Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 28, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours brown with a thin head. Smells of vinegar, oak, cherries, sugar. Tastes extremely sour...in the best kind of way with vinegar, pepper, sugar, some hear and tarte cherries.
mkgrenwel (602) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 27, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Full malt flavor with a big smack of acidity all over the place. Oak smooths and settles the sharpness of the acid, building a nice layering of flavors. Sourness really tickles the tongue. Missing the cherry ( or other fruit) flavor that other sour ales are largely dependent on.Very dense, velvery mouthfeel with sharp tingling on the tongue. It’s not Alexander, but it’ll do.
blueduk (118) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - AUG 27, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2006 Grand Cru pours red-brown with orangey highlights. Lighter than the Classic. Firm off-white head with staying power.
The nose is (of course) sour. I’m calling it a mix of malt vinegar and madeira with some nutty woodiness from the oak.
Flavors are more of the oakiness with strong acidity of something like red grapefruit. The palate is very full and rich with a long drying finish with some minerals, especially as the beer warms.
This beer is fantastic. It’s more complex and more polished than the Classic (which is also very good). I’d save this for a special occaision (like when you can find it!).
lgklotet (432) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 27, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Deep deep red. Incredible aroma, wine, balsamic vinegar. Really tart and sharp. Dry. Very.. very.. good
DocLock (8798) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Super Saver. Hazy rubiyish/deep coppery pour. The aromas are huge oaky cherries, raspberries, cabernet, some funky yeast. It tastes very tart, not nearly the level as a Cantillon, but it stays very tart and red winey and krieky throughout, with some intermingling oaky cognac, and funky peaty yeast flavors. Very nice.
Skinnyviking (8073) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 19, 2006
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Light brown creamy high and good looking head. Hazy red brown body. Vinegar grapefruit aroma and flavor. Acid without being unpleasantly sour.
Bierotherapeut (43) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 16, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2006 Arôme fruité de raison et de fruits des champs. Au goût, les fruits ressortent accompagnés d’une acidité rafraichissante. Assez sucré pour balancer l’acidité. Léger goût de bonbon.
sersdf (1018) - chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2007 smells like acid but candyish too. tastes like some sour candy. champagne all over. ugly metal in the finish. burgundy red. rereate: dark caramel color. nice dark mustard head. sour cherry aroma. simple, great taste.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Dark amber color, virtually no head. Aroma sour, some sweet fruity notes, and a bit of wood. Flavor, apples, some spice, a pleasent sourness to it. Reminded me a bit of Panil. The sour was there, but not overbearing. Very drinkable, I need to buy more.
Aurelius (4773) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 13, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Vinous, vinegar and leather aroma. Woody, red-brown beer, fair label. Smell reminds me of elementary school somehow - new oil paint? Sure enough, sour. Mild metal, moderate astringency. Krieky. Medium sweetness. Well done, but I’d heave if I had a belly full of this stuff. Boozy in the tart finish.