ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle into a New Belgium goblet.
A: Pours a dark burgundy color. The off-white shaded head, in typical sour ale fashion, is quick to fade, but starts at three fingers high due to an aggressive pour. Nice specks of lacing left on the glass, though.
S: It starts off with a load of wine grapes and lesser notes of cherries. As it opens up in the glass, it develops more and more acetic vinegar notes. Still, it’s very well balanced within the (restrained) sugary sweetness.
T: The opening is moderately tart, nothing to rape the palate, but something that’s definitely palpable. It develops into a leathery finish that I find quite offensive at first - after a few sips, though, the palate adjusts to its presence. The more I sip, the more its fruity cherry notes come forward on the back end. After a while, I start to enjoy its sweet/tart balance. As much as I enjoy it, the musty strangeness (especially on exhales/burps) brings it down a touch.
M: The palate is never fully beat down by tartness...the sweet finish does a great job of keeping it in check. I would complain that it’s too sweet, but I won’t. This is too drinkable and refreshing for me to care.
O: If anything, this is something of a middle ground between Lindeman’s sugar bombs and a proper sour ale. The sugary sweetness is quite prevalent, yet it doesn’t overpower the tart qualities. I can see this being very approachable to sour ale beginners.
Mr_Pink_152 (2723) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - FEB 5, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from the real ale store Newark. Deep Ruby colour with a tan head. Fruity cherry aroma taste is berry sharpe but also light sweet.
danogo (4) - - FEB 4, 2016 does not count
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cerveza belga estilo Ale. Rojiza u olor afrutado. Espuma ligera y cierto toque en sabor a achampanado por si acidez final. Rica en sabor y no muy alta graduación. 6.2° . Recomendable.
mrjez (245) - Osaka, JAPAN - FEB 2, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a brown-burgundy, can just see through it, tinges of red, nice beige head which settles and laces beautifully. The aroma is vinegary straight away, sour and funky, slightly off, but it settles into a lovely balsamic aroma, sour cherries. The taste is superb. It follows the aroma but adds much more. The oak barrels come through nicely, red grape, light tannins, spice. It’s marvellously refreshing, sharp small carbonation bubbles, equal parts sweet and acidic, lingering sour cherry. Goes really well with this pasta dinner, and could be sipped, could be a quencher on a warmer day. Superb.
homestubemdc (2) - Madonna di campiglio, ITALY - FEB 1, 2016 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Excellent beer... You love it or you hate it... I think that's a lambic made with spontaneous fermentation... Is like drinking the Finest balsamic vinegar from Modena, italy... This beer is a must to have at home... I would love to try it with a good dish of fresh salad...
Maarten1993 (693) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - JAN 30, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Drank with Dave after the De Staat concert 22-01. Very interesting beer. A bit sour, very rich taste explosion, oak-sweetness. Very nice.
tfontana (373) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 29, 2016
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle pour into nonic pint glass from One Stop Market, Haverhill, MA. Aroma is sour overly ripe fruit, vinegar, red wine. Appearance is dark, clear, mahogany with nice sparkle, negligible off-white ring of head with trace lacing. Taste is mix of sour and sweet cherry, mild oak. Palate is medium bodied with thin texture, lively carbonation. Finish is dry with lingering sour fruit. Overall, sour is not my thing so part of me was reviled while drinking this. However, just when I thought it would send me over the edge a bit of sweet balance brought me back. Won’t be having it again but for those who like dipping their toe into cherry sourland, this might not be a bad way to go.
ochniczek (214) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 28, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
tap at taphouse (copenhagen). very dark red colour, average lacing. smell of sour cherries and sweet accents. the taste is a great balance of sweetness and acidity. sweet and bitter finish. Crisp, light and very drinkable.
Sparf (193) - Östersund, SWEDEN - JAN 28, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Äppelsyrlig doft med inslag av balsamvinäger, aceton, körsbär.
Mörkt rödbrun färg och ett snabbt försvinnande skum.
Sötsyrlig, fint avrundad smak men aning för stor sötma. Här finns äpplen och körsbär som vilar på en vinös ekfatston.
Halvfyllig kropp och en silkig textur.
phfyysik (168) - Tartu, ESTONIA - JAN 24, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark cherry red, clear, almost without head. Very nice lookout. Nose can feel redcurrant juice, blackcurrant, some basement aromas, sweat, some salts and vinegar. Possibility to drown into this aroma.
Taste is in the beginning quite sour, but then comes some spices up. Pepper, nutmeg, redcurrant, oak, cherry, malts, red-wine, different spices etc. Palate is very rich. Quite different and super good sour beer!
MiamiBarman (47) - Miami, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2016
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Maybe I need to grow up, but I just don’t like this style. I smell this and it’s hard to get past the vinegar permeating everywhere. Upon the taste, I get a little orange peel. Actually I think it kind of smells like a Campari and OJ. I just can’t picture any scenario where I would sit around sipping this. I’m very confused and I’m going to walk away right now.