GregClow (3013) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 9, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sample at Union Beer Trade Tasting, NYC. Ruddy ruby-brown with a moderate sized biege head. Mellow funk & sour woodiness in the aroma. Flavour is soft and mellow, with some tartness alongside a nice maltiness, and some vinous character in the finish. The Rodenbach Grand Cru is one of my absolute favourite beers, so it was nice to give this a try - it’s obviously less complex than the G.C., but it’s definately cut from the same cloth.
Theis (14610) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home - shared with Mette. Deep red - offwhite head. Aroma: rubber, wood, berries, oak, glue. Taste: Red berries, wood, rubber, sour, glue.
PorterPounder (6395) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tallahassee, Fl. - ABC Liquors - 750 ml bottle. Nice, sparkling copper pour, with a soft off-white head that leaves a fair bit of lacing. Aroma is very faint- hints of spices - not much else. Flavor is noticeably bland. Slight vinegary sourness, but not to the degree of puckerness that I expected. Hints of sour citrusy fruit in the front end and as it warms, detect a bit of nuttiness which improves it a bit. Decently thick mouthfeel.
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - OCT 1, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours out a nice red color with a huge tan head. Aroma is very fruity, sweet and sour. Flavor mirrored the aroma very well.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was a good beer for the style and I really liked the tart flavor. Well worth a try but it is a bit expensive.
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 20, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This Flemish sours pours a deep reddish brown color from a 330 ml bottle. Medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is fruity and tart cherries. A medium bodied Flemish sour. Tart and sour cheery flavors abound, but without that oak and other complexities of the grand cru. Fruity and tart, crisp and clean. Nice carbonation. It may not be as complex, but it has a freshness that the Grand Cru doesn’t. Nice beer. Perhaps this is a good starter for the style. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is sour and tart.
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 18, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Has all the look and style of the Grand Cru, but comes up light for those not ready to pucker up! It’s a great way to slowly introduce your less adventurous friends.
dwedin (249) - Happy Valley, Oregon, USA - SEP 18, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Decent light brown head with dark brown murky body. Molasses, plum, cherry, wood, smoke and tobacco aromas. Creamy body with livey carbonation. Strong sweetness at first but fades into a balanced sourness and moderate bitter finish. Excellent beer, one of my favorites.
DarkMagus (473) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 17, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Vinous, sour-but-sweet aroma... some slight maltiness is detectable. Bright, crisp, acidic (well, sour) flavors... undertones of malty sweetness and white wine. Nice clean and dry finish.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 15, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Red-tinged brown with ample tan, finely-laced head. Buttery, fruity (cherry) aroma, slightly acidic with mostly fatty underpinnings. Flavor is more muted - actually not as tart as the aroma implies. Some (baked) pie crust notes in here along with a formidable front of metallicness. Palate/finish is surprisingly thin and wan though you’re left with a pleasant-enough remembrance of cherries and toast, albeit a transient one. A lot more fun to sniff than to taste.