henkjanwiegers (120) - NETHERLANDS - APR 4, 2014
1.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Pours a red color. Sour aroma, not particularly fond of that. Taste is sweet and sour, some cherry or res berries. Fresh, sparkling, really something different from my regular choice. Not my style though.
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. I’m 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. It’s more complex and more polished than the Classic (which is also very good). I’d 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.
dougdecinces (118) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUN 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at a wine bar in Findlay Market in Cincy. This was several hours ago, so notes will be vague. Poured an opaque reddish-brown. Very effervescent. Cherries, balsamic, umami flavors. Moderately tart with a dry finish. Much more pronounced oak flavor than I am used to with the Flanderses. Very good.
Bibendum (117) - ITALY - SEP 8, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appena stappata si sprigiona un lieve odore tipico delle vecchie cantine con le botti in legno. Colore rubino, schiuma compatta ma sottile. Al naso si sente molto il carattere "vinoso" di questa birra. In bocca è un piacevole incontro tra una lambic e una barley wine. Dopo il primo sorso di "conoscenza", va giù a meraviglia. Assolutamente unica ed estrema-
dubs (117) - St Peters, NSW, AUSTRALIA - JAN 11, 2003
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2003 tastes amazing something like cranberry tart classy wine syrup but with a beer head thanks heaps to eczematic for this one the only grand cru i like better is 2 lame to mention
BeanDip (117) - Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful presentation. Garnet with a lovely tan head with nice lacing. A steady stream of bubbles percolating up from the bottom. Aroma of sour cherries and malt. Tatse is fairly tart with a dry finish - little bit of sweetness in the middle. Cherries. Almost something like malted milk in there. Had another sampling of the Zoetzuur this past weekend and there was so much more complexity in the aromas and layers. This is fairly striaight forward but quite enjoyable. Another big thank you to Kinz for knocking this one off my wish list.
sprinkle (114) - Arcadia, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Vanilla,oak,cinnamon and an almost Armanagnac(SP?) dominate the nose. Bright ruby red,slow traveling bubbles, with a lingering head but a quick fading lace. Huge mouthfeel with long finish,rich but dry,tart and keeps your mouth watering. Sweetness is evident but is washed away quickly by the tart acidity.
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 can’t 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.
aerosol999 (113) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 15, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Red brown thick tan head with a pinkish colour.
Aroma: Sour cherries, chocolate light acetic acid aroma
Flavour: Fruity, berries, Cassis and balsamic vinegar. Clean sharp sourness matched with sweet malt and fruit. Vanilla, berries and vinegar.
Mouthfeel, Medium bodied fluffy and tannic like a red wine.
Overall: Fruity sweet and sour. Big berryish profile No hops to speak of. LIngering tannins and chocolate covered cherries in balsamic vinegar.