DrZao (128) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 10, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught at Gingerman in Houston. Served in a goblet. Deep burgundy/black with a nice white head. Aroma of grapes, apples, wine. Flavor was phenomenal and unique, sweet and winey with grape and apple and very little hops. Sweetness was smooth and refreshing and not overpowering. Silky sweet finish with little noticeable hops. I would love another right now. Amazing beer.
zmanzorro (128) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Pours a clear dark brown color with a beige 1-finger head. Aroma is vinegary. Taste is acidic, sour, vinegar, and some dark fruitiness. Average carbonation that leaves the palate cleanly with a minute lingering bite.
larsam (127) - Southampton, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Red-brown with bubly vanishing cream coloured head. Vinegar like aroma with notes of maraschino and higher alcohols. Some earth flavours blends well with the vineous sour flavours. Sweet yet balanced and fresh.
rotoguru (126) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 17, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Red ale color with thin tanish head. Sour nose (in a good way) and a good lightly sweet cider taste. Leaves palate clean. Really good.
Meatmallet (126) - Salem, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark burgandy in color with a bubbly tan head.Smell is awesome. Sour apple dominates the nose as well as cherry. It is a bit musky and tart and very complex like a good wine.Very sweet taste at first and it finishes sour. Light malt flavor with hints of cherry, cranberry, and sour apple. Light carbonation and a great taste make this a must try.
grapengrain (125) - Havelock North, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Slightly sweet with red currant and earthy bramble fruit notes as well as some slight oaky notes.
IEBAILI (125) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 21, 2007
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells really sweet, with honey, brown sugar, apples, tastes cidery, sour, but with serious malt presence. Just exactly the amount of sourness I like. Reminds me of both cider vinegar and malt vinegar, but has a little sweetness for balance. Reddish brown with a small tan head,
johndavidj99 (125) - Dallas, Maine, USA - FEB 7, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark reddish brown cola colored with thin head. Salty vinegar sour aroma. Vinous sweet and fruity taste. Very interesting and no traces of a traditional beer.
rsans (125) - Pont-Rouge, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 5, 2005
1.1 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
Bottle. I had high expectations but was rather disappointed. Nice color with a good head with some lacing. Good carbonation. Aroma of sour cherry and balsamic vinegar. Strange mouthfeel. Sort of sweet wine like taste. It reminded me of a home made brew of choke cherries wine that my parents use to make a long time ago. Although I respect this beer it is definitely not my type of beer. Could not finish my glass. I guess there is no in-between for this beer. You either like or dislike this style.
rebelbrewer (125) - Lithonia, Georgia, USA - MAR 6, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A 750ml corked and caged bottle. Thereís a portrait of a lady on the front, must be the Duchesse. It says Flemish Art of Brewing above the portrait. I pour it into a snifter. Temp was 55 F. It was reddish brown as per its style. It is clear which means there must be no yeast in the bottle. Iíll look and see when the bottle is empty. (No yeast!) There is plenty of carbonation and the beer formed about a fingerís worth of a light tan head. Retention was decent and the head settled down to a rim around the glass with a light coating floating on top of the beer.
The smell is SOUR! Then when you bring it back to your nose it is more like sweet tarts. There may well be hops in this brew, but youíll never know it. Now on to the taste: with the aroma this brew has, of course the sour hits first. But, in a surprise, about mid swallow it gets sweet only to turn around again and finish off sour. There are all sorts of fruit flavors here, nice and complex. The carbonation keeps this light on the palate. I had to really concentrate to get the mouth feel as there is so much going on in the mouth with this beer. It feels bubbly like champagne. You must like Sours to drink this. I love shock tarts and Iím falling in love with this style of beer. This beer just makes you want to have another one. I left bottle out as I drank it and that didnít change things much. As it got warmer it was not as refreshing and maybe a little sweeter, but not by much!