circinus (229) - SWEDEN - SEP 20, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 33 cl from Systembolaget. Hazy brown/red with a quickly dissipating beige head. Balsamic vinegar, ripe strawberries, wood, red wine, raspberries, cherries, bit of funk. Medium body, low carbonation, soursweet finish. Nice!
cthomas2390 (228) - Colorado, USA - MAR 27, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a dark reddish brown with slight head. Aromas of chocolate and tart cherries. Initial sweet malt fades into chocolate covered cherries with a sour, kriek-like finish. Lightly carbonated, nice medium body. Slight residual sweetness lingers.
Melnis (228) - LATVIA - JUN 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Skābens, maigi līmīgs un nedaudz sidrīgs, bet tiešām nedaudz. Tumšs - gandrīz bez putas. Ar iekšējo gāzi. Aroma char: mandeļu-rozīņu saldējums
leeburg (227) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - DEC 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with ruby tones and a low-retention off-white head, yeast clumps clinging to the edge of the tulip glass. Aroma of many dark fruits and berries, fruitcake, honey, breads, candy, light funk of wild yeast. Flavors are very sweet, floral and fruity, mildly to moderately sour after, fairly thick mouthfeel. Very enjoyable.
dmradus (227) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JAN 23, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2008 Bottle at the Maltings, York. Pours a muddy brown with ruby highlights in the light. A one finger tan head fades to nearly nothing soon after pouring. The bouquet here is extremely fragrant and strong; I could really smell this for hours. The lady at the next table over remarked, "He doesn’t want to drink it, just wants t’smell it!" I couldn’t disagree. Oak, sour cherries and berries, slight vanillin, overarching vinegar sourness, some slight mustiness as it warmed. Taste was strongly sour both front and back, with honey, berries, sherry, vanilla. It was slightly lactic and notably metallic in the finish as it warmed. Cloying but not in an off-putting way because the sweetness is balanced and mellowed so sublimely by a great sour component. Slight alcohol tinge when aerated, if you’re into that sort of thing. Pleasingly high amount of carbonation, almost to the effect of a sparkling wine. Unique and enjoyable in every regard.
Harsebrau (227) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - AUG 13, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sour fruity feet aroma with a slight cider vinigar twist. Grape, current, apple at the start followed by a sharp sourness of tart cherries. Smooth upon the front of the sip but full of zip as it darts across the tougue at the end.
malkyore (227) - - MAR 14, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great great sour ale. Pours red with a nice small head. Aroma reminds me of a crayola marker.... In a good way... Fruity with a lot of grape and apple. Nose reminds me of red wine. Taste is fruity like red wine. Grapes and citrus, grapefruit and granny smith apples. A great beer that you definitely have to be in the mood for.
Phatz (225) - Paradise, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: This beer pours a golden ruby color with a big head and lots of active carbonation bubbles.
Smell: The aroma is reserved in my limited experience with the style. However with a bit searching there was a little bit of tart cherries and grapes.
Taste: The taste is very sugary and yet tart. Much more tart than I had expected but I believe that was largely because of the carbonation that the tart seemed exaggerated. The bottle claimed that is was aged in oak for 18month. I had to use a lot of imagination to find an oak flavor. Overall it is good, but I believe I had too high of expectations. I was hoping for something that could compete with the Duchess.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is hard to describe. The tartness brought on a pucker and stung the taste buds a bit and yet underneath the big fluffy crisp carbonation the beer had a medium light smooth body.
Drinkability: Despite being a bit different than I had expected this is a tasty beer that drinks very easily.
Hope this is helpful.
FlemishChar (224) - Virginia, USA - JUN 14, 2002
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Astoundingly complex.. too many flavours to count.. This beer has multiple personalitiess.. you can lay back and sip and enjoy the complexity and the aroma, or you can drink it as a thrist quencher because of its deliciously refreshing acidity.. However, at the price, I’m more likely to do the former..
Sanchex (224) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 13, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
As soon as the bottle is uncapped I can smell the port aroma. Pours with little head, dark copper/brown in color. Grape juice, port aromas and you can really get a sense of the sweetness and sourness of it. First taste is overpowering and puts me off balance. Flavour and sourness mellows as it settles and warms up. Suprisingly sharp finish to this with a tart sweet finish very different from the initial surge of flavour. Getting better with every sip. Cheers!