sayravai (4674) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 29, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottled, 0.75l) Very muddy amber with a small head. Sourish, cherryish aroma with a great balance. Sour-malty, fruity flavor with way too many nuances to be sensed this time of day. Medium-bodied, low-carbonated palate. Perhaps the most balanced Flemish Sour ever encountered - a real beauty.
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 22, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Magic Porch gathering 2006. Just getting around to entering the notes. Very active head and CO2. Flavours of nutmeg, cinnamon and brett. A good amount of sour character that still allows one to taste the malt complexity as a good flemish sour should. A hint of vanilla and fresh black pepper on the back end. Very well done and feel fortunate to have sampled this.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - MAY 8, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Go figure, CaptainCougar cracked this one! Clear dark color, off white head.Aroma is sweet good sourness. Oh man the nose is just right there. The flavor doesnt dissapoint with a myriad of complexity and sourness. Mouthfeel is just right, light enough I could drink a bottle of this.
kepano (246) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 19, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A beer that I honestly never thought I would try, an elusive beyond elusive beers, in what stands as probably my favorite style – courtesy of Chris (cquiroga), to whom I can’t be more grateful. The pour yielded a muddy brick body, whose tawny highlights and orangy rose foam made it seem more like bog water than ale. The nose, however, is a definition of the Flemish Sour style. Cherry sourness alongside abundant brown sugar and vanilla oak scents provided the common but always enjoyable base. Plenty of marshmallow appeared as well, adding to the prominent red apple, blueberry muffin, white pepper, clove and prune fragrances. A fruity and yet sharp nose, quite unique and very enjoyable. What strikes me first on the palate is the wonderfully frothy carbonation, a sensationally smooth canvas for the flavors to evolve upon. Oak and its corollary vanilla notes are pronounced, giving rise to ripe cherries and a slight vinous character. Rich unfiltered apple juice arises, alongside very enjoyable brown sugar and marshmallow flavors. A hint of lime rounds off the acidity and a subtle note of coffee makes its appearance in the aftertaste. An excellent rendition of an always appreciable style and a great start for my first few tastes of the famed Port brewers.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Sampled at Tria Fermentation School Lost Abbey class 4/16/07. Reddish brown hue with some sediment. Very active carbonation, huge off white head that quickly settled. Acidic nose. Sour, musty aroma with strong presence of cherry and wood. Tart cherry and raisin flavors, with some vinous notes. Long sour finish. My favorite beer of the night.
CaptainCougar (7131) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 20, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sampled on 8/26/06 thanks to cquiroga: Pours a slightly hazy muddy copper amber with a thin-lacing off-white head. Complex sweet caramel and earthy oak aroma has a touch of cinnamon and brown sugar with some tart fruit. Body starts with lively carbonation, slightly sweet biscuity malt and a nice balance of tart fruit and oak. A very nice Flemish sour. Thanks Chris!
kramer (4905) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
25 oz bottle, via fordest. Pours a clear dark ruby with tinges of orange and pink. The head is very fizzy and fades from one finger to a small ring quickly. Light visible carbonation. Aroma is spot on for me. Fruity and juicy with that sugary yet sour wild scent. Tart cherry with lots oak and cherry pit undertones. Simply awesome. Flavor has a nice bracing tartness that grabs you right off the bat sucking your cheeks inward, then releases them to the sugary oaky funky finish with a cherry pit like almond character. Like a cherry/raspberry vinegrette up front. A nicely developed brett character on the finish as well. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, thinnish in texture up front with some acetic dryness towards the finish. Great perfect pinpoint carbonation keeps everything lively and interesting. This stuff rocked! This guy is really battling it out with Panil for my current favorite Flemish Sour. I just with that this was as available as the Panil. Now to try to track down this guy’s brother, the original Le Woody.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 19, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to CC for this one. Copper color with a ring and isle of off-white bubbles. Aromas of dry wood, mild attic dust, and floral perfume. Smooth and silky in feel. Dry malt and rich cherry pie complete with the perfect lightly toasted buttery crust. Nicely balanced.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazed caramel-rose in color with a hairline wrung for the head. Vinaigrette and raspberry kernels give a synchronizing chime with a touch of sweet sherry to line the nose. Perfumey saffron and pomegranate kernels impart the tart in both aroma, and provide a practical bridge to the flavor. Sweetly balanced tart cherry cobbler, grahams and red raspberry kernels come full circle. Calming effervescence, with cherry cotton dryly careening the corners. Sweet cream slides on harshly annotated sourdough and is heavily loaded with a tart, acidic bite. Cobbler, cherry butter cream and cooking sherry seep into caramelized vanilla wafers for a cherishing, flavorful finish. Big thanks to Tom for bringing the bottle!
Brigadier (2950) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Milwaukee YeHA! 2006
Thanks to the Cougar for driving this gem up from Atlanta. After having the regular Le Woody a few months ago, this has been one of the beers I’ve been wanting to get my hands on. I was suprised to find that I did not like much more than the regular version - it is a tossup as to which one is better. As a result it gets the same score. I would not turn down either one if you offered.
Aroma / Appearance - The dirty brown body looked a bit like muddy river water but smelled wonderful. The scent of sour cherries accented a vinous and tart aroma which was very inviting. It is definitely not for the faint of heart - if my sinuses were not clear before, they certainly were afterwards.
Flavor / Palate - A tart vinous mouthfeel not unlike cherry liquer filled my mouth from the first sip. Behind it was a woody backbone with a dry but sour aftertaste. Sadly before I had a chance to fully explore it my glass was empty but I did detect some oaky sweet tastes in my later sips. I’m not sure that this is one I could drink at any time but if I were in the mood, this would definitely be towards the top of my list.