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 (4667) - 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 (677) - 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 (4548) - 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 (711) - 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 (2800) - Ste-Eulalie, 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 (7482) - 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 (6106) - 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.
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Peach color with a honeycomb-like, white head. Subtle fruit and brettanomyces aroma, yeasty. Definite horseblanket character in the flavor. Very dry but there is quite a bit of viscosity as well. An unusual chalk texture is noted. Interesting but quite simple for the ingredients.
Cornfield (5341) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2005
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Going into this drink, I wasn’t sure what a sloeberry was... and now, for sanity’s sale, I don’t want to find out. It poured a hazy orange-like color filled with particles and topped by a creamy white head. The smell of the drink is furniture polish, a piercing lemon and chemical aroma. Alive in the mouth, it has a stinging, tart citric taste with a trace of malt and some flowery hops. Sticky hot finish. More of an interesting drink than an enjoyable one.
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