bierkoning (8960) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - APR 4, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, bought expensively in the Cracked Kettle. pale orange color. Vinous aroma with muscat grapes, oak and sherry notes. Sour flavors, woody, citric and vinous. Sharp on the edges. Not a sign of the promised 10% ABV. Almost flat. An aftertaste that seems to linger on forever. Without any doubt a classic, I wish I had a crate of this, I would store it for many more years.
madsberg (8819) - Søborg, DENMARK - APR 30, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Reddish coloured. Unclear. Small whitish head. Aroma of sourness, spice, vinegar and yeast. flavour full of vinegar and sourness as well. Very dry and quite spiced. Has soe yeast. Medium to full bodied. Has a fruity sourness in the end. Very nice sour.
gunnfryd (8564) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 11, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Golden / Orange colour with a white head. Aroma is sour, yeast, wood, lemon. Flavour is sour, yeast, wood, lemon. Pleasen nice beer.
hopscotch (8217) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rating #4000... Bottle... Vero Beach Throwdown... This beer rocks!... Clear golden ale with amber highlights and a brief, fat-bubbled, white head. The earthy, tangy aroma provides notes of sweet black cherries, English toffee, wood and apple cider vinegar. Medium to full-bodied and lightly oily with carbonation that borders on soft. The fruity flavor is acidic, but there’s plenty of pale grain, red apple and toffee sweetness as well. Medium to heavily sour alongside medium sweetness and mild bitterness. The high ABV is not at all evident. The lengthy finish is mainly tart, lightly tannic and then dries out at the end. Another world class offering from one of my favorite breweries. Thanks go out to ygtbsm94 for shipping this rare, world class treat to me!
Bov (8204) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 3, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
from crackedkettle.com; 2004 vintage - pours a clear amber orange colour without foam; aroma of distilled cherries and vinegar; sweet and very sour; oily and medium-bodied with a low carbonation; very long woody finish, sweet and sour again with notes of sour cherries and warming alcohol
Travlr (7997) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 6, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004 bottle, 37.5 cl, shared with BigMomma. Dark orange, no head, rare lace. Aroma of apple cider and cinnamon, pear. Taste is slightly acidic, apple, citrus, summer fruits. Citrus finish, no bitterness. Interesting.
chrisv10 (7860) - DENMARK - JUL 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Clear amber with small off-white head. Flavoured is malt, vinegar, fruit, sour and dry.
hopdog (7658) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared courtesy of Jason. Poured a medium golden color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of cheirries, light vinegar, wood, funky, and earthy. Tastes of cherries, vanilla, wood, and citrus. Nice sour finish.
JoeMcPhee (7625) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 10, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Burnished golden colour with almost no head at all. Fresh bright aroma. Oaky vanilla, peach/pear and a bright acetic character. Good mix of flemish red tartness and pale fruitiness. Flavour is initially bright and acidic, but there is plenty of pale grainy malt and sweet apricot/berry behind it. Strong Rodenbach house character, which isn’t a bad thing. Very nice.
FatPhil (7511) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 7, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
375ml bottle (One Pint Pub, Helsinki, Belgian Beer Week 2008)
Clear dark orange, no head. Beautiful aroma - complex combination of things. Quite sharp, and pleasantly sweet too, but tainted by clear butter-popcorn a.k.a. diacetyl. Taste is full of heavy esters, and dominated by the diacetyl. Behind that it’s sharp and appley, very zingy on the tongue, and even chip vinegar - oh so sharp, and oh so tasty, but alas the diacetyl is too prominent to have this really shine. (Without that, it would have scored more in almost all categories, so it’s been punished hard.)