tsetlock (66) - Hartland Twp, Michigan, USA - FEB 25, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours copper with a nice, light brown head. Aroma shows raspberry, balsamic vinegar and oak. Palate has sweet malt that brings berries before the oak kicks into gear and delivers a dry, salty mustiness to it. Finishes with chalky, slightly tart acidity.
lhns03 (66) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 10, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
What a beautiful beer. Pours like the style suggests a light brownish crystal color with good head retention. Aroma is floral with hints of grapefruit. Taste is amazing and complex with the solid malt backbone and a beautiful tart finish. Great acidity would make this an awesome food beer. Really enjoyed this one.
tmzl (65) - SLOVENIA - DEC 2, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2014
Look: Very light white head which quickly disappears; dark amber/reddish, brown - almost cola like.
Smell: Very nice balance of sour and sweetish notes; cherry, grape and a little brandy/rum notes, all in all very fresh and inviting .
Taste: The sour, tart notes increased compared to smell, still reminds me of berries with some citrus notes, but still some sweetness to be found with some spice. all this gives the beer a nice fresh, light kick.
Mouthfeel: Nice to sip, medium body, good balanced fizzy carbonation with fruity taste which leads to a nice finish. sip leaves medium sour notes to play with long after.
Overall: Excellent sour ale with strong fruity feel, fresh and enjoyable to drink.
BrewMstr (65) - Pleasant View, Utah, USA - FEB 12, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Beautiful ruby color and sour taste and aroma. Malt backbone with dry, fruit finish!
tcfishler (65) - USA - NOV 25, 2006
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Deep red-brown, like an old/oxidized red wine.
Winey nose of sour cherry, yeast, and aceto balsamico.
Hits first with acidity...definitely acetic acid (aka vinegar). Comes through afterward with quite sweet fruitiness, and a tiny bit of roasted malt as well. Highly carbonated. Finishes long but astringent.
Very much a love-it-or-hate-it beer, or perhaps an acquired taste. For someone like me whose background is in wine-drinking, this isfar too similar to a wine that has gone bad, what with the brownish red color and copious volatile acidity (acetic acid). I couldn’t even manage to drink more than a few ounces, which is a tragedy given the care put into brewing this. Take my rating with a grain of salt, keeping in mind my biases.
Corrinado711 (65) - - JUN 30, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma of vinegar and white wine. Rich mahogany appearance with lasting thin yellow/carmel head. Sour taste with granny smith apple and malt. Sweet aftertaste. A unique beer unlike any other. Well worth it, one of my favorites.
theakston (64) - arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 20, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I'm a big fan of this style and have enjoyed this one in the past. Just got a 75Cl bottle though and it tastes like they have returned to sweeteners. Keep it sour!!
mataichi (63) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - SEP 17, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle from CBX. Pours a dark reddish brown with medium off white head. Aroma like fruity vinegar and maybe some earthy overtones. This is my first dip into sour ales and I think I like it. Kind of feels like my tongue is numb after a sip. Very fruity and obviously has a nice sour punch that I am not used to. Very smooth and very drinkable. If I had to compare it to something I guess it would be like an apple cider drink, but much better.
Einned99 (61) - Rozenburg, NETHERLANDS - AUG 13, 2001
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A favorite of a friend of mine and I also think it’s a real good red beer.
beeriodic (61) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours an effervescent, frothy head that remains and laces down nicely. In the glass, it looks a lot like a Coke. Sour nose. Wow, the flavor is something special, tart and sweet, a little woody... hard to describe at this point in my beer-ducation. The complexity reminds me of a dubbel, but much sweeter and more tart. Loved one.