mds (2154) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 30, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. what a nightmare it was to finally get this beer, the LCBO was originally supposed to have it for the fall release but then it got pushed back even past the winter release by a couple of weeks. It was definitely worth it (plus it was dirt cheap at $2.2/bottle), what a wonderful beer! I’ve had a few of them in the past six weeks or so but never got around to rating one until now. cherrywood colour with a small white lactic head. tart cherries are prominent in the aroma. very sour, yet it is still quite flavourful. acidic mouthfeel. I wonder if the LCBO will ever bring this beer back after all the problems they had this time around.
ALLOVATE (2264) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 29, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted from the bottle, a little over date. Said to have lost some of it’s intensity, passed Use-by. Into a brandy tulip, it poured a deep Ruby red, going on brown. Head failed to form but a decent ring laced down the glass. Unusual vinous aroma, fruity, dry and acidic. Cola hints and slightly ’barnyard’ musty, but still quite pleasant. Served a little too cold. Initially harsh carbonation led through to lime zests and grape skin flavours, very tart. Warmed it up in my hands, it released plums, raspberries, and cabernet grape flavours, leafy tones and subtle spice. A citric medium length swallow with a warming cognac aftertaste, not at all astringent, but definitely mouth-puckering. Sour throughout, with only a little sweetness to balance. A very interesting and acquired taste brew, certainly unique. Lovely!!!
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 19, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured clear deep red-brown with a thick creamy off-white head. The aroma was complex; vinous stewed cherries, grapa, dried grapes, some hops at the beginning, faint caramels, and some dark spices. Definitely sour!! Quite puckering with a lactic feel towards the end. Assertive fruit flavours, so much so that one could be mistaken for thinking it was some sort of fruit beer. Very prominant acidity, tartness, and whilst initially sweet it finishes with exceptional elegance and balance. Despite this I didn’t like it. I found its overexcited, brash sourness detracted from the obviously exceptional flavour. Nevertheless, it deserves a high rating.
AndrewGeoff (27) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 17, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
A dark reddish-brown with a beige foaming head which died away to nothing fairly rapidly. Poor lacing on the glass. Aroma – sour fruit, “burnt toast” and yeast. Watery on the palate and with flavours of sour fermenting fruit/grapes, yeast and some burnt maltiness. Definitely too sour for my tastes – more like drinking a bad port than a beer!
MillStreetMan (152) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 17, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Whoa! If you don’t know what to expect, this beer is quite the shock to the system. It is mouth-puckeringly sour, at least on the first sip, but mellows as you get used to it. It appears not to be too popular around here, as every LCBO has cases of it stacked around. However, I quite like it, though it takes some getting used to. Its sour character is nicely balanced by its sweetness, giving it a taste not unlike sour cherry candy or something similar. It’s a rich reddish-amber and really does have the sour cherry flavour. Excellent.
rudolf (2310) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 13, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Reddish brown with no real head. Nose is oak, cider, cherries, and sour. I can’t wait. Flavor is sour black cherries, funk, lemon, oak. Sweet/sour finish. nice!
BeanDip (117) - Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful presentation. Garnet with a lovely tan head with nice lacing. A steady stream of bubbles percolating up from the bottom. Aroma of sour cherries and malt. Tatse is fairly tart with a dry finish - little bit of sweetness in the middle. Cherries. Almost something like malted milk in there. Had another sampling of the Zoetzuur this past weekend and there was so much more complexity in the aromas and layers. This is fairly striaight forward but quite enjoyable. Another big thank you to Kinz for knocking this one off my wish list.
Terminus (3084) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JAN 6, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle-sampled with my good friend Arnold at the Hop Leaf-Dec 28, 2004. bottle dated "best by 11/19/05. pours a candy apple red garnet hue with minimal white head. plum, currant, vineous, fig aroma-WONDERFUL!. sweet and sour cherries abundant also. vineouus, oak aging and slight raspberry note in the flavors. short finish that was somewhat cheesy like sharp cheddar. This is definately a great desert beer and im so glad i got to try this one. Less than a case left at the Hop Leaf you guys in Chicago take note!!!
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Reddish tan head over a deep ruby body, aroma of potent cherries, currants, sugar, and yeast, flavor is utterly brilliant and complex, sweet and sour fruits, cherry and currant, some sugars, fading into deep woody notes, and a pleasant tart finish. Deliciously fun to let roll around on your tongue. My new favorite
willblake (2626) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12.31.04: dated 30/06/06: Thanks to Secret Santa, Joeycapps for this long sought after brew! The pour is a beautiful clear burgundy red with a slick tan head. Inviting aromas of balsalmic, cherry kirsch, lots of oak, somewhat toasty. The flavor is as smooth and balanced as any I’ve tried, better than I expected. Tart cherries, herbal, not vinegar-like at all, lots of grape, plum. Wow. Soft palate and light eff temper the tart flavors and evens the finish. This is all I could have asked for, a benchmark for the style. Thanks Joe!