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 (4189) - 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.
GaltScat (195) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reddish brown pour with a large light tan head. Aroma of vinegar, fruit, yeast, hops, and flowers. Flavor was overwhelmingly of vinegar and yeast with a nice mix of cherries, cranberries, and malt. The palate was overwhelmed by the vinegar but the finish was excitingly tart and crisp. Flemish Sour Ale’s aren’t for everyone but if you like them, you will definitely like Rodenbach’s Grand Cru.
Capa (2542) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - FEB 21, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a beautiful deep brick red with a good looking light tan head. What a great aroma! Sour cherries and apples, but has a noticeable sweetness to it. Dark fruits and malt also join in. I’m a fan of this beer before I’ve tasted it. Tart. Cherries, and cranberries. Cider like. The sourness loosens up as you continue to drink, but stays tart in the finish. Body is full and rather bubbly. I’m glad I waited this long to try this beer as I don’t think I could have appreciated before.
Jerre (3033) - Waregem, BELGIUM - FEB 18, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 33 cl. Red brown color with little head. Sour aroma. Taste is good, tart of sour cherries and cranberries, yet good in balance with the right touch of sweetness. Top.
pforei (338) - USA - FEB 16, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 750 ml. Wine aroma immediately hits the nose after cork is off. Deep brown reddish color and not much head. Aroma in snifter is fruity/prune with vinegar notes. Taste is a bitter/tart cherry and vinegar. Also the finish has a sour effervescent twang to it. A really odd/unique beer.
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 13, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Robe rouge légèrement voilée aux reflets bruns surmontée d’une mousse beige qui s’estompe. Arômes de cerises sûres et de bois. Saveurs de cerises sûres, de bois et de cassonade.