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
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fizzy pour w. pervasive fruit vinegar aroma - certainly the balsamic vinegar comments preceding my review are right on. Beautiful mahogany color, with small, lasting head. Finely beaded, delicate carbonation. Sweet-tart flavor, steeped in wood and cherries - also a hint of chocolate. Nice astringent finish. Extremely refreshing, if a little sweet.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A good Flanders red, however I found it a little too sweet and a little less tart than I prefer. I like the Rodenbach GC better, as well as La Folie. This is a great looking brew though, with an excellent rocky head and nice lacing. I noticed the balsamic vinegar thing too, but I can’t quite decide if this is a good thing, or bad.
jcalbi (378) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 28, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Claret colored body with a sandy-brown head. Streaming thin bubbles rising to the surface at a frantic pace. Very oaky and somewhat sour cherry-like aroma. Very tart front, a middle that is quite sweet and woody and a rather intensely bitter finish. My wife took a sip and immediately picked up on the balsamic vinegar theme. To me, this is Rodenbach on steroids.
madsberg (9530) - Søborg, DENMARK - SEP 28, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2004 On Tap: Dark ruby colour with medium lasting head. Fabulous mix of sweetness and sourness makes this a highly drinkable beer. Last long in the aftertaste and the mouth calls for more. Had it as a aperitif to a 4 course beer menu. Excellent
Mads Langtved (2245) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
More drinkable then both Rodenbach Grand Cru, and Liefmans Goudenband. Not as bitter more sweet and fruity. Very, very refreshing and more apropriate to drink in the summerheat then ex.: Rodenbach and Liefmans.
TAR (2401) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - SEP 19, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2005 The sharp aroma consists of cherry, raisin, sweet tart, iron, caramel, subtle chocolate, almond extract, light perfume, old books, and glue. This dispays some serious Brussels lace in the tulip. First sip shows acid, simeltaneous tartness-sweetness, oxidation, iron, and a deep grape malt mushiness in the finish. Not as sharp as I prefer, but the palate remained excellent.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 18, 2002
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2003 Initial rating 9/02: Damn - I thought I'd tried and experienced most every flavor and aroma, but this is the first time I've ever had a Balsamic Beer! The aroma and even taste of balsamic vinegar is so noticeable, even a child couldn't miss it. Although I'm not the only one to taste vinegar (Bov, Omhper, Ecrvich did too), some others didn't mention it, leaving me to wonder about quality control and whether my bottle underwent some spoilage on the way from the Old Country. The beer itself is much, much sweeter than Rodenbach or the Liefmans Goudenband, and would be a great session Flanders Ale, but for the vinegar.
Rerate 5/03: MUCH better! Very little balsamic vinegar flavor (though it's still there slightly!). A very sweet ale with lots and lots of tartness combined for tons of complexity. Excellent and just plain delicious! Note: This beer is prone to spoilage, so you MUST ensure you're buying a fresh bottle or else you'll not taste the sweetness.
bierkoning (9757) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - SEP 9, 2002
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2008 Very sour and sweet taste. Oak, cherry and sour cream both in aroma and taste.
Re-rate: Bottle. Caramel and raspberry yoghurt in the aroma. Milky sour flavor with hints of iron, caramel, yoghurt and oak. Buttery aftertaste, somewhat vinous.