Ibrew2or3 (7661) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 10, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
0.5L bottle. Amber color with fluffy-creamy tan head. Strong aroma of sourness and tart fruitiness. Tastes a lot like the aroma with mild sourness, strong tart grapes (wine like) and behind that is a faint sweet malt, very faint. I didnít sense any oak aged notes. Big carbonation with nice lacing.
RoyceH (1197) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - NOV 5, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown - ruby colour, thin off-white head. Nose is strangely sherberty, cherry, sour red wine vinegar. Initial mouthtaste is a cherry and vinous one, but on the swallow, this woody bitter for half a second. The lasting palate is slightly sweet with plenty of lively sherbert and some dull sourness. Rich and lively. Rather nice.
mansquito (4450) - Nueva York, New York, USA - OCT 31, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a downright strange beer. It might be like that simply because it was the first time I ever encountered sour ale. It tasted less like beer and more like a nice, high quality soda. I didnít know how to feel about it at first, but right now I kind of wish I had one in my hands.
reakt (949) - Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2007 bottle from Uto. One of my favourite beers in my favourite style. About time I gave it a rate. Red mohagony in colour with faint off white head. Classic nose of red wine and balsamic vinegar with a nice Earthy base and notes of sour cherry, oak and unripened plum. Taste to match. A clean sweet-ish start leads into a murky tartness. Aftertaste of walnut skin, but not nearly as unpleasant. Somewhat less dramatic than the other Rodenbachs. This is in no way a fault - just means that it is perfectly drinkable. A regular on my rota and not for lack of choice.
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
8.45oz bottle. Aroma: Tartness is strong, but not aggressive. Some fresh cherries, red grapes, and a medium-strong woodiness. Appearance: Dark reddish-brown and fairly clear. Off-white head was full and frothy, but didnít linger long. Good lacing. Flavor: Tartnes comes on first with strong cherry, and currant flavors. The oaky wood flavor hits me next. And trailing that is just a touch of earthy funk. Malt comes on into the finish with a light caramel and bread profile. Finish is pretty dry. Palate: Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Getting a bit of tannic ídry-mouth. as I drink more of this. Overall: Havenít had this in a few year, and I donít remember it being this good. This is definatly one of the beers to start someone on the sour beer path. Sour, complex, but very drinkable. Great stuff.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
250ml Bottle. Deep Chestnut color with a tan head. sharp, acidic nose. Tart and refreshing. Dry finish. Excellent beer, but the Grand Cru blows it away.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 17, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Sharp Edge. Reddish brown body, creamy and lasting off-white head. Aroma has sour concord grapes (light), watered down oak and cherries. Flavor has light watered down sour cherry juice with some alcohol oak notes. Pleasant crisp sourness that is light and well-balanced.
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 16, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
brownish red pour whispy white head. Odd aroma lightly sour deinate oak notes some light berries & fruits some real light syruppy notes. Well coated lightly creamy palate. Dry woody flavor slightly tart grapes I think dry finish lingering flavor.
token25 (1) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 15, 2006 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Taste is subjective...and while this is my very favorite beer in the world, it may not be yours. Try it and decide for yourself.
I discovered this beer at the Sunset Grill and Tap in Allston, Ma. Iíve also encountered at at the Publick House in Brookline, MA.
As far as bottled, Iíve found it at the Martyís Liquors in both Newtonville, MA and Allson, MA.
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - OCT 12, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
First try at this style, but not my last hopefully. Pours a cloudy brownish in color with a small white head. Slightly sour vinous aroma. Softly sour malty flavor with a very light finish. Very similar to the guezes Iíve had. Tart, but refreshingly so. Nice.