haf (529) - Gijon, SPAIN - JUN 23, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Buena cerveza belga. Tostada. Gasificacion justa. Es todo una sorpresa y un buen descubrimiento :)
Geiserich (3295) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - JUN 2, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sourly aroma, some fruitiness and sweetness. Light sourly flor, notes of xherries and a light dry finish. Quite nice, but not very complex.
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - MAY 29, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. I freaking love this style! Not as good as their Grand Cru, but this is pretty damn good too. Ruby-reddish-brown, small head. Clean smell that reflects well on the taste. Looking fine in my Orval glass. Prominent cherries, oak, brandy. Quite complex and well-balanced. A little bit of effervescence, challenging sourness but not excessively so. One of the better 5% ABV beers I have ever had. Still, I think it could do better with a little more strength. I guess that’s what the Grand Cru is, but dammit, I don’t think they ship it to Japan.
highlandlad (1413) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAY 25, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Classic Flemish sour ale. Poured a rich rummy colour with a moderate lasting head. Heavy aroma of sour cherries, leather and a thick underlay of alcohol. Lively on the tongue, with a puckering sour finish. Initial flavour is acidic cherries but there’s a solid oaky middle before that tart finale. Can’t pretend this is my favourite style but I found this more balanced than the Grand Cru.
TBone (12437) - Pori, FINLAND - MAY 22, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled 25cl (BB 11/2005)
Red ruby color, small creamy tanned head. Aroma of leather jacket and cherries, some sourness. Sour, tart, quite watery mouthfeel. Carbonated, but flat in the finish. Acidy like one could expect but not so much, quite easy to drink and simple. Beginner’s flemish sour ale.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Delicious, sour and tanniny, tart. Cherries abound. Great lively body, and still heftier than the Alexander. Thanks jeffc666!
Papsoe (25090) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2006 (Bottle 25 cl) Beautiful appearance, almost more red than brown. Very tart but not bitter with some quite pronounced metallic notes. Quite light-bodied and extremely quenching. 200893 & 100594
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a very deep dark red that could pass for black in a dim room. Aroma was somewhat tart and fruity. Mostly light cherry. Flavors of tart cherry and wood but both were light. Low carbonation and a light to medium body. While I liked this beer it wasn’t as big in the sour, fruit, or funk as their other beers and I miss that. For a non Flemish sour drinker this would be the one to try.
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep cherry red with a thin, light-tan head. Some light lacing evident. Smells of sour cherries. Other fruity aromas apparent. Caramel and port notes. Oak and rounded vanilla aromas with just a hint of sweet chocolate.
Taste is much like the smell. Sour cherry and vanilla in the body followed by musky chocolate, hints of oak. Lightly sour finish. Not nearly as full-flavored or sour as the smell would indicate but nicely balanced. A bit thin with a lingering sourness on the tongue. Very smooth and pretty drinkable for the style. Not nearly as sour when I last had it some 8 years ago but I will chalk that up to a maturing palate. A real treat and a classic.
rauchbier (3596) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Red brown, thin white head and moderate condition. Gentle tart woody aromas with hints of malt and caramel. Delicate tinny metallic sweetness in the mouth with more woody caramel notes. Gently tart finish.