JamesD (243) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - APR 19, 2008
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2008 I adore this beer. I have a huge affinity for sour things and this beer is like a gift from god. It pours a rich brown, and the aroma is very sour with hints of earthy berries. The flavor is heavenly. Rich, smooth, sour, just the right amount of tartness. Hints of currants, cranberries, and figs permeate the taste of this beer. It has a vinuous character to it, which makes its palate quite complex.
If you like sour ales, seek this out.
Geuzelambix (243) - København, DENMARK - APR 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A drinkable favourite of ours. It’s great on tap on a warm summer’s day and even greater in a can on the go. Sour and yet mild.
AtlAggie (241) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 15, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber red color, very small head. Not overly sour, which might be a plus or minus, depending on what you’re looking for. Generally well balanced against the tart of the cherries, with a slight bitterness at the finish to add a little to the complexity. Refreshing and easier to drink than many other sours (which again could be a pro or a con...)
amg800 (237) - Ada, Michigan, USA - AUG 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a burnt caramel brownish amber. Thin white head. Very little carbonation.
Sweet and tart malty aroma.
Fruity. Tart. Medium bodied. Smooth
Edmoe (236) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark red mahogany with thin tan head and good lacing. Aroma is tart and smells of preserves. Flavor is very tart. Taste of grapes and a little winey. Very clean finish. Very refreshing. A great beer.
Betty (235) - Walgett, NSW, AUSTRALIA - SEP 8, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My mate who works at Camperdown Cellars had taken home 12 of these because they were just beyond use by date, popped one, hated it and gave my household a few bottles: bonus! I reckon the beyond use by date thing was fine, it was just lovely. Not as full-on sour as the grand cru, but all the class and mellowness is there. It just goes down like a dream. Not sure what to use as an analogy for the flavour/aroma etc.: it is pretty unique stuff. Love it.
Keeper (233) - Milano, ITALY - AUG 26, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark with a creamy head. Wine, grapes, cherry, juniperberry in aroma.
Fermented in barrique.Veryy acid.
coldmeat23 (232) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 18, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep red with brown highlights. Light brown one-finger head which dissipates very quickly. Minimal lacing, almost not present.
Not a huge nose on this one. Slight vinegar presence. Sour fruits. Cherries and tart green apples mix with unripened peaches. Slight hints of sherry and oak. Traces of leather and vanilla.
Sherry and oak notes mix with a slight hint of vinegar. Big taste of tart apples combined with the sweetness of black cherries. Nice earthy/woody presence. Hints of grass. Finishes with a taste remeniscent of sawdust.
Good and crisp. Not as creamy as I’d like it to be. A bit on the thin side. The feeling of the carbonation is not quite right. Reminds me of Sprite, after being opened for a day.
Perhaps I’m spoiled by the availability of it, but for the price, I’d much rather reach for a Duchesse.
This is drinkable, sure, but I’d prefer something else, I think.
This is not available in my area, so if I were in another part of the country and saw it in a store, I’d buy a couple, sure. I just wouldn’t go out of my way to search it out.
Spelt (231) - East Kingston, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 7, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Oak and sweet vinegar predominate in the aroma. Mustiness, green apples, sour cherries also present to lesser degree. Very clear and blood red with a dense tan head. Taste starts off like biting into a granny smith apple - tart. Quickly smooths to a creamy, carmel maltiness. The vinous notes continue straight on through. Very lively carbonation, almost foamy. Gets a little thin towards the end by in all, really a delightful beer. Will be coming back!
FastEddie (230) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 5, 2008
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The lactic sourness comes through in the nose, but not overpowering. The color kind of a cloudy reddish brown. It pours a moderate sized head. The lactic sourness is very well blended, and also very strong. This is a most pleasing ale if you happen to like the style, and I do.