DarkElf (2988) - La Jolla, California, USA - AUG 7, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Draft: OíBrienís in San Diego, CA) An interesting beer with some negative characteristics that somehow seem enjoyable; The biggest issue is the flavor and nose being not only just sour, but somewhat vinegary; However, sour cherry and moderate sweetness in both the flavor and nose minimizes the impact of the vinegary character, and itís actually enjoyable in whole; Lightly sweet on the palate, but the sourness cleans the palate nicely; Maroon/brown color; Tannish head is smallish on the pour and fades to a sheen within a few minutes; Some lacing, but barely enough to really notice it
Nate (3445) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tart fruity aroma, sour cherry skins, malt, a bit of sugar. Just a hint of vinegary acid but for the most part enjoyable. Ruby brown clear with thin off-white lacing head. Medium body with medium-high carbonation. Starts tart and fruity, highly acidic but not harsh. Good malt characteristic, with some sugary sweetness cutting through the acidic bite. Light bitterness in the finish with sweet-tart fruits lasting to the swallow. The after is surprisingly subdued, with just a little tart and malt left over. Good sour ale.
mongkut4 (132) - Florida, USA - AUG 3, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very interesting beer. Reminds me of the more acidic of the Lambics. Pretty balanced flavor I could best describe as sweet-tart. Sharp carbonation similar to other Belgians. I would definitely drink this again.
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 1, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Retarded. Ketchup, White sugar and prunes. Rich and very sweet. Notes of malt vinegar. Mouthfeel is pure gold.
jeffin7 (610) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JUL 29, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours red with a moderate head that fades. Aroma is of tart cherries and dark fruit. Flavor is also of slightly tart cherries backed by sweet malt and dark fruit. Very nice balance between the acidity and sweetness. Excellent beer.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 25, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Beautiful ruby garnet brown color, with a tan head that burst out of the glass like a volcanic explosion. Aroma is fruity, black cherries, some vinegar, yeast, funky lambic qualities. Acidic flavor, fruit, balsamic vinegar, medium-ish body, almost like a raspberry or black cherry soda, slightly sour. Very drinkable, if a bit unusual.
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 14, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled on tap at the GingerMan in NYC.
Dark brown/ruby red in color. Very little head. Strong aroma of balsamic vinegar.
Tasted sweet with a vinegar flavor on
first sip then finished somewhat tart. Not sure whether I should drink it or put it on my salad. Interesting.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUL 12, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
small tan head, very reddish brown, mellow nose, raison, very sweet, choc, light cherry, minimal sourness.
presario (4426) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 4, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Malt vinnegar aroma. Light brown. Minimal head. Tart but without the fruit. Intriguing and lovely.
TipsyMcStager (1120) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 4, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of port, vinegar, some chocolate and fruits underneath. Pours a reddish-brown, slight brown head. Wonderful tart flavour and baking soda. A lively mouthfeel. An enjoyable beer if you like this style.