PushEject (42) - Palmdale, California, USA - APR 16, 2003
1.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Footy nose with hints of fruit. Reminiscent of a lambic. Tart and sour flavor. A lambic without the fruit, perhaps. Complex flavors that went way too sour for my taste.
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - APR 9, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Deep, reddish brown color with a thin, off-white head, the aroma is very fruity and sour with hints of vinegar. This is unlike anything I have had. The flavor is sweet and malty, with a bit of tartness and sour notes. It reminds me of some salad dressings, but not in a bad way. This beer is difficult to describe. Very complex and has some nice flavors, but the vinegar notes get to me a little.
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 6, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Boston Beer Summit 2003: Shiney, deep brown color, almost a little disturbing. :) Pungently sweet and fruity aroma. The flavor was awesomely sour and fruity and malty. I was really surprised. Finishes quickly, leaves the mouth going "Ooooh!" A friend compared it to sweet wine vinegar, and I could see where the comparisons could be made, but this it definately not something to be used on a salad.
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 4, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep, deep mahogany color. Fruity aroma. Huge flavor. A bit of maltiness. Slightly sweet. Strong tartness on the back of my tongue. Wonderful blend of flavors. Slight oakiness. Possibly a touch of barnyard but it tastes like lactic/pedio dominates the funk. Excellent beer!
jonas (5882) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - MAR 22, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Vineous/vinegar and lemon notes.
Burgundy red/brown with a beautiful color gradient, not that much head.
Fruity (lemon and strawberries) and almonds. Full taste, but quick finish.
SpaceMonkey (182) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 21, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A roasted almond tone blends with a serious balsamic vinegar citrus and a touch of cinnamon. Arrives with a light beige head that lasts forever and a deep pool of crystal clear red-red-brown. This has a very unusual mix of sour and spice that is very nice. Starts off a bit sweet and puckers a bit and the end. A very well rounded beer.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 11, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2004 March 2003: Lovely dark burgundy (duh!), medium quick-dying head, little lacing. Strong but simple sour cherry/vinegar nose. Very very acidic from the get-go, I almost choked. Strong sour-apple flavor with caramel underpinnings, hints of wood. Finishes sweeter than I'd expect given the strong acid front. I really liked it, but it's not easy to drink and finishes too quickly. Still, a nice example of an amazing style.7/4/8/3/15
March 2004. Flemish Sour Tasting with MartinT & Rastacouere Part 1 #2. Stunning fresh caramel nose; very sweet upfront, sourness shows up softly at the finish; light vinegariness filling the roof of the mouth and nostrils is actually quite pleasant. Much better than a year ago.
radiomgb (2427) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 9, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Burgundy in colour. Aroma of balsamic vinegar, fruity, flowery. Flavour is vinuous, acidic, tart. Finishes tart and dry.
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2003 RERATE: Must be a fresher sample this time around. Not nearly as sour, starts out tart and ends slightly sweet. Nice.
Dark amber color with a medium off white head that lasts. Sweet, fruity oak aroma. Very wine like taste which isnt bad but I did not like the palate. I am not sure if it was the sourness but this beer was fizzy, like that candy you could get that would fizz in your mouth and if you ate too much you could die. It was like that, the fizziness not the dying. Dry finish with a cloying aftertaste.
CapFlu (4653) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 19, 2003
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Pours a large, frothy head and a rust coloured body. Strong acidic aroma that borders on vinegar with a slight sour grapes scent of white wine. Flavour: sour, cherry, grape then pastey dry. Ouch! Like sucking on a palmful of Sour Patch Kids when you have a cold sore. Hits a high note of sweetness in mid-sip then translates into a mouth-drying paste. Great stuff... wonderful style. This sour duchess can visit anytime!