willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12.31.04: dated 30/06/06: Thanks to Secret Santa, Joeycapps for this long sought after brew! The pour is a beautiful clear burgundy red with a slick tan head. Inviting aromas of balsalmic, cherry kirsch, lots of oak, somewhat toasty. The flavor is as smooth and balanced as any Iíve tried, better than I expected. Tart cherries, herbal, not vinegar-like at all, lots of grape, plum. Wow. Soft palate and light eff temper the tart flavors and evens the finish. This is all I could have asked for, a benchmark for the style. Thanks Joe!
IJT (40) - Carterton, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2004
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Rodenbach Gran Cru (consumed 30 min after the clasic, best before date 13/09/04). Having enjoyed the previous I was looking forward to this one, when poured it came out a deep red/brown and was very clear (to the light) and pleasing to the eye. The aroma was similar, yet a bit more sour and more oak notes. Upon consumption it was found to be not very drinkable, it was very sour and the only real flavour that came through was acid (reminded me of an experiment where I fermented lime juice). It was in fact a struggle to even finish it. Maybe a younger bottle could be better.
mustang3 (254) - Whitby, CANADA - DEC 27, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
I canít thank the LCBO enough for releasing this beer. Reddish brown colour with very little head. Incredibly tart on the nose and in flavour. Notes of sour cherry, vinous and delicous.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured amber brown with a quickly fading tan head...huge cherry nose...very tart...almost a malt vinegar hint...complex and very interesting nose, but not neccessarily good but not bad either...initially very tart...sour and apple/cherry definately there...maybe a hint of white grape too...a little too carbonated, but definately a tasty beer! Thanks tiggmtl for the treat!!
guzzler67 (1538) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 25, 2004
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Amazing lace married to a burgundy appearance. After the initial hit of sourness, the aroma was replaced with tart cherry and green apple. Wonderfully complex range of fruity, earthy flavors capped by a nicely carbonated, dry, acidic, yeasty taste. Long, lingering finish signalled a too quick end of the bottle. Thanks, Rastacouere!
asheft (2655) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Crystal clear brownish red with a ring of foam. Woody vinegar aroma with some spices, cinnamon, cherry. Flavour was too sour and vinegary for my taste. Though the sourness was somewhat refreshing, this beer was very dry and the combination of dry and sour was mouth puckering. But puckering was dangerous due to the extreme carbonation. This beer is not for me.
GregClow (2949) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2004
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Ruby-brown colour with a wispy off-white head. Big, tart aroma of dry wine, sour cherry, dust and wood. Flavour is bracingly tart, but thereís so much going on behind the sourness - more cherry, some almond and anise - and the finish is long and luscious. This stuff just rocks!
iam (369) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2004
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Pours a hazy reddish brown colour with a thin head. Very oaky and vineous aroma with some malt also present. To me this is not a beer but maybe a bad port or sherry, sour grapes being the first thing thst comes to mind. This might appeal to some, but if I wanted wineIíd buy wine. Just not my style
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - DEC 22, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a nice ruby/brown color, tan head, diminishes but not right away. Huge aroma, balsamic vinegar, cherry, oak, and some cidery characteristics. Very complex. Full flavored, very tart, acidic, with notes of cherry and wood; very unique. Finishes with a light sweetness along with the acidic and sour parts. Body is relatively light, with lively carbonation, very refreshing. This stuff is awesome.
JadoreBlanche (114) - London, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2004
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
This is definitely not my thing. And while I appreciate what s trying to be done here, I just canít get into it. Looks great, lots of nice orange and ruby colours here. Head is off-white, with lots of fizziness. Aroma is sour, grapes, and malty sweetness trying to come through. Taste is where this goes wrong for me. Reminds me of drinking rotten fruit. I do not like it.
If the taste was different, maybe a little sweeter, I would have preferred that.