Alldaydrinker (559) - Norwood, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 28, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an ruby brown colour with a small off white creamy head. Nose is very tart, cherries, red wine, sugar, and some vinegar. The initial taste is mouth puckering with a fizzy active mouthfeel. Tart cherries & cranberries blanket the mouth. Oakiness comes through with a unique funk that is enjoyable and doesn’t get offpace. Apon the finish a sharp dry bitter rhine with the tartness of the red fruits still linger in the background character. Acidity is definitely up there. Good head retention and lacing of the glass. Palate duration is average. Definitely enjoyable.
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 28, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle. Pours mahogany brown with an inch of white head that quickly subsides but leaves heavy lacing. Aroma is sharp, sour fruit with cherry & apple in particular notable. Great mouthfeel and a sour tang that makes you shiver. Lovely long finish too. Not too complex, but a great introduction to sour ales and a good beer to have on hand to pair with strong food.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - NOV 27, 2007
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a rich, amber mocha color w/ a modest, shortlived froth yet leaving a lasting clumpy canopy of lace. Strong aromas of sour fruit. Medium nectar w/ good carbonation. Mildly sweet balanced by sour acidity. Flavors of sour grannysmith apples provide the essential groundwork. Other nuances of pomagranite , cranberry, strawberry, leather, citrus, and herbs. The finish is quickly dissipated leaving a fresh tartness to enjoy. Highly recommended.
theisti (3901) - Kansas, USA - NOV 25, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle purchased at Metcalf Discount Liquor. Pour is brown-red, clear with a normal white head. Aroma of wood (oak), sour, vinegar and some cherry fruitiness. Taste is initially quite sour/tart though this settles in quite nicely into cherry fruit, oak barrel and a nice earthy sour funkiness. This paired very nicely with Thanksgiving appetizers (brie, raspberry chutney, olives, etc.)
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 24, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
11.2oz bottle, best by 4/25/08: Deep ruby pour with a smallish cap. The nose is sharp with notes of vinegar, plums, wood and raisans. The body is a bit thin and not as near as tart as I expected. The sourness does expand on the tongue as it finishes with extended notes of woody malt and caramel beneath the balsamic vinegar. Not a huge fan as I expected more complexity.
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2007
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sharp nose with sour raspberry balanced with some licorice and cocoa. After this, it all goes to hell and back. I’ve rated it neutral as I’m not sure how to take this beer - it’s kind of like a lambic but then also kind of like a sour sweet. I’ll give it time and try it again.
TheJester (2542) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 24, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Thanks to radiomgb) 330 mL bottle. (Best before 06/30/06!) Dark translucent orange-brown with a film of head. There is a strong, tart (fruit) aroma, comparable to a sweet wine or a good kriek. The taste is quite complex, suggesting again a red wine or a good, dry kriek, with the additional appearance of a little malt near the end, which adds some balance to the strong acidity. Nice tart finish and aftertaste, reminiscent of a gueuze. Carbonation seems, for some reason, to let up in the middle. Very clean and dry, and yet also quite full. Gimme more.
Juelze (1144) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 22, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a clear rubish color with light off-white head. Aroma if very fruity with light apple, cherry, and even some berries. Also has a light touch of oak and light funk. Taste is very fruity with the same aformentioned fruits along with some oak being a bit more apparent. Good carbonation and very enjoyable.
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 22, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2007 Pours a clear amber. Aroma is fruity and sour with grape and blackberry hints. Taste is carbonated up front with sparkling grape notes. Delicious.
ekstedt (6525) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 18, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle (33 cl) from Hildigöltur’s beer cellar. Deep clear ryby with a small off-white head. Fruity and cidery aroma with red apples, raspberries, wood, and also some fudgy notes. Light in body with a lively carbonation. A very refreshing acidity, not overpowering, just perfect. A truly great beer.