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 didnít 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.
PolishHammer (124) - Norwalk, Connecticut, USA - MAY 18, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow. The first sour Iíve really enjoyed. Flavor smells of sour green apples, under-ripe citrus, and tart cranberry. Flavor matches, and the wild yeast/bacteria flavor that Iím used to is very understated, which is great. There are no off or unpleasant flavors...or if there are, they are well hidden. A very mellow sour, which may come from the blending of aged beer with fresh, which is characteristic of this style. A very interesting, easy drinking sour, that Iím glad to have experienced.
sarauckelman (124) - Heidelberg, Baden-WŁrttemberg, GERMANY - NOV 2, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Opaque red-brown color. Little head. Warm hints of grand cru on the nose, melding beautifully into perfect sourness in the taste. Though few visible bubbles, living carbonation makes the mouthfeel fizzy. Tastes like an aged framboise with a bit of extra character.
str023 (123) - Stokmarknes, NORWAY - JUL 27, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beige fizzy head which disappears quicly. Hazy redbrown body. Smells of cherry, citrus, oak and yeast. Intense citrus taste with cherry notes and vinegar.
Whelk (123) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, best by 21/02/09. Pours dark reddish brown with a light tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is vinous with raspberry/cranberry notes. Very fruity in the mouth, lots of raspberry/cranberry. Vinous, little spicy carbonation, with a sour tangy finish.
ReverendMoon (122) - Illinois, USA - AUG 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
So this is my first sour rating. At first, I wanted to take it back (however tht was due to the style and my tastes not initially meshing, not the quality of the beer). As I had more, though, it grew on me
Considerably. It is tart, sour certainly. But if this is a style you enjoy, I have little trouble saying that this will be a pleasant experience for you.
Mpuntmuts (121) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 18, 2013
2.9 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very nice clear reddish/amber. First smell is quite a shocker, yuck! Balsamico, vinegar, chemical. Not really something I want to smelll with a beer. Taste.......huh? ?? Vinegar and Balsamico are gone and.....hello fruit, tang zing mouthwatering citrus geuze-like flavour. Mouthfeel the way it should be with a sour fruity beer, thin and little dryish. Nice brainteaser this one. The aroma kills it for me, but nice drinkable beer.
Grossecaisse (120) - FRANCE - MAY 13, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
roasty, citrus, bubblegum, woody, red, sparkling, heavy cloying sweetness, heavily sour, medium body, lively, bitter,
blueduk (118) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - AUG 27, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2006 Grand Cru pours red-brown with orangey highlights. Lighter than the Classic. Firm off-white head with staying power.
The nose is (of course) sour. Iím calling it a mix of malt vinegar and madeira with some nutty woodiness from the oak.
Flavors are more of the oakiness with strong acidity of something like red grapefruit. The palate is very full and rich with a long drying finish with some minerals, especially as the beer warms.
This beer is fantastic. Itís more complex and more polished than the Classic (which is also very good). Iíd save this for a special occaision (like when you can find it!).
playitbybeer (118) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 5, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2007 vintage from a 22oz bottle. Pours an amber mahogany, slightly cloudy with a creamy lacing head. The smell is heavy on dried fruit, oak, a sour tinge. Taste is dried fruits, woody, and sour. Dry tart finish with a little warming alcohol finish. Great beer, happy I have another bottle.