vanvenlo (1399) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 28, 2005
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
25 May 2005 - Big fruit and complex hop aroma, with some earthiness. Clear brown-drak red colour, with nice brown head. Too sweet for me, with a tangy and hoppy taste, along with heaps of sourness. Liquory sugar lingering finish. I guess I am not a fan of sweet and sour.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - AUG 26, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured reddish brown with a thick tan head. Great creaminess and head retention. Appearance gets a five from me. Smell had vinegar, cherry, grape, apricot and vanilla. Taste had a strong and interesting cherry and vinegar combo with vanilla coming into play. Mouthfeel is really cool. This was a good introduction to a style I donít know much about.
Pringles68 (28) - Audubon, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
this is my favorite beer... tastes more like fine wine than beer, fruity, tart yet sweet and flavorful. warning - must be chilled properly to avoid nasty nasal "smelling salts" aftertaste but if properly chilled the aftertaste doesnít show up and itís just wonderful.
GregClow (2961) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 25, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, blankboy & tupalev - courtesy of blankboy. Oooooh yeah, this is the good shit! Clear ruby-brown with a small, tight head. Sour, fruity aroma - notes of wine vinegar, oak, and a dusty finish. Flavour holds a fantastic balance of sweet brown sugar/caramel and a bracing tartness. Really good!
blankboy (6466) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2005
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow & tupalev. Pours a clear reddish-brown with a small tan head. Aroma is very sour with some sweetness added. Flavour is also sour with some green apple and citrus but itís the sugary malt sweetness of it that I didnít particularly care for -- it just wasnít my thing. I also found the palate quite harsh and I didnít like the aftertaste. This oneís not for me.
HogTownHarry (6200) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2005 Bottle (330ml). Shared with blankboy, GregClow and tupalev - courtesy of blankboy. Poured a crystal clear deep red-brown with a small light-brown head. Aroma is very sour/tart - red wine vinegar, sour white wine, pine resin, oak, pure vanilla extract, some mild molasses. Tasted of sour cider and lots of molasses maltiness, fresh cut hardwood - a wonderful sweet/sour balance, I wanted another bottle! Mouthfeel was acidic, sticky, and a little thin and metallic. A very drinkable and balanced sour ale, a good starting point for a relative "sour brown" novice like myself - on to the Rodenbach Grand Cru!!
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 18, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I ordered this thinking it would made a good dessert beer, and I was not dissatisfied. Looked like cherry coke in a snifter. Aroma was sour, like a tamed gueuze, and popping with dried cherries. The tart finish lasted about halfway through my second beer of the night.
rmmello (3) - Oakley, California, USA - AUG 17, 2005 does not count
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled, beautiful deep ruby brown, tan head, strong fruit aroma. Starts with a full sweet fruit flavor, finishes with a tart citrus. somewhat cloying. Almost felt like dipping an eggroll in it...
joergen (22911) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear red brown coloured with an off white head.
Aroma of red wine and wood with some sweetness and notes of glue.
Sweet flavour of wood, wine and balsamic vinegar with notes of glue.
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - AUG 13, 2005
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from beers of Europe. Dark ruby with dirty dishwater head. Extra-ordinary aroma of wood, port, balsamic vinegar, cherry (pulp, seed and skin), tomato, soy, barnyard yeast. Good god. Complex in the flavour, also, with a bit of sweetness tempering things just slightly too much. Sweet and sour, woody finish.