DirtyMartini (194) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 31, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
lately im really getting into the sour beers. i wasnt sure what to expect since with grand crus there doesnt seem to be any one particular flavor characteristic. i really liked the balance of sweet and sour represented here. initially you get a cherry like flavor that slowly fades into a berry like linger with a little bit of the vanilla oak in the finish along with the sharp lactic bite. im looking forward to drinking another bottle.
Kalli (502) - Falun, SWEDEN - JUL 30, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2008 I’ve had it before but seems I didn’t rate it. Lucky I did when I revisited it at Akkurat. May have overated it; it is sweeter than I remembered but still an amazingly complex and fascinating ale. Used to be my favourite, but the dryer character of lambics now have my allegience.
Malty caramel aroma with a blend of sweet and sour lactic characters; reminiscent of cherries. Lots of tartness balanced by quite some malty sweetness. Complex aftertaste with berries, oaky vanilla, some bitterness and really the whole shebang.
------ vintage at Akkurat: Ar 8, App 4, Fl 8, Pal 4, OA 17 = 4,1
FatPhil (12181) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 30, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2013 330ml bottle (7:4:8:4:15=3.8)
Rich clear brown, light fizzy head. Sour graininess rather than fruits on the nose. Update - gentle berry-fruit component found too today - bumping up aroma by 1 point. Palate is incredible, a very mellow nutty oak feel, with hints of the impending sour rush and smooth maltiness. Sure enough - there’s a light but still potent sourness at the back of the mouth as you swallow, and the vapours waft more mellow woody sensations around the mouth.Almost cantillon-like finish, but a bit more sour, and much much darker - more mid-roasted malt and vanilla oak.
Rerate: 330ml bottle (Stockmann, Tallinn) (6:4:8:4:14=3.6) - acetic aroma too prominant.
Rerate: 330ml bottle (Drink Shop, Tallinn) (7:5:8:4:15=3.9)
Poured into a straight glass with plenty of space, so had a massive head, which it kept for a very long time - looked beautiful, such a deep red. Beautiful soft sweet aroma, hinting at cherry and purple grapes. There’s a gentle sourness, more like a tartness than anything acetic, fortunately. A little bit of toffee later. In the mouth - wow, an instant cherry rush up the back of the nose. Served quite cold, but fullish in the mouth; residual sugars weighing it down a little, but crispened up by pleasant carbonation and the gentle sour prickle. Cherry fades to oak, and that sweetens as it mellows in the finish. This is the beer as I remember it at its best, it’s a world class sour red, one might almost say the definitive one that others should be compared against.
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 24, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I thought this was a very nice sour beer with a very cherry/fruity sourness nicely complemented by a pleasing amount of roastiness. It was a bit like a chocolate covered cherry, but a good bit more sour! Quite nice.
natedoggkc (164) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 22, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Purchased at Gomers of Kansas. Poured a real deep dark red with an off white head. Aroma was real fruity with lots of cherries and some apple. This is the first sour that I have had and holy cow was it sour. Reminded me of a cider in a way but with a lot more complexity.
dwyerpg (5087) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 19, 2007
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2007 Had a 98 for this rating. Much much more mellow than the new and better. A lighter aroma, but not quite so astringent. Wonderful.
New version 4.4. A lovely sour fruit aroma. An incredibly sour intense flavor. Very acidic with fruit and spices. Just a bit too much at time. Excellent bite.
Beltramelli (470) - Campinas, BRAZIL - JUL 19, 2007
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
t´Brugs Beertje, Brugge. Seems red champagne! Notes of malt and nuts. High carbonation, but in the point.............................t´Brugs Beertje, Brugge. Parece champagne tinto! Mesmo assim, notas de malte e nozes. Carbonatação alta, mas no ponto.
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - JUL 18, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good, but a little to sour at times. It poured a nice mahogany color with a pale tan head which had some retention. Aroma was mainly lemony, but there were subtle notes of tart cherries and oak notes. Flavor was similar but the lemon notes seemed to kill the oak notes at times. Interesting, good, but not great.
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2007
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sampled in Belgium....not a bad beer overall, but I found this very astringent and way too over-the-top acidic for my tastes. Stick with the classic Rodenbach or something similar.
Strykzone (6025) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2011 I am shocked to read how highly RateBeerians have rated this beer. I must go against the crowd. To me it tasted more like vinegar than beer. It was very cidery and difficult to finish.
Re-rated after beer tastes have improved. This is very nice. So much fruit in both the nose and flavor. Cherries, apples, peaches, raisins, etc. A bit of wood, too. Some vinegar. This is a really good beer that has wonderful flavors and aromas.