b33r (808) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2007 8oz serving in a tulip glass. Dark amber/brown in color with very small head and no lacing. Very rich, vinous aroma. Flavor was much like wine, sweet, with a strong fruity/cherry flavor. I wasnít sure what to expect, it was my first Flemish sour ale, but good overall.
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2007 another one that i canít believe i havenít rated yet. Sour apple candy in the aroma, sweet and sour some citrus notes like tangerines. Pours dark brown with a white head. oh man, i love sours, the flavor comes out of the corner swinging, sharp sour apple, with apple skins, some oaky tanins in the middle. The flavor starts off right away then dimishes to a pleasent sourness that turns sweet. Its like drinking sour candy, sour upfront but then you get all the sugary goodness. So refreshing.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours off white orange maroon with a very thin head. Very distinct syrupy sour smell, with oranges and molasses mixed in. Taste is very sharp and tannic, sour funky apples and oranges come to mind. Actually, after the first sip you get used to the sharp sourness and it becomes rather pleasant. Still, extremely tart. You have to like the sour stuff to enjoy this beer. Luckily, I do.
BigBeer45 (1390) - Michigan, USA - MAR 22, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Large bottle, BB 9-13-08, 6% alcohol listed, pours a dark bronze ruby, off-white bubbles, sour fragrance with soft sweet fruit and faint flowers, faint strawberry, caramel, apple and cider aromas, faint wood fragrance, good sour in the mouth with a small malt fruit taste, citrus and dry on the palate, sourness twinges my nose with every sip, a good pucker with each drink, tart apple with sweet fruit taste, grape juice flavor, faint malt flavor, light on the palate, finishes dry.
StompBrockmore (316) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 22, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle, shared with VeloVampire - pours a beautiful dark ruby colour, with the gradient lighting towards the bottom. Aroma is extremely sour and vinous, vinegary and fruity (cherries, red grapes, apples). Itís great. Flavour is at first an intense rush of sourness, which then gives way to reveal all the beautifully fruity, rich flavours underneath. Some nice oakiness in there as well, unsurprisingly, as well as candied sugar. I love Flemish Sour Ale, and so far this is the best one Iíve had...though I havenít had many. I want more. This stuff blows my mind.
VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 22, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle, shared with StompBrockmore - lots of expectations going in to this one - they were all obliterated. Poured a dark brown with a descending gradient of darker to lighter. Aroma of red wine vinegar, sour grapes, sugar and yeast. Flavour is the most intensely sour thing I have ever had. So sour, like a sour key times 10. I loved it. It is also, earthy and lightly spiced. Beautiful, beautiful beer. Donít know how much of it I could drink in a session, but then again itís not really meant to be a session beer. Half of the bottle was a perfect amount for one sitting. I will definitely be getting this again.
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - MAR 19, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a ruby color with minimal beige colored head that pretty much settles out. Aroma is oak, vinegar, sour cherry, green apple. Flavor is tart cherries, sour apple, vinegar, oak, vinous. Palate is medium bodied, medium carbonation, acidic, tart, ultra dry finish. Very good.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - MAR 18, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml. Probably the best Flemish Sour Ale that I have thus far. This one seems much more balanced than other FSAís that I have had. The sourness is not overpowering. Pretty good.
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - MAR 15, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle with a best by 13/09/08.
Pours a dak garnet tinged brown with a on finger head that fades fairly quickly to a thin soapy cap. The isnít very sticky, sliding down the sides of the glass when I set it down.
Smell; sour apples and tart cherries come out right up front, followed by a bit of vinegar and oak. Thereís a touch of some earthy funkiness floating around in the background as well.
Taste; the tart cherries a very evident on the first few sips, and then some of the sour apples start to show through a little bit. Vinegar and oak barrels mix with a bit of a woodsy earthiness, and just some faint hints of a barnyard funk, with a bit of an acidic bite in the finish.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bit of a carbonation tingle that adds a bit of bite to the tartness, and the drinkability is really good, but I really like this style of beer.
Hoser (372) - Cowtown, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 9, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not the Duchesse but I can drink this. Page 388 of Michael Jacksonís Great Beer Guide and only 284 of his 500 Classic Brews to go.