sprinkle (114) - Arcadia, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Vanilla,oak,cinnamon and an almost Armanagnac(SP?) dominate the nose. Bright ruby red,slow traveling bubbles, with a lingering head but a quick fading lace. Huge mouthfeel with long finish,rich but dry,tart and keeps your mouth watering. Sweetness is evident but is washed away quickly by the tart acidity.
DYCSoccer17 (3288) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 14, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sampled side by side with the Rodenbach Classic. Vinous, sweet aroma with hints of chocolate and berries. A bit more sugary and fruity than the Classic. Almost seems too sweet for style, but this is still a nice aroma. Amber.rusted color that is the same as the classic. Moderately hazy with a smaller light tan head that is not very resilient. A more aggressive flavr to say the least when compared to the Classic--more vinous, sour, acidic, and astringent. This is more to style as it is more sour, but I still can’t get into the whole sour beer thing. This beer almost burns the tongue because of the massive acidity. The aroma is great, but the palate is just not as pleasing to me as the Classic is.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - NOV 14, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Sample courtesy of MAP. Thanks for thuis beauty. Pours dark ruby/mahogany with no head. Huge sour and tart aroma, you can smell as it’s poured. Sour cherries abound. Mouth puckering before you even take a sip. Flavor is all sour up front, some yeast and vinegar throught he middle and fades fast towards the finish. Finishes very clean and dry. Making you beg for another sip. As it warms a little wood starts to come through in the flavor. Very over the top and straight to the point. damn fine brew. thanks again Mark!!!!
vombat (1) - NORWAY - NOV 8, 2005 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Overall fantastic beer! appearance is beautiful in my tulip glass, and I can sit and smell it forever.. Amazing & superlative beer! The acidic taste requires some openmindedness the first time, but after the first shock (if not used to sour beer), you can enjoy the complexity. Maybe my favourite (but not for session drinking!)
Mungo (2472) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (from Bitter Virtue, BBE Nov 05). Fairly tasty without the sherbert like flavours I’ve found in some Flemish Sours, but in the end it was overly thin and dare I say it lacking in complexity. I imagine this would work well to cut the richness of full flavoured creamy cheeses.
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 1, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks HairoftheDog! Pours a rich brown/red color with a small head and just a little bit of lacing. Aroma is sour and gueuze like with fruity (specifially raspberry) undertones present. Flavor is slightly biting and sour, yet remarkably smooth. Finishes with hints of raspberries and red wine.
Veer (362) - Landskrona, SWEDEN - OCT 31, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smells of rumraisin, red wine, UHU glue, malt and hops.
Deep red w/ a yellow head.
Very sour, almost chemical.
Tight and fizzy.
mreeves (274) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - OCT 28, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A dark, fruity, complex brew. Oak flavor is evident, but it’s amazingly fruity. A very high quality beer, worth seeking out.
blake71 (4) - Rockville, Maryland, USA - OCT 27, 2005 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great tasting beer! Great sour taste, which is very refreshing. Great beer overall!
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - OCT 26, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow. First sour I’ve tried, and i must say, I love the style. Poured deep cherry red, with a great beige head. Aroma’s of cherry and vinegar. When it first hits your tounge, it is a bit sweet, but then it gets tart. very tart. Leaves the mouth with a bitt of woody bitterness. Slightly astringant, but well balenced.