hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - OCT 16, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle- enjoyed this, but was not as sour as I was expecting or hoping. Rather, this had a nice tart (slightly sour), cherry/raisin flavor, followed by a strange and enjoyable toffee like finish that was smooth...Aroma was semi disappointing as I smelled a lot of the balsamic qualities others have written about. More sweet than sour in parts for sure, but very good nonetheless. Still, not as good as Rodenbach.
PHXHOPLOVER (50) - LAVEEN, Arizona, USA - OCT 14, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, not expecting this sour ale to be so sweet, but not bad for balance. If it wasnt sour, it would be way too sweet. Kind of a desert beer. Good sour belgian ale smells. Tastes of cherries, and fruits, with a hint of caramel and slight roastiness from the dark mal.
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - OCT 13, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Ortinos Northside. Pours a ruby red/brown with a smaller creamy/bubbly almost pink head. Aroma of red wine, malty sweetness, mixed berries and light oak. Flavor of red wine, mixed berries, oak, malty sweetness.
mtoast (336) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2007
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
33cL bottle, from old notes. Deep ruby red color with short lived tan foam, not so good lacing. Lots of oaky sweetness in the aroma, bit too sweet on the flavor end, almost seems like it was artificially sweetened.
uoffgator (49) - Miami, Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2007
3.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a good sour ale. Very deep in color creamy head and a unique full flavour. Has a bitterly sweet flavor that is perfect for after dinner or a pre dinner cocktail. Surprisingly light for all its rich tones.
DownsouthGav (601) - Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a garnet colour beer. Bold beige head. Soft mouthfeel. Some carbonation. Complex taste with sourness, vinegar, yeast, malt, raisins, dates and spiciness. A real joy to drink.
KimJohansen (10411) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - OCT 9, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours red brown with an abscent head. Aroma is sweet sour with hints of malt and balsamico. Flavor is sweet sour and a bit watery in the middle before a mild sourness kicks in. Rather vinous but lacks character.
TheQuaffer (14) - Epsom, Surrey, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Ghent. Pours a reddish brown colour with a thin head. A fruity & sweet smelling aroma. Has a well balanced sour taste. Give me a Duchesse over a Rody every time!
Carlus12 (361) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask @ Lowlander, London. Pours murky reddish brown. Very thin head. Aroma is dark fruits / raisins & cherry. Taste is sour fruits and malts. Interesting and a little different.
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - OCT 7, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap a the Stumbling Monk, and served in proper glassware. Pours hazy reddish brown with a thin but dense off-white head. Aroma of tart cherries, lemon, vinegar. Full body and light carbonation. The taste is surprisingly sweet, and the cherry/lemon taste is only vaguely represented. It’s replaced by oxidized apples. A lightly woody, lightly vinous finish.