OldGrowth (2866) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - MAY 27, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle, from trade with JCapriotti. best by 25/04/08
Good aroma, sour. Cherry,red wine vinegar,green apple. Hazed dark orangy brown color, small head that faded slowly to a ring, then nothing. Sour flavor. Cherry tartness, hint of a sugary sweetness, quick hint of a yeasty funkiness. Medium body, smooth creamy mouthfeel, sweet sour finish. Tasty. I really liked the way I got sugar sweet hint in the middle of the flavor. Enjoyed the whole way down.
badgerben (4576) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 25, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 25, 2009 Original Rating, May 25, 2007. Dark red color with no head. Tart cherry aroma. The cherries really shine through in the taste, but the tartness and sourness fade into almost nothing. Solid, sweet malt base. Very good, but I’d like my Flemish Sour to be more sour. Re-rating, April 18, 2009. SourFest II. Best By 090807. Tasted April 18, 2009. Cloudy copper color with a large head. Aroma and taste are primarily vinegar. A little sweet and tart fruit is left in the flavor. Malty base is still there. 6/5/7/3/15
malrubius (2038) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - MAY 24, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From 750ml bottle in generic goblet. Pours beautiful garnet red with lasting ring head. Aroma of sour cherries and wood and yeast. Delightfully tart flavor of wood and sour cherries with a little brown sugar. Medium body and carbonation. Awesome. More, please.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 22, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazed Rich Brown with Red Hue and Sandy Head. Strong Sour Notes, Some Dried Fruit and Malt As Well on the Nose. The Flavor is Quite Nice. One of the More Balanced Sours I’ve Tried to Date. Wonderful Sour Flavor, Fruit Notes..and a Very Nice Malty Foundation That Keeps This As Balanced As it Is. Very Easy to Drink a Mouthful At a Time. Alcohol Level Means You Can Afford to Be Greedy.
thewolf (11383) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAY 18, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. 33cl. Pours a hazy reddish brown with next-to-nothing head. Aroma is powerful, sour with dried fruits. Flavour is slightly smoky, with a nice balance of sourness and caramel - the end is slightly tart. Good example of the style.
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - MAY 14, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma was dominated by a very smooth sourness.Pours a dark red with a medium off white head.Very well balanced flavor of dark fruits and a nice sourness.Medium to full mouthfeel with a tart cherry finish.
Brigadier (3195) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAY 13, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle
Having tried the ’Classic’, I was excited to find this at a local store. While not exactly a wishlist beer it is one that I have been wanting to try for some time now. After tasting it, it might fall into my regular rotation along with North Coast Old Rasputin and New Glarus Hop Hearty. If you like sour beers, give it a try. If you don’t, tread carefully because chances are this one will not please you.
Aroma / Appearance - Oak, sour cherries and blackberries form a dense intoxicating bouquet of aromas. Cinnamon sits underneath if you focus long enough. It is extremely balanced and very tempting. The appearance is also nice - a deep brown body that swirls around the glass as the ephemeral head sinks back in to join the rest of the wonderful liquid.
Flavor / Palate - Tart oak washes over the tongue followed by a cascade of black cherries. Chocolate shavings play against the carbonation as the mouth begins to dry. The body has a nice consistancy; it is neither too thick as to be suffocating or too thin as to be watery. Overall it makes for an excellent sipping beer and a prime example of the style. This has displaced the Duchesse as my favorite of the most accessible Flemish Sours.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 12, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
BBD 13/09/08: Deep, fruity,vinous, oaky nose with lots of black cherry; sweet and tart, sharp and acidic; dark, plummy flavor with a balamic vineger and metallic notes; very snappy finish. A unique, intense and wonderful exbeeriance.
peridot (17) - Alabama, USA - MAY 9, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark reddish brown with light head. Smells of red currants and berries. Medium body, good carbonation. Tart, with a flavour of currants and muscadines and a long finish. A great bottle of beer.
505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - MAY 7, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice aroma, pretty oaky, a little sour and sweet. Taste hits tangy at first, then has a sweet middle and tangy finish. Carbonated nicely. Very enjoyable.