HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 6, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clear read with a some head. Some lacing. Nose of barn yard and sour fruit and notes of butter. Flavor of sour cherry. Moderate acidic and some vinergar flavors. Creamy texture with a dry finish.
thegreenrooster (3175) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 5, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep red with a lasting head. Flavor is sweet and sour raspberrys. Very musty and earthy. My first sample of this kind and I am looking forward to sample more. Deffiantly for sipping to enjoy the complex flavor.
piscator34 (1949) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 31, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
A brownish beer with hints of red. Aromas of cranberry, cherry, and sour raspberry. An interesting interplay of sweet and sour flavors, but it lacked some of the complexity, especially the vinegar notes, that are found in the Rodenbach Grand Cru. It lost itís way a little on the finish too. Still good, just not fantastic.
Gorbalev (2911) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 26, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Well, certainly my first beer of this style. Iíve got to say a beer full of surprises. First the appearance - a dark reddish brown. The aroma is certainly balsamic vinegar, but there is an equal amount of raspberry in there as well. The taste is sour and very sweet, which I enjoyed, but the vinegar aroma didnít carry over much for me. The finish is dry, sweet and short. I really really enjoyed this and was not totally expecting too. Thanks Rudge75, this was truly a great beer experience.
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 26, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Sweet sour, vinegary, acidic. Sherbet. Very much like the Rodenbach, but not quite as good.
PhillyBeer2112 (2517) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2008 First rating, Iíd like to preserve: Grapey with balsamic vinegar in the nose and flavor, which is sweetish and complex, but man, that balsamic vinegar is everywhere, hard to judge of its good or not. I like vinegar and had only recently sat down and tasted some quality stuff, but when its the dominant flavor of a beer...? Dark amber color. Acidic and strong. Hard to rate.
Next up, a few years later and a second bottle of it, and no hints of balsamic vinegar. Yes, there is plenty of acidity, but its also quite sugary sweet and presents with a bit sweet n sour profile, moderately vinous, only vaguely fruity. Fairly smooth and easy to drink too. Iím keeping the numbers the same actually, but for entirely different reasons.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 21, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Small bubbly head, reddish color with medium carbonation. Great sour fruit aroma. Sour, fruity, sweet, complex, reminds me of some good port wines. Slightly bitter finish. It is a beer I like to drink last in a session, I like the fact that the foam clings to the glass, a very good and enjoyable beer.
jimhilt (2392) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 17, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours with a two-finger white head leaving that fades quickly but leaves a good lace. Clear, deep reddish amber. Nose is raisin. Tastes of raisins and apricots, smooth with sweetness but has a slightly tart finish. Complex - sweet and sour. A 330ml bottle was $3.50 from Colonial Liquors, Acton, Ma.
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - MAY 17, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at DBF 2004. Deep red body, with a nice white head on top. The aroma is sour, sweet, leather, balsamic vinegar, very complex. Flavor is about the same, and some saltiness. Very good one. Im beginning to like these sour ales.
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - MAY 11, 2004
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
Iím rating this with ample leeway to the fact that I just canít learn to appreciate this style nor do I understand what a good Flemish Sour is. It should have a nice balance between sweet and sour flavors. I tasted both, but there is certainly no balance. Balsamic vinegar flavor dominates, brown sugar super-sweetness comes in second then there is a salty aftertaste. Try as I did to enjoy, to look somewhere for some inkling of pleasure, I found only shrieking taste buds and cringing lips. It tasted as though it were made with stagnet, metallic drinking fountain water. While I admire anyone that can enjoy this beverage, as far as Iím concerned the Duchesse wears no clothes (actually, she is kinda hot).