argo0 (12856) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 31, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown body with medium creamy tan head. Aroma is medium sweet, prune/raisin, alcohol. Taste is sour (even a bit burnt) cherry, and you want more, yes more!!! This beer is rich and very full-bodied.
FatPhil (12779) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 30, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2013 330ml bottle (7:4:8:4:15=3.8)
Rich clear brown, light fizzy head. Sour graininess rather than fruits on the nose. Update - gentle berry-fruit component found too today - bumping up aroma by 1 point. Palate is incredible, a very mellow nutty oak feel, with hints of the impending sour rush and smooth maltiness. Sure enough - thereís a light but still potent sourness at the back of the mouth as you swallow, and the vapours waft more mellow woody sensations around the mouth.Almost cantillon-like finish, but a bit more sour, and much much darker - more mid-roasted malt and vanilla oak.
Rerate: 330ml bottle (Stockmann, Tallinn) (6:4:8:4:14=3.6) - acetic aroma too prominant.
Rerate: 330ml bottle (Drink Shop, Tallinn) (7:5:8:4:15=3.9)
Poured into a straight glass with plenty of space, so had a massive head, which it kept for a very long time - looked beautiful, such a deep red. Beautiful soft sweet aroma, hinting at cherry and purple grapes. Thereís a gentle sourness, more like a tartness than anything acetic, fortunately. A little bit of toffee later. In the mouth - wow, an instant cherry rush up the back of the nose. Served quite cold, but fullish in the mouth; residual sugars weighing it down a little, but crispened up by pleasant carbonation and the gentle sour prickle. Cherry fades to oak, and that sweetens as it mellows in the finish. This is the beer as I remember it at its best, itís a world class sour red, one might almost say the definitive one that others should be compared against.
HenrikSoegaard (12741) - Randers, DENMARK - JUN 2, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Creamy off-white mostly lasting head. Amber colour. Light malty moderate hoppy sour aroma. Moderate sweet light bitter flavor. Very vinius acetic flavor with cherry notes. Average finish. Oily palate.
Ratman197 (12668) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 23, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle poured a clear reddish brown with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of berries, apple, grape, oak and a hint of vinegar. Palate was light bodied crisp and tart. Flavors of fruittiness, oak, light straw and a faint hint of spice with a crisp lingering tart finish.
bu11zeye (12576) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 8, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2007 (Bottle) Pours an amber-brown body with purple highlights and a medium-sized off-white head. Has a strong grape bubble gum and cherry aroma. Flavor of sour dark cherry. Lively palate.
Christian (12553) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 6, 2004
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2007 2007 re-rate: I didnít like this beer to begin with, but I knew it was special and have been tasting at least one bottle a year. Iím finally getting it, and really enjoyed a bottle last night. The flavour now feels like a wonderful refreshing sourness, and a powerful hop finish. Raised the score from 3.2 (high in aroma, low in flavour) to 3.8.
Original 2004 rating: Dark red brown beer with a small off-white head. Big, complex aroma with lemon, berries (especially cherry), vanilla and a hint of vinegar. The flavour is still rich and complex, but with far too much acid for my taste. And I get unpleasant memories of fruit juices gone off and naturally fermented. I guess I have finally found a beer style that isnít for me...
mcberko (12416) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 9, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
330mL bottle - pours a dark reddish brown with a minimal off-white head. Aroma is cherries, dates and wood. Flavour is a mix of the same with a noticeable, but pleasant bitterness. Sweet and sour finish. Quite highly carbonated. Enjoyable.
Lubiere (12383) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 31, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Red copper beer with a frothy small white head. Cherry wood and horseblanket aroma. Sour cherries and lactic fill the mouth very pleasantly, puckering the mouth. The label claims there is corn in this!!! If i tatsed this blind, I think this would be a kriek...bizarre...but good.
Benzai (12365) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUN 15, 2011
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Great dark color with a dark red glow coming through. Thatís about it though. Itís way too sour for me, I canít find the 6% ABV and it doesnít smell very nice.
bierkoning (11943) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - MAY 28, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2004 I bought the bottle in 1986. Aroma: wood, cherries, sherry. Carbonation has partly disappeared. Still sour taste, but the intense sourness has eased away somewhat. Cherries, wood, chocolate and porto in the very complex taste. Almost creamy cherry aftertaste. What a great and very special beer after all those years!! Re-rate "fresh" beer best until 3/04. Creamy head. Oak, apple and cherry aroma. A good deal of sourness. Oak, cherry, some fruity sweetness and creaminess in the flavor. Has this beer become sweeter as it was some 15 years ago? It remains a beer of great depth and high quality, but I'll deduct 0,2 point from the original rating. Another re-rate: most recent Palm-Rodenbach version. Great aroma: caramel, oak, mustard. Rather vinous. Sweetish flavor: cherry, oak. Tart, but not as tart as it was 10 years ago or so. Grapefruit and even banana. Wunderful beer, even now. Not the dominating sours of the past, and I would like it less sweet, but that is partly restored by the complexity. 9 4 8 3 17 = 4.1