tdmuel (251) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 8, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, this might be the best looking beer I’ve ever seen. It’s a hazy slightly pink/rosey red color with a small and fizzy, very light pink head that is almost white. There is a surprising amount of musty and grassy funk on the nose, very tart smelling, kind of that balsamic vinegar tart Rodenbach is known for, I can mostly smell the cranberries, the cherries and raspberries seem to blend together somewhat, and a nice subtle oak note. Wow, this beer continues to blow me away. Sweet raspberries up front, lots of bright red berry taste, the fruit seems to cut the sourness away quite a bit, though there is still plenty of that patent rodenbach balsamic vinegar sourness, a nice oaky taste, and a nice bit of barnyard funk. Wow, what an astounding beer. So refreshing and delicate, not overly sweet, and very smooth.
Bontus (630) - Flanders, BELGIUM - AUG 26, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
75 cl bottle, shared. Pours dirty pink/rust coloured. Sharp cherry acetic nose. "Poepegaatjes" / candyshop. Great fruit aroma’s, all kinds of berries. Sour taste, citric almost. Very long lasting, taste as well as aroma’s. Palate never puckering, but very astringent. Had a Rodenbach Grand Cru after this, the contrast proves the quality of this great Caractère Rouge
davey101 (684) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 23, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2014 vintage into a tulip. Pours a hazy raspberry red with a fizzy pink stained head. Nose is sweet overipened berries and lacto. Faint paint thinner/Hawaiian punch thing going on. Taste is puckering berries, sour cherries, cinnamon, light acid, and finishes with smooth oak. Has some of the characteristic flanders traits, but is brighter and juicier. Very delicious, but not overly complex. A nice change of pace over Grand Cru but that price tag is steep.
BMMillsy (1329) - Florida, USA - AUG 22, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from the Dogz place near Pittsburgh. Pricey. Pours dark red with some brownish hues and a bit of light showing through, along with a nice two finger off white head with some pink tones to it. Awesome aroma of cherries and raspberries, lots if sweet fruit here, light tartness, a bit of oak. Flavor is plenty of sourness but not overbearing acidity on the tongue, some oak here but dominated by fruit, sweet raspberries, lots of cherries, and I assume the cranberries add a bit of the tart tones here. Medium bodied with nearly spritzy carbonation that mingles perfectly with the sourness to balance out all the sweet berries here. World class brew.
Holmen1 (2378) - Stavanger, NORWAY - AUG 21, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Flaske delt på brygga med Willy og Steve: Mørkerød, som rødvin, og et meget kortvarig hvitt skum. Aroma av rødvin og sure kirsebær. En usedvanlig øl på mange måter, fantastisk kompleks og intens uten å være påtrengende. Stor smaksdybde, og balansen mellom surheten fra kirsebærene og fatlagringen er i særklasse. Stor takk til Willy som hadde tatt hjem denne helt unike brygget. En i sannhet minneverdig engangsopplevelse..
Cimbasso (66) - - AUG 17, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A dark red colour with very little carbonation and a sour cherry aroma. There was a white head which quickly dispersed. This is a beer of great depth and complex flavours, with an excellent balance between red fruit and a pleasing dryness. Lots of depth to the taste, and a good alcohol content. So much better than many of the fruit beers that I have sampled. A very special brew.
dfroms (234) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - AUG 16, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, batch 2 I believe. Pours beautiful garnet-tinged amber. Aroma: wow. Seedy raspberry, sour apple, kriek lambic, very light balsamic, pleasant tartness, musk. So complex. Taste is sweet and tart cherry fading into sour complexity and sweet malts mingled with sweet and sour jammy raspberry. Soft mouthfeel. Delicious.
slowrunner77 (809) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 16, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of the best smelling beers, sour or not, I’ve had in a loooooong time. You can pick out each fruit in there (raspberry, cranberry, cherry) and the oak and acidity is present enough to get your attention, but not so much it’s a distraction. Right in the middle. Medium sour, nice feel...refreshing and super complex at the same time. I could have killed the 750 by myself in record time..."
Inbreak (2041) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - AUG 16, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Old rating rerated 14.08.2014, 0,75l bottle sampled @ Café Sara:
Nice creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is slightly sweet sour-ish fruity, red berries, mild vinegar, grass, sour-ish candypowder, caramel malts. Taste is slightly sour-ish dry fruity, sorrel, mild vinegar, oak, soda powder, sour red berries, grass, caramel malts. Medium bitterness, slightly dry mouthfeel. Nice.
codfishh (59) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 11, 2014
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured from a 750ml bottle at home. Aroma is some sweet malt balanced by an acidic cherry aroma. Deep reddish brown, thin head that disappears quickly. Sweet caramel malt that fades quickly into a shard acidic fruitiness, cherry and raspberry come through in the finish. Medium body low carbonation, creamy texture with a dry tart finish. Awesome beer!
Beersiveknown (2882) - NORTHERN IRELAND - AUG 10, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home from urban tap, Cardiff
v reason able £12.50 for 750ml
pours deep crimson brown with slight beige lacing and rich aroma of mint, soy sauce, red wine vinegar cranberries and cherry pits. Very fruity shrub like acidity and full bodied complexity of the grand cru. Fairly high carbonation but otherwise easy drinking and tasty.