JLLSU (238) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - NOV 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz---> tulip. Pours a bright ruby/brown with a fizzy head that disappears quickly. Aroma is acetone and sweet cherry. Tastes of light vinegar and sweet red dessert wine. Nicely carbonated, medium mouthfeel. A bit sweeter than I like my sours, but solid none the less.
sepia5 (237) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 3, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
If you read one thing in this review, read this: this is a beer that is meant to be drunk relatively fresh. I recently cracked open a bottle with the old labeling that Iíd forgotten about for a year or two. It was a sweet, malty mess, with no discernible sourness at all--horrible. The bottle Iím drinking now, on the other hand, that has a slightly sour bite and is fantastic. This beer pours about the color of sherry with minimal head. The nose is vinegary, and the taste has a that same vinegary sour bite that is offset bit a slightly sweet maltiness that is balancing rather than overpowering. A really solid beer, just donít let it age.
iride15 (237) - Rockledge, Florida, Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bitter and sweet, with many berry-fruit tones. Aged in oak barrels, which gives it a good rich flavor.
Quixote18 (236) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - APR 23, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I bought a bottle of this on the suggestion of a random guy at the bottle shop. While I agree with his assessment that "this beer kicks ass", I feel I should go into more detail. Poured gently into a snifter from a bottle that read "Best Before 3/30/07", this beauty developed a slightly fizzy tan head that maintained nicely. The body color was more red than brown, and was simply gorgeous when held up to the light. While I am not very experienced with wine, this beerís aroma reminded me a lot of some reds that Iíve sampled. I also noted some oaky notes in it too. After a few minutes I thought I smelled roasted meat as well...strange but true. Not knowing what to expect, I was pleasantly surprised by acidity noted on the tip of the tongue, and tartness- especially midpalate. In the finish there was still tartness, balanced by a strange sweetness. Very interesting beer and damn good.
dpento1 (236) - Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2011
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark ruby, with a decent off-white head. Sour aroma, with some mild fruity notes coming through. Very dry upfront with a nice sweetness, right before it turns to a sour fruity flavor that lingers into the finish, which is quite dry and hints of raisins. Very nice, Iím afraid its a little more complex and interesting than my descriptions leads on.
dasdan (235) - BELGIUM - JUN 20, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
25 cl bottle from de hopduvel in Ghent. Dark brown body with a red shine. Large beige head with large bubbels. Aroma of acid, yeast and cherries. Sweet, a little fruity cherry taste. Medium sourness. Not as sour a Geuze. I like this one! *****
kindacold (235) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Always a solid beer. Canít believe Iíve never reviewed this.
Pours a deep reddish with minimal lacy head. Smells of sweet vinegar. Tastes sweet and sour, with grapes, cinnamon, cloves, and various other spices mingling with sour notes. Perfectly effervescent. Finished very clean with a sweet linger.
triguy84 (235) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 19, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
tap, tulip. Dark color, creamy head. Crisp and sweet aroma, something was there but I could not identify. Sweeter than sour, apricot flavors, not much though. Medium bodied, crisp. Nicely done!
detroitsteel (235) - Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2007 25cl bottle. In the glass it has a deep burnt amber hue. The aroma reminded me of stout with lots of liquorice smells. It had a lose brown head. Flavour was incredible - At first it was sour fruit, orange and lemon. This gave way to a sherbert like sweetness. This mellowed into a hoppy dryness with lots of dry oakyness with spices. Very tasty - not heavy and very enjoyable. Maybe its a litlle too sugery, but Iíd still say its a winner.
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - JUL 5, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of malt vinegar and cherries Appears a clear garnet red with a small brown head that dissipates quickly. Flavor is very sweet at the start, like fermented berries, followed by blue cheese, and ending with a malt vinegar aftertaste; quite complex. Flavors are thick and chewy, but palate is suprisingly light and refreshing. Overall, this is a quirky beer, but then again it is from the quirkiest of styles; a bit more than the sum of its parts