ThisWangsChung (747) - 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.
txitxi40230 (62) - - MAR 16, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Belle couleur, odeur de vin, en bouche, très carbonée, acide, assez derourant au début, on s y fait vite.. Goût de pomme acide, arôme de bois, fait penser à de la sangria à certain moment.. Original quand même, mais j y reviendrai pas...
palner (7) - - MAR 14, 2014 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Like excellent sweet and sour Chinese food, with a nice subtle aroma. Very pretty dark red color and a light foam. Great beer.
blackisle (429) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAR 14, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 30cl. Opaque ruby red color, bubbly off-white foamy head, good retention, nice lacing; sweet fruity nose, fruit syrup, sour cherries, plum, berries, bubblegum, citrus; sweet and sour taste, slightly bitter in the background; medium body, oily texture; fresh sweet and sour finish, slight bitterness, bit spicy. Excellent beer.
sseb69 (1397) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Un classique revisité.. Couleur rubis, mousse beige. Arôme de fruits rouges, sangria. En bouche, notes de sucre d’orge, acide, un peu de bois, fruits. Finale sucrée, acide. Bonne.
Heiskellj (4) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 9, 2014 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great beer. Sour and balanced with a nice aftertaste of funk. I would have liked a little more funky Brett character on the palate. Great representation of the style.
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WingdSoldier (28) - BELGIUM - MAR 9, 2014
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Sweet and fresh beer with a fruity character, also I’d swear they added a bit of Fristi to the flavours.
IPAgutten79 (328) - Skui, NORWAY - MAR 7, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Mørk med lavt skum. Aroma av druer, eddik og malt. Smaken er mye det samme. Veldig sur. Eddik. Medium konsistens.
fellebag (602) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 33cl. Medium to small light brown head. Leaving a thin layer. Quite heavy body. Looks like candy. Aroma is oak, wine, permanent marker, rottening fruit and some gently hidden malt. Taste is fruit, wine, port and sugar. A desert storm.
Swank (9) - - MAR 6, 2014 does not count
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very distinctive beer. Takes quite a few tries before you start to appreciate it, but when you do start to appreciate the rich, sweet (even sour) taste it’s an absolute favorite. One of Belgiums best.
DJoer (511) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown chestnut colour, small mokka coloured head, sweet wine fruity cherry woody sour vanilla smell, medium carbonation apple like sour soft vinigair woody fruity refreshing low bitter