jercraigs (7182) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark ruby brown body with a bubbly beige head that is petite but respectable. Aroma begins with a dominant tart-sourness that dissipates from the glass leaving a subtle sour cherry and the musty wood of a wine cellar hinting at a greater sourness wanting to surge past a slightly malty note. Flavour begins with a burst of sourness that scampers across the mouth like a drunken monkey on a rampage - titillating but no one is sure what to make of it really. Tart sour acidity gives way to fruity vinuous malt. Unpleasant glimpse of cough syrup for a moment in the finish. Pleasantly effervescent with a smooth medium-full bodied palate that is suprisingly light on the tongue. Put together like a gawky teen in puberty, nothing fits together quite perfectly but it still gets by. Full of twists and intrigue but ultimately unsatisfying as a whole. LCBO Winter Release 2004.
DerWeg (1419) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
New bottle, tall stem glass. One day warmer, next time chilled. Intense browny-red colour, fine bubble. Touch of brie/mould on the aftertaste, not offensive but integrated to the flavor. Chilling helps. The Geuze-like sourness is punchy and satisfying, even out of the fridge. 18 months in giant oak vats adds musty and woody flavors to the complexity, commanding your full attention. Amazing, just mediaeval, evokes Old World sentiments. A mysterious bargain at the LCBO stores.
Dorwart (2312) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thin dense light brown head of fine bubbles. Reduces quickly to a thin foam. Rich sour aroma. Fruity with some raisins. Raisin aroma become more evident as the brew warms. Color is a very impressive dark ruby brown. Wow, sour flavor but the sourness disappears very quickly. Makes the mouth salivate. Very interesting. Sour grapes and other dark fruit along with a hint of oak. Finish is not very sour which is nice. Leaves a slightly dry sensation in the mouth. A very good flemish sour ale.
beanmedic (347) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
nice red colour, very lightly carbonated. very sour finish, in accordance with style.
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I may have found a new favourite style.
Other than its appearance - flat, deep red with the odd bubble floating to the top - this is a truly spectacular Ale. The aroma is unbelievable! Sour yet not bitter, a mix of sour cherry and (believe it or not) ketchup. Yes, ketchup - I could try to conjure up a more esoteric smell, but...
This isnít a bad thing - quite the contrary. But ultimately, it comes down to taste, and this is a phenomenal Ale. Sour as hell, but clean, crisp and refreshing. The aftertaste is also sour, but the heaviness of the taste fades quickly, leaving a nice tang on the back of the tongue.
Grand Cru is something unique - to me at least. And while clearly not a session ale, it is something that I will return to over and over again. A classic!
wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 5, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2004 Tasted in Toronto. Obtained from LCBO. Tasted in Raftman tulip. Appearance is deep ruby red, thin white head with very very nice lacing....Aroma is of wood (oak or some other wood based fermentation vessel), sourness and sweetness....tempting yet distrurbing....I can just see the spiders roaming about the web laden casks of fruit flies and other creatures living off the sweetness and subtleness of this wonderfull brew....go spiders go.....Flavour is tart, with a wonderful tanic yet sour finish. This beer is truly refreshing yet complex and a marvel of belgium origin.
Radek Kliber (6287) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 5, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Meadow flower, acidic, tart pickled cherry, sweet, dark wet oak wood and at end some hops. Clear, superb deep amber-ruby look, medium crown.
Earthy acidic, mineral with pickled fruits. Nice bite but that does not carry as far as I might hope for. Good attempt, slightly to shallow.
pootzboy (1568) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2004
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2006 Bottled..330ml crown top expirery date 06/06. Served at 48 deg.F in a thin stemmed tulip... it poured a brilliant ruby red-amber with a sticky off white cap that laces beautifully.Tiny bubbled ample effervescence. Aroma is a knock out!..concord grape, cherry tartness some herbal smells, acidic like dry cider.
Taste? sure does!..glorious layers of berry like tarness, malty but herbal, some horse blanket... sweetness balances against sour cider tartness...what a ride! Finish is tart and dry like a strong cider. This is a remarkable brew...some will hate it some will love it (as I do) for itís amazing flavor and refreshing fruity tartness. Recommended to those with no boundaries who want to experience one of the worlds most unique and well crafted ales......truely remarkable.
Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 3, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep reddish amber with an amazing sour aroma. Not the best flemish sour Iíve had but itís damn good stuff.
Gorbalev (2870) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 3, 2004
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle, lcbo ltd. release. Roby red pour, small white head. Huge sour aroma I could smell before the cap was all the way off - grapes, raisins, a strong wine - itís all here. Huge sour taste greats the lips from a fairly active mouthfeel - this calms down and leads to more body than you first thought was present. Strong sour and bitter kick at the back of the throat at the end as well. For the style, I suppose it is pretty good and delivers what you would expect, but for me, I found it quite undrinkable. It was simply too sour, with little else to balance it off. I may not have the most sophisticated of beer drinking experiences, but I have had this style before and really enjoyed it (Verhaeghe Duchesse De Bourgogne is fantastic because of the balance it achieves), but I will be honest here and say I could not finish this bottle. Deeply disappointing.