schm1005 (151) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 11, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
It's like they put granny smith apples in a red ale. It makes me smack my lips with the sourness. I have never had a sour ale before so I am impressed. I wasn't sure that I would like it that much but they balance the sour fruity tones with adequate malt flavors so it is not overwhelming. I enjoyed this beer though I may not be able to drink too much at one time.
Sombeast (151) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 18, 2006
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark cherry, every so slightly winey aroma. Deep reddish brown in color with minimal head. From the first taste this beer just popped, with a somewhat fruity sourness that left me craving more. The mouthful is almost foamy which was a surprise. This beer was far better than I expected and just made my list of favorites.
aarossell (151) - Grandville, Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2007
2.2 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Awful aroma....never smelled something like this before. Similar to strong cider mixed with a bottle of hair-spray or nail pollish. Lovely appearance, rich burgendy, soft tan head that dissapears in seconds. Similar taste to the initial aroma...sour apple. Really smells bad...donít want to drain pour this, but might.
Perm (151) - Tryon, North Carolina, USA - NOV 12, 2007
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2007 Donít try this at a beer festival in the midst of sweet stouts, hoppy IPAs, or complex Abbeys. You wonít like it and youíll give it a bad grade, simply because itís so different from everything else. Sort of like drinking a strong Cabernet-Zinfandel blend with palak paneer and chicken jal frazie -- youíll end up thinking that the wine is bad. Rather, this beer, a remarkable example of Flemish Red Ale, should be experienced on its own, or better yet, with dinner. It is matured in oak casks, giving it a rich depth. It has a sourness reminiscent of Gueuze or unfruited Lambic, but has much more to offer than the Gueuze that Iíve tasted. There is a mild fruity (applish) acidity to the finish giving it a wine-like quality: not for nothing is it called the ďBurgundy of Beers.Ē It is this acidity coupled with the pleasant sourness and wine-like dryness that makes it go so well with a variety of foods, from artisan cheese to seafood (I expect Ė Iím dying to try it with mussels and frites) to venison (I had it with a savory meat pie loaded with cardamom and other spices), and Iím sure there are other wonderful pairings lurking out there to be found. Definitely a keeper. Itís also not nearly as high in alcohol (about 6.2% ABV) as other Belgians, so it wonít knock you out for the rest of the evening.
treadyroc (150) - St. Leonard, Maryland, USA - NOV 16, 2007
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer surprised me. The rich caramel aroma was stunning, & the finish was very clean. Reminded me of a Cornish cider, but brewed like a beer. Itís a bit too thick & sweet for me to drink on a regular basis, but itís definitely a very tasty brew.
SmokeyDaBear (150) - - NOV 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a bottle at home. Pours a dark red. Has medium amount of head that remains present. Is slightly fruity and sour. Tastes extremely like wine. I like this sour.
GraffitiVandal (150) - Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 19, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
ENG: 330ml bottle from Liquor Mart in Winnipeg, poured into the tulip. Very dark red, clear color, nice, thick, light-beige head and plenty of lacing. Aromas of fortified wine / cherry liquor, red berries, a bit of alcohol. Very strong and sweet. Tastes sour but also strongly sweet, a lot of cherries and red berries, vinegar. Delicate aftertaste, a bit salty deep in the throat, medium body, low to medium carbonation. Overall greatly balanced between sour and sweet. I like it most from all sour beers I tried up to date.
PL: Butelka 330ml kupiona w Liquor Mart w Winnipeg, przelana do kieliszka. Barwa ciemno-czerwona, klarowna, ładna, gęsta, jasno-beżowa piana i dużo lejsingu. Aromaty wzmocnionego wina albo nawet nalewki wiśniowej, czerwona porzeczka, nieco alkoholu. Bardzo mocne i słodkie. W smaku kwaśnawe, ale i bardzo słodkie, bardzo mocno wiśniowe i porzeczkowe, do tego vinegar. W posmaku lekkie, nieco słone - głęboko w gardle, średnie odczucie w ustach, niskie do średniego nasycenie. Podsumowując bardzo fajnie zbalansowane pomiędzy kwaśnością a słodyczą. Najbardziej smakujące mi piwo z tego stylu jakie do tej pory miałem okazję sprůbować.
joechristenson (149) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Bulldog, St. Paul. Deep ruby color, good lacing and a small but resilient head. Smells of sweet cherries, apples, and some plum . . . but definitely some must, too. Bold sweetness lingers on the palate, lively carbonation. Tastes of sour cherries, caramel, and maybe a sweet merlot/burgundy. Hints of cinnamon, almost like someone mixed in some apple cider. Hard to suss out all of the flavors and complexities -- I enjoyed this in a limited quantity, but anything more would be a chore. My girlfriend absolutely loathed it -- not for everyone!
bonfunck (149) - Waasmunster, BELGIUM - FEB 19, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
33cl bottle in the backdoor @ghent sourish noise sourish taste. sweet and fresh tasted with fruity character.
i donít like this beer style in general but Iím working on it .
MennoO (148) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 19, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle 25 cl, dark amber with small head. iíve been eager to rate this. excellently balanced fruit flavored, a bit souer. the best of its kind as far as i know.