HogTownHarry (6129) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAR 12, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (330ml). via trade with Pintbypint. Poured hazy ruby-amber with an average foamy-fizzy diminishing beige head, lots of dark sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Aroma is sour, yeasty and malty - red wine vinegar, sour cherry, cranberry fruitiness, even some brown sugar in the complex mix; I’m finally ready to appreciate this! Taste is very much the same, the sourness is omnipresent but behaved, I get light malt vinegar, some sour red wine, tart fruit, light roast malt and yeast - acidic, lightly carbonated mouthfeel, medium linger - really nice, special - thanks for helping me get another bottle of this, Pintbypint.
GRM (3081) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 10, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brown bottle, 330 ml; expiry date: 30/06/06; eye: burgundy, not much head (thiny circle remains around the glass), no effervescence; nose: complexe, fruit, malt vinegar, caramelized malt; taste: light, "good" sourness, relatively thin, refreshing, well balanced, aftertaste prolongs itself nicely.
Bouteille brune, 330 ml; date d’expiration : 30/06/06; oeil : bourgogne, peu de mousse (mince cercle qui reste autour du verre), pas d’effervescence; nez : complexe, fruit, vinaigre de malt, malt caramélisé; bouche : légère, sûrette, relativement mince, rafraîchissante, légèrement amère, bien balancée, longue en bouche.
unibaren (154) - 8000 Århus C, DENMARK - MAR 9, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sour, earthy, oaky, bubblegum and a sweet aroma not unlike vinegar but with so much complexity it is almost unbelievable. Appearance is probably the "weakest" part of this beer. Colour is red-brow-amber. It is slightly hazy with medium carbonation and the head is gone pretty fast except for a small ring around the edge of the glass. The flavour is fruity, earthy, sour and almost indescribable. A fantastic beer for the right occasion. Not for quenching your thirst after mowing the lawn, but try it with the finer things in life like frois gras and you will think you have died and gone to heaven....
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - MAR 8, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark reddish brown appearance. Rich cherry jam, sherry aroma. Sweet cherry flavor with tart cranberry and mild candy sugar. Slihtly sour, puckering bite in the finish but essentially seet and fruity.
rebelbrewer (125) - Lithonia, Georgia, USA - MAR 6, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Served from a 750 ml cork and caged bottle. The neck of the bottle was wrapped in gold foil. There is a picture of some oak barrels on the front label. On the back label is a description of the beer and a suggestion to try this brew with seafood or other dishes garnished in lemon.
This poured up a cloudy light reddish brown with almost no head. There is a small ring of foam that does stay around the entire time.
Of course there is a sour smell to this brew. As soon as the cork came out of the bottle I smelled cider vinegar. Once it was in my snifter and I sniffed it I got some fruity aromas lying around under that big sour smell. No way could any hops ever get through this.
Taste - Wow! The word "complex" was invented to describe this beer. The sour is always there, but as this Red Ale roams around your mouth you get a huge refreshing lemon hit. Then a cherry like flavor comes through as you swallow. Finishes with a sharp sour slap on the back of your throat and leaves your mouth watering and your brain going, "Whut?" This stuff fits its style well.
This Red is so light on the palate it jumps around in your mouth. The carbonation makes it a bit course, but that is just some of the fun of this one.
This is one I could drink all night. I love sour stuff like shock tarts and this brew. This definitely goes on my buy more list.
Note: Well I didn’t have any seafood lying around or any dishes in my fridge garnished in lemon, but I did have some sharp cheddar and Colby jack cheese. When I finished reviewing this brew I sat back and relaxed and enjoyed the remainder of the bottle with some of that cheese. Very nice! I can see having this with a hunk of sea bass or a huge pile of boiled shrimp.
auderale (605) - Minot, North Dakota, USA - MAR 6, 2006
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Poured a dark red color with a medium sized head. Had a vinegary aroma with the same vinegary taste. I was dissapointed in this. I may have to try again to see if I have the same experience.
Siroy (220) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 2, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[ Bottled ; chilled ; brewed in 2004 ]
A mostly diminushing average fizzy off-white head that tops up a clear dark mahogany body. Heavy lacing. No particules. Few small bubbles. Aroma presents malt being medium caramel while hops are barely noticeable herbs ... Sourness/fruits/oaky. Yeast is moderate fruitiness. Also, there are evocations . Initial flavor is moderate sour while development is mild tartness Finish is long . medium body... oily texture... Soft carbonation...
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 27, 2006
3.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Translucent, opulent ruby/cherry in color with beady bubbles rising and flocking to the sides to serve as the head. Aroma repels and gives pause - sherry, vinegar and children’s Tylenol. Some lavender bathroom air fresheners, but the cooking sherry can’t be shaken. Flavor rolls out a much better game plan. Oakiness suddenly smoothes a cursive, tart display of cherry and cranberry mash. Feel the sourness on the lips. A cherry cobbler aged and served out of a bitter grapefruit shell. Brown sugared sweet side underneath it all. Eased effervescence brakes to a dichotic syrupy stream. Phenomenally balanced with each sip begging for an encore. Raspberry seeds turned in the summer sun surface in the finish, with a winey zinfandel note at the end. Post gestational burps conjure up the only aspect of the retched aroma to manifest in the flavor. An interesting experience indeed.
TerryR (384) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice burgundy color with an off white head that quickly disappears. Sour, vinegar smell. Even more so in the flavor. Quite refreshing and thirst quenching, but it is becoming too much as I reach about the half way point of my 750 bottle. A classic that I will revisit at some future date.
thornecb (4534) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 24, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2006 Re-rate: 10/122/06.
Pours dark ruby/mahogany into a snifter. Sour malt aromas. Fizzy with upfront sour cherry and a lasting bitter cherry finish. Quite different from my first bottle. Ratings note difference.
Bad Bottle 2/24/06: Smells quite vinegary. Deep golden color. Fizzy palate. Very sour. My god is this sour. White vinegar sour - probably would make a good marinade. 5/4/4/4/10