JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 22, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Creamy and fading tan head. Nice enough lacing. Reddish chocolate brown body.
Sour brown sugar, dry. Woody apple crate and various vinous liquor notes.
Tannin fruit taste. To me, predominantly sour concord grape skins with decent sweet sugary backing. Quick dry finish.
Fizzy body. Sadly a little too fizzy.
My overall opinion can compare it to a nice fresh, perfectly ripe and in season ruby red grapefruit. Its sour, sure, but still very delicious. I should have sampled this side-by-side with the Alexander, because this is very good, and I want to see what more I liked in the other.
Maddog (391) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2005
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
An unbelievable beer. I love Belgians, naturally, but this one was over the top. Love the dark amber color and the beautiful aromatic nose, but the tart, sourness in the flavor makes it truly one of my all time favorites. Sour, yet fruity, would make a wonderful companion with raspberries or cherries.
nicholai (100) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 19, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cherry wood color, quickly dissipating head. Smell is balsamic vinegar, woody, some cherry, tart, and sweet. The taste is almost lip puckering, grapefruit, and lingering tart.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ruby body, off-white head, sour, fruity nose. Extremely tart start, astringent yet fruity middle, acetic and citric finish, lingering. Complex.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 17, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark ruby brown with a light off-white head. Pungent aroma of vinegar, raspberry, cherry, wet oak, and hints of burning vegetation. Initial sips hit like a large spoonful of hot and sour soup, harsh, astringent, burns and burns. Incredibly sour (and I love gueuze), and for the first few minutes this beer pushes you to the edge of insanity. Itís a little tough to get past that. But then it warms, a mysterious fog lifts, and subtle glorious complexity emerges. Layers of tart rasperries, vanilla laden pastry dough, and lemons slice through every taste receptor you didnít even know existed. And though it continues to burn, the mouthís resilience is rewarded with a long sugary malt finish.
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 (3309) - 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 canít 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 itís 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 Iíve 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.