Papsoe (25085) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 20, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle 25 cl) Beautiful reddish brown, with an almost absent head. Vinegary, sour nose making me expect a very tart beer. But actually I feel that the sweetness is more predominant with the sourness levelling things out - a "sweet & sour" beer indeed. Very vinous and refined - a delicious and quite different Flemish sour ale. 060194
Rballs01 (279) - Madison, New Jersey, USA - MAY 17, 2005
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I love this style of beer! Sour cherries everywhere. It pours a very dark red/brown. Smells very acidic. A large white head foams leaving a small rim for the remander of the glass. Tastes of sour cherry, raw cranberries. Such a great style of beer.
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - MAY 16, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2009 Dark, deep red brown colour. Aroma is vinegar, sour. Very very fruity taste, apples, wine like taste. Some applejuice.
Good balance. Some sourness.
brigg (512) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 11, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2011 Enchanting red-brown color. Small, light tan head. Very powerful tart, vinegar aroma. Flavor was sweet and sour; vinegar. Tastes of apple, grape, and cherry. Oakey. Very unique flavor, if a bit over-powering. Almost like a wine. Lasting aftertaste.
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This appeared a deep brown caramel color with a fairly tall light tan head. Scatterings of lace were left as this was consumed and the head retention was minimal. Holy Crap when I first poured this I took a big whiff and was hit with a HUGE funky tart aroma that was a bit overpowering. After letting it air for a bit it became much more pleasant with a bit of fruity tartness, a slight vinegar smell and some woody notes. Flavor wise this was super tart on the first sip that made me think it was going to take a while to get through this glass. After it warmed a bit I found it much more tasty and palatable with a nice mix of tartness and sweetness balancing each other out with the tartness taking a slight lead. There were fruit flavors and woody notes in the taste as well and a fairly nice lingering sour after taste. Mouthfeel was about medium with a soda bubbly feel to it that kind of detracted from it a bit but not much. This was a real sipper for me and I would definitely have to be in the mood for one of these to drink it. I would have it again in the future but I doubt more than one bottle at a time. Very interesting stuff that deserves a shot if you come across it, and I suggest letting it air out and warm a bit for the best experience.
MIBRomeo (2559) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 5, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
copper in color w/ a small small bubbled head. Smells of bitter barn and whiskey which became oddly appealing as I drank the beer. a good solid thick body and nice mouthfeel. The flavor is warm (alcohol) and lightly of whiskey then an odd weak tart. Overall this was a great flemmish sour in my book. Thanks to Blake for bringing it out.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 4, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Clear brown body with very slow-rising bubbles, makes me anticipate a well-textured beer. Oaky whiskey aroma with pepper and dark grape skins. Big rich mouthfeel - maple syrup, herbal hops, and tart grapey fruitiness. I love how the cask aging has mellowed out the tart flavors and replaced them with smoother sweet ones.
1FastSTi (3336) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 4, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2010 As I tried this again and again, it has a bunch of metallic qualities and watery vinegar. Not as good as once rated.
Poured from a bottle. The bubbles rise very slowly. Red-brown body. Light tan head. So-so lacing. The aroma is whiskey, vanilla, black pepper, sour fruits, oaK. It has a VERY complex aroma. Not as barnyardy as other flemish ales. The flavor is mellow given the aroma, alcohol, sour fuits, tangy, cask aged grape juice. Pretty damn tasty. The palate is very thick. Almost syrupy. Yet still very appealing.
haukur (1305) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - MAY 4, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2012 dark ruby red, sour and vinegary smell. small head. Taste is typical for the style, but a bit yeasty, very yeasty finish. Some wood notes, candy and grapes to add to the berry sourness. Very very acidic and funky. lovely stuff.
braudimusprime (75) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 29, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yes, it is sour--I doubt it’s being advertised as anything but. Pours a pretty dark red with a minimal head. Aroma and flavor are mostly sour, with some fruit (apple and grape?) and yeast notes. Somewhat divorced from other things that are called beer, but as a clear change of pace this will do the job. Refreshing, medium body and lack of aftertaste are pluses.