wedgie9 (1666) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted on 7/23/12 from a capped 330mL bottle obtained in a trade, the date notches on the side of the bottle are untouched, but this has some age on it. Pours opaque prune juice brown with a very small bubbly tan head that leaves the thinnest bubbly tan head. The nose is both sour and malty with caramel, dark chocolate, molasses, and a light soy sauce oxidation. The flavor is nearly the same, starting with the molasses, caramel, and dark chocolate, moving to a sour quality, and finishing with a lightly charred and slightly metallic flavor. The body is very full with very little, almost still, carbonation, and a long malty, sour, somewhat metallic, an tannic finish.
jmgreenuk (2722) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the Kulminator, Antwerp. Poured a murky dark brown with a reddish hue and a round off-white head. The aroma is sour acid, almost vinegar. The flavour is medium sour with a super smooth acid rich fruit alcoholic palate. Medium bodied with flat carbonation. Itís surely an acquired taste for some but as soon as you acquire it thereís no going back.
EdKing (1561) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with harrisoni in the Molenhof. Thanks Ian. Almost clear but very dark brown, almost no head. Nose is very sour and complex. Balsamic and brown malt vinegar dominates, then its softer vinous red wine grape, cherries, malty grain, tart and sour. Taste is again balsamic vinegar, red wine, vinous grape, tart and sour, touch of caramel. Itís a very busy and complex beer where elements are certainly starting to come together although the vinegar maybe hasnít mellowed quite enough to match the softer wine tones.
Hermod (2591) - Vantaa, FINLAND - DEC 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
75cl bottle, shared. 07/11. Almost black, thin head. Vinegar aroma, balsamic. Covers all else. Flavor has tartness, vinegar, salty cucumber. 1 dl was quite enough. Not bad, but really balsamic vinegary stuff, which is borderline for me.
-- rated with beerbasher/winphone
tiong (2796) - Espoo, FINLAND - DEC 7, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750ml bottle @ Pikkulintu, Helsinki
BBE 07/11 - Pours dark brown, almost black with a tiny head. Aroma of vinegar, sour berries, tartness, cherries and off flavors. Taste is smooth, sweet and sourish with notes of vinegar, balsamico, berries, tartness and cherries. Finish is smooth, sourish and sweet with notes of vinegar and earthy notes. Quite messy and strange. Probably has seen its best days a few years ago.
PriorL (912) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
33cl bottle, shared with Mathieu87.
APPEARANCE: dark red beer, little to no foam.
NOSE: sour, wood, cherries, little earthy even.
TASTE: sourness, but moderate, some fruits, cherries, wood.
This was an older vintage, in my memory the others I had where better!
brystmar (990) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 2, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2008, thanks Seth! Translucent red-brown with some minimal bubbles. Red wine / vinous aroma, hints of leather.
Taste impresses: cherries & red grapes, vinegary, dark fruit at the end. Finishes dry and champagne-like (minus the carb). Really damn good.
TheHOFF43 (1441) - Bloomington, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at Darkness Day by StFun, thanks Josh! Pours a hazy brown, sour hits the nose and makes my mouth water slightly. Taste is sweet then sour like a sour patch kid. Some woody undertones. Solid.
Bacterial (876) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at Darkness Day by StFun, one of the only users to be banned on Ratebeer! Thanks!! Dark hazy brown in color, a little sour - acetic and a touch lactic. Nice balance with sweetness of the malt.
Lowenbrau (1483) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - OCT 16, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
330ml bottle. So sour, flat, caramel, berries and wood aromas anf flavours. So unbalanced, almost acetic sournes notes.
merc7186 (1502) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 6, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The beer pours flat with a very dark cola color to it that passes no light through it at all, has no head and leaves no lacing on the glass. The beer scent is average as it has a mild smell of dark fruit with a follow up of a bitter pinot noir flavor. The taste is great with a definite blend of dark bitter cherry and black currants and a mild pinot noir finish, similar to the smell but this actually blend together well. The mouthfeel is mediocre as the beer had almost no carbonation but has a bitter, dry mouthfeel. Overall, this flemish sour had some highs and low...the lows were poor carbonation and mild smell...the highs were a solidly blended sour ale. It was nice to try but Ill pass going forward.