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.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - SEP 14, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle on 8/10/06. A big beige head sits on a cloudy dark brown our, leaivng some good lace for and impressive looking start. Aroma is decidedly sour with some fruitiness, and almost a little musty characer. Body is light with light carbonation. Some sweet fruity flavors are offset by a distinct tartness that is refreshing.
DocLock (8798) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Super Saver. Hazy ruby/deep coppery color with 1-finger tan head. Aromas of tart cherry, raspberry, earthy oaky malt, merlot. Tastes fruity, with a big tart cherry flavor, backed by some merlot and earthy malty hints. Not overly tart, and notably complex, with a crisp, tart (but not mouth-puckering) finish.
yayforbeer (753) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - SEP 12, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 bottle all to myself. Served in a flute glass from America Online, engraved “I Survived Y2K!” A fitting celebration of passing the Series 7 Securities License exam for my new job. Clear brown beer with a ruby tint. Nice orange head that fades to a ring. Musty sour aroma. Flavor is sour/tart over malt, and rather dry. Very drinkable. Tasty and enjoyable, kept my interest through the whole bottle. Not very alcoholic, but a satisfying brew. I prefer the Duchesse, however this is an excellent brew nonetheless. A little expensive at $8.59 at ABC in Jacksonville.
starfireming (309) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 3, 2006
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fruity sour aroma, hazy chestnut body with glints of red. Good off-white head. Very sour taste, frothy mouthfeel.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 3, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very hazy brown body with a large creamy light brown head. Nice sour aroma with some malty hints. Light fruit flavor on a very gentle sour background, light oaked flavor in the end.
emotv (353) - Izmir, TURKEY - SEP 3, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown colour, taste it some years ago but quite a nice memeries after tasting it. Nice taste soury bit as usual for rodenbach.
Phatz (225) - Paradise, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ML bottle screen printed and corked bottle with a new logo from the displayed above.
I have only had 3 Flanders Reds but I have decided it is my current favorite style and I am going to seek out as many of these as I can find. I love the teeter-totting from sweet to tart and the berry bite in the end wow. I did enjoy this beer more than the Grand Cru but not quite as much as the Duchess De Bourgogne.
Suggestion: Let this warm signifcants on the counter before opening. It really mellows. Also take your time; start before it has reached room temp and re-cork (if you have a 750 ML) and try a small flute again and again as it warms. Absolutly *fasinating* the flavors that continue to come out, especially the coco.
Appearance: Pours a dark raspberry brown/copper color that does not let the light through the body but looks lighter around the edges. It had a small light brown head that fades to a spotty frothy cap and descent lacing.
Smell: Raspberries, cherry, brown sugar a hint of smoked barrel wood fill the nose and send my taste buds in a frenzy of anticipation i.e. salivation.
Taste: Sour, with wine like attributes it is cherry with a hint of coco and a flood of brown sugar it slides smoothly and is somewhat nonchalant the way sneaks through the fist part of palate without causing much ruckus; then, all of the sudden it erupts with flavors of berries and spices that that are simply exceptional. As it warms there are hint of coca and nuts and oak along with the sour cherries. It is similar to the Lambics that I have had in acidity and bite. The aftertaste lingers forever! mmm.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is very nice. I do not have much within the style to compare it to yet but it is extremely active and poking and prodding the palate while dancing around with great energy on the taste buds. That said the carbonation is not as crazy as the Grand Cru was, which I personally prefer. It was a little rough on the swallow sometimes with the acidity but overall, very nice in the mouth.
Drinkability: I hardly know what to say. Typically I would not consider a sour beer sessionable but maybe I am converting to a new way of thinking; this beer was so east to drink it was hard to believe. I won’t quite give it a 5.0 but it’s a really close call wow. I think it’s that amazing aftertaste that just keeps this beer cruising down the hatch =)
Hope this is helpful.
shadey (2020) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 31, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown pour with wisps of white head. Aroma is an earth sour. Full flavor is very quaffable. Sour dryness in the finish. The oak agins is very evident. Easy to drink and quite tastey.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 28, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours brown with a thin head. Smells of dark chocolate, tarte cherries, hints of vinegar and some peppery elements. Tastes mildly sour with some decent fruity elements. Its hard to believe these guys can pack that much flavor into a 5% beer.