hapjydeuce (979) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAR 21, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2008 Iíve come back many times to rerate this beer, and I find myself enjoying it a bit more each time I get it. I can remember my reaction the first time I had this...blegh! Appearance is similar to flat coca-cola, deep burgundy / copper-brown color. Thin lace and no head, but plenty of carbonation. Wild yeast funk in the aroma, but less so than other prominent sour ales; mostly sweet oak wood notes and some pepper and ginger. The bolder flavors linger towards balsamic / vinegar notes. Tingly carbonation on the palate with each sip. A bit more sour funk versus the stronger acetic acid nose would round it out nicely in my book.
robinvboyer (3568) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 19, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle at the Beer Bistro.
Awesome stuff! very nice and tart, with a slight grape flavour. very smooth, and satisfying. excellent in this style.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 19, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2011 Itís been a while since Iíve tried this beer and itís more complex and satisfying than I remember. It pours a ruddy deep ruby color, with a frothy head and huge funky nose. But the flavors are subtler than this wood suggest, balancing the crisp dry grape notes with not only woody-ness but also with an intensely creamy quality, for lack of a better term. This doesnít so much detract from the tartness as provides a winning contrast - and it also makes this fine beer stand out from other sours.
JoeinDahlem (1378) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - MAR 14, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Cola-like appearance, thin head. Sour red wine aroma. I feared this beer would be too sweet, but it actually a nice balance between a sweet kriekish flavor and a sour, sparkling grape juice. My favorite part was the dry, old, filthy finish.
William (202) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAR 14, 2007
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Belgie in Utrecht. A bit too sweet for my taste, almost comparable to some Kriek beers. Nice head and beautiful glass.
Hoser (370) - Cowtown, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 11, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
My wifeís favourite beer, and of late there is always some in the cellar. Page 476 of Michael Jacksonís Great Beer Guide.
cathcacr (643) - Oregon, USA - MAR 10, 2007
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I wouldnít say sour, so much as bitingly, harshly tart. I donít think Iíve ever had anything anywhere near as tart. Aroma pungently tart. But itís a rare occasion that you have an aroma thatís actually there.
CheersMate (1315) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - MAR 9, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2007 I liked this beer due to the fact that it was a nice surprise. I had no idea what to expect. When I first popped the top on this sucker I was not expecting a sweet and sour smell, but it definitely did have one. After the pour, I noticed the beer had a brown and red hue. Great color. The total shocker came when I actually drank the beer, and I must say it was VERY sweet. The taste of cherries lingered inside of my entire mouth. Creamy, very little head, and a very fruity aftertaste. I was surprised and the only reason this beer did not rate higher was due to the fact that it at times was TOO sweet. Not my favorite, but also not bad. Cheers!
estoves (41) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 9, 2007
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle.Dark ruby brown body with a large fizzy and creamy lasting head. Sour smell of wineager. Flavor is sour, sweet with som notes of wood and sour berries.
Way to sour for me, probably not bad for its style, but i certainly dont like the style now.
Wolfenstein (96) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: pours dark brown with little head. It has a nice wine aroma. A bit tart but still sweet. Big cherry nose. A bit like a sour green apple on the finish.