pepperford (115) - robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - AUG 6, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The aromas are of sour cherries, ceder, and spices. A hint of sourness at the front, but a good amount of sweetness balances it all out. Lightly carbonated, which is a good thing. Flavors of caramel, allspice, over ripe cherries, bananas, sherry. Very nice. Would make a great dessert wine alternative.
illkarate (115) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - OCT 12, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow - pours a dark reddish brown, almost no head, but a bit of lacing is evident with each sip. Amazing flavor, sour apples, malt and grapes. Finishes very dryly, with oak and soil.
rabba9 (115) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle pours a crimson red with a thin off-white head. Sour cherries dominates the aroma with a hint of caramel maltiness and oak. Initially sweet and malty, then is overpowered by the cherry tartness and a nice dry finish. Medium to heavy carbonation with medium mouthfeel. Very well balanced and enjoyable. Great beer to introduce wine drinkers to craft beer and Belgian style ales.
MikaLukanainen (115) - POLAND - DEC 24, 2014
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours ruby colour with almost no head. Aroma of red wine vinegar, wild notes and cherry. Taste is pleasantly sour, wild, fruity with some delicate caramel notes in the background. Solid carbonation puts the beer next to champagne or a bottle of good red wine. Simply amazing.
Timvim (114) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JUN 19, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ home 20140619. Deep red, clear liquid. Large light brown head with ok head retention. Large bubbles. Aroma of cherry pits, toffee, oak and a hint of acetone. Tastes cherries, cherry pits, more red fruits, oak. Quite sweet, although well balanced. Soft mouthfeel with some acetic acid in the aftertaste.
On par with Rodenbach grand cru, a little bit sweeter (a bit to much for me), but lacks the corn taste of the rodenbach. Will try these side by side and rank a favorite, as prices are similar.
Edit: OK, so I did pour a Rodenbach grand cru right away. Duchesse de bourgogne is a bit more complex and have more depth in flavor and aroma. Rodenbach is a bit lighter and less sweet, which I like, and lacks the acetone in the aroma. They are both very very similar, but I would definitively choose rodenbach, despite the slight corn taste.
DConMan (114) - Ballwin, Missouri, USA - JUL 21, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
1st Tasting- Beer from Lukas Liquor, poured into a champagne coupe, shared with a friend.
2nd Tasting- Beer from iTap House (Chesterfield), poured into a snifter.
1st- Appearance - Red/Brown Color with small amount of head
2nd-Appearance - Black Color, Possibly tons of cloud, and Mushroom Head on top.
1st- Smell - Great smell! Sour for sure like any Lambic.
2nd- Smell - Smell cherry, some type of strudel, and Sour again.
1st- Taste - Tastes like a steak dinner? Very strange but this was the only thing that came up... Not a normal lambic. Manager at Lukas said it should taste like a pastry.
2nd- Taste - Have no idea about the first taste! Totally different Beer! Very bitter and sour. Tastes like cherry strudel if possible.
1st- Mouthfeel - Full carbonation, Full Bodied, and brought on tartness/sour feel.
2nd- Mouthfeel - Long Finish, Tingle feeling in cheeks/tongue after 5 seconds.
1st- Drinkability - Makes me want to drink another one.. Everyone was interested in this beer and I’m ready to experience another one! Awesome!
2nd- Drinkability - Glad I got to enjoy this beer again! Totally different aspects in tasting the 2nd time as first. Had a glass of water in between beers the 2nd time, and this was the obvious difference. Would drink a 3rd time too!
mcnally (114) - Burbank, California, USA - AUG 30, 2007
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ruby red cranberry pour with cllingy lacing. This beer looks like sparkling cider. Sour fruit aroma. Dried sour fruit flavor, yeasty. Dry mouthfeel, velvety. This beer might appeal to a lot of people, but it’s not really my taste. Seems closer to cider than beer.
jainsv (113) - USA - FEB 6, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is the first flemish sour ale I have tried. It pours a deep red/brown color with a thin bubbly white head. It smells fruity with a hint of malt. The taste initially reminds you of wine with a semi-sweet taste which instantly changes to a nice sour aftertaste. Overall, an excellent beer.
Flamojune (113) - Ville de Quebec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 25, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark red beer, taste more like fruits juice. Un pur délice. For all. Deep cherry and dark fruits flavor.
jrgratz (113) - New York, USA - JAN 9, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from City Swiggers. Dark Mahogany, thin light head, little lacing. Scent of prunes and vinegar. Taste is tart berries with a clean, crisp, sour finish. Dry. Overly tart for a flanders.