bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2003
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This tastes like red wine almost, but smooth and not as thick. I really enjoy it!!
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - NOV 24, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2004 Aroma: Sweet, crisp smelling with slight medicine and floral bouquet.
Appearance: Mohogany to dark brown
Flavor: Crisp, slight fruitiness, not as strong as La Folie.
Palate: agree with acrodizer, "Mild for the first second, then carbonated and rough like cola."
Overall: Not bad, seemed a little thin though.
Aroma: 8/10--strong butter, finegar, and carmel malts. also some cinnamon, nutmeg, and mineral scents
Appearance: 3/5--cloudy brown, slight lacing, small head
Flavor: 7/10--very sour, like drinking balsamic vinegar out of the bottle, also some sweet 'n sour sauce flavoring
Palate: 3/5--smooth, buttery, vinegar finish
3fourths (8228) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2014 Served in my favorite goblet... good lord the smell of balsamic vinegar hits you hard. It pours a deep burnt brown with a medium sized, light tan head. Quite a "sour smell", somewhat reminds me of :La Folie, the first of this style I tried and so my basis of comparison. Mild for the first second, then carbonated and rough like cola. Rolls over the tongue a little thin, then coast the throat with a sweet plum, grape and apple syrup, before a neat transition to a sour finish.
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - NOV 18, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I did not find this acetic at all. If anything the acidity was somewhat citric and tart with a whiff of strawberries. Apples maybe? Plums and also malt. Creamy texture with a dark ruby color. Really quite good! I wish I could get this again.
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - NOV 15, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown color with a white head. The taste is sweet with a sour finish. Notes of plums? Bananas? Nice indeed
Boutip (4856) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 13, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark red brew with a medium head. Sour taste with a distinct cherry flavor which is coming from the oak. Very impressive control of the flemish style. Alcohol taste is not evident at all. I could drink this at any point in time. One of the best flemish sour ales that I've had the chance to taste.
imdownthepub (10641) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 5, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2009 Bottled, Pasteurised. Dark amber beer with chunky head. Sweet and sour beer with little character. Thin flavours, some fruitiness. Disapointing. Re Rate 17.12.09 I get it now, fruity, souring and full, my tatsebuds have obviously developed over the years.
sarie99 (50) - San Francisco, Alabama, USA - NOV 3, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thin weak head. A slight froth but disappears and is pretty weak. Dark orange to ruby an color, slightly cloudy and nothing overly exciting. From a distance, almost looks like a brown ale. Several different aromas going on here – sweet fruit, vanilla, fake scent at car wash – yellow tree style. As it warms up the banana Runts flavor begins to work its scent to the forefront. Interesting aroma. I’m tasting tartness up front, the body is noticeably thin. The finish is tart as well. Reminds me of hard apple cider. That aftertaste is funky : acidic leaves a sweet tart lingering flavor. Very good. Thin body accentuates this beer – light and slightly refreshing.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - OCT 25, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Stuffed Sandwich in San Gabriel, CA 10/15/03. Also tried in bottle. Ratings above are for draft. Pours to a frothy head that dissipates quickly to a lingering, thin whisp. Dark ruby/copper color, almost deep brown until you pass some light through it. Hypnotizing vinous scent, sour cherries and oak with some alcohol aroma too. Deeper into the keg, more vinegary scent, bordering on completely overwhelming. Apart from that, it's very enticing and almost intoxicating just from inhalation. Medium-full body, very full and creamy for the style. Taste of berries with sourness and tart cherry bite as well as a bit of a "dirty" woodiness to it. It jumps a little bit as you swallow and lingers in a nice hum in the back of your throat. Nice, long finish with constant, mild tartness in the throat and savory cherry sweetness on the tongue. Very delicious beer, and a definite treat for dessert at the end of a satisfying meal. Just don't get the stuff at the bottom of the keg. Hoah boy! Bottled version: much more sour, almost overwhelming. Kind of unpleasant, but the fruit flavors are still there beneath it all. A little too sharp.
beeriodic (61) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours an effervescent, frothy head that remains and laces down nicely. In the glass, it looks a lot like a Coke. Sour nose. Wow, the flavor is something special, tart and sweet, a little woody... hard to describe at this point in my beer-ducation. The complexity reminds me of a dubbel, but much sweeter and more tart. Loved one.