aracauna (2985) - Georgia, USA - JUL 1, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Mostly brown body with some reddish characteristics. Head is cream colored with fairly large bubbles. Aroma is very sharp and wine-like. Fruity, but I don’t know if it’s cherries I’m smelling or just something about the beer that makes me think cherries. Even with that, the fruitiness is much more subtle than in the Alexander. The beer has stinging carbonation that gradually numbs the palate. There’s a crisp tartness and again the flavor is very wine-like with some sweetness. Alcohol seems fairly assertive in both nose and in taste. I found it hard to believe this was only 6.5%. I could easily learn to enjoy this beer.
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - JUN 25, 2002
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I agree totally with ’FlemishChar’: ’This beer has multiple personalitiess.. you can lay back and sip and enjoy the complexity and the aroma, or you can drink it as a thrist quencher because of its deliciously refreshing acidity’ (Could not be said better). I love this...
pilsnerrogge (2396) - Finspång, SWEDEN - JUN 24, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 13, 2011 Bottled:
.Pours deep, brownish red with a steady head. Sourish cherries on the nose. Acidic flavour of sourish cherries and oak casks.
fraternie (804) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 20, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong sweet fruit malt flavor... raspberries and cherries dominate. Finish is smooth but very sour. Complex, flavorful and enjoyable, but a tad too sour of an aftertaste for my taste buds.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 17, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2006 Bottle. Yeah, i like it. Nice balsamic qualities and cherry-ish acidity. Blood, iron, some caramel. Complex and refreshing, like it.
beerledgend (1197) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 15, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark copper brown in colour. pours with big head. Has fruity tatse almost like champange. My Mum had a tatse and said it was like sewer water, what does she know.
FlemishChar (224) - Virginia, USA - JUN 14, 2002
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Astoundingly complex.. too many flavours to count.. This beer has multiple personalitiess.. you can lay back and sip and enjoy the complexity and the aroma, or you can drink it as a thrist quencher because of its deliciously refreshing acidity.. However, at the price, I’m more likely to do the former..
leaparsons (7647) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 10, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tart tasting with some degree of acidicy. The ending is drier with an strong hints of oak. Quite musty, but moreish.
wouter-j99 (4) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 4, 2002 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
bierkoning (9738) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - MAY 28, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2004 I bought the bottle in 1986. Aroma: wood, cherries, sherry. Carbonation has partly disappeared. Still sour taste, but the intense sourness has eased away somewhat. Cherries, wood, chocolate and porto in the very complex taste. Almost creamy cherry aftertaste. What a great and very special beer after all those years!! Re-rate "fresh" beer best until 3/04. Creamy head. Oak, apple and cherry aroma. A good deal of sourness. Oak, cherry, some fruity sweetness and creaminess in the flavor. Has this beer become sweeter as it was some 15 years ago? It remains a beer of great depth and high quality, but I'll deduct 0,2 point from the original rating. Another re-rate: most recent Palm-Rodenbach version. Great aroma: caramel, oak, mustard. Rather vinous. Sweetish flavor: cherry, oak. Tart, but not as tart as it was 10 years ago or so. Grapefruit and even banana. Wunderful beer, even now. Not the dominating sours of the past, and I would like it less sweet, but that is partly restored by the complexity. 9 4 8 3 17 = 4.1