douglas88 (6491) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 11, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle, corked, thanks to Eric. Pours a cloudy red/brown color with a small white head. The aroma is a dusty caramel, sugars and cherry note. The flavor is sweet cherries, light oak, a thin palate, some sugars, caramel, dry and dusty. Nice.
phaleslu (6905) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 3, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
375 ml bottle shared by stevemastny- thanks again, Steve! Pours a cloudy amber color with a small beige head that proves to be resilient. Aroma of earthy funk, leaves, oak, caramel malts, and rum balls. Flavor of sweet and caramel malts, earth, berries, oaky funk, and tea. The cherry character emerges more as it warms. Medium-bodied, with a funky, earthy mouthfeel and dry finish. Fizzy carbonation. Really unusual sour.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2011
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Reviewed from notes. On tap at the brewpub.
Pours a moderate reddish brown color with a thin light tan head and not much lacing. The nose brings cherries and a bit of earth as well as some light acetic and lactic notes. The taste is mild cherry, bread, hints of caramel, and a bit of sourness. Mouthfeel brings slight sourness and a bit of cream. Drinks okay, but really not a very good collaboration.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 10-24-2010
Strykzone (5155) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
An ESBLS tasting. Moaten Flanders meets Chicago. A cloudy tea color. Very over ripe fruit in the nose. Sticky feel. Not really a sour but quite good. some dark fruit, wood, and interesting yeast. Unique as can be.
crossovert (8191) - Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12.7 oz green Belgian style corked and caged bottle. It is a collaboration between Two Brothers and Urthel. "Chicago Meets Flanders".
Pours an intoxicating dark purpleish red, much like one of those high octane doppelbocks like eku 28, it is semi clear and magnificent when held to the light. The head is large, foamy and off-white and leaves some very nice Brussels-style lacing.
The smell wasn’t exactly what I was expecting. It smells like a "red" saison. The yeast is twangy, fruity, and slightly spicy and the malts are bready and up-front, underneath there is a slight red grape scent. There is a hint, very slight, of farmhouse scent. There is also a hint of oak. The smell isn’t pungent, only subtle, but I like it.
The flavor is more like a Flanders red, it is super fruity with notes of cherries foremost and also some red grape. It as a distinct bitterness and also a decent sweetness. The malts sort of fall flat here. The tartness is in the finish, it isn’t sour only tart, but it lacks a certain bite. The oak lingers after in your moth and is a bit overpowering and the finish is pretty dry. This is very wine-like, im not a huge fan.
The mouthfeel is the downfall, it is watery with a dry finish, it just doesn’t convey the flavors to the tongue well enough.
Overall it is a good but not great beer.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 02-24-2010 21:37:12
SlovakSniper (3387) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 6, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Le liquide est brun acajou. La mousse est fugace. Le nez n’offre que très peu d’émotion avec des parfums légèrement artificiels de framboises surettes légèrement touchées par les notes vineuses du fût de chêne. Le goût est collé aux arômes avec des fruits surets et un très faible boisé. La bouche est mince, l’effervescence modérée et la texture aqueuse. La finale est légère, faite de notes à la fois acidulées et sucrées. En résumé, bof…
rodenbach99 (3296) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 6, 2011
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bouteille de 12,7 fl. oz. avec bouchon liège. Couleur acajou, peu de mousse, grosses bulles. Nez de framboises suédoises, avec un petit boisé, un peu de funk est aussi perceptible. En bouche la bière est mince, liquide, un peu de chocolat, et un peu de funk en fin de bouche. Manque de corps, de rondeur et d’équilibre de saveurs. 4/10
sthlm (1235) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 29, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
[Bottle] Pours reddish-tan with almost no head. Aroma is strange. It has an aroma that was present in the New Glarus Old English Porter, along with a vegetal character, and of course, cherry. The taste is straight cherry up front, but then the odd Old English Porter character again, very little sourness, and more vegetal notes. Mouthfeel is pretty poor, with the long finish length being its main redeeming feature. This fails miserably at being a sour, and in general it really is not very enjoyable.
DocLock (8098) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Smith’s. Pours deep brownish ruby with 3-finger off-white head. Nose is oaky cherry, vinous fruit. Tastes of tart cherry, berry, vinous, with earthy notes, cabernet notes, and some oaky finishing notes. Decent, and extremely underrated here as far as I’m concerned.
Guerde (1192) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 28, 2011
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
(bottle from Oslo, thanks Al!) Pours a dark reddish-brown with just a scant light white head. Aroma is ok, some cherry, light sourness, beets, and really not too much else. Flavor has some cherry cough drops, cherry juice, and is then subsequently followed up by an obnoxious drying finish that leaves the tongue parched. Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is minimal. Not much to say about this beer, except that it’s firmly entrenched in the meh category.