sayravai (4674) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 2, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2007 (Bottled, 6.0% ABV) Clear, dark, deep ruby color with a smallish, tanned head. Tart, wooden cherry aroma with balsamico and sugar. Tart, sweetish cherry and vinegar flavor with oak barrel, and a dryish, astringent finish. Medium-bodied, a bit thin, sharp and sugary palate with quite high and slightly fizzy carbonation. Sticks to teeth. Quite sugary, but bearable. Could be more complex, though - or maybe I’m just not qualified enough to find the hidden flavors and aromas.
(Rated 1/2/2004, was 3-4-3-3-10=2.3) Very dark, ruby red color. Extremely sour! Distinctive cherry flavor. This really is a beer of its own, with a very complex taste, but unfortunately it’s much too sour for me.
Jeppe (2631) - Řlbutikken, DENMARK - JAN 2, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2004 Thanks to Jacob Lövenlund for sharing this fine brew with me §:-) This is an amazing beer!! It has a tall long lasting head on a deep brown/red body. Aroma and flavor is fruity with a perfect complexity between sweetness and sourness. Truly delicious and makes you wanna drink more....
radiomgb (2249) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2003
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow. Very dark red in colour, fluffy off white head. Aroma of balsamic vinegar, very fruity, cream and cherries. Flavour is extremely smooth, creamy, with acidic/tart cherries. Finish is acidic with a mild bitterness. This is just simply a wonderful beer and now one of my favorites.
dreamboat (186) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 24, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
In a bottle, rated at 6.0%abv, best before 21-06-2004. Pours red/brown with a tight off-white head that fades quickly. evident lactic aroma with a hint of musty, stale hops in the background. Pronounced lambic taste hinting at dry wine, with a drying finish leaving the mouth feeling slightly as it would after a mint - kind of chilled. Overall a delightful brew, which only makes me wonder how good the higher rated Flemish sour Ales must be...
hotstuff (4101) - Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks goes out to Shag for sharing this good beer in Chattanooga, TN. It had a creamy and smooth vanilla head with fine-medium bubbles that was mostly lasting. The body was hazy and the hue was reddish-brown. The nose was fruity and it had a sweet, sour, tart and wine taste to it that was absolutely wonderful. The mouthfeel was tingly, bubbly and dry. This was a medium bodied beer with a fair amount of lacing. I hope I have a chance to drink this one again sometime. Thanks again, Shag!
DanielBrown (3825) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2010 I sampled this with some trepidation, knowing how highly regarded it is. Vinegar/strawberry aroma, mulled wine appearance. Upon sipping, your mouth is flooded with spicy, tart fragrances. There is a sharp, sour hit on the back of the throat, and a lingering, pleasant appley flavour. Sourness is wonderfully balanced with sweetness and never overpowering. (3.7 - 16/12/2003) RE-RATE: /my original rating woefully underscored this at 3.7. It’s an amazing beer - delicious depth and power (4.4 - 3/4/2010)
thedm (4935) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 15, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
TheDM and Hotstuff vacation brew 12. This bottled brew was enjoyed at the Days Inn in Chattanooga Tennessee with Shag after we returned from the Big River Bar and Grill. It poured a creamy head of finely sized light brown colored bubbles that left behind a fair lace and a hazy light brown colored body. It had a fruity strawberry aroma and a dry mouthfeel that was fizzy initially and soured in the finish. I remember it being a wonderful brew. I want to thank Shag for bringing it to the room for our night cap. It was wonderful!
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2003
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was very interesting. The nose was winey, with almost a vinigar-like smell. The taste was tart and refreshing, with almost no aftertaste whatsoever. This is a beer that takes a bit of getting used to, but regardless, it is interesting and distinct, and I recommend it.
CapFlu (4538) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 11, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2004 (Bottle) Thin, white, non-dissipating head and a red body. Nose of sour cherries. Lasting sour smoothness. Loving!
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - NOV 27, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours brown with a touch of red. Diminishing white head. Has an aroma of vinegar/fruit. Is sweet up front, slowly souring in the end. Quite tasty and refreshing. I like it.