KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 7, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2007 Caramel color. Smell of sour apples, sour grapes, vinegar, malt, oak, wood, rotten eggs. Taste of malt, sour apples, hops, vinegar, salt, sugar and alcohol. Dry, sweet bitterness at the end. Nice and tart with hints of lemons too! Thanks brewblackhole.
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark ruby red color with a thin tan head. Aroma is fruity and sour, with heavy yeast, bread, and hay components. Smells like Wet sour candy. Flavor is off, I haven’t had many flemish sours, but this one tastes like hairspray. Thick and sticky with a long tart finish. I feel like these beers should be refreshing and delicate, and this one just hits you over the head.
asmithbeer (71) - California, USA - FEB 4, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Medium to dark amber color with ok head. Aroma is quite strong, sour fruits and quite interesting. Flavor is quite strange, like sweet ans sour fruits. Probably not that bad but doesn’t really taste like beer.
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 30, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The color was amber with orange hues. The head was light brown and fizzy. The aroma was strong grape, tart, and a very strange, very slight, paint smell. The flavor hits you like a tun of bricks. It is extremely sour with a very strong grape background. It has the effect that sucking on a lemon has. It makes your lips pucker. The palate was a bit harsh, but in a good way (as far as the degree of sour goes). The finish was extremely long-lasting and tart.
emacgee (4287) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 30, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2010 Re-rate. Pours a deep ruby red with a crisp light tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma bursts forth uncoaxed with notes of almond and balsamic vinegar. A closer inspection shows cherry skins, acidic notes, mild wood, and a port-ish character. Flavor has a nice palatable acidity with plenty of dark fruit, cherry pit/almond, some phenol, a little oak tannins. A little less acidity than I remember if having. Delicious.
nearbeer (4022) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 28, 2007
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2007 0.33L bottle, no date discernible. Beautiful dark red-brown color and nice pour, with brownish tint to the medium-sized head. Strong vinegar and sour cherry nose. The sour aroma dominates all else; tastes and smells mostly like malt vinegar, stewed tomatoes and prunes, or worcestershire sauce? Could not discern any sweet or alcohol overtones, except maybe a slight sherry hint. It might be interesting to douse fish’n’chips with, but I am guessing my beer tastes will not ever be refined enough to appreciate drinking this. Could not finish in one sitting, but by God I’ll knock the rest of this $5 beer out tomorrow, or die trying. C’mon people, if you leave any high gravity beer out in a glass at room temp for a week it tastes like this beer - vinegar - and that isn’t real complexity!
TampaBeer (256) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2007
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
sweet feathery jesus this is sour. The sticky sour aftertaste gets more and more unpleasant. Aroma of cheap wine/vinegar. Almost non-existent palate. I couldn’t finish it.
dmradus (227) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JAN 23, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2008 Bottle at the Maltings, York. Pours a muddy brown with ruby highlights in the light. A one finger tan head fades to nearly nothing soon after pouring. The bouquet here is extremely fragrant and strong; I could really smell this for hours. The lady at the next table over remarked, "He doesn’t want to drink it, just wants t’smell it!" I couldn’t disagree. Oak, sour cherries and berries, slight vanillin, overarching vinegar sourness, some slight mustiness as it warmed. Taste was strongly sour both front and back, with honey, berries, sherry, vanilla. It was slightly lactic and notably metallic in the finish as it warmed. Cloying but not in an off-putting way because the sweetness is balanced and mellowed so sublimely by a great sour component. Slight alcohol tinge when aerated, if you’re into that sort of thing. Pleasingly high amount of carbonation, almost to the effect of a sparkling wine. Unique and enjoyable in every regard.
xav33 (313) - Midland, MI, Michigan, USA - JAN 22, 2007
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rodenbach Grand Cru
12 oz bottle
Medium pour in a tulip glass
Best before 04/08, crucified 01/07
Poured a ruddy brown with an average light brown somewhat lasting head that settles into a thin consistent layer due to good carbonation.
Smelt of strong sweet vinaigrette, and white grape juice, with moderate oak, pipe tobacco, cobwebs.
Taste was upfront strong sourness and moderate sweetness, like some concentrated white grape juice or biting into a fresh tart plum, followed by more strong sourness and moderate sweetness and a tinge of oak, roasted or smoky malt bitterness, and a comfortable brandy like alcoholic warmth on a long sour finish. Palate was light to medium bodied, watery, strongly puckering, lively but softly carbonated, and very slightly alcoholic.
Overall, this is a pretty amazing beer. I have seldom been a fan of sour beers, but the balance of sweetness and subtle bitterness all mesh perfectly. The smell was strong, teasing and enchanting; I spent the first 15 minutes basking in its redolence.
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 21, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl bottle. Dark garnet color with a minimal head. Antique vinous, oaken and book leather aromas. Initial flavor was very sour, approaching raspberry vinaigrette, though the acidity mellowed out after a while in the glass, and the flavor became fruitier with a woody and earthy character. Finishes very dry. Medium bodied with very fine carbonation. I imagine this would be good to pair with a strong cheese plate. Otherwise, not for everyone.