Aggy360 (115) - Anchorage/ Vista,CA, Alaska, USA - AUG 9, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from La Bodega Beer of the Month Club. WOW, this is beautiful. Pours a reddish brown with a light tan head. The nose reminds me of wine, much like a nail polish remover. Not bad but different. Once you take a drink it is a totally different brew. This is so smooth and fruity, lots of cherry. There is a good amount of carbonation. This dances on your tounge beautifully. There are sweet, tart, and sour notes all the way through this beer. The finish is smooth going down, a dry beer. Very tasty, and very drinkable. I love this sour ale, I WILL get this again.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
kchampagne (113) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - SEP 18, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is hands down one of my favorite beers and it has been for the longest time. I’m surprised it has taken me this long to rate it. Ive had this beer out of the bottle, as well as on tap which is my preference. It pours out a deep ruby color with a small tan head. It smells funky with vinegar, and fruit from the esters. It’s a well balanced Flemish Red and has just the right amount of tart/sour to it. I love this one and it is my regular go-to.
josarah (112) - Hinesburg, Vermont, USA - MAY 5, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft-Great Lost Bear. A little sweet for my palate, but very drinkable. Almost too sweet to be considered sour. Great body and pleasant aroma.
kane (111) - USA - JAN 13, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2005 This rating is based on a tapped version. Served in its proper glass it was a dark brown with a 1.5 inch off-white head. Aroma was a mild sour fruit. Here is where the similarity between the bottle version and the tap version differ. The bottle version I have tried is sour and effervescent, the tap version is sweet and flat. I prefer the bottle version, which is my response with most Belgians.