tmoreau (1916) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared 750ml. bottle among grateful friends, donated by a distributor friend. A large sample was poured for me to a Czech-pils glass showing a very dark brown hue with ruby tones peeking through, a frothy, off white to light tan head, and ultra-clingy, web-like lacing. The aroma was immediately barnyard and leather, roasty malt, with some chocolate and sweet dark cherry notes. The cherry washed out a little in the flavor, roasted malt and a baker’s variety chocolate continued, along with light tartness and vinous qualities. The carbonation was lively, but not too overbearing, as the beer finished fairly dry. Nice complexity and altogether enjoyable.
topherh (1899) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - NOV 3, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a reddish brown with a big tan head. Aroma is cherry, Belgian malt, and Bretty funk. Flavor is roasty malt, semi sweet cherry, and lively funk. The roast bitterness and funky cherries seem to compliment each other surprisingly well.
ajm (1057) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 3, 2009
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Red Carpet. This is as unique as it is well done. Nose of dark cherry, roast, toffee, dark malt and Belgian dark fruit. Color is a dark garnet with fat head. Flavor is a GREAT sour cherry melded perfectly with a nice mellow dubbel MELDED PERFECTLY with a great toffee roasty US Porter. The effect is a nice balanced sweet Belgian dark and a cherry-chocolate porter. I am really impressed by the balance. Works well with the fruit on the level of Cherry Adam. I hope this doesn’t get more sour with age but it’s probably inevitable.
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - OCT 31, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours murky brown and looks like lake water. Aroma is funky with sour cherries. Flavor is chocolate covered cherries. Medium body with fizzy mouthfeel. Weird combo of porter and brett but it works.
Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 30, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle. Pours a deep murky coffee / chocolate brown, fairly viscous with a good sized beige head. Nose held some funky cherry notes with some spice, and some roasty notes. This brew was a bit too carbonated for my tasted, kind of killed the mouth feel.
HonkeyBra (2857) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown pour with tan colored head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of chocolate, maple syrup, wood bark and sweaty brett. Flavor is woody, malty, with sour cherries and woody, earthy brett. There’s a bit of musty funk in there. Very dry finish with nice carbonated mouthfeel. This beer is like taking a deep breath in a forest in a foreign country.
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 26, 2009
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a Hazy chocolate brown with tan head.
Nose is cherries, holiday spices, yeast, very smooth with a hint of brown sugar.
Taste has a hint of cherries, lots of pruple fruits, fairly sweet, off roasty flavor, and quite a bit overcarbonated.
Davinci (295) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 26, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours pleasantly dark with a tan, lasting, rocky head. Thick lacing clings to glass likie little soap bubbles. Aroma is initially dry and bretty, thin metallic notes, rust, faint aromas of berries follow, subtle cocoa and mild roast. Flavor begins with a brief, but sharp, burst of funky cherries, A mild roastiness washes over the tongue soon after, finish leaves a little bit of a metallic, almost bloody note. Body is fairly light with medium carbonation. I rather enojoy this one. Interesting!
17thfloor (2412) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml. Pours a dark cola color with an airy frothy light tan foamy fizz, sticky and fluffy. Aroma at first is pleasant cherry juice quickly followed by lots of brett, some woodiness and slight cheese note with a hint of smoke, like a gouda. First taste follows my gouda intuition, smoked yellow hard cheese, followed by a slight cherry sweetness and then quickly becoming dry with lots of brett before finishing dark and roasty like a porter. What a whirl-wind of flavors =p. Maybe just a touch faintly peppery. The brett combined with the cherry juice adds a bit of a sour funk to it, vaguely reminiscent of another experiment that New Glarus just undertook in their old world porter. Medium bodied, lighter feeling, airy fizzy carbonation, brett thins it out obviously. Becomes a bit ’too’ dry especially in the aftertaste the more one drinks. Cool beer. [this beer is better served colder, the sweet cherry flavor is present then, as it warms the roast takes over and the fruit disappears]
Sammy (7716) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 19, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Cole’s. a unique experience. Thae aroma is oregeno and Balsamic vinegar and other salad oil, pleasant really. Dark brown, with a white head, that becomes lighter in brown through the bottle. The taste of chocolate malt, yes gooseberries and understated cherry as in Choocolate bars. Much lace, poetic combinations of it. Some interesting sweetness. Smooth. Incredible balance for it all.