Sureshpa (375) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - DEC 18, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: Woody vinegar (balsamico), syrup, raisin, hint of caramel Appearance: Brown, orange red glow, bit hazy, off white thin head, medium lace Taste: Sour, wood, vanilla, chestnut, good balance
Cory (372) - , California, USA - MAR 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Tart aroma which has some dry wine characteristics. Taste is surprisingly mild-medium. Ruby in color and pretty light and short finish. Overall I would let a lot of people new to this type try this as an intro to sours.
Hoser (372) - Cowtown, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 9, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not the Duchesse but I can drink this. Page 388 of Michael Jackson’s Great Beer Guide and only 284 of his 500 Classic Brews to go.
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - MAR 15, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle with a best by 13/09/08.
Pours a dak garnet tinged brown with a on finger head that fades fairly quickly to a thin soapy cap. The isn’t very sticky, sliding down the sides of the glass when I set it down.
Smell; sour apples and tart cherries come out right up front, followed by a bit of vinegar and oak. There’s a touch of some earthy funkiness floating around in the background as well.
Taste; the tart cherries a very evident on the first few sips, and then some of the sour apples start to show through a little bit. Vinegar and oak barrels mix with a bit of a woodsy earthiness, and just some faint hints of a barnyard funk, with a bit of an acidic bite in the finish.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bit of a carbonation tingle that adds a bit of bite to the tartness, and the drinkability is really good, but I really like this style of beer.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - MAY 4, 2003
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2003 Poured out of bottle, bought at Hopleaf bar in Chicago 5/3/03. I heard about a recent change in Rodenbach (bottler, perhaps?) that has led to a greatly diminished quality in the product, and that's the only thing I can think would explain the beer I got last night. Somewhat strong smell of cheap red wine. Dark ruby pour with an impressively tight, thick head. Tart and sour flavor of grapes/raisins that lingers. . . but I wish it hadn't. Dry finish, respectably long, but again, the whole time it's not really pleasant. No body to speak of-- I don't know what the people who boast "very full-bodied" are talking about. Stronger taste of alcohol than the 6.5% suggests, but it really does nothing for me. I was anxiously choking down each swig about mid-way through, anticipating the next beer to cleanse the palate. Maybe I had a skunked bottle, but I don't know if it was *that* bad (or that *kind* of bad)-- it was just a beer that seemed way off-balance and like it tried to work a unique angle but couldn't pull it off. A huge disappointment.
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 wineI’d buy wine. Just not my style
caledonian (367) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 5, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark red, small head. Strong aroma and flavor of concord grapes, almost expect to encounter seeds. Interesting.
cokolwiek11 (367) - POLAND - AUG 8, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2015 Brown hazy beer, low creamy head that stays on the glass and on the beer for long.
Aroma: Red dry wine, fruits (sour peach, red currant), dark chocolate, wood, Smells great.
Taste: high sour, flavours of fruits (sour peach, red currant), dark chocolate, red wine.
Palate: medium to full body, fizzy, lively carbonation, seasoned (dry) alcohol on the finish.
Overall: Brilliant beer. Impressive.
Echon (367) - Århus, DENMARK - APR 6, 2016
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Deep red medium bodied ale, with aroma and flavour of fruit and vinegar, and a sour and lightly sweet taste, with a funky finish. The colour is beautiful, but vinegar and funk are not something I appreciate, and end up ruining the experience for me. At least I now know that this style is not for me.
UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - JUN 2, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Beachwood (a while ago) and also in a bottle found at a BevMo. Deliciously acute sour flavour. Interestingly fruity without really having a specific fruit flavour present. Complex and really indescribable.