cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - JAN 30, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2003 My perspective has changed quite a bit after sampling other examples of this style. I'm not sure how I gave it a 2.4 initially. No head to speak of, fairly carbonated, mostly cherry flavors, earthy/soggy (like a forest after a heavy downpour). Noticed a touch of pepper. I disliked the metallic twinges that fluctuated from extremely evident to non-existent depending on the sip. I'll be getting this one again, if only to contrast and rerate yet again.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2003
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma nearly scared me off. As others have mentioned, balsamic vinegar to the max! There is also a good measure of acetone and acetaldehyde. Once my nose got over the initial shock, additional notes began to emerge: Various tart fruits, and a backbone of saddle leather. This sits in the glass with a reddish brandy-like color and a thin, articulate head that will not let go. Taste is sour and tart, and pretty sweet. Mostly cherries, but some sour apples and even plum. The finish is somewhat discordant with the rest of the beer as it swoops in from above; somehow the finish is pretty dry and it drains your mouth of all flavors but the sour very quickly. Fleeting metallic hints.
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ruby red, quite a large bubbly head that sloooowly faded. Initial tastes were sour bing cherry candy, mellowed as it warmed. Tart on the sides of the tongue and thickly sweet down the middle. Finish was a dry woodiness with some lingering sour/tart.
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer poured a very dark red color and formed an amazing, huge pillow like head that left some very amazing laticed like lace. Heavy and beautiful style carbonation present. An aroma of malt and wine(but not sure of style). A flavor of malt, wine, and cherries. The finish was rather tart, brought on by the heavy carb and the wine aspect no doubt. It was the finish that hurt this beer in the end from getting a higher rating from me. I felt it hurt the overall flavor of the beer. But it is not a bad beer and worth trying.
jsquire (3230) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2003
1.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
On tap. Dark red color with a thin head. It smells of musty old barnyard, and it put my gueuze defenses up. Lots of sour but with an almost cherry sweetness to balance it. Still too pungent for me to enjoy. And not just unenjoyable but undrinkable. I'll beat my palate into liking this before that gueuze crap, though.
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2003 Strong balsamic vinegar aroma which mellows to that of a white wine with slight oak hints. I was happy to appreciate the aroma for quite some time. Initially, this has a great sour flavor. Next that oak cask aging becomes apparent. It finishes bitter. A nice level of carbonation.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2003 A quote from MartinT,"This is quite surprising!! Very Tart in a luscious body of dark fruit and malt...A tremendous oud bruin!! DOn't know what they put in this but the women love it, believe it or not!!" I gotta agree with what he said(although me wife didn't get a chance to try it yet). The tranlusent prune colored. Sour aroma. Fruity like prunes, sweet and at the same time tart,sour. Very interesting. Great Brew!
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2003
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This one poured a cloudy ruby red color with a very minimal white head. This was a wickedly horrid aroma to begin with however... It was an aroma of sourness, and of hard liquor almost..zachory boone as my hard liquor buddy described it. The taste is like a produce department however and totally makes up for what the aroma lacks in attractiveness. Lemon, cranberry, grapefruit and other tart citrus fruits become apparent leaving a very very dry aftertaste. I found it to have an almost soda-like atmosphere to it..highly carbonated, and attacking the sides of the tongue. This reminded me of the high school days of chewing on a sourball...a nice tartness, a different taste that is for sure, but that aroma is repulsive at times.
rodolito (163) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 18, 2003
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Imbibed in November 2002. I really enjoy this beer as a result of the synergy of the flavors. A weird combination but nonetheless quite pleasing. A fruity wine aroma with a hint of vinegar. Pours a clear burgondy red color with a hint of brown. A medium head that rapidly disappears, leaving a small island of tiny bubbles in the middle of the glass that is surrounded by a thicker ring of bubbles on the edge of the glass. A medley of flavors on the tongue! Sweetness, wine, balsamic vinegar, faint soy, and currants. Mild carbonation but quite fizzy on the tongue. Medium mouthfeel with a clean finish.
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 13, 2003
3.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours deep ruby red, almost black with a long lasting creamy head. Sourness is the predominating aroma, almost like sour milk which made me think it had gone bad at first. For such a long lasting head it feels thin on the palate and balsamic vinegar flavours come through. Really a range of sour/vinegar like flavours enrobe the palate at diferent times. Underneath this, there is a super sweet malty background that is quite cloying. For me it is too sweet and the sourness cannot balance it out. There is no hop presence.