schuimkroaat (427) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JUN 15, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33 cl bottle, bottled / ’bbe’ ? Pale red, reminiscent of a raspberry lambic. Fine but very dense turbidity, small frothy head. Aroma: dry, woody, sour, fruity - plums (a dash of sweet, rich cake with plum filling my mother sometimes makes); again some likeness to lambic. Sour-sweetish, light fruity taste with a dry, woody, sour-bitter finish giving off fruit stone notes. Smooth and prickling body.
joergen (25617) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 22, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Hazy orange red coloured with a white head.
Light acidic aroma of berries with notes of spices.
Flavour of berries and spices.
HumbertHumbert (77) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 14, 2006
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I’m not sure when the bottle I had was brewed, but it must have had some age on it (from the cellar of Delerium Cafe, Brussels). Not much of the sweetness mentioned in other ratings. A tart, fruity, complex aroma of apricots and balsamic vinegar that immediately got the saliva glands going. Not much head. Light bodied like many sour Belgian beers. Immediate lactic flavor with astringency and berry flavors like chewing on crab apples or choke cherries - in a good way. The aroma continued to please until the beer was finished. Nothing like any Christmas or winter beer I’ve ever had - almost more thirst-quenchingly summery. Definitely not what I expected, but enjoyable anyway.
sayravai (4706) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 9, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
(Bottled) Hazy light amber color with a huge, foamy head with some lace. Quite strong berry aroma with some sourness. Stingy, somewhat like the Swaf!’s. Sourish and quite acidic flavor with (probably sloe-) berries. Quite light-bodied and watery, high- and foamy-carbonated palate. A bit like berry lambic, only much more carbonated and not quite as tart. Interesting, but definitely not very enjoyable.
Otje (678) - Veendam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 13, 2005
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle bbe 2006. past it’s prime(too bad). aroma: sourrish, bit fruity, leathery, lemony. taste: sourrish and acidic, fruity, lemony, tart and dry. bit watery and dry fruity finish, decent carbonation. i wish i had a fresh one! not bad though.
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 2, 2005
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fruity, peppercorn, apricot, white cranberries, lightly tart, citrus, leather and grape in the nose. Opaque tan-orange, grapefruit juice like appearance with a decent white head that recedes to cover with excellent lacing. Strong, tart, fruity, flavour with graoefruit and herbal hops apparent and light botterness. Dry medium body with somewhat watery texture and low carbonation. Bottle sampled with GonZoBeeR, MartinT, Olivier_MTL and Rastacouere.
OlivierMTL (709) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 8, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Couleur orangée, apparence trouble et nuageuse. Chaotiques arômes gueuzique aux traits sauvages et citriques, puis fruités style raisins blancs, gomme baloune aux raisins, canneberges et poivre. Les saveurs sont beaucoup moins expressives que les arômes, timidement fruitées, canneberges blanches et maïs sous de faibles traits acides. Carbonatation piquante, corps d’épaisseur semi mince, aucune trace d’alcool de perçu.
GonZoBeeR (3048) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 18, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Appearance:Hazy orange red,light head...
Flavor:Small acidity,fruit cranberry....
MartinT (9063) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 12, 2005
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cranberry-like fruitiness yields a citric nature as well as a dab of pomegranate sweetness. All is quiet atop, this appears to be a simple, unpretentious, fruit beer.
Lazy pink grapefruit citrusy character within yeast and watery bubbles. Prickly berry skins keep things interesting, but the body is so frail and malt-less that I lose interest rapidly. Okay for its purpose, but any Unibroue Ephémère does a better job than this, to my tastes.
Oversimplifying can get soporific real fast.
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 11, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Murky orangey golden, small white cover, mostly lasting and procuring decent lacing. Sweet floral nose (heather), definitely candyish in nature (cotton candy) and highly yeasty, which cuts a bit in the fruitiness for the worse. Cidery, old books yeast notes are overtaken by soapiness and muddled tropical fruit and papaya juiciness. Slightly sulfury ending, phenolic in a bandage sort of way, drying out not unlike a white wine. Light-medium bodied, small bubbled carbonation, okay balance.