Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - JAN 18, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice beige head on a clear orange/amber colored body. Winy nose, sour and fruity, almost like Champagne! Very nice sour flavor with a lot of fruit and berries (specially cherry). Dry and acidid aftertaste. Very smooth and refreshing!!
Nate (3522) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fruity aroma, lactic, berries. Light hops. Light tan lacing head over copper brown clear. Medium body and medium carb. Wonderfully tart & fruity, berries. Light malts, sour, clean hops. Light musky finish. Refreshing.
Kinz (3159) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beer 38 of Belgium trip. New Year about to kick in. Hadn't had this in years. Long lasting, smooth white head over a pretty reddish brown body. Sour, malty, with a grapey aroma of muscat. Flavor matches, but with cherry instead of grape, some woody notes kick in. Excellent.
radiomgb (2143) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark cherry in colour. Aroma of red wine, balsamic vinegar, sour cherries. Flavour was tart, medium sourness, with a bit of sweetness. Finish is dry, sour, and refreshing.
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - DEC 12, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Red-brown colour, small head. Refreshing acidity, suitable light bodied, vinous, sweet. Very nice but I'll stick to the grand cru.
jgb9348 (4437) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark brown in colour-almost completely opaque, with a thin-fast dissipating off-white head. Grapey/cherry aroma with the addition of spices and malt. Medium-bodied; Sour cherry flavour initially showing sweetness and some subtle spices. Aftertaste very clean-but tart and sour-Very nice! Overall, a good beer to try! I tasted this 25 cL bottle courtesy of my sister's fiance, which he got from Belgium! I sampled this one on 27-November-2003.
wulfhere (217) - Billings, Montana, USA - NOV 24, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Full-headed, with fine, tiny bubbles that take their time subsiding. The head is a faint, gray/pink and the beer emits a fair bit of acidic wang when openned--with a rich, berry smell with mild spiciness behind.
The ale is a deep red color like a merlot.
The taste is beyond belief! Sour (I should hope so!), with a rich, sour cherry flovor that supports the acidity well--like a lambic. The pucker is fine, sharp and leaves the inside of your cheeks feeling like you just took sandpaper to them--in a good way.
Prunes, cherries, cassis, cinnamon, nutmeg, alspice and above all, the taste of a cherry tart.
Really quite extraordinary.
Kalli (502) - Falun, SWEDEN - OCT 25, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2004 250ml bottle. Should have let it cool for longer. Good head that leaves lacing as it subsides over a deep dark ruby red. The colour is however to flat in my opinion for the beer to rate higher on looks.
the smell is curiously sour with hints of some kind of berries. I'll take thw words of other raters calling it black currant or cherries. Sounds about right.
Not much complexity to the flavour I can detect, nor is it full bodied. Curiously sour, but begs for another sip.
I'm sure it would do better colder, being refhreshing and quite interesting. Once used to the sourness I'm thinking I could really like this on a regular basis.
Re-rate: It does grow on me. Sour it is but very interesting. Dark beer leaves good lacing and that smell intrigues. I'll buy it again to learn more.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 16, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sour fruit aroma, clear ruby colour, pours a small toffe head, prety lace. Sour fruit flavour, cherries and red plums. Tart, light bodied, refreshing. A nice one.
Ungstrup (28225) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma is slightly sour and sweet with notes of plums and the wild fermentation - really good. The color is deep red and slightly unclear. The head is beige and long lasting. The flavor is lovely: sour and sweet with notes of black currant and plums, and it ends on a nice acidicness. A little thin for a Belgium beer - probably the 5% ABV.