Brigadier (3325) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAY 13, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle
Having tried the ’Classic’, I was excited to find this at a local store. While not exactly a wishlist beer it is one that I have been wanting to try for some time now. After tasting it, it might fall into my regular rotation along with North Coast Old Rasputin and New Glarus Hop Hearty. If you like sour beers, give it a try. If you don’t, tread carefully because chances are this one will not please you.
Aroma / Appearance - Oak, sour cherries and blackberries form a dense intoxicating bouquet of aromas. Cinnamon sits underneath if you focus long enough. It is extremely balanced and very tempting. The appearance is also nice - a deep brown body that swirls around the glass as the ephemeral head sinks back in to join the rest of the wonderful liquid.
Flavor / Palate - Tart oak washes over the tongue followed by a cascade of black cherries. Chocolate shavings play against the carbonation as the mouth begins to dry. The body has a nice consistancy; it is neither too thick as to be suffocating or too thin as to be watery. Overall it makes for an excellent sipping beer and a prime example of the style. This has displaced the Duchesse as my favorite of the most accessible Flemish Sours.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 12, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
BBD 13/09/08: Deep, fruity,vinous, oaky nose with lots of black cherry; sweet and tart, sharp and acidic; dark, plummy flavor with a balamic vineger and metallic notes; very snappy finish. A unique, intense and wonderful exbeeriance.
peridot (17) - Alabama, USA - MAY 9, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark reddish brown with light head. Smells of red currants and berries. Medium body, good carbonation. Tart, with a flavour of currants and muscadines and a long finish. A great bottle of beer.
505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - MAY 7, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice aroma, pretty oaky, a little sour and sweet. Taste hits tangy at first, then has a sweet middle and tangy finish. Carbonated nicely. Very enjoyable.
beastiefan2k (2963) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - MAY 7, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle, stamped 20/09/07 (bought on sale for 6 bucks). Finally going to rate this. Just to start off for me this a great beer, I know the cynics will say it *was* better, before its was pasteurized. Well, I never had it *back then* but I think its great just as is. Poured into a wine glass with a small but strong head, which eventually loses almost all lacing. Color is a murky dark red with medium clarity. Aroma is really strong and acidic on the nose. The lightly vinegar sourness is the most apparent aspect but beneath that there is a nice light sweet maltiness (biscuit) and almost like a light cocoa. Taste is all sour, mouth-puckering, cherry. The nice thing is the sourness subsides for a minute and then there is a rebound effect where a second way of sour just punches you back on the palate. Leaves a light strawberry jam aftertaste while the sourness just tingles every sour region on your tongue. Seems highly carbonated but I believe it’s the acidity that does it. Just a delight of a drink.
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a ruby/brown with a one finger light tan head that fades to a thin ring. Very acidic aroma with notes of cherries, oak, green apple, dark fruit, and light caramel. Taste is the same as aroma just more intense and slightly sweet. Tingly acidic mouthfeel. A great example of a Flemish Sour.
Lowe1983 (1397) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a copper color with a tan head. Aroma is sour with cherry, caramel, dark fruits, apple, sweet malts, and some oak. An absolutely delicious aroma. Very tart. Flavor is sour cherries, oak, apples. Slightly acidic finish. The tartnes settles down as you drink. Very delicious, probably my favorite flemish sour.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 5, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2007 Thanks to JK for sharing. Wonderful sour nose with the faintest hint of cherry. Dark amber pour with almost no head. Delicious sour flavor with some hints of the cherry again. Tart finish with the faintest hint of basalmic vinegar.
Skyview (5360) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAY 5, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks goes to JK for sharing this. From a 330 ml brown bottle, this brew pours a reddish brown color with a small light tan head. Lots of carbonation with a sticky lacing. Aroma of strong red wine, some vinegar, cherry, Dr Pepper, and moist hard wood. Taste is sour cherry, musty raspberries and a tart aftertaste. Kind of reminds me like drinking a sour port than a beer.
Tranquillity (1581) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 4, 2007
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. What an aroma! Raisins, plums, rum, alcohol, some fruit (pineapple?) in a wonderful taste for the nose. Wonderful flavour - like a sweeter geuze. Dark red/brown with a thick light-brown head which disappears quickly. Sparkling, velvety. Taste of grapes, cherry and cola. Wonderful, long finish. Truly an original and spectacular beer!