frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 6, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep mahogany colour with a tan coloured head. Aromas of red wine vinagar, cherries, wood and a slightly musty smell mingled with a few spices. The taste is to use a Will Farrell term " scrumtrulescent" sour vinagar, wood, cherreis, sweet maltiness and medium carbonation, and some spices. This is a good beer!
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Served at room temp- which was too warm. Im pretty sure this was aged on red wine oak barrels so some of that flavor and aroma came through, although there was a slight vinegar taste in the background. Tasted too hot and sweet with a wierd acidic and harsh profile. Very complex but not the kind of beer for me.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - NOV 2, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Popped the top of this beautiful bottle and first smell was chardonnay and balsamic vinegar. Once in my snifter, pours a very consistent ruby-brown with a fluffy head of cardboard colored bubbles. Parts of the head hang around forever and it leaves moderate lacing. Smells sour and tart, sour grapes and cherries, and the previously mentioned wine and vinegar, with a bit of spiciness. Taste is tremendous: sweet and sour. This is the sweetest Flemish sour Iíve ever had and itís a great thing, considering a lot of beers this style do taste a lot like vinegar. There is a remarkable, mouth-watering contrast of sweet fruit and tart cherries that makes me want to drink and drink and drink and drink this beer. I just swish it around over my tongue, over and over, until its time for another swig. When the big flavors back off, raisins, brown sugar and plum are left over. My only wish is that there is more of a malt backbone in the finish. Otherwise, this is a damn good beer I recommend to anyone trying to get into this style. Get my man Haddon90 one of these.
mwesth (279) - Skovlunde, DENMARK - OCT 28, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I have had this several times before rating it.. Dark reddish coloured with a huge head. Lumps of yeast floating in the beer - just like an old homebrew! Very thick mouthfeel, almost like a good port or sherry.
A fantastic blend of sourness and a nearly cloying sweetness. Sharp, sour and mouthwatering aftertaste. Too bad it is so damned expensive in DK!
rgrep (156) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 25, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(30 Aug 04) Amazing. What more can I say, I was enthralled and in love with this beer the entire time. It took me back to the first time I tasted a Flemish Sour (Rodenbach Grand Cru) but this time there was a completely different texture to experience. My wife hated this beer and actually spat it back into her glass! That didnít bother me though as I happily enjoyed her share! :) The pour was the most surprising part as it was like warm maple syrup. I have never seen a beer this viscous before. It was the colour of rubies with an almost non-existent light-brown head and very little, if any, lacing. I can only describe the aroma as what I imagine port-wine vinegar would smell like, and to a sour-head like myself that is devine. The body was only moderately mouth-filling but it was so very thick and syrupy. I have used the term "chewy" to describe plenty of beers, but this one truely was! Flavour-wise is was acidic, vinegary and very delicious.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - OCT 24, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice mahogany color with a tall off-white head that leaves minor lacing on the glass. Sweet dark fruit aroma, hints of plum and sweet cherry, slightly spicy. Taste is rich and malty with hints of dark fruit, slight woody flavors, and a light tartness in the finish along with a mild bitterness that is well hidden. Very smooth mouthfeel with a light carbonation.
jtw (1139) - farmington, Michigan, USA - OCT 18, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
gorgeous ruby with a light offwhite head. smells sour, lambic-like. notes of merlot and cherry, cider and vinegar and alcohol. very winelike, very much like a kriek. interesting, but definitely not something i could drink regularly.
Pimgref (86) - Gorinchem, NETHERLANDS - OCT 18, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nice looking red-brown beer. Taste far too sweet/fruity(cherry) to my opinion.
From dubbel moving towards kriek.
Pailhead (5588) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - OCT 14, 2004
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Strong vinegar aroma as well as a little fruit and some sourness. Pours a reddish-brown with some transparency. Somewhat large bubbled head that is gone in 30 seconds. Very sweet flavor. Cherries and sour apples. Light caramel. Reminds me a little of the gueze I recently rated, but not quite as sour. Moderate sour finish. Not a big fan of the vinegar aroma so the final rating is going to take a slight hit. Very similar to a gueze.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear garnet-toned body with moderate carbonation and a thin silky tan head with nice lacing. Wild and interesting aroma of sour red wine, balsamic vinegar, black cherries, horse blanket, a touch of chocolate, and mild fusel alcohol. Varied, long, and lingering flavor of cherry candy, grapes, light oak and brett. Medium tartness and very sweet. Reminds me of Turani syrup. Slick, syrupy mouthfeel. A great dessert beer, but too sweet for casual consumption.