willblake (2647) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 1, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
07.30.05 Black label (2004?) 750ml. Deep, slightly murky brown with thin but lasting tan head. Aroma of chocolate covered cherries with syrup, cracked open and oozing out of a candy dish. Sour cherries, acid, Easter citrus and spice. Flavor bursts with more black cherry, wine cask, light cork, sherry hints. Alcohol burn and great acid astringency, at times somewhat chalky. Not at all what I expected and even better than I hoped, like a strong ale/flemmish sour blend (which seems to be exactly what they’re shooting for). This stuff could only improve with age.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle purchased at the Solana Beach location. Pours a muddy looking brown with a short head that lingers as a thin film. Initial aromas are heavy on bourbon but as I drink I start to pick up other aromas. Cherries,vanilla,oak and brown sugar. Body is viscous, clinging lightly to my mouth. Flavor is quite sour and not much like a Strong Belgian style. Sour cherries, bourbon, oak and vanilla dominate the flavor. Dry finish and tart. Overall an interesting brew especially if your a fan on bourbon barrel aged ales.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 25, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Many Thanks to BeanDip and her husband for sharing their lovely stash of brew with me last Friday night! As always, I had a terrific time!
Michael opens the Cuvee and we find that it has gone into secondary fermentation… spewing foam from the bottle. “Get a plate to rest this beer on…” and we did save and then savor every drop of this prized liquid….
The liquids body is a rusty hue of amber and the head is middling shade of tan. The aroma consists of beautiful submissions of toasted oak and raw sour cherries…. How I love the earthy acidic off put from the brettanomyces yeasts. The flavor is immensely oaked…. Soured wood… vanilla bean… Bourbon…the cherries are huge… raw compote… red wine vinegar… I see this as a Sour Red Ale rather than a Belgian Strong. The boldness of Gueuze is present. The tart dryness of spiced cider…. and more oak…. AMAZING! One of the best beers I have had to this date! Absolutely Incredible!
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 25, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is one of my favorite bottles. bitter and sweet with heavy fruit aromas and tastes. opens more as it warms and only gets better through-out the bottle!!
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 (11940) - 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 (3667) - 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 (1022) - 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.