MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - APR 30, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours very slowly like a thick syrup. large bubbles form the tannish coppery head in slow motion. body color is brownish red. vinuous notes, dried berries and yeast. mouthfeel starts unusually viscous and syrupy, then gets cherry sweet and sour. flavor gets malty sweet then sour again. balsalmic vinegar is so there. flavor continues to go back & forth. dry finish. micro-density lacing makes L shaped patterns, lasts longer than the head. like a dry cherry soda.
DrinkingbuddyD (129) - Warsaw, New York, USA - APR 29, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This one was very delicious. Usually i find the sourness of a flemish to be a bit too offensive, but that wasn’t the case at all with this one. This one was much more well balanced and full of rich fruity flavors. Much sweeter than expected after smelling how sour the aroma was. Very enjoyable.
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - APR 24, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2004 Red-brown colour. Some sweetness and fruits, red-wine vinegar / balsamico, milky notes, complex. A great beer - and my beer-eye-opener!
eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - APR 18, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My first ever experience with the style known as a Flemish Sour Ale and I'm incredibly impressed. A dark, rich burgundy color. A very layered, complex taste. Definitely can taste the "sourness" but also black cherries, dried apricots and a strong, STRONG presence of Balsamic Vinegar. Must be drunk slowly and carefully to be fully appreciated!
bonvivant (168) - Smithfield, Virginia, USA - APR 14, 2004
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet tartness! Layers of dark sweet cherries with fresh not quite ripe plums.Dark mahogany color with slight head.
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - APR 2, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Also available at the Mud Lounge in Missouri's Springfield - and at the home of one of SMS's librarains where I had quite a few ... Anyway, this is a really fun beer - an unexpected romp of complexity after months wandering in the beer desert back home. A really nice - well not balance, exactly, but stretch between the sour cream cake sweetness and the vibrant acidic edges. Good stuff!
JoeMcPhee (8314) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 31, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2005 Dark brown with a slight mohagany tint. Head is initially large but falls back to a thin surface film. Aroma is amazing, slighly sour, black cherry, with an oaky note and an amazing tawny port smell. I spent about 10 minutes trying to pick out all of the port characteristics, seems fruity with apricot and pineapple notes. Flavour is up to the expectations that the smell gave me. Sour with a fruity port flavour. Slight bitterness that is followed by a lingering sweetness, but without being cloying. Like nothing else I’ve had before.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2004
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Burgundy in colour. Umm, once again I have discovered a flavour that I am quite fond of (Balsalmic Vinegar this time) that in my opinion has no place in beer. There is a hint of apples and wood in the taste and nose. Finish is sour. Complex, but essentially undrinkable. Against the Grain here I come.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 26, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Hmmmmm. Dark ruby with a thin white big bubbly head that is quickly discipating. Th nose is very red wineish with grape skin and vinegar. The taste is sour and acidic and bitter lots of vinegar. The body is tingly and sparkeling. I understand where they are going here buyt I just dont like it and on top of that it is NOT very easily drinkable=major deductions from me.
wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours amber/garnet with a small head. Aroma is strong; balsamic vinegar, cherry, apples, and more. Very complex. The flavor is intense. Fruity, sweet. Apples and cherries dominate. The acidic finish is more crab apple than vinegar, but very strong. A nice dry aftertaste. Surprisingly balanced and very drinkable for such strong flavors.