emotv (353) - Izmir, TURKEY - SEP 3, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brownish colour, nice head. I will again have to thanks to my belgian mate Oğuz Can. Very very sour taste, Acidy and nice scent. A good beer.
Phatz (225) - Paradise, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: This beer pours a golden ruby color with a big head and lots of active carbonation bubbles.
Smell: The aroma is reserved in my limited experience with the style. However with a bit searching there was a little bit of tart cherries and grapes.
Taste: The taste is very sugary and yet tart. Much more tart than I had expected but I believe that was largely because of the carbonation that the tart seemed exaggerated. The bottle claimed that is was aged in oak for 18month. I had to use a lot of imagination to find an oak flavor. Overall it is good, but I believe I had too high of expectations. I was hoping for something that could compete with the Duchess.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is hard to describe. The tartness brought on a pucker and stung the taste buds a bit and yet underneath the big fluffy crisp carbonation the beer had a medium light smooth body.
Drinkability: Despite being a bit different than I had expected this is a tasty beer that drinks very easily.
Hope this is helpful.
Sregnar35 (1030) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - AUG 29, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A bit to sour. Poured reddish brown with a thin head. Aroma is of apple skins and vinegar. Flavor is like that of an apple raspberry wine, with a bit of vinegar, strange.
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 (604) - 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 (9230) - 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 (8384) - 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.