jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - AUG 13, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown/ruby color. Light tan head and lace. Nose is vinegar,cherries,oak and others. Light to medium bodied, slightly biting carbonation, sweet ripened cherries give way to somewhat tart ones with hints of caskwood. Gentle caresses of cranberry and alcohol in the beginning also show themselves. This is damn tasty and one all lovers of the style should try. I like this better then the liefman’s goudenband.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 10, 2002
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2003 Best before 8/23/03, sampled 8/02. Glad to know I'm not the only one who smelled vinegar. Red body, smallish tan head. Some metallic notes, very acidic, some complex fruitiness, a bit of wine. Too much vinegary acidity in this one for me. RERATE 3/29/03: The vinegar notes bother me less the second time around. Cherry comes through well, with spicy and iron notes and a hint of lambic-like barnyard. Good balance of sweet and sour. RERATE again 11/03: Like Orval, this one keeps growing on me.
NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - AUG 8, 2002
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fantastic growing, now billowing flesh-colored head, ruby/amber body and effervescent carbonation. Definite tart cherry aroma, but accompanied by other dark fruit, light cocoa, and a waning acidity. Starts out nice and sharp, followed by a curious, steak flavor...not really bad, but unexpected. Cherries and berries abound. If was a bit more sour, and a little less acidic, it would be excellent.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 7, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2003 appeared bloody with moldy scabs..vinegar acid rain and cherry sweat aromas..overripe cherries gangbanged by mysterious chocolate...tart sour lambic-like finishUnique...I Really liked this one Re-Rate 1/18/03: the aroma showed a lot more vinegar than last time..there was a tad metallicness in the taste, and there was much too much vinegar noticed in the flavor too..i couldn't have missed this much vinegar the first time..i think that there's some inconsistency with this beer Re-Rate Draught: The vinegar, the god damned vinegar. other than that, nice tart grape flavor with some mild sweetness, mildew, and a vinous finish and aftertaste.
lassewan (44) - Borlänge, SWEDEN - JUL 21, 2002
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A real cherrybomb of sweetness and great aroma. This is the one beer you need not to miss.
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
(draft) Dark ruby, with minimal head. Sweet/sour, but the sourness is not like a lambic. Some fruitiness as well; black cherries? Slightly bitter around the edges. Very creamy mouthfeel. Another amazing experience.
Xingu99 (2) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 17, 2002 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A beer that is balenced between the agreesive spicy, vinegar, and sour qualities of this ’style’ and leans towards fruit, some sweetness and a mildly sour finish. Like others, I prefer the agressiveness of the Rodenbach, but this will
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nose is very sweet, vinuous. I thought it was just too sweet and lacked a complexity I enjoyed in the Rodenbach Grand Cru.
Hildigöltur (5105) - København, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is much milder and easier to drink than the Rodenbach Grand Cru. Brown-red colour with a small and short lasting head. Extremely refreshing with notes of berries and fruit. Not as complex and interesting as Rodenbach Grand Cru though.
stic (109) - Oostende, BELGIUM - JUL 13, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not a bad beer. A better version of Rodenbach. Fruity, sweety, some cherries and a sour aftertaste.