notalush (5159) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bright, clear, red/amber, with a compact white ring that has a slight reddish tint - aroma of tart raspberries and cherries, oak, yeast, aged cheese, some malt way in the back - the oak is very pronounced in this, almost fighting for dominance with the strong tart/sourness of the beer - cranberry and raspberry are in the forefront of the many fruit flavors - sourness subsides a bit to reveal vinous qualities (an almost tannic, red wine flavor) - gentle, lingering tartness and an almost lambic-like funk way in the back - I may like this better than La Folie.
jde123 (765) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 19, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I thouroughly enjoyed this on tap at the Brickskeller in D.C. Pours watery and red, nice color retention bright fruit flavor, almost hi-cíishí but much more complex with a cheery disposition that ultimately produces strong favorable feelings toward this great beer.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of Nilay. At least 2 years old, with a much different label than that pictured. Shared with Edward, Drew, Nilay, and Andy. Tried next to La Folie, and although I liked La Folie a bit better, this was wonderful stuff. Cranberry and raisin notes join nutmeg and ginger and walnut in a fruit-cake like taste that brings in the Christmas season. A nice sourness and acidity lend a hand to leave a sharp residual bite on the tongue. Excellent stuff, and aged well.
bmxutos (161) - Lisboa, PORTUGAL - DEC 11, 2005
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle, 33cl. Hazy red colour with a light beige head, that doesnít last long. Strong acidic vinegar nose, with notes of fruits that reminds me a kriek or a framboise. Flavour is very complex and bitter, too much for my taste. Flemish sour ales just arenít my type and this one was no exception. To tell yo the truth, i canít see why this beer deserves such a high score. A question of taste, i suppose!
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - DEC 9, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2007 Pours brown with a medium, off-white head. The aroma is balsamic vinegar, cherries, cola, lemons and oak. The flavor is very sour and very sweet with tart cherry, vinegar, cola, lemon, oak, quite vinous and caramels. The finish is long with a lasting tartness. The mouthfeel is light and sparkling. Simply a magnificent brew, I only wish it were stilll unpasteurized and unfiltered.
The last two bottles Iíve had were very sweet and fairly disappointing. The old bottles I put in the mid 4ís the recent bottles in the low 3ís. Rating is a mixture.
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark walnut brown, moderate head, fades fast to nice lace. Aromas are balsamic vinegar, berries, citrus, malt, and yeast. Flavor is like sparkling wine meets balsamic vinegar. Definitely different. Odd taste at first but the vinegar novelty wears off to reveal a delicately complex blend of fruit sweetness, malt and yeast. Hops donít seem to figure in. Undertones of sour cherry, port, sherry, madiera, brown sugar, soy sauce, salt, sweetgrass, earth and mushrooms. Good mouthfeel but very effervescent and puckeringly astringent. An acquired taste but worth acquiring. Keep in mind my numbers are not in comparison to more mainstream ales.
Quixote18 (236) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - NOV 30, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My first Belgian Sour and it was an experience Iíll not forget soon. Not as good as my first "make- out session" but still...
A light beige head that mostly diminished topped this clear brownish-red brew. THe aroma warns you a little of the coming tartness, but is mostly of grapes, and then opens up a little sweeter...like plumbs. In the mouth the first thing I noticed was some sweet carbonation, but the sourness really kicked in midpalate and in the finish. WOW, thatís tart! Sort of sweet, but the tartness balances it out and makes for a refreshing drink.
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - NOV 29, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750. Looks beautiful, dark reddish-brown with a good, long lasting head. Good aroma, sour cherry, oak, an earthy mustiness, and last but not least, a little bit of cider vinegar. Very tart and sour mouthfeel. Iím talking lip puckering tart. Talking, goddamn! Something just hit me in the mouth! Aplle cider vinegar is the most notable flavor, but thereís a slight underlying sweetness. Still getting used to the style, and I enjoyed this more as it went on. Now, if it only didnít give me heartburn.
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 28, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Excellent Lambic. Has that pesticide kind of bitterness that a good lambic gets when it goes beyond sour. It seems to be artificial but itís a result of great fermentation. Some cherries and deep ruby red color. Excellent!
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 27, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Looks pretty good. Deep red color with hefty head and good lacing. Sour cherry and raspberry aromas. Some sweetness quickly gives way to a vinegary, pretty assaultive sourness. I think the good folks at Rodenbach would have done better by this beer if they had upped some of the other flavors over itís little brother, rather than mostly the sourness.