Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JUN 28, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Corked and caged 750. Pours a dark reddish amber with a small off white head. Well carbonated. Sour apple, dark fruits, sour grape. Tart flavor, with a very fizzy body. Fruity, a touch of honey flavors after you get past the intense tartness. Leaves a slight burn in the back of the throat after each sip - not alcohol, more acidic. Considering the big, sharp flavor, the finish is only lightly sweet and tart, very crisp. Very interesting, but I sure can’t drink much of this, as much as I like it.
Diogène (1142) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 25, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown colour with a medium head. Aroma is sour, with notes of honey, brown sugar, dark fruits and caramel. Taste is roasted malts, brown sugar and red fruits with notes of wood and a crispy finish.
holdenn (2101) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 24, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours a golden orange with a creamy colored head that fades very slow. aroma of sour grapes and green apple. the flavor is almost completely sour, it could use a hint more of fruit to it. very dry finish with a bit of oak.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - JUN 20, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
33 cL Bottle. Pours a rather dark orange-red with bubbly cream-colored head. The aroma is quite floral and somewhat sour, with some prune, chocolate, and wood notes. The flavor is sharply sour at first, with crabapple and green wood tastes. It mellows quickly, though, into a berry and honey sweetness and a fairly crisp, woody finish.
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUN 19, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very red color, absolutely clear with a big, bright tan head when poured that collapses to a half finger height and sustains itself somewhat well. Vinegar in the nose with a dusty, earthy dryness. Astonishingly tart like a sweet-tart candy. The sweetness is somewhat in the front but very nice in the finish. The incredibly high carbonation is somewhat distracting as it makes the palate almost frothy, even when I poured it hard to try to extinguish some of the carbonation. I drank this 750mL over almost 2 hours and it still had a high carbonation down to the last sip. Also, I am glad that I sat on this bottle that I purchased on its US release. When I first sampled it, it smelled and tasted like a shot of distilled, white vinegar that was depth-charged into a glass of sweet beer.
HDane (82) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - JUN 12, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
My 10th rating! They finally count.
Split with gputty. Pours golden brown, with a thin head that’s white at the edges, then turns progressively tan as it moves towards the center of the glass.
Strong vinegar nose, with some sour grapes in there. Hard to get anything with all that vinegar in the way. Flavor is VERY, VERY sour. Wow. Lemon juice, and vinegar. Aftertaste is rather pleasant, after the initial sour, it turns slightly sweet.
thebeertourist (5167) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 9, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Red-brown colour with a small beige head, leaving lacing Rich, fruity aroma with vanilla and yoghurt notes. Flavours starts sourly fruity, developing towards yoghurt and ending with woody notes. Well-carbonated. Packed with flavours that is a world classic for a reason.
stouby (4258) - Holbæk, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Paters Vaetje.
Redbrown with a little beige head, mostly diminishing, ok lacings. Aroma heavy fruity. Flavor moderate sweet, heavy acidic, long duration. Light body, watery, soft carbonated.
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - JUN 8, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From 750. Dark orange brown pour with small off white head. Nose of sour grapes, apple vinegar, vanilla, oak and an underlying sweetness. Flavor is ultra sour with some lemon, almost overpowering.
eaglefan538 (3009) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 6, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This one didn’t come across as favorably as I expected from a much touted beer from a style that is growing on me. Appearance was fine, the dark red to brown color with a very nice head that laced very well. Aroma was off, too much vinegar, and not enough tart fruits. The flavor was complex, started rather tart and acidic, decent amount of vinegar, somewhat wattered down tasting. Transitioned to a more tart finish with the oak coming through. Finished with some oak and even bready or yeasty hints in the after after taste (wasn’t expecting that). Mouthfeel was light and carbonated. Nice, but not my favorite, doesn’t hold a candle to Duchesse.