rebelbrewer (125) - Lithonia, Georgia, USA - MAR 6, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Served from a 750 ml cork and caged bottle. The neck of the bottle was wrapped in gold foil. There is a picture of some oak barrels on the front label. On the back label is a description of the beer and a suggestion to try this brew with seafood or other dishes garnished in lemon.
This poured up a cloudy light reddish brown with almost no head. There is a small ring of foam that does stay around the entire time.
Of course there is a sour smell to this brew. As soon as the cork came out of the bottle I smelled cider vinegar. Once it was in my snifter and I sniffed it I got some fruity aromas lying around under that big sour smell. No way could any hops ever get through this.
Taste - Wow! The word "complex" was invented to describe this beer. The sour is always there, but as this Red Ale roams around your mouth you get a huge refreshing lemon hit. Then a cherry like flavor comes through as you swallow. Finishes with a sharp sour slap on the back of your throat and leaves your mouth watering and your brain going, "Whut?" This stuff fits its style well.
This Red is so light on the palate it jumps around in your mouth. The carbonation makes it a bit course, but that is just some of the fun of this one.
This is one I could drink all night. I love sour stuff like shock tarts and this brew. This definitely goes on my buy more list.
Note: Well I didn’t have any seafood lying around or any dishes in my fridge garnished in lemon, but I did have some sharp cheddar and Colby jack cheese. When I finished reviewing this brew I sat back and relaxed and enjoyed the remainder of the bottle with some of that cheese. Very nice! I can see having this with a hunk of sea bass or a huge pile of boiled shrimp.
auderale (605) - Minot, North Dakota, USA - MAR 6, 2006
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Poured a dark red color with a medium sized head. Had a vinegary aroma with the same vinegary taste. I was dissapointed in this. I may have to try again to see if I have the same experience.
Siroy (220) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 2, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[ Bottled ; chilled ; brewed in 2004 ]
A mostly diminushing average fizzy off-white head that tops up a clear dark mahogany body. Heavy lacing. No particules. Few small bubbles. Aroma presents malt being medium caramel while hops are barely noticeable herbs ... Sourness/fruits/oaky. Yeast is moderate fruitiness. Also, there are evocations . Initial flavor is moderate sour while development is mild tartness Finish is long . medium body... oily texture... Soft carbonation...
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 27, 2006
3.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Translucent, opulent ruby/cherry in color with beady bubbles rising and flocking to the sides to serve as the head. Aroma repels and gives pause - sherry, vinegar and children’s Tylenol. Some lavender bathroom air fresheners, but the cooking sherry can’t be shaken. Flavor rolls out a much better game plan. Oakiness suddenly smoothes a cursive, tart display of cherry and cranberry mash. Feel the sourness on the lips. A cherry cobbler aged and served out of a bitter grapefruit shell. Brown sugared sweet side underneath it all. Eased effervescence brakes to a dichotic syrupy stream. Phenomenally balanced with each sip begging for an encore. Raspberry seeds turned in the summer sun surface in the finish, with a winey zinfandel note at the end. Post gestational burps conjure up the only aspect of the retched aroma to manifest in the flavor. An interesting experience indeed.
TerryR (391) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice burgundy color with an off white head that quickly disappears. Sour, vinegar smell. Even more so in the flavor. Quite refreshing and thirst quenching, but it is becoming too much as I reach about the half way point of my 750 bottle. A classic that I will revisit at some future date.
thornecb (5445) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 24, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2006 Re-rate: 10/122/06.
Pours dark ruby/mahogany into a snifter. Sour malt aromas. Fizzy with upfront sour cherry and a lasting bitter cherry finish. Quite different from my first bottle. Ratings note difference.
Bad Bottle 2/24/06: Smells quite vinegary. Deep golden color. Fizzy palate. Very sour. My god is this sour. White vinegar sour - probably would make a good marinade. 5/4/4/4/10
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 24, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear and dark amber with amedium sized tan head. Sour, fruity aroma. Taste has notes of cherry, caramel, lemon and citric tart sourness with some wood. Full and round and smooth on the palate. A nice sour ale indeed.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle via trade but I can’t remember from whom I got this. Thanks! - Pours copper with ruby highlights and a fair tan head. Aroma is cherry, a touch of vinegar but also some vanilla and oak character as well. Flavor is sharply sour notes of cherry, vinegar, yeast, and that vanilla and oak come in and smooth it over with just a touch of caramel. Palate is vineous and somewhat acidic. Finish is somewhat sour. Definitely unique and surprisingly drinkable.
nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at tasting. This was my first experience with any sort of flemish sour which I can honestly say is a lot different from anything I’ve experienced thus far. An aroma and flavor of sour mix, vinegar, and grape juice with lots of carbonation...perhaps too much for my taste. It was a very interesting and powerful flavor, aroma and mouthfeel but it was also very hard to drink. Very acidic and sour, it was hard to find anything else. Perhaps my tounge is not ready to fully appreciate this style. Perhaps it never will be.
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 21, 2007 So....now for a good bottle. tasted......uhhh like a month ago or sumthin. clear red/ amber with a white head. big sour apple aroma. extremely tart apple flavor. nice light sweet notes trying to balance the flavor.....but hey its a sour.....you want it to be tart and sour. crisp tart acidic finish. medium dry finish. medium body. almost sparkling carbonation. very nice. refreshing.......its funny that i gave a good bottle the same rating that i gave the bad bottle. for about a year I have been wondering if this beer would make a better salad dressing than a beer.....turns out wintersdying and I choked down a bottle of vinegar and i gave it a 4.............what? i thought it was supposed to be sour.....and it was.....but it is much better if you get a good bottle.
Original rating.........apparently this bottle was bad.....but i still gave it a 4. 8-4-8-4-16=4 light brown/ dark red color with an off white head. aroma of sour cherry and vinegar with a hint of vanilla. nice medium body with refreshing carbonation. extremely sour with a lingering finish. one of the most intense beers i have had.