gnylen (12) - Topanga, California, USA - MAY 19, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
NOTE: this review is for Cochonnette, NOT Cochonne, which are definitely two different beers brewed at this brewery, which I have visited. Cochonnette is brewed (or at least was brewed when I visited in August 2002) by Jean Luis’ daughter, who was a brewmaster-in-training at the time. Please fix the alias reference for Cochonnette. Anyway, my comments: Head: full rocky Belgian lace, disappearing rather quickly. Aroma: straw, some coriander, somewhat muted. Color: opaque caramel apple brown. Flavor: lambic sourness, granny smith apples, grape Jolly Rancher candy, mysterious yeasts. Body: malty, rich, yeasty. You need to like sour beers to appreciate this, but it its interesting, and the brewery is amazing. Highly recommend going on brew day last Saturday of the month -- try Jean Luis’ home made spent grain bread and home cured lox with local Belgian cheeses!
Shadrach (176) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2004
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Poured ligth orange with some minor head, aroma was yeasty and wine-like. That being said, it had some soapy-like sharp bitter taste to it and not bitter like a good bitter, bitter like sour..so it was sour. I can’t place the flavor but it was NOT something I cared for, kind of soap, kind of really bad wine kind of sour.
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - MAY 12, 2004
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
This is the worst Belgian I have ever had. Medicinal, acidic, unbalanced. I would give many American Standards higher ratings than this beer.
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - MAY 12, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was a different one. Pours coppery with lots of yeast. Tart, sour, maybe a bit old smelling. Some spices in the nose. Flavors of orange, grapes, and some roasted flavors. Good malt presence. This has a very grape wine quality about it. Overall, interesting flavors.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 9, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mahogany, almost ruby pour. White reamy head with some lacing. Heavily spiced aromas, coriander. Earthy hops as well as floral. Figs. Malt flavor with a bread or biscuit to it. Spices here seem a bit more muted. More woody. Tangy and spicy throughout the palate, sticky body finishing spicy with some alcohol tones.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - APR 29, 2004
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Highly carbonated but no head retention and it dissipates very quickly with a little bit of lacing, dark ruby brown color. The aroma is very spicy with some good rich malty notes along with earthy fig, chicory and some grape. Also a little smoke wafts up too, very complex and full bodied just in the aroma. The flavor is very full bodied with tons of fig and some light coriander trying to edge through the earthy sweet malts. The alcohol is fairly well hidden and has lots of grape notes in the tail, almost like grape mad dog because of the borderline unbalanced sweetness. haha. Finishes medium bodied and with lots of yeast and spice. The heavy carbonation and thick body makes this a bear to drink, but it sure is tasty if a real spicy yeasty belgian is your "bag".
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 22, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours a red amber with a large head and very nice lace. The aroma is quite yeasty, fruity, and dry. The flavor is dry, yeasty, port, red wine, and spicy. As it warms, you can detect more malty sweetness. The palate seems to be too thin for the flavor profile. Overall, this is OK, but the palate and flavor seem to be out of synch. I think it is under-rated. However, looking at other's comments, it looks like one that is sometimes easily spoiled.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - APR 14, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
tart fruity nose, woody, mildly accidic. glowing orange color, hints of red, very tart, great. a little bit of citric sourness, lots of lemon, grassy. great yeast signiture, i like but its got a lasting yeast signiture im not so sold on.
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle had soured... beer was still (poor cap seal)... wasn't half bad even haven gone acetic... some residual maltiness and slight hop bitterness remained... must re-rate
ClarkVV (4841) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 1, 2004
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Undated bottle. Pours a bright orange with lots of sediment floating around, no head formed. Smells like sharp oranges, and more phenolic fruits. Alcohol apparent on the nose as well. A strange sour spoiled milk or rotten vegetable quality in the nose as well. The flavor is hugely sweet/sour, like it's got plenty of sweet and sour sauce in it, mixed with hops. Not sure what to make of this. Has a weird old cheesy flavor as well with some alcohol apparent. Texture is watery and thin. Fruit flavors, cheese, bitter hops and rotten vegetables. . .hmmm, this one's goin down the drain.