RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - MAR 15, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle with a best by 13/09/08.
Pours a dak garnet tinged brown with a on finger head that fades fairly quickly to a thin soapy cap. The isn’t very sticky, sliding down the sides of the glass when I set it down.
Smell; sour apples and tart cherries come out right up front, followed by a bit of vinegar and oak. There’s a touch of some earthy funkiness floating around in the background as well.
Taste; the tart cherries a very evident on the first few sips, and then some of the sour apples start to show through a little bit. Vinegar and oak barrels mix with a bit of a woodsy earthiness, and just some faint hints of a barnyard funk, with a bit of an acidic bite in the finish.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bit of a carbonation tingle that adds a bit of bite to the tartness, and the drinkability is really good, but I really like this style of beer.
Hoser (370) - Cowtown, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 9, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not the Duchesse but I can drink this. Page 388 of Michael Jackson’s Great Beer Guide and only 284 of his 500 Classic Brews to go.
KnutAlbert (6386) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 7, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet and sour, almost like a chinese meal. Very special, I’d say this belongs at the extreme end of the beer world. Fruit, acid, not much body, really.
JoeinDahlem (1378) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - MAR 5, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cola color with red highlights, decent head. Aroma of sour cherries. Flavor is sourish, sparkling red grape juice with some dryness. Very vinous. Damn fruity. Not much finish.
Arayaga2 (1914) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 5, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown with a sweet and sour aroma that translates well into its somewhat less pleasant taste. Very sharp and acetic with a cloying sweet fruity edge. Minimally carbonated.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 1, 2007
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
THOUGHTS: It’s like the beer equivalent of SweetTarts candies. A lot of beers will hid flavor when too cold, but this flavor overpowers even cold teperatures. I could tell the beer was chilled by touch through the glass but no flavor was hidden and almost felt like it was room temp in my mouth. I loved the short cork that actually could be put back into the bottle to preserve the carbonation. The cork just about lept off the bottle intom my hand with a loud pop. Probably the most aromatic and flavorful beer, or beverage for that matter, that I have ever had the pleasure of sharing a room with. It went nicely with crab cakes.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a medium to clear, dark redish brown, much like a red wine. The head was average-sized and off-white. It mostly diminished and left good lacing. It also had some of the best looking carbonation I have ever seen. The aroma was mostly of brandy and extreemly sour cherries. The initial flavor was lightly sweet, moderately acidic and sour with some wood notes, while the finish was moderatelty to heavily acidic, acetic and very sour with an average duration. The body was medium and dry with very fizzy carbonation and an astringent finish.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
16 month old 12oz bottle.
Pours a rusty amber body, little off white head. The bottle has been sitting upright so long that the sediment in the bottle has completely settled and congealed to the bottom of the bottle. The aroma is that ever so lovely bouquet of old musty leather sandals and tart cherries, hits with a sort of metallic likeness. The flavor begins sweet and fruity, but quickly follows off to the exotic land of lemon meringue, wild cherries, raspberry, blackberry, and sour oranges. Some hints of vanilla creep in on the lightly puckering tart, but always-dry finish… always a lovely specimen of a Sour Ale, indeed!
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 24, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear dark amber with a small lacy off white head. Strong, almost overwhelming balsamic vinegar aroma, some green olive, caramel and rotting wood sit in the background. Flavour is quite tart, quite vinegary again, but with some light caramel sweetness and plum. The acidity is almost harsh, and set up a long tart finish. Quite nice.
Grovlam (4167) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 24, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle [Tasting @ Per 23-02-2007]. Head was average with a creamy appearance and a light brown like color. Good lacing. Body was hazy with a reddish-brown hue. Aroma was quit complex with notes of grapefruit, fresh apple, vinegar and cherry. Some malty notes could also be detected. Nice fresh bouquet that continues in mouth. Full bodied with a light dry texture and a lively carbonation. Flavor was moderated acidic, but with a very well balanced sweetness to counter the acidic. Excellent fresh finish. Wow what a beer.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 22, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice flavor, not too overpoweringly sour and resplendent with red fruits. Just a slight hint of horse-blanket. I do think it improves as it breathes for an hour or so.