jutuahol (189) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - APR 10, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled @ Helsinki Beer Festival 2004
Dark chestnut red, beige lasting head. Nose is very sour and wineous. Medium body, sour, wineous and dry flavor. Not a thirst-quencher but decent beer, altought too sour for me.
maupie (927) - Roosendaal, NETHERLANDS - APR 10, 2004
1.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
This beer has a red/brown body - hue apperance and a fine light red scum collar. I have drunk the beer from the bottle and it had a low carbonic acid. The initial flavor taste is very acid and i don't like this beer at all.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - APR 3, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clear brownish red body. The head is pillowy and light tan. No need to bury your nose in the glass to smell this one. Hugh sour cherry, vinegary aroma. The flavor is quite tart but very nice. Far and away the best of this style I have had. Body is medium and dry, but the tartness dominates. Very, very, good stuff. Yum.
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - MAR 26, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma strikes from an arms length away! Dark cherries. The kind with the stones left in and maybe out in the sun a bit too long...but this is a good thing! Vanilla, oak, perfumey floralness...sublime and complex nose. Color is a gorgeous ruby red, with slightly brownish tones. Carbonation is light and a tan head forms but fades fast. A nice dense ring sticks to the sides of the glass however. This beer begs to be tasted! Tart, acidic, puckering taste at first. Sharp fruitiness in the middle. A mesmorizing combination of flavors combine at the end. Oak, cherries, a little alcohol. This is a refreshing, spring time beer that is wonderful when sipped on a sunny day outside on your deck! One of the world's greats! Thanks for the trade Chazwicke!
Rastacouere (6106) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 22, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2006 Straight from Winnipeg, thanks piscator34 Rodenbach grand cru appears ruby brown with a vague haze. It wears a delicately laced beige head that, while diminishing, is more persistent than it’s usual for sour ales. Sticky leftover. Deep, intense and complex aroma. Magnificient old cask wood and oak gently complement malic and acetic acid. Sharp maderized cherries and vinous blue grapes are blend together in the most virtuous cookie/toasty malt. Moist and old cave yeast in which you’ve spilled a few drops of vinegar and let a few apples rott. You don’t get much more complex than that. The first sip surprises me. I have very high expectations you see? This is a good bit sweeter than anticipated and less tart. Multiple flavors come and go: vanilla, grapes, caramel, green plants, vinegar, mint, oak(!)... Mouthfeel is thin-medium and proposes above average effervescence. Very dry eternal grapes and cherries from the wood aftertaste, astringent, delicately lactic. I hoped to have found a first 5, but this is not quite there, the quest is not over. I can only desire I had a chance to bask in the glory from the pre-palm versions era. Ahhh, desire... Fabulously complex and a nice souvenir from glorious times. How could you ever grow tired of a good flemish sour ale?
After having this 4 times in the last 2 weeks, I indeed can’t see myself ever growing tired of it and raise the rating one point overall and there might be more to come!
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 21, 2004
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2005 Dark cherries marinate in balsamic vinegar in the nose. Ruby brown with decent tan head that recedes to cover. Sour cherries become tart and dance in a lively effervescence across the tongue though mouthfeel is quite smooth. Fantastic. Bottle. Thanks Rastacouere!
Best between 6-18 months old. Young it’s overly acidic but loses character after two years.
SimonLarsen (210) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 19, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark, tan head which collapses pretty quick. Aroma is cool as all get out, cherries, those evil black ones, and the vinegar overtones everyone speaks of. Already I am worried that I am not at a level to appreciate this one, it's obviously very complex but so different, like the first time I tried a kriek but more so... and I am right, this is weird, but great. The sour is finished with a tart flavour. Very quick and clean completion of the drink off the palate.
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 12, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow. And I'm tempted to leave it at that. But I can't. Balsamic sour cherry acidic subtle alcohol aromas blast out of the bottle, let alone the glass. Dark amber brown with nice orange-tinged edges with a quickly vanishing head. Effervescent on tongue to begin your journey, before you try to decide if it is more sour or more tart before the beautiful sour cherry flavour makes it all irrelevant. Lingering smooth creamy sour finish. Gotta go have another.
Sigmund (4657) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 9, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2009 Rerate: Drank it out of a proper glass this time, still a great beer! Original rating: 330 ml bottle, ABV 6%. Drank it out of a plastic "glass" (sacrilege, I know!) at cellar temperature. Cherry-like aroma with hints of cowshed and silage. Flavour is sour/acidic/red wine vinegar-like, with strong barnyard and silage elements (not that I normally eat silage, but still...). This was my first Flemish red ale, an exciting experience! It will not be my last beer of this style. (Okay, I know I wrote my rating of the Duchesse de Bourgogne a bit earlier today, but I actually drank the Rodenbach 4-5 days before the Duchesse).
egajdzis (5152) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a brownish red color with a whitish almost pink head. Sweet and tart cherry aroma, some oak as well. Tart cherry skins, wood, very acidic. Delightful