GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - MAY 22, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
If beer nirvana is possible, I’d say that I was just a few steps away while drinking this beer. I realize that this beer may offend some people, but screw ’em. Don’t expect your everyday beer here, because what’s inside the bottle is amazing. Aroma was sour apples, oak, vinegary, and dark cherries. Appearance is dark reddish brown. Flavors are simply out-of-this-world good. It’s tart, sharp, cherries, yeast, and sweet malt. Truly an experience to be shared with others. This has some complexity of an excellent wine.
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - MAY 18, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a caged cork 750ml. green bottle with a blurb on the back label and a best before date stamped on bottom of bottle, 20/09/07.
Made a good appearance, poured a hazy red hued brown with a foamy tan head that settled into a thin, foamy lacing, good carbonation.
Had a tart cherry nose with hints of lemon, oak and caramelize malts in the background.
A crisp, tartly smooth full bodied mouth feel, very good drinkability.
Tart and dry, cherry juicy, nicely crisp and sour, a lightly balancing caramelize maltiness, a subtle oaky alcohol warmth in the palate and a dry and tart finish.
The best Flanders Red Ale I’ve had so far, sour, tasty and balanced overall.
henrik (41) - Århus, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2006 Beautiful dark red colour. Complex fruity aroma (lime?), quite sour for a flemish’. Palate is very dry -- like a dry white wine. Lively carbonation. Very refreshing.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAY 15, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl - Best before 30/06/06 - Thanks ClarkVV - Aroma is sour red grape and cherry. Port wine and red wine vinegar as well. Pours hazy red-brown with a quickly fading head and great lacing. Flavor matches aroma. Palate is surprisingly crisp and refreshing. Sour of course, but a little thin and not sour enough to match the aroma. If there is such a thing, this would be a session Femish sour. Doesn’t carry the depth of others I have tried.
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 13, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Picked this up @ the new European Street cafe location on Beach and 3rd(jax Beach). Sadly the next day Lew Zarka, owner and propieter of the first E-street on Park Street in Riverside was killed in a car wreck. RIP to my first boss ever and a good guy! Poured from a 750 bomber. Pours a brown/red hue with a off white pink head. Nose is standard Flemmy but a bit sharper on the vinegar. That actually plagues it a bit as it’s not as well balanced in the nose, nor taste, as say, Dutches. Taste, as mentioned, carries black cherry, some bitter black currant, and oak-vanilla cask. I never really got the "Bouqet" I had waited for, cold and warm. I even topped it off with a Rosanthal versace wine stopper and drank a day later to see what happened. Sure enough the carbs were still active and blew out on me when I opened it back up, so that was cool.
kingdavid (18) - Nebraska, USA - MAY 11, 2006
3 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
ok, so your running a trianthalon, you see your buddy holding out a cup of that water they alwasy seem to have on hand. As you reach for the water, he pulls it back, and your grandpa, surprisingly strong for his age comes out of nowhere with an aluminum lousiville slugger, which doesn’t evenr exist, and crushes your jaw.
this smells like vinegar and tastes like what the devil would call
vyvvy (4625) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 10, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2008 Dark reddish brown pour with a light tan head. Aroma is very tart with some oak, vinegar, sour apples and essence of dark cherries. Medium bodied with light spritzy carbonation. Taste is very tart and oaky with sharp cherries and vinegar ~ the vinegar taste actually works for this though. The sourness starts to be almost like tannins. Later the beer starts have more oak to the taste and less fruit. This is quite a complex beer in the taste, but the taste does not change that much down the bottle. A wonderful beer, but best if shared with someone - a 750 ml of this was very overwhelming to the palate.
(9/4/8/4/16 - 4.1) <P> <b> Rerate notes - </b> Glad I came back to see my notes and score on this. After having MANY of these my palate has changed drastically. After becoming adapt to the style this has become my favorite of the style and I find new excitement with each bottle. I must change from my previous review that this does in fact evolve as it warms bringing new depths with the oak and sourness. Also I no longer find a 750 overwhelming, now it is welcoming. As close to a perfect beer as I’ve found.
macbar (30) - ITALY - MAY 10, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ruby body, off-white head, sour, fruity nose. Extremely tart start, astringent yet fruity middle, acetic and citric finish, lingering. Complex.
drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - MAY 8, 2006
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Tart, sour, lip-smacking. Not really my thing, but a beer that earns my respect.
NewCastle1 (59) - Indiana, USA - MAY 6, 2006
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
The pour from the bottle was just about the only good thing about this beer. Nice golden brown color was very nice. But that is where th good ends for me. Way, way to much vineager aroma to this. Taste was just about the same. Vineager and a spoiled, sour apple taste to it. Not good at all. Actually made me sick to my stomach and could not drink anymore the rest of the night. Not a good experiance for me.