hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark red with a long lasting off white head. Aroma is sour cherries/rasberries. Taste is about the same with a touch of sweetness thrown in and wood. Would like to drink this more to understand it better.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 26, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Translucent cherry-lacquered mahogany in color with a beautiful creamy, mobile tan layered head and beautiful blanketing lace. The nose is quite ponderous - cherries, oak, vinegar, saffron, thyme and bermuda grass, with tart inferences of raspberry vinaigrette, bing cherries and pipe tobacco. Smooth, balanced flavor with a gentle tart acidity from raspberry kernels. Subtle, salivatory begging presence. Cherry pits and raspberry crÍpes. Raspberry vinaigrette is sweetened by a light molasses sugar tract. Brown sugar graces sour pomegranate kernels while gentle, supportive carbonation fades into a rhubarb graham persona. Maple, cherry figs and subsequent juice sliding down cedar. Southern cherry cobbler hits home in the finish along with a mild peppered spark at the edge.
1FastSTi (3344) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 25, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks Joel. The beer pours to a chestnut brown body with a red hue. Thin bubbly off-white head. The aroma is sour cherries and balsamic vinegar. Nice balanced oakiness. The flavor is sweet tart cherries. Oaky flavors too. Nicely tart. The palate is nicely puckering and a little watery.
OldMrCrow (2178) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 25, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 750 ml bottle.
Pours a deep caramel brown with a fine white head; the aroma is handsomely woody - almost spiced as if cured in cedar - on top of the expected apple vinegar and hint of black cherries.
This is a not a sour ale that twists the mouth with its attack; rather, itís a relatively laid back, mellow sour --- fairly dry but not aggressively so, over-ripe berries blending with oak.
The mouthfeel is lively, nicely sparkling, surely enjoyable. The parts of the beer are all very well crafted, and itís a lovely Flemish sour for a record-hot Seattle summer afternoon (i.e., hot, but not by the-rest-of-the-countryís-standards); nonetheless it lacks the spark of brilliance that I might have hoped to find.
Brigadier (3275) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JUN 25, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2006 Tosa Tasting - June 24, 2006
If this beer is a shadow of the Alexander, then I am going to have to track down a bottle of the latter. Despite feeling slightly underdeveloped to me, this beer was still solid in almost every way. If only there were more Flemish sours in the world, Iíd be a happier person.
Aroma / Appearance - A sour sensation ran through my nose. If I close my eyes, I can almost imagine being in a curing room with sugar smoked hams hanging from the ceiling. There is also a hint of fruitiness underneath it all. The murky, semi-opaque body was the color of a rotten banana peel. It sat under a beautiful looking half-finger head the color of fresh white egg shells.
Flavor / Palate - A nice balance of sourness and black cherries was soon followed by a sweet raspberry flavor. Every sip was consistantly the same; there was nothing else coming out of the glass but at the same time each was as enojyable as the last. Underneath everything was an oaky flavor, probably from the barrels it was aged in. This was extremely easy to drink, going down smoothly without assaulting the palate. Based on this version, I will have to seek out the Alexander to give it a try.
Stew41 (1808) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - JUN 24, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark maroon in colour, almost in the brown spectrum. Thin creamy head and thick lacing. Sour notes drive the bouquet initially but some candied fruitiness evident. Kinda like toffee apples. Nose shows decent complexity. Fresh mouthful with plenty of purpose Ė dry, sour bitterness, feels Ďhardí and of course has the necessary intensity for the style. Shows force and power early but doesnít rely on brute alcohol strength, a big positive in my book. Tails off a bit to finish. Drink close to the best before date but not sure how this would change the beerÖ.Iíll defer to the experts on this one.
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 19, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sour, lactic aroma. Pours brown to reddish. Sour, malt, cisp, dry finish, cidery, all in the flavor.
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 7, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted 31/05/2006. 330ml bottle at Leuven before the Cellar-Vate tasting. Dark red, cloudy, watery, bubbly and a very short light-tan head. Sour cherries and musty yeast on the nose. Nice dry-medium malt notes with a good acidic cut. Cherry (fruit and stone) and pollen on the palate. Lighweight, in a good way, and spritzy, without taking away from the flavour. Easy drinking sour ale. And a special toast to Jim Andertonís Alcohol Free Day, Iíll drink to that!
destroye7 (312) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 4, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle sampled at the Mondial de la biŤre 2006 in Montreal. Low carbonation. Light cloudy reddish color. Cherry aroma and taste. The end got the sourness from the cherry and itís a bit bitter.
eaglefan538 (2958) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 2, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a nice reddish brown color with a thin head that provided some lacing, but nothing outstanding. Aroma was sweet and sour with some oak detectable. Flavor was much of the same with cherries and grapes detectable. Sweetness was light and the sourness moderate, although it didnít finish very sour. Flavor was a little thin and the mouthfeel a little too carbonated. Good, but not the best of the style.