Bartzilla (556) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 7, 2006
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2007 Alright, I digress. Not sure what it was the first time I tried this ale, but it didn’t do anything for me other than make me wretch a little. Fast forward a couple years at the Port Anniversary party and this stuff was right on the money. Very intriguing flavors here and a nice sour backbone. Quality quaffable here. I am glad I got to try this again and modify my outlook.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 2, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black Label: Incredibly oaky aroma, lots of whiskey and some light brown sugar. Cloudy dark mahogany color with a thin white head. Whiskey flavor is surprisingly intense. Light sourness and some hints of black cherries, but the predominate flavors are whiskey, vanilla and oak. I would really like to try the other versions to compare the differences. Thanks to IPFreely for the chance to try this rarity.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle via trade with Foolish_Mortal - Thanks Brandon! Pours deep mahogony with ruby highlights and a soft white frothy head that fades quick to a film but laces from there down. Aroma is a beautiful blend of sour cherries, some oak, a touch of alcohol and some vanilla. Flavor is an amazing blend of tart cherries, oak, roasted malts, vanilla, dark fruits, and some brett funk. Pleasantly blended together in a brew with a soft palate and full body this is one well crafted brew. The barrel seems to make this brew just melt in your mouth. This is really fantastic beer!
Siroy (220) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 19, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2006 A fully diminishing small frothy white head tops up a hazy wierd unappealing medium brownish body. Moderate lacing. No particles. Few bubbles. Aroma presents malt being light nutty while hops are very faint grass ... Yeast character is light. Also, there are evident evocations of sour cherry, vanilla from oak aging and almonds, prunes, among others. Initial flavor is medium sour and acidic while development tends to lead to woody tones/vanilla overtones. sour. Very complex and well constructed. Smooth transition in-between flavors. Very impressive. As balanced as a beer can be. Oak barrel used at its best. Finish is long and medium to full body... creamy texture... Soft carbonation... Thanks to Rastacouere for sharing this!
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beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 16, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Cloudy reddish brown pour with not much of a head. Amazing aroma of sour cherries and oak. The flavor is concentrated on sourness with it’s sour cherries giving a lot of character and then they are joined by the character of oak barrels and some brett. The body is light to medium with an oily texture and soft carbonation. It’s amazing to have tasted Panil Barriquée, La Folie and this in a row, an unforgetable experience. Merci David !
anders37 (18159) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 14, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark reddish brown colour with a thin off-white head. Sour fruity aroma with hits of wood. Sweet flavor with hints of cherries and wood. Nice cherries in the aftertaste. A very good one.
pivo (2610) - GERMANY - MAR 12, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sour, berry nose nose - like black currant. Cloudy dark purple color, no head. Juice-like heavy raspberry sweetness, punctuated with woody and nutty notes. Sourness towards end. Heavy body. Really easy beer, but full of character. Great balance. Good going!
YogiBeera (2516) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 9, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks so much to Eyedrinkale and Mkobes for presenting this one to us! Very intense sour cheery peel and woddy nose. Muddy brown color. Thick texture - nice acidic taste - cherries of course but also almonds, some candy sugar and vanilla!!! Boy- what a nice one!
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - MAR 8, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle (Cantillon Open Brewing Day): Hazy brown with ruby highlights. Very vineous nose, loads of prunes, berries and port wine. Flavour is a wonderful blend of berries, sour grapes, dark fruits and "christmas". Sippable, tasty stuff.
Goldorak (439) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 5, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Big thanks to MartinT for the sample enjoyed at the "let’s piss off Clark" tasting, this truely was one of the highlights for me
Nasty looking! Sludgy brown, explosive diarrhea, with a couple of bubbles. At least it didn’t have any protein chunks, it would have scored even lower! It reminds me of every time I go to the States and eat American junkfood, Taco Bell for instance, I always get the runs, like my body rejects it and decides to give my colon a backwash as punishment. That’s why I stick to places like Whole Foods, although the attraction is just too great and I always end up caving in! Anyways, you get my point, back to the Beer.
Well maderized, roasted pecans, cherries macerated in that spicy vodka who’s name escapes me, it was like NG Belgian red on cristal meth. I even smelled a bit of curry in there! Whoh!
Excellent body, the cherries and acidity make a wonderful balancing act, the murky, yeasty funk is there and the alcohol is solid and warming at the end. Really not much to look at, but if you can look beyond that it’s a phenomenal Beer.