iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 8, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2004 Tap: aroma like a spoiled bottle of cabernet. . .very sweet initially, turing sour and acidic. Finish dry and leaves the mouth watering for something more, but I am not sure it is there in this one. . . 3.2
ReRate: Draft at the Hop Leaf, late 2004: much different experience, perhaps my palate has changed…the long acidity brought me in much deeper this time, showing me hallways of sour fruit with cedar floor boards, held together by long iron spikes. A deep complexity the does offer balance to those interested in listening: sweetness, vinous fruits, earthen must, and tartness. Glad that I didn’t just have one…
jaymobrown (1606) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2002
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
At first smell I nearly gagged. At first taste I lost all my sense. Someone must have put vinegar in a bottle as a joke. Tasted like something I’d pour over my salad. Very sour. However, after it warmed it did mellow out. Probably best at room temperature.
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - NOV 4, 2002
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Whew.... Cheap Heinz Vinegar smell. Sour to no end at first sip!?!? What is this??? Before you dump yours, let it sit a while. Some complexity appears after it warms, more appley and cherrylike with some still unavoidable vinegar notes. There’s a time and place for this beer. The middle of a Sunday night ’TV & Tasting Party’ isn’t the place! I like Venoms Idea of pouring some on a salad. It would be great with Spinich leaves.
Indra (2560) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 1, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled on tap 10/22/02. Woody, herbal, red wine and sour aroma, along with some definite vinegar, cherry and, eventually, a hint of vanilla(?!). Very slight head this beer has, just a slight haze and ring of off-white foam. Medium to dark garnet in color. Sharp and acidic in character, but quickly turning to fruity and lightly sweet, with a bit of tangy cherry becoming evident. Finish moves from initial tartness to a light, fruity sweetness with some faint, dry, musty hop flavors. Fairly light bodied. Palate is smooth and has a decided lack of effervescence. Mellows as it warms. Enjoyable beer. Drink this one by itself or at least at the start of your session so you can appreciate all that goes on, I think you’ll be glad you did.
SilkTork (5068) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2003 From somewhere in the dark she kisses you with lips still moist with the soft whisper of oak aged balsamic vinegar. The tapestry above your head, embroidered with dusty silk in Bruges for young Mary, daughter of the Duke of Burgundy, envelopes you in the dust of long rotted fruit. You embrace in the folds, both sweaty now, your pores exuding vapours of bitter chocolate and coffee. Your passion is sharp, sweet, honeyed, sweaty and so deep you can hear the boom of the guns over the fields of Flanders only a heart beat away. After you come, all that remains is a wrinkled memory of blood on your lips.
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 30, 2002
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Glowing reddish amber with a petite but sticky light tan head. Slow and steady carbonation. Brutal, brutal red wine vinegar aroma with hints of vinous alcohol and sour oak. Aroma screams ’Should I drink this or mix it with olive oil and pour on a bed of greens?’. Initially brashly sour and acidic with a fluffy, carbonated body. Sweetness lingers beyond the harsh first impression of sour acid. Light body. Woven array of sweet and sour aspects are nicely balanced, with it first being invasively sour, then the aftertaste is sweet and woody. Airy nature tempers the harshness somewhat but this finishes with a burning acidic edge akin to heartburn burps. Does generate some horsebarn notes as it warms and acclimates. Definately do not drink ice cold. This will either be raved or poured.
argo0 (11166) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 20, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2006 (5/3/06, draft) Clear garnet body with an off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, sour cherry, vinegar, wood. Taste is medium sweet, cherry, some sourness, light wood. Light-medium body with some acidity and light syrup. A completely different experience from the previous time (in a good way). A bit more syrup than some of the other Flemish sours, but nice nonetheless. (8/3/8/3/15)
(10/20/02, bottle) Cola colored with a small head that dissipated rapidly. Aroma is primarily balsamic vinegary, with hint of floweriness as well. Flavor is strong vinegar, taking a moment for one’s tastebuds to adjust. When they do, sweetness is noticeable, largely cherry in nature. Definitely not my beer of choice but slowly I’m beginning to appreciate these vinegar beers. (6/3/6/3/12)
Zach Diesel (906) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 19, 2002
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
a little too sour and fruity
Drinkingdan (371) - East Norriton, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sour and fruity. Very good to have now and then, but not often.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 8, 2002
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sweet fruity and sour very much like a wine maybe too much for my tastes