Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - SEP 23, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Crsip, fruity aroma - cherry, wet hay, citrus, balsamic vinegar. Clear ruby color, dense off-white head. Solid acidity, nice balance of fruitiness, caramel, and grains. Medium body, crisp. A really nice Flemish sour, great balance of flavors.
Bugrat (60) - Cph. V, DENMARK - SEP 21, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
One of the best refreshers on a hot day, a very good companion to the right light dish. If you like the style it is a really crowd pleaser.
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - SEP 18, 2005
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Aroma of balsamic vinegar, soy, cherry, lemon. Spritzier mouthfeel than I recall from previous samples. Superb tart finish. Gorgeous beer.
puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 15, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2007 Update 2 years later: Funny that I thought this was infected. Ah, the wonders of an untrained palate.
I think this beer was a bit infected, which is a bit unfortunate because the rating would probably be my highest yet if it wasn’t. Nose was dominated by vinegar, though had very nice sour notes, fruityness. Pour unfortunately was not as red as I’dve liked, though still well balanced, nice head, no lacing. Taste was vinergary, super sour, lemon, lime, orange, a little bit of sweetness. Nice effervescent palate made me burp a ton. Awesome beer still.
harrisoni (14225) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2013 Bottle. Reddy brown with very thin off white head. Sour fruity nose, very interesting with some stale beer. Cherries and red fruit, sour but not overly so in the mouth with more red cherry fruit and then pleasant sour sweet finish
albert007 (415) - Penobsquis, New Brunswick, CANADA - SEP 13, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Clear dark reddish amber with frothy off-white head & lace. Aroma is vinegary & sour with hints of cherries. Flavor is cherries, plums, a hint of malt. Finishes dry with an "almost past the due date"-wine finish. Interesting. Would like to try again.
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - SEP 10, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ML Bottle: Coppery amber w/ a lasting off white lasting head. Sour aroma @ first as well as musty with hints of cocoa. Raisiny, over ripe dark fruit, light caramel, and buscuity malt. Toasty malt as it warms with a floral estery nose. Well balanced w/a bit if tartness up front. Sourness is not overwhelming like I thought it would be. Toasted malt, sour cherries, & even a bit sweet up front. Medium dry finish is a bit tart, with leathery and herbal aftertaste. Estery in the finish as well, like a combination of raisins and dried apricots as well as acidic. Medium carbonation, not as high as expected, a bit dry in the mouth, alcohol is a non factor. Nice beer, but I’m not as impressed as I probably should be! I’m not a fan of sour beers, and this one is not over the top, but I prefer the non sour Belgians.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - SEP 9, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle sampled at the labor day gathering. Aroma is a stiff acidic with some cherry, apricot and wood. Floral and sweet cherry notes in the flavor with yeast and caramel biscuit. Mostly a bitter cherry and good sweet malt. One very fine brew.
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 9, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2009 Dark amber with a firm, beige head. Aroma is of exterior wood varnish, not displeasing. Flavour is cider vinegar with some pleasant fruity notes in there as well. Bitterness in the aftertaste. 1.8.09 At Chriso’s pre GBBF Shindig ’09. This time I got pear drop in the aroma and salsa in the taste. Tasty and astringent. Rated: 6,4,6,4,13:3.3
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - SEP 8, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to MrManning for this beer.
Poured a clear mahogany with a fizzy off-white head that dissipated completely. Aroma is apple cider vinegar, some pear and a small bit of spiciness. Taste is acidic pears, a touch of apple, a bit of smokiness. This finish is tart, dry, and very warming. Heavily carbonated body. It seems that the largest downside to this beer is that perhaps the tartness overwhelms the other flavors a bit too much. Still all in all a pretty nice brew.