BigMomma (223) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JAN 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl bottle at ’The Demervallei’. Label says it’s a blend between Kerasus (cherry beer with nice soft sourness from Alvinne) and Struiselensis (spontaneous fermented beer from Struise). It pours a nice red colored beer with white foam. Aroma is cherry, musty basement and a very weak sourness. Taste starts with the sweet cherry’s, deep acetic taste at your cheeks and a beatifull musty dry sourness which disappears way to soon. Nice beer that says it isn’t a kriek but actually is almost like one.
theisti (2816) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - DEC 7, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
33 cl bottle shared by beastiefan2k. Pour is ruby read, cloudy with a slight off white head. Looks a lot like murky cranberry juice. Aroma of cherry fruit, sugary, with perhaps a touch of straw yeastiness underneath the fruit. Pleasant, though straightforward and one dimensional. The straw comes a bit more to the front as the beer warms. Taste is the nose, with cherry fruit sweetness, followed by the earthy yeast character. Taste is nice, certainly more expressive than the nose. Palate is medium to thin bodied with active carbonation and a brief sweet finish. I really enjoyed the Struise beer that was used in this one, and the blending turned it into a pretty straight forward Fruit Beer. Thanks for sharing this beer with me Eugene, always appreciated.
beastiefan2k (2079) - Lawrence (formely NYC), Kansas, USA - DEC 5, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From fata2683, thanks Keith. Pours with a small head that fades quickly. Color is pretty, cherry juice, too dark to see through. The color makes the lacing seem lighter. Aroma is sweet, slightly tart, cherry. The tartness grows a bit even the slightest acetic quality emerges. But in general once I taste it its all cherry juice to me. Nothing complex, very poppy, but just a soda cherry brew. Doable for what it is. As it really warms up, like an hour later, it losses a lot of the soda pop characteristics. But its still an underwhelming example of any type of sour ale.
11.2oz bottle in a Duvel tasting glass.
jerohen (1863) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - NOV 29, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled from De Molen shop. Amber/brown colored, small pinkish head. Fruity nose, cherries, marzipan. Initialy sweet flavor, cherries, marzipan, more sour in finish. Personally i don’t really like the notes of marzipan, and it could really use some additional flavors such as oak. Not my kind of Sour Ale.
chriso (7254) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled at pre-Zythos bash, Alvinne, March 2009. Works very well as a blend. Red colour. Mix of fruit and tart. A little sour kick at the end. Supremely drinkable. Perhaps would have shown even better if not surrounded by so many top notch big beers.
skortila (4166) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - NOV 18, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Aroma has some slight tartness, cherry aroma. Clear, dark red coloured beer with a slight off-white head. The taste is a little tart, has some sweetness and cherry fruitiness. Bit a light body.
Guerde (1074) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 10, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle, thanks Brad!) Pours cloudy red with no head whatsoever. Aromas of tart cherry skin and an underlying earthiness, but that’s about all I got out of it. The taste has an ample amount of tart cherries, with a sweet undertone, which switches out to a bone dry, yeast and vitamin-like finish. Parches the mouth like eating a bunch of daily-Cs. Mouthfeel is thin.
altonbrownd (4208) - Brussels, BELGIUM - NOV 7, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from De Molen. Ruby red body with slight white head. Nose of cherries and tart. Taste is very tart cherry and then gets a bit sour. Watery. Not much too it, and again not really my style of beer... But kudos for the collaboration and the Magritte nod.
MatSciGuy (905) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours cloudy dark cherry skin red with a few off white bubbles. Slight aroma of cherry and some lactic acid.
Flavor is fairly sharp, lots of tart cherries. Medium mouthfeel. Solid tart cherry finish. I’m a little bit disappointed by this offering from Struise.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.2oz bottle. This one has been high on my wants for a while, big thanks for Brad for the opportunity. Unfortunately, this one is a huge letdown. Tart pineapple brett and tart cherries on the nose. Pours a dark ruby pink with a thin off-white film atop. nearly lifeless. Flavor is rather bland. No cherry presence. Tart yeast. Tastes like watery, slightly carbonated cherry juice. Average body. Club soda carbonation with a dry finish. Damn... this could have been great.