Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2004
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Beer pours dark reddish brown. Decent sized head that diminishes quickly, aroma of sour cherries in the pour. Sweet cherry, but not cloying. Oak and funky sour push through the cherry sweetness for a finish that has seldom tasted better from this humble rater. Just a perfect balance of sweet and sour. RIght in the middle of Cantillon and Lindemans. A sad thing they do not produce this nearly perfect beverage.
ClarkVV (5781) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 21, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2006 First beer of the gathering. Not sure the date on this one (was it last made in 2000?) Bottle @ the Gathering. I believe Eyedrinkale or Jeffin7 brought this, not sure. Pours a dark ruddy orange/caramel color with some haziness perhaps?. Small beige head. Aroma is highly pungent: Cherries, wood, resinous earthy notes. Great intensity on the aroma as well, even after the bottle had sat open for some time. Flavor of cherry pits, more wood (oak,balsa, cedar) earth, lightly sour yeast. But overall, wow, this is surprisingly tame. I expected to be puckering my lips after this one. Moderately sweet, medium to medium-full body, sticky palate up front but light tingly carbonation, loosens the palate (not too much so). Lightly sweet toffee, maple and cherries mixed with citrus linger on the finish. Regardless of how old this bottle is, it is has aged very nicely and shows no oxidation or thinning. 9/4/8/4/17
Rerate from a bottle shared with Eyedrinkale in August 2005. This was the most full bodied, succulent, well-aged treat Iíd had in a while. No syrupiness, not overly sweet. Perfectly sour and quenching with huge amounts of flavor and a long, lingering bacteria/musty/yeasty finish. Sour, but not TOO sour (if there is such a thing as too sour). Dry, vinegar and balsa/cedar notes, with light chocolate and prunes and brown sugar. Wonderful mouthfeel of tiny, tiny, bubbles popping in the mouth nicely. Out of this world! 9/4/10/5/19
Rating is an average of the three bottles Iíve had, though Iím tempted just to use the most recent. Weíll see how the next couple of bottles taste.
IndianaRed (3791) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 20, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
ownBottle Pours a cloudy light brown like unfilterd cider. No real head but enough of a white ring to maintain nice lacing. Aromas are of swet and sour apples and pears. Flavors are quite tart but it works well with teh sweet fruit flavors. Finish is dry and feel is softly carbonated and unfiltered.
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 8, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very cloudy brown-red color, thin ring of white foarm on top. Aroma of cherries, dark bread, and chocolate cake. Tart, yeasty end to the aroma. Similar characteristics in the flavor except that the cherry tartness comes out more. Dry, tart finish. A delicious desert beer, thanks go to Matt (MrFacto) for sharing this one with me!
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - NOV 7, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2004 Pours a lite caramel brown, lots of bubbles. Aroma of cherries, and apples, yeasty as well. Flavor is tart with cherries and apples as well. Yeast also present, the alcohol was masked well. Finish is malty and sweet. A little sour as well. Thanks to PsychProf for this amazing brew!
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - OCT 23, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thanks to Eyedrinkale for pouring this at the KSBF tailgate. Pours brown. Aroma is of malt, cherries, and wood. Flavor is wood, cherries, sweet malt, and a slight spice. Deep, rich, balanced, excellent.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - OCT 19, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Scored this at Bierodrome in London.Cloudy reddish rust colored.Nose is big sour cherry like some kind of sour ball candy.Taste like a funky Cherry Champagne.I enjoyed this brew as there was a little malt and the oak flavor was detectable thruí the cherry.
obisbeer (568) - Barcelona, SPAIN - OCT 19, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Murky amber brown with no head. Nice cherry nose w/ sourness and faint oak. Medium mouthfeel with sour palate and dry finish. Flavors of sour cherries, vanilla, and light oak, in all a sweet flavor with powerful sourness that cleans the palate. Might be a bit old but heck I love it!
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 18, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bubbly head, and deep, dark cherry red color. Aroma is loud and sweet, projecting a fierce cherry flavor far and wide. Sour cherries! Tantalizing, lively. Not a kriek lambic, but merely a "sour ale" flavored with "cherry essence." And thatís just the thing. Itís simple and consistent. You get sour, you get cherry. I like it, and I can imagine it as an excellent dessert treat, but itís not the sort of thing you can imagine drinking very often.
sloth (2806) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - OCT 14, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
KSBF 04 Thanks to EDA for this sampling! Small tan head, good retention with some sticky lacing. Hazy light amber, red hued brew. Surprisingly cherryish nose, earthy, fruity. A thinner body than expected. Sour cherry flavors but not overly, light mustiness, oak, vinegary and some malty grainyness. Dry, lightly tart finish, interesting. Would like to try this one again, alot going on here. Thanks mike!