MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I happened to stop by JimMack04ís and he was kind enough to share a bottle of this with me. it brings back great memories, since I havenít had this since 1989 at the Khyber Pass Pub in Phila PA. back then I was always seeking out whatever style I could find in Michael Jacksonís Beer companion. Iíd try a rodenbach then go off to slam dance & stage dive at a freaked out concert by bands like "Caroliner Open Wound Chorale". so this brew had all the same great things I remembered - beautiful strawberry-copper color, dark dan dense foamy head. very sexy beer. the scent is sour/tart cherry and vintage balsalmic. the flavor is quite similar. a little oak for balance, nice clean finish. so glad this is back in the US, thanks JimMack04!
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - APR 24, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark amber color, small white head. Aroma is sour apples and a belgian twang to it. Flavor is very mild for other styles iíve had. Baked apples, and sweet and sour sauce, with some acidity.
shadey (1823) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 24, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2007 Deep red color with a thin white ring around the glass. Sour fruity aroma. Very fruity sweet flavor. The sour hits all up front and the finish is sweet raspberry sweetness. Really nice stuff.
RERATE: Best before date (6/30/06). At least a year old. Pour is a dark brown with some reddish tints. No real head as it is poured into the flute. Aroma tickles the nose. Very acidic. Flavor is cheek-twisting sour and acidic. The fruitiness seems to muted compared to a fresher version. Definitely dry, with a well carbonated body. Still a pleasure to drink but I think I like the fruitiness of a fresher bottle. 5/3/7/4/15
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 20, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours reddish-brown with a small white head. Cherries and wood in the aroma. Some of the same in the flavor as well as some old sweatsock. Nice tart finish.
MiP (12873) - SÝnderborg, DENMARK - APR 19, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sherry-like, sourish aroma. Brown colour. Very acidic flavour. Spicy sherry aftertaste. Refreshing but a bit too much for me.
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2005 Re-rating this as well. Aroma is sour with cherry skins and a good balancing sweetness. Taste is similar with a good amount fo malt with a sweetish, dry finish. Excellent beer, and a leader for the style.
Odeed (1773) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 16, 2005
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2009 first off much thanks to footbalm for hooking up this flemish sour.the rodenbach poured a deep reddish brown with a small white head.the aroma was a blend of malts and barnyard funk.the flavor was a nice mix of malts,fruits,and sourness.this is very nice ideed.(RE-RATE ON 8-9-08)now that my palate has evolved a bit more i can appreciate this brew a bit more.i pick up oak,cherries,funk,watermelon,and caramel malts.the more i have this the more i like it.
Otje (677) - Veendam, NETHERLANDS - APR 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2005 bottle 330 cc. iíve had my fair share of geuze and kriek beers, so i expected something different. But to my surprise this was just like it, maybe itís the use of oak barrels. Not so sour as the lambic beers. very nice!..... re-rate:aroma: woody(oak), vinous, cherries and sherry/madeira. taste: sourrish, bit sweet, woody, acidic and berries. finishes with a sharp edge(acidic), long and vinous. lovely oily mf. still very nice!!! even better after some aging.
jefcon (1277) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - APR 15, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Reddish and opaque in the glass with an off-white head. I wasnít expecting to like this sour ale, having had a poor reaction to the bottled Duchesse, but having it on tap made, I think, quite a difference. Smooth and rich, with the sweet and sour juxtaposition easily achieved. The sour cherry finish wasnít too strong, and there are fine yeast and malt complements to ride along with. Long on the palate, and full, too. A decent enough beer to me. Perhaps the style is growing on me.
GarethYoung (1109) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - APR 14, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2005 sharp fruity nose, cherrys, raspberrys and apples. a sugary sweetness up front gives way to a lingering, puckering sourness.