cooplander (543) - Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
brown color, aroma of vinegar, dark fruits, flavor of dark tart fruits, vinegar, dry finish, new to the style but this one is a little to sour for me
daleharshman (979) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 31, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle given to me by my buddy Shem in May 2014 from his cellar. I believe that this is from the original production from spring 2011. Pours a deep garnet-brown hue with one finger of fizzing tan head. Complex AROMA of tart Thanksgiving cranberries, under-ripe raspberries and cherries, oaky red wine, light chocolate, light leather, bit of vinegar, and a hint of sweaty socks. FLAVOR has much of the same as the nose with notes of mostly tart red fruit (raspberries, cherries, cranberries again), definite oak, light raspberry vinaigrette, and mild funk. A notable sweetness emerges toward the finish which balances this nicely and tempers the pucker factor. Not sure how this was when fresher, but this four-year-old bottle yields really nice fruit and wood with a nice level of sour. (304, 979)
Drake (10703) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUN 14, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 mL bottle from Whole Foods Madison, WI, which means I’ve had this over three years. Opened 4/9/15. Hazy dark rust, thin creamy tan head. Good retention. Aroma of acetic sourness, cherry, mild oak. The taste is tart acetic sourness, citrus, cherries, oak, hints of vanilla and alcohol. Medium bodied, low carbonation, lingering tartness.
djd07 (6279) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle during RBWG. Pours a cloudy copper with small beige head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is vinegar, cherry skin, wood. Thin mouthfeel with nice tart cherry, balsamic vinegar, light tannins, really enjoyed this.
BiiruBierBeer (658) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 27, 2015
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smell is malt, mild sourness, and licorice. Taste is malty sour red. Medium carbonation with some foam.
Homer321 (2865) - Melboring, Florida, USA - FEB 21, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the hotel share. Tart nose with a ton of cherry pie and bread crust. Taste is malty smooth and bready. Held up well with only a light but of oxidation. Very nice.
ineedbeer (1264) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 6, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 750 ml bottle.
Aroma is very fruity with a lot of tart berries, cranberries, tart cherries, and cassis with some prune and plum notes. Light raisin with some light oak as well. Moderate acidity with a hint of acetic acid. Light toasted bread, caramel and toffee notes.
Pours a slightly murky, burnt amber with a small, fairly thin, tan head that recedes quickly to the edges where it lingers for a bit. Light lacing and small legs.
Flavor is moderately tart with a little less fruit than in the aroma. Medium light acetic character. Some berries and tart cherry with prune and plum, but also some raisin. More malt and oak than in the aroma with toasted bread and caramel. Medium light bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth.
Overall, a nice beer and better than Oude Tart. The fruit character is a bit different and better integrated with the malt and oak. The acidity is also not as bright and strong.
DrSilverworm (8711) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle, big thanks to Mike B. for sharing at Jay A.’s party. Dark red, slightly brown color. Mostly hazy. Thin off-white slightly khaki head. Few dots of lace. Awesome big dark fruit, chewy, wood, and acidic. Great moderate to bigger sour taste, moderate sweet. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, lighter carbonation. Kind of slick texture. Fantastic, awesome woody mildly spicy flavor profile to this.
Beerman6686 (5405) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This poured a dark amber to brown with a beige head. Aroma was of oak, leather, vinegar, and sour dark fruit. Flavor was vinegar and leather, some brown sugar and dark fruits.
ben4321 (4840) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at Where the Wild Beers Are, 6/7/14
This is a pretty nice one. It pours a reddish-brown. It has a nice sour flavor. Fruity, tart, and woody. Overall, good stuff.
slowrunner77 (7284) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 30, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
"and here i thought the night would go downhill after the awesomeness that was Friek. they nailed this one across the board. wonderful aroma of oak, funk, and some fruit that at first you think is cherry but has a more tropical smell and taste to it. in the flavor there’s oak, fruit, substantial funk (though not nearly as sour as Friek) and some leather, which i just loved. lasting impression. will seek out again."