arjoseph (640) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 15, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2006 Re-rate: I had a bottle of this to finish off the night at Hop Duvel in Gent, and I was incredibly underwhelmed. The body was watery, the sour wasnít sour, and the flavor was flat. I donít know if I gained some perspective on it having had so many dope sour beers the past few days, but I felt like the beer could no longer have its lofty ranking in my list. So I bumped it down a few in the overall (from an 18 to a 16) and one in the flavor (from 10 to 9). I wasnít willing to go further, as I really did have many good experiences with this beer before the last time.
Bottle into ale glass. BAM. DOPE. What other words in all caps can describe this beer? WOW. HELLA TIGHT. From the smell to the last drop (at which a tear fell from the corner of mine eye, a melancholy tear of lost bliss...), this was great. The aroma was complex; I was picking up all types of sumptuous things, like raisins, prunes, brown sugar, a little nutmeg. The beer poured with a light brown, fizzy head that wasnít big to begin with and pretty much stuck around. It was clear amber glory in the glass. When the beer allows you to take your first sip, you pause and pray a prayer of thanks unto God for putting his monks in Belgium and guiding them on their righteous path. Lightly sweet, moderately acidic, flavors of cherry and sour apple fill your mouth and tantilize all available senses with the help of some soft carbonation. Reluctantly, you swallow, and your mouth is filled anew with the finish (at this point, cherubim swept upon me and I basked in a wash of holy light, wrapping me like a blanket neither cool nor warm). I canít find anything wrong with this beer at all. Some might find it too sweet, but it takes a lot of sweetness to get me to that point. Halleluiah. Amen.
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUN 15, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium brown/ruby colour with a frothy and fizzy, mostly diminishing tan coloured head. Dark bread, light oak, and light acetic/vinegar aroma. Modrately acidic (acetic) flavour, some dark bread, red wine, and light yeasty flavours, finishing with a lingering acetic sourness. Light bodied but dry and refreshing mouthfeel.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUN 12, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Outstanding! Tart, sweet, but well-balanced. Very complex flavor consisting of cherries, brandy, cognac, grape. Gentle mouthfeel like a calm stream in the woods. Slight effervescence.
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 10, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reddish brown with a nice quarter inch cream head. Smells of cardboard, caramel, malted candy. Sour definitely. Vinegary. Definitely not like a beer. Different than anything that I have ever had. Sour yet strangely bitter.
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - JUN 8, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark brown color with a small oily head. Good lacing. Aroma is sour, some vinegar with oak on the end. Flavor is very sour, like the candy Sweetarts. One dimensional in a way but intersting and unique. Body is medium with a semi-dry finish.
Eructoblaster (3275) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 8, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wonderful hazy ruby body with a thick and lasting brownish bubbly head. Fantastic fruity (mainly raspberry) aroma with typical hints of balsamic vinegar. Taste is sweeter than I was expecting. The attack is lightly carbonated, the middle is sour, and the dry and short final leaves a nice feeling on the palate. I am getting used to flemish sours and it is always a great tasting experience.
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 6, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clear read with a some head. Some lacing. Nose of barn yard and sour fruit and notes of butter. Flavor of sour cherry. Moderate acidic and some vinergar flavors. Creamy texture with a dry finish.
thegreenrooster (3436) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 5, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep red with a lasting head. Flavor is sweet and sour raspberrys. Very musty and earthy. My first sample of this kind and I am looking forward to sample more. Deffiantly for sipping to enjoy the complex flavor.
piscator34 (2047) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 31, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
A brownish beer with hints of red. Aromas of cranberry, cherry, and sour raspberry. An interesting interplay of sweet and sour flavors, but it lacked some of the complexity, especially the vinegar notes, that are found in the Rodenbach Grand Cru. It lost itís way a little on the finish too. Still good, just not fantastic.
Gorbalev (2995) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 26, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Well, certainly my first beer of this style. Iíve got to say a beer full of surprises. First the appearance - a dark reddish brown. The aroma is certainly balsamic vinegar, but there is an equal amount of raspberry in there as well. The taste is sour and very sweet, which I enjoyed, but the vinegar aroma didnít carry over much for me. The finish is dry, sweet and short. I really really enjoyed this and was not totally expecting too. Thanks Rudge75, this was truly a great beer experience.