Jajoro (11) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - AUG 20, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Big sour cherry aroma. The color is a wonderful ruby red/bronze. The sour cherry flavor is one of the best I’ve had. Extremely complex. The hints of oak work well with the tartness of the cherries. To discontinue this should be a crime.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 17, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very tart, astringent. Great aroma. Lots of cherries, a dry mouthfeel. Very interesting.
NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - AUG 2, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Man these beers from Rodenbach are appetizing! The aroma isn’t quite as sharp as the Grand Cru, although similar in complexity, and with more cherry character obviously. Pleasantly sour, apple-y, with nice oak notes. Doesn’t have quite the mouth pucker of the Grand Cru either, but it still has an amazing, lingering aftertaste. It vexes me how this could be the second best beer from a brewery, and it vexes me why a beer this good can is being dropped like an old hat.
jazz88 (2509) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 8, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. A ruby red color with no head. The aroma is at first tart and sour and then a sweet cherry, strawberry, and sour apple aroma takes over. More laid back and had less carbination and zing than the grand cru. This is a wonderful beer.
MartinT (7307) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 6, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2005 Distinguished cherries herald a wooden sourness…A poem or two later, they hail a caramelly sorbet with vanilla coulis…Awe-inspiring, sweet and acidic class…
omhper (18350) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 7, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brownish red. Big fresh cherry aroma. very fruity, vinuous and sweet. Only a hint of acidity. One of the beers that got me into beer sampling, and it’s just too bad that one of the worlds best fruit beers should be discontinued.
parkerman (13) - New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA - APR 6, 2002
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Fruit beer adverse drinkers Beware!!! No wonder why this ones getting the boot. After going over the great reviews I highly anticipated trying this. At first glance the dark red color made this beer look pretty incredible but it all ended there. Just an overwhelming bitter-sour cherry taste that got worse as I drank it. I was just hoping it would get better as it warmed up.
aracauna (2925) - Georgia, USA - MAR 22, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Definitely a dessert beer like the back of the bottle so proudly quotes Michael Jackson as saying. The color is on of the best I’ve ever seen in a beer. It’s a deep ruby color that you could get lost in. The head is thin and dissipates quickly. Sweet cherry nose with hints of white wine underneath. The taste is sweet cherries and is surprisingly sour. Very much like a fruit lambic. Very enjoyable.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 14, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2004 8/14/01 orig rating 3/14/02 rerating -- bottled 2000? Lots of floating matter in this one; very thick and still-looking, with wonderful orange opaque hue. Head diminishes fast. Aroma strong on the cherries, malt, grapes and yeast with perhaps a touch of bitter herbs. Flavor kicks ass! Very potent sour-cherry taste with strong spiciness--pepper and perhaps vanilla? Finish almost too strong for me; stays on the tongue a long time. Better than the 'classic' and such a shame its gone now (I got the last 4 (now 3) bottles in Burlington).
Flemish Sour Tasting with MartinT & Rastacouere Part 1 #4. So this bottle (3rd to my last, sniff!) is now approximately 4 years old, but little the worse for wear. My review stays basically the same, with one point off the flavor line, in part just because it doesn't quite compete with some of the other masterpieces that followed...
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - FEB 20, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
absolutely wonderful. This kicks the original Rodenbach (classic) in the ass. Great balance of sweet/tart cherries with the signature sourness from Robenbach. I will be going back and buying the lot of the bottles (Unless Indra gets them first ;) ).