malrubius (2133) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - MAY 24, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From 750ml bottle in generic goblet. Pours beautiful garnet red with lasting ring head. Aroma of sour cherries and wood and yeast. Delightfully tart flavor of wood and sour cherries with a little brown sugar. Medium body and carbonation. Awesome. More, please.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 22, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazed Rich Brown with Red Hue and Sandy Head. Strong Sour Notes, Some Dried Fruit and Malt As Well on the Nose. The Flavor is Quite Nice. One of the More Balanced Sours Iíve Tried to Date. Wonderful Sour Flavor, Fruit Notes..and a Very Nice Malty Foundation That Keeps This As Balanced As it Is. Very Easy to Drink a Mouthful At a Time. Alcohol Level Means You Can Afford to Be Greedy.
thewolf (11553) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAY 18, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. 33cl. Pours a hazy reddish brown with next-to-nothing head. Aroma is powerful, sour with dried fruits. Flavour is slightly smoky, with a nice balance of sourness and caramel - the end is slightly tart. Good example of the style.
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - MAY 14, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma was dominated by a very smooth sourness.Pours a dark red with a medium off white head.Very well balanced flavor of dark fruits and a nice sourness.Medium to full mouthfeel with a tart cherry finish.
Brigadier (3260) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAY 13, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle
Having tried the íClassicí, I was excited to find this at a local store. While not exactly a wishlist beer it is one that I have been wanting to try for some time now. After tasting it, it might fall into my regular rotation along with North Coast Old Rasputin and New Glarus Hop Hearty. If you like sour beers, give it a try. If you donít, tread carefully because chances are this one will not please you.
Aroma / Appearance - Oak, sour cherries and blackberries form a dense intoxicating bouquet of aromas. Cinnamon sits underneath if you focus long enough. It is extremely balanced and very tempting. The appearance is also nice - a deep brown body that swirls around the glass as the ephemeral head sinks back in to join the rest of the wonderful liquid.
Flavor / Palate - Tart oak washes over the tongue followed by a cascade of black cherries. Chocolate shavings play against the carbonation as the mouth begins to dry. The body has a nice consistancy; it is neither too thick as to be suffocating or too thin as to be watery. Overall it makes for an excellent sipping beer and a prime example of the style. This has displaced the Duchesse as my favorite of the most accessible Flemish Sours.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 12, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
BBD 13/09/08: Deep, fruity,vinous, oaky nose with lots of black cherry; sweet and tart, sharp and acidic; dark, plummy flavor with a balamic vineger and metallic notes; very snappy finish. A unique, intense and wonderful exbeeriance.
peridot (17) - Alabama, USA - MAY 9, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark reddish brown with light head. Smells of red currants and berries. Medium body, good carbonation. Tart, with a flavour of currants and muscadines and a long finish. A great bottle of beer.
505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - MAY 7, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice aroma, pretty oaky, a little sour and sweet. Taste hits tangy at first, then has a sweet middle and tangy finish. Carbonated nicely. Very enjoyable.
beastiefan2k (2867) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - MAY 7, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle, stamped 20/09/07 (bought on sale for 6 bucks). Finally going to rate this. Just to start off for me this a great beer, I know the cynics will say it *was* better, before its was pasteurized. Well, I never had it *back then* but I think its great just as is. Poured into a wine glass with a small but strong head, which eventually loses almost all lacing. Color is a murky dark red with medium clarity. Aroma is really strong and acidic on the nose. The lightly vinegar sourness is the most apparent aspect but beneath that there is a nice light sweet maltiness (biscuit) and almost like a light cocoa. Taste is all sour, mouth-puckering, cherry. The nice thing is the sourness subsides for a minute and then there is a rebound effect where a second way of sour just punches you back on the palate. Leaves a light strawberry jam aftertaste while the sourness just tingles every sour region on your tongue. Seems highly carbonated but I believe itís the acidity that does it. Just a delight of a drink.
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a ruby/brown with a one finger light tan head that fades to a thin ring. Very acidic aroma with notes of cherries, oak, green apple, dark fruit, and light caramel. Taste is the same as aroma just more intense and slightly sweet. Tingly acidic mouthfeel. A great example of a Flemish Sour.