afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a clear dark ruby/brown with a one finger light tan head. Aroma is very acidic with notes of sour cherries, oak, and a little dark fruit. Taste is very tart at first lending way to oak, cherries, light caramel, and vinegar.
Medium thin mouthfeel that finishes dry and tart. Not as good as th Grand Cru but still a great sour.
Stine (1745) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 6, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at the Happy Gnome. Hue of cranberry juice. Aromas of brown sugar, vinegar, and some vanilla. Drowning a slight taste of white grape is a primary note of plastic-textured cherry icee. Rather dull with too much wine-cooler impishness replacing the wild intrigue of a better sour ales.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - MAY 5, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Sour cherries and oak on the nose. Dry and sour (but not too much) on the palate with notes of vinegar, oak, grapes and cherries. Very dry... not nearly as creamy and complex as the grand cru, but a nice sour nonetheless.
EithCubes (5458) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 5, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Deep ruby pour with a light brown hue, clear body with a short tanned/light brown head. Aroma is extremely tart and sour, sour cherries and wood with light plum. Taste is very, very tart, almost-mouth puckering, with strong sourness and medium sweetness. Resolves, however, into a dry, lightly acidic finish. Sour cherries and wood and faint black currant skittles. Grape. Medium body feels fuller. This has been brewed specially to my taste! Not quite as good as the Grand Cru (lacks the extreme complexity and light vinegar tones), but thatís a rather tall order, isnít it?
Nightfall (1306) - Hamburg, GERMANY - MAY 4, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2009 Red brown. Sour plum,raisins aroma. Sour taste of grapes,raisins and plums.
Complex but definitely not my style.
Re-Rating since Iím beginning to like this style even more !
tagz (337) - Alabama, USA - MAY 3, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
dark drown/black. sour with a vinegar tone. sounds unpleasant but its actually quite smooth. mild carbonation to finish. i would discribe the fruit element as plum - not too sweet and blends with the sour nicely. my first sour ale - the only other drink that iíve tried that compares is the lindemans framboise which is much sweeter and has higher carbonation. the tart/vinegar gives this one a bit more edge. very interesting.
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2007
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Maybe this style just doesnít suit me, but I just donít see the appeal. All the previous descriptions are accurate in my opinion, but the fruity vinegar thing just doesnít sit well on my palate. Especially an entire 750 of it. This is more like a salad dressing than a beer to me.
rocbyter (2067) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - APR 29, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample on tap from My Place in Newtown, CT. Wow this one is diffrent. Large vinegar aroma with moderate malts coming through. Amber color white large white head. Vinegar and malt flavor leaves a vinegar taste in my mouth. I happen to like vinegared items (pickles, olives, pepperoncini) but Iím not sure about drinking a whole pint of this. Looking forward to rerating this one.
Optigon (562) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - APR 25, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown, clear, with a moderate head. Aroma of chocolate and caramel, somewhat sweet. Flavor is sour with a strong caramel undertone. Makes for a unique and tasty change to the other sour beers Iíve had.
henrikb (1261) - Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 24, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from 1984 - Red brown body (very red) with a big big bubbled lasting head; Big very old nose, you sense the fruity vinegar Rodenbach aromas but they are well hidden by oxidized aromas; Very thin body with very little sharp carbonation, a little lactic acid; Medium long quite lactic finish, a little harsh, mostly oxidized aromas. 23 years is to much for this beer!