xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - MAR 2, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I am having a hard time pouring this beer. I feel like I "need" a beer. I rarely have moments where I need a beer, but Leah has just dumped out half of my cellar in a fit of self-righteous fury. I’ve been waiting for number 500 for a long time, and I was not sure that I’d ever get here, but the closer that the event came, the harder it became to make a decision as to what beer would be number 500. It had to be special, and it had to be a special occasion. I was hoping to wait until Shawn graduated from Siebel and we could all share something exceedingly rare as a group, such as a Barrel Aged Alesmith, but I feel like my faith in beer has been violated. I worked so hard and spent so much money, just to see much of my hard work go for naught.
Right now, I need this beer. I need the validation that beer hunting is worth it, and that all of the money spent and the stress associated with trading, and organizing tastings, and everything that goes along with the hobby is worth it. It’s been a very, very long time since I drank a rare beer by myself, in fact, I can’t even remember the last time, but here I go:
Pours with no head and tons of champagne-like bubbles. The color of golden redemption, rays of sunshine shoot out of the bottle and into my glass.
The beer quickly goes still, no bubbles or anything, just a rich, golden mead color with the viscous body to boot.
Jesus, the aroma on this is so alluring; it is like La Folie, but more subdued: ripe, rich vinegar, oak, and tart cherries. Some diacetyl is present, but I think it is more oak derived than anything else, as it does not show up in the taste as much.
Speaking of the taste, Vin de Cereale is a very apt name for this beer. A creamy, ripe, but slightly soured, cherry is what I notice more than anything else initially (very similar in profile to the 3 Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek), but the finish is a more malted caramel graininess-with touches of alcohol- than the Schaerbeekse and is much more balanced and nuanced overall.
This is a beautiful beer.
I needed this today.
By the way, thank you to MikeTD for this beer.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAR 1, 2008
2.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
sampled at the woodshop tasting, thanks to cquiroga
cider aroma, golden color, sour, sour , sour
DenverLogan (823) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - MAR 1, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2008 Big sweet cider aroma. Color of 18 caret gold. Amazing aroma, flavor, unique and distinctive, though not like a "normal" bier...haha spritzy
...hehe...hoho...alalala... green apple notes...lovely and fun.
Brix (633) - DENMARK - FEB 28, 2008
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tasted 2008-02-27. 2004 vintage. Pours beautiful, clear, golden, light amber with off-white head. The head disappears fast - still beautiful! Aroma: A nice acidic background, but what dominates this bottle is a strong paste-like diacetyl scent. Totally ruins it for me! Same with flavour: Very nice acidic barnyard-like background, but in the aftertaste, all that’s left is that nasty paste! Despite all, it’s very complex and has a full body, but I’m very disappointed! 3-5-7-4-7 (2,6) ---- Rerate: The day after I had another bottle. This time the diacetyl was a lot less pronounced, but it was still there. 7-5-7-4-14 (3,7) I rate the average of the two bottles!
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Courtesy hopscotch. Thanks Eric for another rarity! Pours a clear, golden apple cider color with virtually no head or lacing. Scents of tart apples, light bretty funk, lemon rhind, dry grains, and some woodsy barnyard notes work in unison to tantalize the nose. The flavor is quite tart, yet sufficiently sweet to enhance drinkability. Tart apples, musty cider notes, lemony acidity, and sour white grapes all are present. The finish is quite ascorbic, with the citrus elements really asserting themselves. Alcohol is well hidden. Medium bodied and perfectly carbonated, this one is incredibly refreshing. Awesome brew! This is just how I like my blonde sours.
Madsnp (933) - DENMARK - FEB 27, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Clear and copper coloured beer with almost no head. Aromas like honey, wood, grain and cereal. The taste is sweet at first but ends in a citric way. The 10% alchohol is not dominant at all and the result is a refreshing and very complex sour ale. Well worth a try!
Ungstrup (29802) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - FEB 25, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled. A copper colored beer with next to no beige head. The aroma is lovely complex with an acidic note in the background on which is notes of wood, brettanomyces, unripe wine grapes, unripe apples, and cloudberries. The flavor is sweet just when it hits the lips, but from then on the tartness hits combined with lots of complexity of wood, brettanomyces, grapefruit, cloudberries, dry white wine, fresh green apples, and more - lovely complexiity. The finish is tart and the acidity burns slightly in the throat. The alcohol is only just felt. This should be listed under a new style: Imperial Flemmish Sour.
beeranarchist (213) - Aalborg, DENMARK - FEB 23, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Golden, clear and no head at all. Typical rodenbach sourish aroma of wood, raspberries, cherries, vinegar and youghurt. Flavour is much more flavour than the normal Rodenbachs; earthy, notes of hay, very tart with only little sweetness. More complex than most redwines, but still very refreshing. The 10% alcohol is very well hidden. Masterpiece!
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - FEB 21, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy hopscotch. Thick looking golden pour. Sour vinous aroma, sour apple, slight funk. Mostly tart aromas, not much alcohol on the nose. Very acidic, sour apple taste, very intense sour finish. Sharp, pointed, and aggressive with the tartness. Fantastic.
bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled (thx Karl). Clear and crystal golden coloured with almost no head. Nice mouthfeel with almost no carbonation. Great balance with notes of apple, barnyard, vinegar, berries and hints of grapes.