jgb9348 (4439) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 30, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Well, this will be the first flemish review for me, so here goes. I bought this because of a review of two sales people at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, New York. The pour is very nice, a dark brown/burgundy colour with a 95% opacity. A small slightly tan head is on the top with some large bubbles. The aroma is almost completely vinegar smelling. Vinegar types of champagne, zinfandel and even a slight balsamic smell. Imagine a combination of those three vinegars and you might begin to imagine the smell of the beer. The taste was very unexpected...almost soda like. I am a person who loves sour foods, so this was right up my alley. Very bright sour beginning of sweetened/soured fruit and some vinegar. A medium bodied beer which goes down very nice without the slightest hint of alcohol. The only real reason to dock this beer points is the palate factor. After the inital sour taste, there is very little else, except drying. But overall a great beer, and I can't wait to try another Flemish to see where this one ranks!
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 14, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Still trying to get my cheaks to stop puckering after this one. The flavor was like sour grapes with vinegar notes. The aroma was sour and vinegary with a slightly sweet fruity background. the burgundy body is topped by a medium thick off-white head with a good amount of lace. Full bodied, dry and slightly warming.
WestsideThreat (13) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 10, 2003
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very cool beer. Very sour and very sweet. Different than most Belgian sours. The carbonation is TERRIBLE though, the overall impresion would have been higher if it was spot on. There is no head and very fizzing. Perhaps I got a bad bottle. Very fun beer regardless. I'm looking forward to it warming up, to see what subtleties are unearthed
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - MAY 10, 2003
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottled. Crimson, deep mahogany with a light lacy head. Sour, sour and more sour. Twist of something else, not sure what. A new experience but not my style.
Dogbrick (7113) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 6, 2003
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Thanks to Darkover for the trade. I am still a little new to Flemish Sour Ales, Rodenbach Alexander being the only other one I have tried so far. From what I understand both are good examples of the style. That being the case I am fairly certain this is not a style I am a big fan of. Pours a dark amber/brown with a thick multi-colored head (beige with light brown splotches), with thin lacing. Aroma is alternatingly fruity and sour. The flavor actually reminded me of some Ohio Buckeye Brown that I tried not too long ago that had gone way past the "best by" date. Tart and vinegary flavor is tangy throughout. The finish is like an oaky Merlot. I was able to drink most of this in small doses, but I just can't appreciate the style.
fraternie (804) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish-brown body, thin head. Some sourness in the aroma, notes of cherry, a bit medicinal. Tart cherry malt flavor, very carbonated. Medicinal, acidic finish, but there is some nice sourness and moderate complexity here.
LeoR (57) - Arkel!, NETHERLANDS - MAY 1, 2003
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Quite sour taste, it smells like white cheese, which isn't a recommendation.
Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - APR 28, 2003
1.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
Can I get some fish n' chips to go with my malt vinegar? Oh, no wait! This is only a nasty-ass Flemish Sour. And that it is. Awfully sweet, and horrifically sour. I thought I was drinking a lemon drop laced with lead that had been steeping in a barn for a month. This hurts!
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - APR 26, 2003
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
It isn't that I don't like sour beers, but the vinegar is just too much. Huge acid and sour character makes this all but undrinkable in my book. I can taste that it is quality beer, but it doesn't taste good to me.
ericnixon (737) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 20, 2003
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Wow, i had no idea that the people who make Zours candy also made a beer. Sorry, but i'm not a huge fan of drinking fruity vinegar.