Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 11, 2008
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2009 Pours a deep ruby brown color with a small soapy head. Aroma is very sour, horse blanket, and grapes. Taste is sweet, like a grape jolly rancher with hints of watermelon, little to no carbonation. Not as sour as I expected. Outstanding.
doubleipa (224) - Georgia, USA - JAN 10, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The aroma is right on style-wise. Very similar to Duchese. Horse blamket and very sour aroma. Next to zero head and gone in 60 seconds. Dark puple-brown color. Initial flavor is heavy sweet as is the finish, which iis a good thing. I would buy more of this, but it’s not as readily available as the Duchese.
thebeertourist (5179) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 8, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark red brown with a small, stable head. Sour fruit aroma. Flavours are sour-sweet, ending semi-dry. Hints of yoghurt and wood. Good carbonation. Highly drinkable, but a bit sweet. Still a good session beer for enthusiasts.
hiddenvariable (209) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. deep clear reddish brown with a huge off-white fluffy head that keeps going like the energizer bunny. great strong sour cherry and grape smell, with woody notes and a bit of malt that the acidic sour smell almost masks. taste is wood notes followed by berry esters, mostly cherry and some grape, maybe a hint of nuts finishing it out. lightly tart finish (i made the mistake of drinking the grand cru before this, so it almost doesn’t seem sour at all), with a hint of malty sweetness, the slightest hint of hop bitterness. lingering woody aftertaste. medium bodied, lots of creamy carbonation, and lightly astringent mouthfeel. a pretty tasty flemish red, even after the grand cru. i still prefer duchess de bourgogne, but i’d be happy to drink this again.
FastEddie (230) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 5, 2008
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The lactic sourness comes through in the nose, but not overpowering. The color kind of a cloudy reddish brown. It pours a moderate sized head. The lactic sourness is very well blended, and also very strong. This is a most pleasing ale if you happen to like the style, and I do.
joergen (25822) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear red coloured with a small off white head.
Light acidic aroma of red wine and berries with notes of wood and cress.
Light acidic flavour of red wine and raspberries with notes of wood.
A bit watery.
MegannageM (8) - USA - JAN 3, 2008 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
We had it on draught for a while now only in our bottle coolers. Pours a deep ruby brown with a thin white head. Aroma is sour grapes and earthy tones. Flavor is tart and tangy that sour grape taste is picked up along with some woody notes. Dry finish.
robforbes (2173) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - DEC 30, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
purchased at world market in silverdale, washington.
pour is a dark maroon with a small beige head.
smell is a sour that is very overpowering at first and then fruit and citrus comes through, a bit of woodiness and spice after a long while.
taste is just as it smells, sour blackberry, fizzy, tart, ends slightly bitter and dryish, good spice and oak.
overall really good downgraded in palate because it was just a little too fizzy for me, taste is very good!
downender (7846) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
250ml bottle. Red/brown colour with a slight, off-white head. Aroma was very sour with some cherry sweetness. Flavour had cherries and caramel, with some oak, before a very dry, acetic finish. Good.
Quack-Duck (9119) - Down South, GERMANY - DEC 29, 2007
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle. Red colour, medium-size head. Very sour, flavours of cherries and English malt vinegar. Reminds me very strongly of vinegar. I will have to try again....