meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This appeared a deep brown caramel color with a fairly tall light tan head. Scatterings of lace were left as this was consumed and the head retention was minimal. Holy Crap when I first poured this I took a big whiff and was hit with a HUGE funky tart aroma that was a bit overpowering. After letting it air for a bit it became much more pleasant with a bit of fruity tartness, a slight vinegar smell and some woody notes. Flavor wise this was super tart on the first sip that made me think it was going to take a while to get through this glass. After it warmed a bit I found it much more tasty and palatable with a nice mix of tartness and sweetness balancing each other out with the tartness taking a slight lead. There were fruit flavors and woody notes in the taste as well and a fairly nice lingering sour after taste. Mouthfeel was about medium with a soda bubbly feel to it that kind of detracted from it a bit but not much. This was a real sipper for me and I would definitely have to be in the mood for one of these to drink it. I would have it again in the future but I doubt more than one bottle at a time. Very interesting stuff that deserves a shot if you come across it, and I suggest letting it air out and warm a bit for the best experience.
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 5, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
copper in color w/ a small small bubbled head. Smells of bitter barn and whiskey which became oddly appealing as I drank the beer. a good solid thick body and nice mouthfeel. The flavor is warm (alcohol) and lightly of whiskey then an odd weak tart. Overall this was a great flemmish sour in my book. Thanks to Blake for bringing it out.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 4, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Clear brown body with very slow-rising bubbles, makes me anticipate a well-textured beer. Oaky whiskey aroma with pepper and dark grape skins. Big rich mouthfeel - maple syrup, herbal hops, and tart grapey fruitiness. I love how the cask aging has mellowed out the tart flavors and replaced them with smoother sweet ones.
1FastSTi (3344) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 4, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2010 As I tried this again and again, it has a bunch of metallic qualities and watery vinegar. Not as good as once rated.
Poured from a bottle. The bubbles rise very slowly. Red-brown body. Light tan head. So-so lacing. The aroma is whiskey, vanilla, black pepper, sour fruits, oaK. It has a VERY complex aroma. Not as barnyardy as other flemish ales. The flavor is mellow given the aroma, alcohol, sour fuits, tangy, cask aged grape juice. Pretty damn tasty. The palate is very thick. Almost syrupy. Yet still very appealing.
haukur (1438) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - MAY 4, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2012 dark ruby red, sour and vinegary smell. small head. Taste is typical for the style, but a bit yeasty, very yeasty finish. Some wood notes, candy and grapes to add to the berry sourness. Very very acidic and funky. lovely stuff.
braudimusprime (75) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 29, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yes, it is sour--I doubt it’s being advertised as anything but. Pours a pretty dark red with a minimal head. Aroma and flavor are mostly sour, with some fruit (apple and grape?) and yeast notes. Somewhat divorced from other things that are called beer, but as a clear change of pace this will do the job. Refreshing, medium body and lack of aftertaste are pluses.
GarethYoung (1110) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - APR 28, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[bottle: snifter]pours a dark red colour, with a large foamy head that quickly diminishes to a film. sweet fruity aroma, apples and a little cherry, there is also a dusty smell of yeast. very sweet upfront and finishes long and sour, reasonable body.
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle poured. Very nice reddish-brown color. Decent amount of head. Sweetingly sour aroma, but neither being too strong. Nice hints of cherry. Not as sour as I was expecting.
Garrat (1311) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2005
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
From A Bottle.Dark red in colour with a small head,
aroma is sour like old cider and vinegar,
taste is sour, woody with some cherry and airfix glue.
mephisto (1276) - TAIWAN - APR 23, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2005 sour fruity aroma, amber color with little head. mdeium bodied. sour sweet flavor.