heemer77 (5156) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 21, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2006 A fine choice for rating 1300. Thank you very much, pintbypint. Poured a beautiful dark amber with a slightly off white head. The aroma is sour cherries and some vinegar with hay. The taste is tart cherries and a dry hay with some oak in the finish. There is a little honey sweetness to keep this from being only sour. Complex with lemons and some flowers also coming though. Awesome beer. I had this again, thanks to csbosox. I found it to be be more tart with less balance of honey. However, it is still a solid beer.
Damion (11) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 16, 2005
3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smells like vinegar and apple cider. But I like it. Sour taste like vinegar, tastes even better with hard salami in the mouth!
hawkshadow (107) - Rural Retreat, Virginia, USA - MAY 11, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is of apple cider, barnyard yeast.
Pours hazy dull reddish-brown, virtually no head, continuous carbonation from the bottom. A far cry from the photo to the left on this page.
Initial flavor hits with a sour blast then settles back to a bittersweet lasting flavor. Warms slightly on the finish.
I think this just rides the sour thing too much. Not as balanced as their other offering that I tried.
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep cherry with a 1/4 inch tan head. Smells of sour cherry, vanilla, oak, hints of port.
Taste is quite sour and cherry tart. The fruity tartness overpowers most of the other flavors. Lots of cherry flavors in here. Hints of oak and vanilla way back there. My only complaint is that with the sour aftertaste there is also a strong coppery aftertaste which I donít find appeaing. Donít know if that is indicative of the style or this bottle is past its prime. Full bodied and flavorful beer. This was the flavor explosion I was expecting from the Rodenbach Red. Not nearly as balanced but still amazing.
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - MAY 10, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2006 Pours a murky copper/ruby red great almond colored head. Aroma is oak and cherries. First sip is a bubbly sweet and tart bite with the oak flavor and dark cherries coming out. Oak is not overpowering, it goes with the tart fruitiness very well, this is just like champagne. Overal itís a sour, tart, fruity, slight oaky tasting beer?
GiBrew (171) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 7, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
First thing that goes through my head as soon as I un-cap this one is Red wine cooler....Then I read the label and find out that Itís actually aged in Oak varts for two years...
Deep red in colour with a Fizzy white head. Aroma is mostly fruity (field berry comes to mind) with a hind of balsamic vinegar. Mouthfeel is very dry - much like red wine. Field berry favours with a very tart finish. Very different....
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 5, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle from belga in DC. more dominant sour character than the classic...this packs quite a punch. cherry, nuts, and a full delightlfully tart finish. great, but not one i could drink too many of in a sitting.
Papsoe (25074) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 3, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2006 (Bottle 25 cl) Recalling the old Rodenbach commercial "Itís wine" this BEER actually reminds me a lot of red wine in both nose and flavour. Filtered, dark reddish beer. Strong acidic vinegar-like notes without much bitterness. Even for Belgians this is a unique beer - but one you grow to appreciate. At least I did. Try this with a paperbag of shrimps at the beach in De Panne. Yummy. 160593 & 240695
Pailhead (5398) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAY 2, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2005 Bottle: Nice tart and moderately sweet cherry with some vinegar in the aroma. Pours a very dark brown in the glass, but kind of an orangish-red when held to the light. Small off-white head diminishes somewhat quickly. Flavors are tart sour cherry and light vinegar. The flavor from aging in oak casks is definitely present in the finish. Leaves a very tart aftertaste, more than the actual flavor would lead you to expect. Not as good as the Alexander, but still very good.
Had this again at the aofoxxyís Labor Day gathering courtesy of MAP and knew I needed to re-rate this and lucky for me I obtained another bottle via trade with Shadey. The bottle I had was a couple years old. I donít know the exact vintage (it was the older style bottle), but Iíd say 3-4 years old. The new bottles Iíve tasted have been much better. Flavors are the same as mentioned above but tartness is much stronger which I prefer. This stuff is absolutely excellent and better than the Alexander.
hefevice (72) - Brisbane beer desert, AUSTRALIA - MAY 2, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Err...wow! Poured deep garnet with a reasonable head. Aroma just blew me away. Huge, sour acetic, lactic, medicinal (acetone almost) and funky. Taste was as per the aroma, reminded me of linctus phocodeine (cough medicine) that I used to take when I was a kid but with a little more funk and sophistication. What an amazing beer!