austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 18, 2002
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2003 Initial rating 9/02: Damn - I thought I'd tried and experienced most every flavor and aroma, but this is the first time I've ever had a Balsamic Beer! The aroma and even taste of balsamic vinegar is so noticeable, even a child couldn't miss it. Although I'm not the only one to taste vinegar (Bov, Omhper, Ecrvich did too), some others didn't mention it, leaving me to wonder about quality control and whether my bottle underwent some spoilage on the way from the Old Country. The beer itself is much, much sweeter than Rodenbach or the Liefmans Goudenband, and would be a great session Flanders Ale, but for the vinegar.
Rerate 5/03: MUCH better! Very little balsamic vinegar flavor (though it's still there slightly!). A very sweet ale with lots and lots of tartness combined for tons of complexity. Excellent and just plain delicious! Note: This beer is prone to spoilage, so you MUST ensure you're buying a fresh bottle or else you'll not taste the sweetness.
bierkoning (10396) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - SEP 9, 2002
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2008 Very sour and sweet taste. Oak, cherry and sour cream both in aroma and taste.
Re-rate: Bottle. Caramel and raspberry yoghurt in the aroma. Milky sour flavor with hints of iron, caramel, yoghurt and oak. Buttery aftertaste, somewhat vinous.
Aurelius (4250) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Vinegar quality in the nose, almost Worchestershire-like. Beautiful deep tannic color, classy label. Meaty, tart, woody and perhaps a little smokey. Screams for a good chunk of roasted dead beast.
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
acetic nose common for style, balsamic character with good oak and dark fruit flavor
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - AUG 13, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown/ruby color. Light tan head and lace. Nose is vinegar,cherries,oak and others. Light to medium bodied, slightly biting carbonation, sweet ripened cherries give way to somewhat tart ones with hints of caskwood. Gentle caresses of cranberry and alcohol in the beginning also show themselves. This is damn tasty and one all lovers of the style should try. I like this better then the liefman’s goudenband.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 10, 2002
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2003 Best before 8/23/03, sampled 8/02. Glad to know I'm not the only one who smelled vinegar. Red body, smallish tan head. Some metallic notes, very acidic, some complex fruitiness, a bit of wine. Too much vinegary acidity in this one for me. RERATE 3/29/03: The vinegar notes bother me less the second time around. Cherry comes through well, with spicy and iron notes and a hint of lambic-like barnyard. Good balance of sweet and sour. RERATE again 11/03: Like Orval, this one keeps growing on me.
NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - AUG 8, 2002
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fantastic growing, now billowing flesh-colored head, ruby/amber body and effervescent carbonation. Definite tart cherry aroma, but accompanied by other dark fruit, light cocoa, and a waning acidity. Starts out nice and sharp, followed by a curious, steak flavor...not really bad, but unexpected. Cherries and berries abound. If was a bit more sour, and a little less acidic, it would be excellent.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 7, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2003 appeared bloody with moldy scabs..vinegar acid rain and cherry sweat aromas..overripe cherries gangbanged by mysterious chocolate...tart sour lambic-like finishUnique...I Really liked this one Re-Rate 1/18/03: the aroma showed a lot more vinegar than last time..there was a tad metallicness in the taste, and there was much too much vinegar noticed in the flavor too..i couldn't have missed this much vinegar the first time..i think that there's some inconsistency with this beer Re-Rate Draught: The vinegar, the god damned vinegar. other than that, nice tart grape flavor with some mild sweetness, mildew, and a vinous finish and aftertaste.
lassewan (44) - Borlänge, SWEDEN - JUL 21, 2002
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A real cherrybomb of sweetness and great aroma. This is the one beer you need not to miss.
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
(draft) Dark ruby, with minimal head. Sweet/sour, but the sourness is not like a lambic. Some fruitiness as well; black cherries? Slightly bitter around the edges. Very creamy mouthfeel. Another amazing experience.