tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 7, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2005 Strong malt vinegar aroma. Deep amber-brown colour. Short lasting fizzy head that recedes to cover with no lacing. Strong sweet vinegar beginning which sours through the taste to end in a rather sour fruitiness. It’s very sweet but equally acidic to balance. Hint of alcohol in the finish. Lasting acidity in aftertaste. Many complex flavours to keep the mouth interested. Body is medium with smooth mouthfeel and engaging carbonation on the tongue. Somewhat under-carbonated, perhaps. This is definitely an interesting beer and well worth trying. Bottle.
Does not age well.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - SEP 3, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark orange or slightly light brown, whichever you prefer. Cidery aroma. Nice balance of initial sweet with tart finish. Pretty good all in all.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 29, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A nice burgundy color, quite clear and pours with almost no head. Tastes lightly sour, with a hint of sweetness. Smells lightly woody and a bit sour as well. This beer tastes tart with a hint of cherry. A much more everyday, easy drinking version of Rodenbach Grand Cru. Maybe some hints of vanilla in the taste, followed by a bit of tannic background. No bitterness just a wonderful marriage of tart and sweet flavors. A hint of alcohol in the finish.
BBB63 (6155) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 24, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Reddish/brown hue with a frothy off-white head and okay lacing. Major sour cherry and oak aroma with hints of dates, ginger, and balsamic vinegar. Sour fruity taste with a wonderful undertone of oak. Minor bittering agent, light saltiness, and fleshy fruit tones found nearly hidden on the aftertaste. The acidic nature of the beer lingers well after the finish. Medium-bodied with a lively and crisp mouthfeel. What an outstanding flemish sour (almost kriek like). Refreshing yet complex for most palates. Which I had brought more.(Couldn't believe I found this in Gainesville FLA) P.S. Nice Hugo painting used for label.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
deep brownish red, big off white head. woody, fruity and malt vinegar aroma. fine beaded carbonation. stylistically tart, with notes of lemon dried cherry and plums. sweet and sour finish with a hint of pithy bitterness.
stefanberggren (135) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 22, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow this is a really nice beer that is something that has amazing complexity. It is a little sweet, but it balances nicely with the sour. Carbonation is perfect and the twang of sour mates itself very well. There are notes of cherry, plums and oak. A chocolate whisper comes to mind in the finish. What a head really nice long lingering head as you pour into a glass. I would recommend with a Bavarian Chocoloate cherry cake. A real winner and a must try for every Belgian beer lover.
larsniclas (5743) - Billdal, SWEDEN - AUG 17, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A sour vinegar aroma and flavour.
Champagnelike sweet palate.
Flipbrewer (33) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 17, 2003
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
WOW, good thing I like Belgian ales! Not for a palate weaned on mega-corp beer. Typical of Flemish red ales: light bodied; assertive mouth puckering lactic sourness with an astringent finish; no hop aroma or flavor at all, just a low bitterness. Complex acidic, winey aroma with bubblegum and oak dominating. Flavor is also reminiscent of oak-bubblegum with a nice sweet/sour character from start to mid-palate giving way to a clinging astringent dryness in the finish. Nice ruby red color. An acquired taste but very refreshing if your palate appreciates this style.
rickgordon (3845) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 17, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Ruby color with a decent frothy head. Vinegar aroma. Initial sweetness in the flavor with a sour, spicy ending.
rauchbier (3634) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled. Ruby red, low thin but rocky head and good condition. Appealing aromas of sweet fruity port and mellow balsamic vinegar. Froths up madly in the mouth, thus involving all taste buds. Tangy and sweet, fruity caramel and vinegar all fill the mouth. Finish is sweetly sour and astringently oily. Confusingly lovely.