doubleipa (224) - Georgia, USA - JUN 29, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very surprised at the very faint sound when the cork was opened. My first thought was uh-oh!! Not to worry though. Virtually no head. Cherry, vinegar, and large amount of oak. No overpowering sour like some of this style. Good mouthfell - only a lishgt pucker. Surprisingly lively considering the lack of head and lack of any kind of pop with the cork. If this was the first sour ale I had I would be really iimpressed. But I prefer others over this one - slightly.
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 26, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle via trade with MrBendo. Shared with BikesandBeer. Pours reddish amber with a thin ring island of a tan ring. The nose is so crazy intensely sour and vinegary. That is damn sour and there is far more vinegar in the taste than I could imagine. Sour sour sour cherries. Damn, I want to rate this well but this almost gnarly in its intensity.
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - JUN 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My first real Belgian ever, I have returned numerous times to this treasure. Beautiful ruby color. Most intense aroma, sour cherries, iron, raw oak, malt vinegar, not aromas that normally elict drool, but this is Rodenbach. Quinching beyond deScription.
jgentgesdo (683) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 25, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours ruby with medium tan head with little lacing. Very beautiful beer. Nose is sour, vinegary, with a complex, almost meaty note. The flavor is sour cherries, sweet malt, blackberries. Oaky, dry aftertaste with lingering sourness. Pretty tasty.
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 25, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2009 Bottle at the Waterhuis bar in Ghent (Belgium), a dark black with a slightly beige foamy head. A sour aroma, but of licorice and rich molasses. The palate is rich and sweet, licorice and cherry flavour coming through, and then tart in the finish.
oberabcbbsok (687) - Hoboken, BELGIUM - JUN 24, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft. A very good combination of sweer and sour. Nice smell and good aftertaste.
detroitsteel (235) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Sour, barn-yard, carmel nose with some berry fruit. Medium sized firm dirty tan head. Dense, deep red brown body. lots of carbonation bubbles. Not as sour in the flavour; some almost Lambic must and sourness, gives way to a candy-sweet berry fruit tang. Not much middle, but a woody, dry oakiness with a long dry to sweet finish. A fantastic beer. You could drink this all day.
rayg1 (585) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 20, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown with a reddish hue and little to no head. Smell is of dark fuits and a sour funkiness but in a good way. Taste is tart at first, almost like a a brett-type sourness softened by a sweetness at the end. No real bitterness to speak of. Cherries are present and noted all throughout this beer. Thiner mouthfeel, interesting and definatley worth another try.
FirkinHopHead (26) - Munster, Indiana, USA - JUN 15, 2007
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Deeop red/burgundy with a light brown head. Nice cherry and wood notes. Sweet and acidic...a perfect balance. Smells of a nice aged balsamic. Refreshing and unique.
DrededBrethren (10) - Palm, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 15, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: Tart cherry, slight sourness ,no hops, low vanilla, very appealing.
Appearance: Mahogany with a short standing tan head.
Flavor: Sour fruit flavor with a lesser malt presence, slight oak, no hops
Mouthfeel: High carbonation fills your entire mouth, carries the sourness all the way down your throat for a sour carbonic finish. Slightly Astringent.
Overall: This is a must try for anyone who is into sour beers or belgians for that matter. Very complex with a well balanced sourness.