port wine. Very complex right away. Taste of cherry, whiskey and an alcohol warmth in the finish. nose has whiskey (dry alcohol) as the glass empties and warms. Cherries disapear with warmth to reveal alot more of the whiskey properties.
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cheers to Mike (Eyedrinkale) for providing this one for a gathering at Radek’s place. One of the standouts of the night by far for me. Says it weighs in as a Belgian Strong but damn it could bully it’s way into being a great sour Flemish if it wanted to. Rich reddish colour with hints of brown but great cherry tinges prevail. Hoppy notes took a backseat to the sour cherry kreik-like dominance, layered with the evident woody candied-sugars. But mostly that great refreshing tartness. It lingered forever - and was welcome to do so. Wonderful stuff.
Nuffield (3665) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
What an experience popping the cork! It just flowed and flowed, for a bottle that had settled for a long time. This beer was like a game of cat-and-mouse: it was possible to hold one layer of the beer in your mind for a few moments, but once you started thinking about the next layer--none of the layers were hard to pick out--it was difficult to keep the previous one in your mind. The big three layers here are the kriek/sour, the Belgian ale (a quad it seemed?), and the barrel aging. The aroma gave a lot of the barrels in particular, with a bit of whisky and a note that struck me like Grandpa’s cheap cologne (Brut or something like that). The sour cherry edge was found on the palate in particular. Hazy chestnut color, moderate head. This was a beer of brewing brilliance in its complexity; in truth, I enjoyed the Mother of All Beers (the base beer for this one) a bit more--even though the Mother is not the achievement of beer, like a Monet to a Rembrant, I responded a bit more fully to the striking appeal of the single dimensions, rather than the multi-layered quality that was interesting and engaging but toying.
Jayb0 (1001) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUN 29, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep dark red. Complex nose of candy sugar, cherry, apple, malt, wood. Mouth filling, refreshing sourness plays against the malt, dark fruit, apple, raisin, milk chocolate. Oak character comes through in the long finish.
radiomgb (2220) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 28, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Cloudy cherry in colour. Aroma of sour cherries, wood, earth and vinegar. The flavour was of very sour and tart cherries, very acidic, oaky, plums, woody. Medium body, medium/high carbonation. Finishes was of sour cherries and some alcohol. Fantastic stuff and wonderfully complex. This is something that I will definitely want again.
SpringsLicker (3119) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Vac for both joining us at Noogfest and bringing a small vertical of PP.
Bottle # VNV31 I think it was the 2003?
I’m not a sour beer fan, but when they are like this one, I can go in that direction. Maybe my palate is beginning to change??
No head over a murky dark brown body.
The aroma has some alcohol and a sweet, pipe tobacco pouch aroma.
Very sour with cherry coming through nicely as the sourness fades on the tongue.
Surprisingly good despite the sourness.
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - JUN 22, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
JohnC and Vac Rock! I have notes for the 03 and 04 Silver foil, the 04 Gold, and though I tried the 05 Black label, no notes for that one. 03 Silver: Huge fruity and lightly sour aroma. Big rich flavors of prunes, plums, raisins, somwhat sour, and a warming alcohol pressence. The 04 silver was similar, except I noted that it seemed a little more sour, and the flavors seemed a little ’out of focus’. Maybe I was out of focus at this point. The 04 Gold was a lot less tart than either Silver, with more apples and raspberries coming through. Gonna have to average my numbers here for the three beers I have ratings for.
heemer77 (5096) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 21, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2005 Thanks to both JohnC and Vac. i was fortunate enough to try 4 at the Nooga. For silver foil 2003. Aroma of sour cherries, and red wine. Also brown sugar and maple. The taste is lightly sour vinous. There is also oak and pears. The body poured dark brown and red. For silver foil 2004. Aroma of brown sugar, flowers, maple and cherries. The taste was tart cherries, vinegar and a little grass. Also apple core. For 2004 gold label. Dark amber body. The aroma of sour cherries, honey, flowers and maple. The taste was sour cherries and apples with some tart cheese. 2005 Black Label. Brown and red body. Aroam of sweet apples, flowers and cinnamon. Taste of sour apples, cinnamon and high quality tobacco. There is also a little barnyard character.