IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - DEC 30, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is one of those "Unsolved mystery" beers, I know Iíve rated it before, yet the rating is gone....Oh well, it gives me another chance to enjoy this tasty tart treat! Marked with Nov 2002, not sure if it is bottled date or expiration date. Has a strong sun tea color with a beige head. Strawberry jam blended with Balsamic vinegar....thereís a few oak chips tossed in for good measure. This beer walks a fine line between tart and sweet. Having aged, this is tart yes, but smooth, not overly acetic but still brings a pucker to your mouth and gets the juices flowing. Like a Framboise lambic, light sweetness but fruity, not syrupy. Tangy refreshing finish. My advice is to let these age, around three years. I will search the dusty shelves of small stores looking for more of these!
auerbrau (3152) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 29, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of fresh raspberry and strawberry with wicking volatiles and rich lambic sourness. Pours a clean brown ruddy, with a heap of off-white head. Flavor of varnish and champage vinegar and a lot of fermented fruit flavor. Some mild belgian wheat flavors. Extremely acidic. Makes this one a little unpalatable to me, much like drinking a vinegar. Finish is pretty harsh.
ABUSEDGOAT (2328) - California, USA - DEC 27, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2006 Whoa. Reddish brown body with a moderate head and good lacing. Usual sour aroma with vinegar and cherries, but also a really nice oak aged character, much different than Panil and more powerful than regular Rodenbach. The sour character is much more potent than itís lesser brother. The Grand Cru leaves a short lingering aftertaste that is unique to the few Flemish Sours Iíve had so far. By unique, I also mean far superior. Wow! This can be enjoyed as a sipper because of its huge complexity or you can guzzle this (if you can afford and/or find them) because itís just as refreshing. Double wow! Donít drink it cold, drink at cellar temp or warmer. This stuff is unbelievable.
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - DEC 27, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma is of tart fruit. The color is a golden brown with hues of reddishness. The head is a decent size tan. The flavor is sour and fruity with an acidity finish on the palate.
damienv10 (108) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours an opaque mahogany with a small head that diminishes quickly to nothing. The nose is pleasantly barnyardy, apple cider vinegar, and slightly herbal. Very interesting on the palate! Immediate sourness and the strong sting of carbonation give way to a burst of fruit, lemon, apple, and cherry. Acidity is strong throughout and rough on the throat in the finish, like vinegar. So rough, I donít think I can finish this bottle. Otherwise this is a very enjoyable ale.
Darkover (1512) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2005
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Dark clear red color with a small beige head. Aroma and flavor of sour fruit and vinegar. Finishes with an acidic burn to the throat.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2005
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow, this is sour, pungent-smelling, nearly like stinky feet with cherries. The flavor is interesting - tart, and fruity, but not overpowering. The flavor is much more pleasant than the aroma. Peppery, woody and juicy cherries, rasberries too. Very complex beer.
notalush (4788) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bright, clear, red/amber, with a compact white ring that has a slight reddish tint - aroma of tart raspberries and cherries, oak, yeast, aged cheese, some malt way in the back - the oak is very pronounced in this, almost fighting for dominance with the strong tart/sourness of the beer - cranberry and raspberry are in the forefront of the many fruit flavors - sourness subsides a bit to reveal vinous qualities (an almost tannic, red wine flavor) - gentle, lingering tartness and an almost lambic-like funk way in the back - I may like this better than La Folie.
jde123 (763) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 19, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I thouroughly enjoyed this on tap at the Brickskeller in D.C. Pours watery and red, nice color retention bright fruit flavor, almost hi-cíishí but much more complex with a cheery disposition that ultimately produces strong favorable feelings toward this great beer.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of Nilay. At least 2 years old, with a much different label than that pictured. Shared with Edward, Drew, Nilay, and Andy. Tried next to La Folie, and although I liked La Folie a bit better, this was wonderful stuff. Cranberry and raisin notes join nutmeg and ginger and walnut in a fruit-cake like taste that brings in the Christmas season. A nice sourness and acidity lend a hand to leave a sharp residual bite on the tongue. Excellent stuff, and aged well.