frankenkitty (1965) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Looked like I poured myself a Pepsi, with a caramel-colored body under a fast & fizzy head. Interesting aromas began with a high amount of vinegar, revealing sour cherry, taffy and beef broth. Contrary to what I anticipated, the sourness only revealed itself at the finish, being preceded by some harsh sugar-sweetness. Finish flavor also included cut grass. Although rather fizzy, it still felt creamy in the mouth with the carbonation providing a tingly ending. For a beer that I was hesitant to try, I found it enjoyable and look forward to sampling others of this style.
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IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - JUN 20, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A clear copper brown color with a fizzy tan head. Wow, what a scent, cherries and raisins soaked in Lambic with oak chips and apple slices thrown in the mix. Some Kriek-like flavors, but not the sticky sweet Krieks. Nothing syrupy about this, crisp, pleasingly tart, lightly fruity, delicious! (Note to self-We must get to Belgium!)
rajendra82 (973) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JUN 18, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2005 Green (Ack!) Champagne style 750 ml. bottle with a wire cage, and an best by date of Oct 2007 printed on the cork. The body was dark red - bordering on brown, clear, fizzy, and topped with a two finger foamy beige head. The aroma was a complex mix of wood glue, soured cherries, saffron, floral hops, and a touch of hay. The taste was light, fruity, and airy. The flavor was sweet-sour like granny smith apples, pickles, vinegar, and whipped cream. The yeast presented itself as an earthy and slightly spicy background tone. Mouthfeel was very light and delicate. Towards the end the sweetness got quite a bit cloying, but I think this was an intentional effect using NutraSweet (or so Iíve heard).
I can see the craft in this beer, and the tangent that it has traveled along. It hasnít gone so far as to become a malt vinegar flavored alco-pop, but is has flirted close enough to avoid frequent visits. Extra points for being gutsy.
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - JUN 18, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very nice Flemish sour. Nice cherry tinge to it that fills out with an acedic taste, nice an sour. Red and Brown body with a thin off white head. A lovely beer, I shall buy more.
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - JUN 18, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown/redish colour. Thin white head. Fruity sour nose. Acidic, cherry flavour, with hints of grapes and green apples. Sourish , nutty finish.
weepingsuds (222) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - JUN 17, 2005
1.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Not sure about the other rave reviews. If you want something very different borderline chemical give this a try. Pours deep brown red. My wife agreed this stuff smells like acetone. I tried to finish the glass, but it felt like it was unhealthy to consume. This beer was part of 50 beers I just brought back from Belgium and this thing was the loser of the bunch.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 8, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark red. Extremely vinous nose (Pinot Noir), with hints of ripe red fruit, muffin batter, overloaded with blueberries, a light touch of caramel and of course. lactic and acetic acid funk. Quite vibrant. Rich compatibility between the sweet malts, bright fruits and sweeteners (?) and the funky and sour lactic and acetic, lightly woody tones. Really more of a mild Red, but very characterful and complex.
socoguzzler (11) - fort collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 8, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2008 I thought it was a tasty and delightful beer. I liked the appearence. Sour ales have seriously become my favorite style of beer.
pintbypint (2814) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 5, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml brown bottle from gilvanblight. Poured a clear red brown colour, only a trace of white head remained. Wine-grape aroma, sour notes. Cherry and dark grape flavours, woody notes, sweet, yet sour and acidic.
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 4, 2005
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear brown with hints of mahogany. A persistent and dense ivory head with nice fine lace. Smells sour, a bit vinegary (but in a good way). Vinuous and oaky nose.
I have heard this beer described as one of great depth but iíll be damned if I can find it. Itís tart, like tart cherries. Then gets quite winelike and hints of oak but is overwhelmed by a cloying sweetness that overwhelms the palate and disappointingly chases all the sourness away. Very sticky mouth with a lingering tartness but no sour driness to speak of, the kind of thing I like in a Flemish Red. Because of the sweetness not too drinkable either. Not bad but not great. I have the rest of a four pack to let this one change my mind.