thedm (4850) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a small sized head of foamy light brown colored bubbles that were mostly diminishing and left behind a softly carbonated opaque dark brown colored body. The aroma was brown malt musty and dark malt. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The mild flavor contained notes of brown malt and cherry. A decent one that I would consider drinking again.
jtclockwork (6225) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown with tan head. Nose/taste of chocolate, cherry juice, toasted grain, plum, dark berry, candi sugar and dry wood. Finishes with hints of tart cherry pit dipped in chocolate. Medium body.
BBB63 (5603) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 10, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Corked well aged 750ml bottle and served in my NB Worthy glass: A interesting black film on the bottom of the cork and rim of the bottle makes me worried but it seemed to pour okay. Deep brown russet hue with some reddish highlights topped by a small fading beige head that left spotty lace. The aroma has notes of chocolate covered sour cherries along with a light roast and bready malt notes. Slight winy acidic vapour with little to no brett character even after the time aging. Slight cardboardy oxidation but nothing overly bad. Some strange sugary notes and even a bit of band-aid as it warms. The taste is semi-sweet and soured with a nice restrained balance but there is little outstanding characteristics other than the fruity tones. The hybrid nature of this brew is quite apparent on the palate... a little Belgian Ale, A little porter-ish, very fruity and a little sour. A hodge podge of parts that is better than the whole. I really wished for more brett action here to give the sourness more kick and depth. Also I tad disappointed with how much sweetness does remain. The mouth feel is tad slick and chewy but also a bit under-carbonated for my tastes.
Outside some cardboardy notes it is like this beer has not aged at all. The yeasties seemed to doing nothing to advance this beer or add further depth or complexity. In the end it is a muddle brew that still remained drinkable.
OldMrCrow (1620) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle ages a couple of years or so.
Deep red-brown pour with a tan head. Plenty of chocolate and cherry -- unsurprisingly -- on the almost overpowering aroma and in the flavor alike. The comparison to cherry cordials is hard to resist. Hops are quite oxidized in the aroma and the same follows in the flavor. Sweet, alcohol prevalent. Oaky flavors with unmistakable funk from the Brettanomyces, but much sweeter than any brett-laden beer Iíve had before. Desserty, but easy enough to drink.
It recalls that other Micihgan beer, the much-sought-after Kuhnhenn raspberry eisbock.
brokensail (9159) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 24, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A dark amber color with a little extra dose of brown. Sort of oxidized at this point, but nice cherry and caramel aromas. A bit of brown sugar and toffee, maybe a slight roast. Too much cardboard for my tastes, though. The flavor is similarly old and oxidized. Prunes, plums, and cherries give a decent fruit character and there is a lot of sugary sweetness to it as well. Still canít quite escape the cardboard.
Quasimodo (217) - chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Chocolate, cherry, coffee, banana bread, grape, pancakes and roasted malt. Hints of brandy. Elegant concoction from two wizard brewers. Nice, warming finish that lingers. I expected more tartness from the brett. Reminds me of Ommegang Seduction.
mnoud (231) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2012
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
750ml bottle in Ommegang glass. Pours dark brown and mostly opaque. Thick foamy tan head dissipates slowly and laces the sides. Aroma is inviting, not overtly "Belgian yeast-y", a little hint of the cherry. Taste is definitely a bit on the sour side. Not overtly "I sucked a lemon" sour but itís definitely there, a lack of (possibly) expected Belgian malty sweetness, and a sour aftertaste. Not bad, but not something I am really enjoying.
kopher (592) - New York, USA - FEB 4, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
toasty aroma with dark fruit and chocolate and hay and a slight funk. a bit of alcohol and more cherry as it warms. low carbonation and silky but also a bit gritty. looks like coke with dark beige foamy head. mellow sweetness and slightly dark with alcohol warmth. a delicious treat.
Glouglouburp (5867) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 30, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
In short: A mix of sweet chocolaty malts and sweet cherries. Sounds better than it tastes. Good but not very good.
How: Bottle 750ml. Combination of notes from a fresh bottle shared at a tasting and a bottle I drank with a over one year of age on it
The look: Very dark brown body topped by a small beige head
In long: Nose is chocolaty, maraschino cherries, nutty toastinessÖ smells like a smashed Cherry Blossomô. Taste is a strong mix of creamy chocolate cake, oaky sourness, uber-sweet maraschino cherries, light notes of vanilla, pineapples-like fruitiness. My notes from a fresh bottles say the flavors were not very cohesive and it felt like if Van Twee was a few few beers mixed together. My aged bottle showed a better cohesiveness of the various flavor elements but the refreshing fruitiness (cherries and pineapples) were more subdued and I was bothered by a high sweetness sensation that I didnít note with a fresh bottle. I didnít find it any better now than when it was fresh, it is just a bit different and I havenít changed my score from my paper notes. Everyday I try drink fresh and aged beers and get surprising results and then enter ratings on ratebeer. Forest Gump was right, life is like a box chocolate, in that I donít have a box of chocolate.
portableparty (1874) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 20, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle cork shows a stamp that says Bells 01. Pours dark brown black with a nice tight soapy khaki head that dissipates to a foamy thin film and spotty lacing. Aroma is cherries and wood with a chocolate malt and some raisins. Taste is spice cherries and wood with a chocolate malt and raisins. Palate is full well carbonated and chalky dry finish. Really awesome brew with me wanting more as it warms. Want to pick up another bottle for sure!