Brix (647) - DENMARK - AUG 17, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted 2007-07-22. Fresh bottle, 25cl. Pours clear, raisiny colour with light brown head. Sour, plums, port, citrus, malty. Nice!
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - AUG 16, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, with Fin, Loz and Traci. Rustic brown, off white head. Aroma of basamic vinegar, cherries, chutney, mineral. A rich tawny aroma. Cinnamon spicy flavor, clean bright acidity, a bit of pit fruit. I don’t taste oak outright, but there is a nice vanilla note that could be oak related. A little iodine in the finish. Very singular, very nice. Thanks Fin!
davidpl (435) - Santiago, CHILE - AUG 16, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: brown reddish color. Medium head, beige color, consistent and very persistent. Beautiful.
Aroma: fruitiness of cherries, blackberries, red apple, sour plums and quince. Liquory, like wine and apple’s cider. Spicy like peppers, clove, mustard seed and nutmeg. The sourness I remember me a yogurt and vinaigrette. Other notes, such as, damp wood, vanilla, smoked. Not hoppy, low malty.
Flavor: even more complex that aroma, rare and exotic. Sweet and intensive sour start, lactic sourness, fruitiness of plums, ripe berries, cherries, green grape (like chardonnay), pears and green apples. I remember the apple cider, the natural yogurt and a Chardonnay wine. Spicy notes of mustard, peppers, blond vinegar, clove, nutmeg and mints. Not hoppy finish; malty, woody (oak), cherry and sweet-sour aftertaste.
Palate: medium body, silky and oily texture. Medium carbonation.
Refreshing, highly sour, very complex, exotic and nice beer. Only the belgians could create it!
Fin (8702) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with Casey, Loz, Traci in a Belgian beer tasting night Poured sort of browny/red with an off white head. Aroma sour vinegar notes maybe some sour cherry. Tasted slightly sour with a hint of that cherryness rushing through again, also a sweetness there but quite clacky with a crab apple edge to finish proceedings off, very good beer.
Harsebrau (227) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - AUG 13, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sour fruity feet aroma with a slight cider vinigar twist. Grape, current, apple at the start followed by a sharp sourness of tart cherries. Smooth upon the front of the sip but full of zip as it darts across the tougue at the end.
WolfsBlood84 (172) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - AUG 12, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml Bottle - Pours a copper/amber color with a small, quickly dissipating head. Nose of tartness, sourness, acidity, cherries, other fruits, oak, and metal. Taste is sour, tart, cherries, lightly citrusy, oak, slight sweetness, and slightly metallic aftertaste. I like this a lot, but honestly would have liked it to a be a tiny bit sweeter and more APV and/or more noticable alcoholic presence. Still very nice.
keoki182 (305) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 10, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ruby red/brown colour, cloudy. Great tart cherry nose. Flavor of candied sour patch kids and a hint of metal. Metallic taste disappears as this gem warms. Really amazing balance of sweet/sour keeps this ale as a most drinkable speciman. A very intriguing beer in a previously unknown style in my library. Top notch.
Kirill (277) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 4, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
copper with almost no head, sour fruit and mild hops, very pungent, alcohol slightly noticeable. taste quite sweet with an interesting sour finish. an interesting bitterness at the end.
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 1, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pungent sour fruit nose. Vinuous, lots of red wine character. Hazy reddish brown without much of a head. Opens smooth and mild with a wave of sourness following behind, which rolls out through to the finish. Balance, not puckering, sourness, with grape and cherry notes. Refreshing palate.
DirtyMartini (194) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 31, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
lately im really getting into the sour beers. i wasnt sure what to expect since with grand crus there doesnt seem to be any one particular flavor characteristic. i really liked the balance of sweet and sour represented here. initially you get a cherry like flavor that slowly fades into a berry like linger with a little bit of the vanilla oak in the finish along with the sharp lactic bite. im looking forward to drinking another bottle.