ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
4 oz. served into a wine glass at ChurchKey. From notes; 2009 vintage.
A: Pours a dark brown color that’s perhaps a bit murky. The head is a one finger khaki shade. I even note some legs on the glass, even though it’s only 7%.
S: There is some acetic sourness, but it’s very mild. What I notice more are some notes of dark fruits, buttery oak, and even touches of cocoa powder. Once I get used to the fact that it’s not very sour, I like it a lot.
T: Just like the nose suggested, the tartness is restrained - and it becomes even more so as this is consumed. It’s actually more sweet/fruity than tart on the opening and middle, with augmenting touches of caramel. It finishes with a good amount of dry cocoa powder and vanilla. The lack of significant sourness allows these other notes to come out well, giving it a more approachable complexity than others.
M: The finish is very chocolaty yet dry, aided by middling carbonation. It feels very substantial without being too heavy, which helps its drinkability even more.
O: This won’t particularly please anyone looking for big tartness - at the most, it’s only about 2/10 sour. Rather, this is beginner-friendly yet with enough of an augmenting barrel note to make less cynical sour ale drinkers more than happy. Myself, I really enjoyed this.
PhillyCraft (4528) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, amber brown color at Ryans. Notes of sour molasses, brett, dark cocoa, and cherry. Mostly a lightly roast dark saison with some sourness.
angel77 (1721) - oviedo, SPAIN - NOV 12, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Botella 50 cl tomada en llamas en el momento 31..10..2015. Edición 2009 double barrel aged fob. Lote 062262330102009 hasta 30..11..2017. Color oscuro con espuma oscura. Aromas y sabores intensos maltas tostadas dulces con toques de maderas algo especiadas y alicoradas. Cuerpo medio con algo de gas. 7 vol que dan Buena sensación alcohólica. Bastante buena.
eduardovl (1148) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 20, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle served in a snifter glass. Pours a dark amber to brow color. Cloudy. Forms a medium thin and creamy beige head when poured. Medium persistent and lots of thin and spotty lacings left in the glass. Sour and fruity nose. Strong notes of apple vinegar. Oak and caramel malts. Plastic and metallic hints. Taste follows the nose: Fruity and acid. Strong notes of apple vinegar, candi Sugar. Light hops bitterness. Medium body. Low carbonation. Molasses sensation. Sour vinegar in the aftertaste. Persistent but not aggressive. Great drinkability. Excellent Flanders Ale. De Struise quality.
fombe89 (1108) - Asturias, SPAIN - OCT 12, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Botella. @El Cabanón, Avilés 10/10/2015 BBD:31/01/2018
Color marron oscuro, aromas madera, agrio, muy buena
guzgorog (525) - FRANCE - OCT 7, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Superbe couleur brune très foncée avec des reflets, fine mousse chocolat qui disparait totalement. Nez complexe, boisé, vinaigre, vin rouge, cerise. Attaque acide, la bouche est boisée, pomme, cerise, vin rouge et reboisée, vinaigre. Longueur redoutable et bouche évolutive, superbe. La pétillence est très bonne (à moins que ce ne soit l’acidité qui donne cette sensation). Bière très bien travaillée, très bonne.
matbli (157) - Poznań, POLAND - OCT 3, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle, pours cloudy brown with fast falling creamy colored head. Aroma of milk chocolatte, red wine, vanilla, bourbon, cherry and vinegar. In taste nice ballance of medium sourness and medium sweetness with a touch of bitterness and tartness in the finish. Quit mild version of an sour ale with a medium body, but still very complex.
Rasmus40 (14810) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 29, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Voldby. Hazy dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, wood and tart. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate acidic. Dry and moderate acidic finish. 290915
MoritzF (8926) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - SEP 15, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle, 33cl, Ypres Reserva 2011) Dark brown colour with a beige medium-sized foamy head. Acidic, vinegary aroma with hints of dried fruits, funky and mildly roasted malty notes. Moderately sour and delicately sour flavour, medium bodied with a modest carbonation. Slightly roasted malty base with mildly fruity notes and present sourish, tart accents; dry and vinegary finish with woody and slightly roasted malty notes towards the aftertaste. 15.IX.15
Lukasmh (727) - Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 13, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours murky reddish brown with non existing head. Aroma had metal. But as it warmed up it disappeared and it grew a lot. Vinegar, toffee malt, raisins, vanilla, oak, bourbon. Taste is sweet, vanilla, oak red wine, and then really vinegarish and sour. Some dark sweet, raisins, coconut notes and bourbon. Burn sugar and figs. Bitter tannings in dry finish and high carbonation.
charlotte (4953) - rødovre, DENMARK - SEP 11, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle.Dark reddish brown colour with small head.Aroma is sweet and vinious with taste of oak and berries,smooth with taste of portwin and cherry nice sweet with strong warming finish.