JulienHuxley (2990) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - JUL 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Willems. Deep brown-red pour with rich foamy tan colored head. Aroma of potent winey notes, rich oak, wine tannins, vanilla, earthy aromas. Taste is sour but really not overpowering, nice toasted malt, winey flavors, mineral notes abound, very light booze. Palate is med bodied with prickly dry carbonation. Very nice.
neuromatt (1131) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 mL bottle courtesy of Chris, served in a snifter. Pours deep chestnut with a small tan head that fades to a thin cover and leaves a trace of lace. The nose has notes of flowers, sour fruit, green apples, earth, grass and funk. The flavour is moderately sweet with a slight tartness. Molasses, oak, dark fruit, roasted malts, vanilla, tobacco and red wine notes come through as well. The finish is long and woody, with red wine and tart fruity notes. On the palate it is medium in body with a smooth, syrupy texture and soft carbonation. Overall, an excellent sour red ale. Beautifully complex, an elegant brew. 2014-07-19
lucertola (10) - - JUL 10, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is dense and sour. Color is dark cherry wood. Taste is colorful and the aftertaste has a hint of coffee.
EvilCat (80) - FRANCE - JUL 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2014 Bouteille. L’île du malt. Robe brune intense , mousse couleur café qui retombe vite. Nez vineux sur le malt noir et le bois. La bouche est complexe et légèrement acidulée. Saveur de sucre brun, de cerise qui rappelle le kirsh. Puis défile le malt torréfié et le bois qui perdure sur la finale. Les notes d’alcool se révèlent en fin de dégustation. Une bière un peu maladroite mais agréable.
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ABT_S54 (137) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
50cl bottle poured in a Struise glass. 2009 Vintage. Now this was a gusher. (Pours) a dark reddish brown colour with a mahogan head which remains for quite a while. Aroma is typical oud bruin but nicely exaggerated in true Struise style. Drawing a comparison with Duchesse de Bourgogne (which in my opinion is the King/Queen of the style) I would say it is not quite as refined. Mouthfeel has more body and the upfront tartness is more extreme. However, I would say they should be served at different occasions - Ypres is much more a beer to be savoured by itself whereas Duchesse has the refreshing, classic lines to stand up to being served with food; this on the other hand is more of a meal by itself. All in all I could not say I prefer one over the other and both will continue to be a staple in my regular cycle of Belgians (however, at the price Duchesse will be a more frequent addition). Another Struise classic.
sdmmb (797) - USA - JUN 28, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Drunk from 50cl bottle bought at Malting Pot. Sweet sour Flemish old brown beer.
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RussianDragon (431) - - JUN 13, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Church Key. Pours a dark translucent brown with one finger of foam that quickly faded to a small amount of bubbles that hugged the glass. Aroma is tart, slightly funky, with yeast notes. Flavor is classic oud bruin, that seems to have been somehow simplified. The expected complexities have been flattened out by the barrel aging.
gendv138 (1191) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUN 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
4 oz draft pour at ChurchKey. Dark reddish brown with a little off-white ring. Aromas of dark fruit, tart notes, light vinegar. Tastes of dark fruit, tart notes, bourbon, red wine, vinegar. Medium-light body with a dry and tart finish.
GothGargoyle (1159) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 9, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Reddish brown with a good beige head. Aroma is bourbon, wood, vanilla, leather, red wine, red currants. Medium bodied, vinous mouthfeel, nice balance of barrel characters. Taste is vanilla, red currants, red grape skins, bourbon, oak, vanilla, cranberry. So good
tricksta_p (1019) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - MAY 3, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of cherries, wine cask, dried fruits, musty caramel, oak. Flavour is vinous, tart cherries, light sourness. Nice and complex.