suprchunk (2960) - Crestview, Florida, USA - MAY 26, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A very, very opaque brown color. I cannot see light through it, and it is still a bit turbid. I do get hints of light at the small of the glass and the top edges. There is a faint red tint to it. Flat, still pour. No head, even when forcing it. A very pungent acetobacter (vinegar) aroma. Very strong. There is a big malty aroma under this as well. Much like a big barleywine that may have gone bad from oxygen exposure. In this case it was intentional though. Leaves a caramel tint on the glass after taking a sip and the liquid falls back to its temporary residence. Some points it smells like a quad with barely any sourness, but that may be the vinegar smell saturating my senses until I clear them.
The taste is a very mixed bag of flavors. I get the sweet malt up front. Much like a quad in this regard. Then the sourness hits me. It isn’t overpowering like the smell would lead one to believe. It is subtle but in your face. An oxymoron of a presence. There is also a big alcohol presence in both taste and mouth feel. A slight bitterness makes its way into the mouth as well. It’s not the sour, it’s something else. Maybe some hops, as I get a bit of a vegetal taste also. But fairly subdued. A very earthy taste as well. Could be from the barrel, as is most of the oxygen characters I’m picking up. I’m digging it. It’s very complex. Like a sherry, but maltier. Fruity and sour, with sweetness mixed in. There is a burning in the throat after each swallow that is a combination of the vinegar and alcohol notes. Not over the top.
nutjes (242) - Heestert-Zwevegem, BELGIUM - SEP 26, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
33cl-fles op tasting bij Elie. Merci! U: Donkerbruin met bruine schuimkring. G: Cacao, rood fruit, hout, porto en kruiden. S: Rood fruit, vineus, porto en chocolade. Zoetig met een licht bittertje. Zure afdronk. M: Zeer vicieus met weinig carbonatie.
makromaniak (157) - Tilburg, NETHERLANDS - JUL 28, 2016
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2008 bottle thanx too John :) First of all i must say that i am not a "fan" of the style...but this beer blew my mind! Sweet and sour with a woody backbone...dark fruit, cherries, dades, figs, plums, nuts and a nice touch of chocolate and even coffee. Really well balanced...sweet nor sour takes the upperhand. The low carbo really works well here. Just lovely!
CH-303 (1967) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - JUL 25, 2016
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Appearance: 2008 vintage. Dark brown/red. Basically no head. Pretty flat-looking.
Aroma: Dark fruit, cherries.
Taste: Dark fruit, prunes, cherries, wood. Tartness, but also sweetness. Almost like a port. Better than I expected.
Bought: Trade with tderoeck - thanks!, 330 ml
Info: 22/7-2016, 67/100, BB: 27/4-2016
fkoolen (985) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - MAR 24, 2016
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2016 2008 bottle at home. Very dark reddish brown colour, no real head just some beige bubbles. Amazingly complex nose with rich porto (!) and red and dried fruity tones, nutty, toffee, cask/vanilla. Beautiful porto, vinous, cask, toffee, herbal tones, medium sour, mildly tard, earthy bitter. Great balance, rounded but big flavours. Intensely lingering red fruity, porto, mildly tard aftertaste. Huge body, low-absent carbonation. Best ale in my favorite style: chapeau.
mR_fr0g (9220) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at Daniels place. 20/02/2016. Many thanks to Paulo for this one. Reddy mahogany brown coloured pour with light tan head. Aroma is red wine vinegar, brown bread, tangy apple. Palate is semi sweet, highish carbonation . Tangy. Flavour is semi sweet, brown bready, granny Smith apple, some spicy vinegar. Some a jammy fruits. Decent.
The_Osprey (6324) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle share in Richmond, many thanks to Paul for this one. As ’Struise Aardmonnik / Earthmonk’, 2008 vintage, 8%. Very dark brown with a red hue, big foamy brown head. Aroma is malt vinegar, earthy, some sharp acetic stuff, rounded balsamic, rubber. Body is smooth with light carbonation. Taste is vinegar and brown sauce, meaty, a little woody, light acidity with some booze showing up. Pretty nice one to mull over.
PotjeBier (2701) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 12, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008 bottle in The Beer Temple, generously shared by Trevor, thanks! Dark brown color. No head. Aroma’s: sour, vinegar, lightly oxidized, raisins. Additionally some sweetness retronasal. Flavor is moderate to full sweet and moderate sour. Light bodied, perhaps because of the lack of carbonation. Flavors linger. Actually really nice, true Flemish.
rouhlas (2760) - GREECE - DEC 9, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle from trade with fonefan. Thank you Jan! Brown muddy hazy color with small beige head that quickly disappears. Vinous aroma, wood, yeasty, dark tart fruity, light malty, caramel notes when it gets a little warmer. Sweet and acidic taste like aroma. Medium oily body with soft to flat carbonation.
Franckg (1179) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 3, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bouteille datée e 2008. Robe rouge très foncée, pratiquement opaque et sans col de mousse. Jumelée à une très faible effervescence, l’apparence est terne. Arômes de vin rouge, cerise, fraise, café, bref, c’est maderisé. Légère acidité, balsamique, anis, chocolat et bois mouillé également. On voit que le temps l’a rattrapé. En bouche, beaucoup plus de saveurs venant de la rouge des Flandre, vin rouge, balsamique, citron, bois sur un fond de grains de café. Beaucoup de baies aussi: fraise, cerise noire et mûre. Pointes d’anis et zeste de citron. Très faible carbonatation. Texture légère. Spéciale et agréable au goût. Peut-être un peu trop vieille par contre.
ElDesmadre (3078) - Mikołów, POLAND - OCT 14, 2015
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle from JefVerstraete, thanks! Surprisingly malty nose, like pumpernikel with bread, vanilla and brown sugar. Also alcoholic. In contrast, due to the slightly vinegar-like acidity, the body does not come across as solid. The carbonation is almost none, while the coffee-infused finish is also alcoholic. This is a very strange flanders red, not really fruity while still decidedly vinous, in part reminiscent of home made wine with added sugar (hence the easily discernable boozy notes). Not sure what to think of this but I would lie if I wrote that I found it tasty.