Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 30, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sour vinous vinegar nose. Deep burgundy hue. Sticky beige-ish head. Very tart, sour, acidic, pleasant sweet and sour tone. Medium bodied, finishing with a delectable dry lingering woody character. Very different, but icredibly drinkable. Let this one warm up.
TheBeerGod (5409) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 29, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2003 This poured a dark reddish brown with a small tan head. The first thing that hits me is the SOUR nose. It's almost vinegar in aroma. The taste is also very tart but there is a sweetness hidden in there. It seems to make itself more present during the finish. Defnite fruit the taste sour apple mixed with plums, maybe. Hard to describe really. It evens out as you drink it. I didn't notice the sour as much after getting halfway through the bottle. It seems to sweeten up a little and reveal a little more than just tartness. It's been said already, but this is definitely something different!
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 27, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Again, I was lucky enough to enjoy this brew with BelgianMaid and her extremely cool husband, good times. My first Flemish Sour and it was on draft, very good stuff.
A dark burgundy color with a small off white head, cradled in the proper glassware, nothing beautiful. The nose was tangy, hints of a red wine vinegar that also carried over into this beers finish. Surprisingly fruity flavor, apples, plums, prunes, definitely prunes! Lots of apparent malts, sweet and sour sauce, very much reminiscent of a more complex cider. Lovely and enjoyable, BelgianMaid drank a few of these tonight, its different and recommended.
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 26, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is one strange beer that doesn't really fit into what I normally call beer. Came in a bottle like a beer, looked like a beer, but nothing else. Anyway, to the review! Pours a dark red/brown color with very little head that dies off quickly and leaves a tiny bit of lacing on the glass. The aroma was very sweet and was 100% grapes. Smelled just like a very fruity red wine. I saw where someone else who rated this one said it smelled of apples - I'm not sure - I thought it was grapes at the time, but I can't go back and re-smell it to find out for sure. :-) The taste was very much like the aroma - sweet and full of grape (or apple) flavors. Tasted like a wine with a carbonation bite and a little beer-malt. Gotta say that I enjoyed drinking this beer as the drinkabily was very good and the mouthfeel was the same.
igneous1 (1507) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - SEP 20, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
soft deep garnet/brown color..virtually headless. definitely has the aroma of a burgundy beer...full! the aroma is almost woody/sour (in a bad way) when it's too cold, but as it warms, the cheesiness and fruitiness begins to show through (accidentally chilled this one too long). fair amount of funkiness in the taste and quite a bit of fruitiness. finish is like a sweet buttery/creamy combo. not sure where to place this beer.
egajdzis (5459) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2003
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a reddish amber color with a small head and no lacing. Had a strong vinegar aroma. Taste was fruity... very sour, with fruit. Tart finish
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 (6301) - 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.