FlacoAlto (4133) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A steady pour into my teku glass produces a two finger thick, light amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a concentrated-amber / dark plum color that shows a brilliantly clear, rich amber / purple / plum hue when held up to the light. The aroma is vinous, oaky, tart, and fruity with specific notes of strawberry vinegar, red wine like fruit character, berry jam, some cider notes, a touch of nutty toasted malt character, and some light oak spice character.
This has a prickly carbonation and a medium level of fullness to the body; it sticks to the palate a bit, though lightens up a bit in the finish. The flavor is quite vinous, it reminds me quite a bit of a lightly oaked, fruit focused red wine. Bright berry notes, a light, accentuating acidity, and a touch of warmth in the finish; the latter seems to be a combination of the oak character and a bit of the alcohol. There is a nice nuttiness here that combines with the caramelized malt notes, and the lightly toasted browned malt character.
Not bad, actually a bit better than I was expecting. It could certainly use a bit more complexity, and it is certainly a bit on the strong side for what I was expecting, but I like that the character isn’t over the top in any manner, as this is a flaw in many an American attempt at this type of beer.
ordybill (1301) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - JUL 8, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a 25 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance was a nice amber red color. taste of cherries.
rumproasts (4828) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 25, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. Brown with small head. Tart cherry and vinegar notes, oaky. Missing some of the underlying malt sweetness that I’ve enjoyed from other Belgian reds. ABV is well hidden.
weordie (752) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUN 10, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours deep deep ruby with a thin white head. Aroma is boozy cherries and Grapes. A dank, yeasty flavour with a dry finish. Probably not something I’d drink again but it’s ok.
zgaier (1884) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JUN 9, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Pours a hazy amber with a tan head and aroma of ripe fruits and malt. Taste is sweet, of malt, caramel, fruits, and brett and toffee notes into the finish
jjgmd (1960) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JUN 9, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark amber red color with no appreciable head. Nose is mildly tart with Brett mixed with some sweet fruity notes. Taste is mildly tart and sour, by no means over the top ...with some oaky notes and sweet fruit . Finish is oaky with the mild tart fruity notes. Descent ! Quaff Score 7 /10
Helsdon (344) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 23, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer was one of the few brought up from Buffalo by my sister-in-law. I saw the impressive rating and wanted to see how an American "big" brewery would approach a sour, especially a established Belgian one. The pour looks good, deeps red-brown with almost tan head. The nose says there is something up. I’m getting as much caramel malt as I am getting sharp sour funk, in fact much more caramel. The taste is the same, rich caramel malt, but not sweet, with a decent roasted-ness to it, a little dried fruit, and some of the vinegar bite I would have expected from this style, but just some. Definitely a tasty beer, a weak version of a Flemish red, but if you’re not too hung up on being true to styles an overall nice drink.
FatTony (188) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - FEB 29, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
1 pint 9.4 ounce bottle. Poured out a cloudy translucent orange with a short lived amber head. Aroma was dry white grapes like Champaign and the taste followed with a hint of oak and a dry metallic finish. Palate was slick and soapy. Not really my cup of tea, but worth trying.
oldrtybastrd (4951) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a reddish amber with fluffy head. Aromas of light vinegar, cherries, and some foeder. Flavors of cherries, a little sweet...wants to be Rodenbach Grand Cru but the sour and foeder fails to show.
DocJitsu (1587) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear amber color with a quickly dissipating khaki colored head. Cola, sour ale, and oaky-vanilla nose. Soft mouthfeel that becomes quite astringent. Flavors approximate the nose.
dfearnley (1663) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 1, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to tulip
Light sourness, yeast, some apple and orange, and wood. Transparent red with lots of effervescence which coalesces into a 1 cm, creamy, light tan head. The taste is sour, but very lightly so. Light citrus, similar to grapefruit, but not as sour and I get some woodiness, but not necessarily oak.