RomanW70 (296) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - FEB 18, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours Reddish borwn with a light head that disappears quickly. Aroma of sour cherries with a hint of chocolate. Taste is sour throughout and lasts. Strong and consistent from begining to end. Has med-high carbonation and a full mouth feel. Can detect some aromatic hops in the finish.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - FEB 17, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 19, 2008 on tap @ papago... sweet! this pours dark brown with red tints. it has no head on it but you can see the carbonation jumping out. you can smell how sour it is before your nose hits the glass and when it does it stings a bit. the aroma is mostly sour and fruity with some underlying grain and caramel. it reminds me of wood aged sherry vinegar. the flavor is initially sweet but turns really quickly to dry and sour. notes of wood, tart apples, fresh red cherries and grains play a secondary role. the finish is crisp, clean and dry. medium bodied with a puckering mouth feel and lip drying qualities. they get more satisfying the more i drink....8/4/9/5/18=4.4
from the bottle... aromas of mineral/slate, grassiness and wood are added. the flavor is woodier than the tap version. it’s not as sour and it’s missing something on the middle palate but retains the creamy mouth feel 8/4/8/5/17=4.2
FastEddie (230) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 16, 2008
3.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The other flemish red ales I’ve had so far had something in common with ale. This one does not. The sourness is complete and total, and really something that compels me to keep drinking it... fast. I really enjoy this style a lot.
Ansset13 (127) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - FEB 16, 2008
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
I may have had a bad bottle, or simply think this style is not great. I’ll try another, and re-rate. For now my first drain pour!
Holdwine (1159) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 15, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
At Max’s 72 Hours of Belgian. Cherry root beer pour. Nice and sour with some dark chocolate lingering. Far too easy to drink. Oaky notes compliment a wonderful beer.
CapedBrewsader (265) - Brasschaat, BELGIUM - FEB 12, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl. bottle: A rich dark Cherry brown under a fading delicate but creamy off-white cap. Delightful aromas of sharp, tart black cherry, lactic acid, wood, condensed milk and a hint of freshly baked chocolate-chip cookies come wafting out of the top of the glass. This causes an instant watering of the mouth. Once your mouth gets its chance it is first struck with a creamy berry that quickly changes through, toast, chocolate, and in to sour lactic, acetic bliss all within a split second. After that first nano-second your mouth is left to contemplate the swirling contrasts that Rodenbach has brewed up. Wonderfully complex fruit, sour, toast, light chocolate, dark dried cherry, star fruit and kumquat come to mind. Long sour finish with a faint touch of tin that gets drier and drier until all of a sudden your saliva glands kick into overdrive and your urge for the next sip becomes too powerful.
Optigon (562) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours cloudy brown, with a fine head. Aroma is sour. mildly vinegary. Moderate mouth feel. flavor is lightly vinegary with some fruit and malt qualities to it. Some apple cider and malt vinegar qualities all around. pretty good.
deadguy (42) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 11, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
nice sharp fruit with sour overtones and a hint of wood
has staggered up that mountain
with greater burden
peterlueb (1) - Nuenen, NETHERLANDS - FEB 11, 2008 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
flavor of oak, and red fruit, Molasses, Caramel, red wine, bitter and sweet.
Nice to drink.
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2008 Bottle 750. Wonderful aging! Aroma winelike with the oak present, sour fruits. Flavor includes sour apple, sour cherry, a bit of vinegar (but not misplaced) on the finish, and overall very vinous. Plenty of tartness too. Not as overpoweringly sweet-sour as the classic. Very impressed. 8-4-8-4-15/3.9
Rerate 8/6/08 Bottle, 750. Aroma upfront with wood, though never overpowering, then tons of fruit, cherry, plum, red apple, and a good dose of sourish malt beneath it all. Flavor really maintains the fruitiness with lots of tartness and a hint of sweetness, although more of a sweet-sourness. Retains a semi-dry tartness despite the generous quantities of malt and that "balancing" sweetness. Coming back to this beer after having now dabbled a bit in the world of more trendy, smaller-scale sours, I actually couldn’t be more impressed by this classic. 8-4-9-4-17/4.2