mnoud (271) - 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 it’s definitely there, a lack of (possibly) expected Belgian malty sweetness, and a sour aftertaste. Not bad, but not something I am really enjoying.
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 17, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml. Bottle. Murky chocolate colored pour with a tiny layer of tan foam. Big Brett nose that hovers over this one like a dusty spiderweb with bits of cherries and wood peaking through. Flavor profile is complex with notes of chocolate, roasted coffee, overly ripe dark fruits and lots of tart cherries. No real sourness although the combination of Brett and dark cherries gives it a little bit of tartness. Pretty much a big malt beer with lots of cherry juice. I liked the Porter qualities in this one from the roasted and chocolate malts that kept this from being fermented cherry juice. Personally I think this beer would have been excellent with a little lacto or pedio addition to turn it into a true sour. Definitely worth trying if you can find it.
SpencerDB (223) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 18, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2010 Fantastic. 750mL poured into a snifter. Rich malty aroma that hints of a little sour/tart character. Taste comes in strong with definite sour cherries, sugars, the brett is great. Dark fruits- plum, prune, dates, purple grapes. Easy going down. Wish I had more. Awesome brew
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.
fear025 (213) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma:Sour cherries and acrid harshness.
Appearance:Brown and opaque. Nice tan head with amazing retention.
Taste:The foretaste of this one is a bright sour cherry flavor. In the midtaste, there are some metallic off flavors. This persists through the aftertaste. After a few sips, this off flavor fades a bit, but not completely.
Palate:Medium body with lots of sour astringency.
Overall:This is a good sour cherry Belgian beer, although I’m not sure spending a year in my cellar improved it at all.
mjmcend (209) - USA - MAR 3, 2010
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is of strong cherries. Pours reddish brown with a thick tan head. Taste is complex, with chocolate malts, hints of cherry, some smoke, and light hops.
ManvsCity (180) - Redmond, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thick and chewy with lots of oaked dark cherry. On tap at Malt & Vine, it pours a dirty brown, almost black with a creamy tan foam, good lacing. Fair amount of barnyard in the aroma, but also chocolate, stone fruits, and musty wood. Tastes of a tangy Flemish red blended with a rich porter with a kriek. Residual pucker hangs on for a bit after you finish the glass.
yinzerbeernut (180) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml. Deep red brown color with and rich frothy redish tan head that leaves massive lace. You can smell the fruit on pour. The nose gives you a lot of fruit while leading with cherry, grape, plum, and pear. Being complex, the nose opens yielding malt, smoke, nuts, black licorice, and coffee. The body is heavy, heavy medium that produces a mouthful of flavor across the entire palate. It provides a ’chewy’ type feeling as well. The finish is long, starting at the front then moving to the sides with a sour yet hoppy taste.
rcweir (139) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 15, 2009
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thick brown head, long lasting with lacing. Dark opaque brown. Full bodied. Brett finish, with tartness. Dry, not a lot of cherry.
gotbeach (139) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle bevmo. Pours dark brown slightly cloudy, nice tan head. Sour and roasted malt aroma. Both tart and burnt flavors come through. Some cherry flavors come through in the end.