HogTownHarry (6322) - 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 (23987) - 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.
Beerly There (23) - Oregon, USA - AUG 11, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Medium brown with garnet tones. moderate head which dissapates quickly. Woody, sour aroma almost like a sherry vinegar. Mildly sweet initially. Soft luscious mouthfeel. Finishes slightly tart. Similar to Rodenbach Grand Cru but even better. A wonderful find.
Crit (3601) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 10, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep ruby brown, lasting tan head.Sour acteic nose.Starts sweet, slightly acetic, then sour. Unfortunately there is a metallic tone that spoils the beer.
DonMagi (5595) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2007 Well my 200th rating at last, iv seen this so many times but have been told i wouldnt like it as its not my style(im not a big fan of souness). However i found the aroma intence and intresting, sour, hops, malt(just raw malt), tomato vinigar, and about 400000 others aswell. taste is sweet and sour and as it warms it gets far to complex for me, it actually overpower me by the end and was glad to finish, one to have again yes, but only one at a time with food(which type im not sure yet) i would imagine). TIME FOR THE MUSIC!!!!!!! RERATE: Bottle in the rake, London. Just an amazing sour ale, creamy mouthfeel, tart sourness with balanced red malts. Oh yes this is a very very good ale.
veronika (410) - SWEDEN - AUG 8, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black, with a creamcolored head. Aroma from grapes, plums and some alcohol. Floral grapefruit flavor, red wine, fruyits, juniperberry, some cinnamon and with a sweet finish. Different and a bit hard to define.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Blind Pig, Champaign, IL. I’ve had this several times out of the bottle, first time on tap. I’m always struck with the sour cherry flavors, although I’m not 100% there is even any fruit in this beer. I’m not a big Belgian fan, but I’ll drink this before the Abbaye des Rocs Brune or Grand Cru anyday (which to me have far too many banana notes in them.) The clove and nutmeg profile added a nice touch. This is a great sipper, doing an entire bottle is a chore.