arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 10, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big thanks to AuroraCrisis for this one. Dark brown color, almost looks burgundy. Smell is complex oud bruin, a little sourness, spices. The flavor is very good but not your typical oud bruin, this seems more spicy and nuanced and has a sourness on the finish that really pulls at your cheeks like a lemon does. This is a nice beer but a little bit pricey and not easy to get a hold of.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 06-25-2011 21:45:12
jbeatty (846) - New York, USA - OCT 29, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 2008 vintage, 10/29/2012. Pours deep reddish brown, almost no head and thinnest of lacing around the glass. Aroma is raspberry jam, with chocolate, caramel and raisins- balsamic character, subtle brown sugar with vanilla, oak. Taste is fruity balsamic vinegar, berries, molasses and a bit of roast malts- cherries follow, with wood, dry finish. Thick body, vinous. Really great, this vintage seems to be hitting its stride.
BoostIPA (971) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - OCT 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle via boutip. Pours a flat dried blood stain red with no head or discernible carbonation. Aromas of red wine, tannins, sour funk. Taste is similar, slightly sour, slightly malty, slightly sweet. Flat as water. Red wine taste is very apparent. Meh... This is not a very good sour... Not by any stretch. Go grab some Russian River if you want some real sours. Even though this was an extra, I would probably would not drink again. Scroll past.
prawlie (1018) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
33 cL bottle at the Brugs Beertje. Black, with little head, in a De Struise glass. Sour, full bodied and spiced. Not the most complex brew, but nice. Cross between Rodenbach and wine.
n0mel (250) - FINLAND - SEP 14, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Antwaerps Bierhuyske. Color is very dark (black?), at least in contrast to the De Koninckís in the other tables. Aroma is a mixture of vinegar and wine, detected some coffee at some point; no wonder the bartender warned me that this is something very different. She also said that you can taste something new for the first ten sips, every time. Sadly, I cannot confirm this, but this was still very enjoyable. Taste is both sour and sweet, somehow reminds me of sweet soy sauce (the color isnít far from that either). Not the kind of sourness you would find in a gueuze, as this heavily offset by sweetness. The bartender said she prefers this cold, but I must say I enjoyed this more as it got warmer. Definitely a sipping beer.
Ratman197 (8493) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 13, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle poured a cleaR reddish brown with no head (still) . Aromas of carmel, cherries, earthiness, citrus, leather and light basalmic vinegar. Palate was light bodied and smooth with a dry tart finish. Flavors of carmel, citrus, barnyard funk, grapes and light leather with a smooth dry tart lingering funky fruity finish.
Gr0ve (2078) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught. Dark brown colour with some red hues. Acetic nose. Dry oakey flavours balanced by malty sweetness. Nice balanced sourness. An excellent beer.
Martinus (2527) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - AUG 29, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2013 Rating vintage 2005(?) Best Before Date: 2007
Dark brown to black colour, beige head. Aroma of caramel, balsamico, cherry, fruits, light red wine touches. Sour flavour, balsamico and citrus. Quite full body for a sour. Sour finish, balsamico, touch of raisin, some citrus and acetic acid. I quite love this one, definitely warranted a re-rate!
(From 33cL bottle @ Kulminator, RBESG 2013 Antwerp pub crawl)
Deep dark red colour, slight beige head. Aroma of raisins, wood, light tart, caramel, apple skin, overripe fruit, madeira and port. Quite sour flavour, tart, wood, some red fruits, malts, overripe fruit and light soy sauce. Light acidic finish with dried fruits.
I expected a bit more from it, and for sure will try to open another vintage soon to compare.
(From 33cL bottle @ RBBSG II, Wilrijk. Not sure who brought this, but thanks nonetheless!)
jackl (3476) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 28, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Delirium Cafe, Brussels. The appearance is deep murky red/brown with a whisp of a head. The pourís a bit flat, heavy. The nose is fortified blackberry jam, some salty driftwood, cherry fruit sweetness with a strong presence of tangy balsamic vinegar. Musty, funky. The taste is mild cocoa-covered red berrier. Notes of umami, salty balsamic flavors. While this tastes mildly oxidized, itís still expressive and quite flavorful. Thereís some more dusty fruits and yeasty funk, charred grain on the ling finish. This drinks very well - I didnít realize the high ABV until I inspected the bottle after consumption. Overall, very rich and tasty. Complex. Nice.
JStax (2344) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - AUG 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at weihenheizenís tasting. Bottle courtesy of nightfall. Thank you! Pours a dark brown with no head. The aroma is very reminiscent of balsamic vinegar and peanuts. Kinda boozy. I get some figs and licorice, some soy sauce. Taste is very complex sour, salty, sweet, fruity. Alcohol is covered supremely well. Nothing like I expected, but quite tasty.