hopdog (8225) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a dark reddish brown with no head. Poured with a very thick, almost syrupy, body. Very strong vinegar aroma and tastes (my wife said it smelled like balsamic vinegar). Slightly sweet with a sour finish. Some cherries mixed in there. Thick, oily body. This beer was different than any I’ve rated yet (but not a bad different - I enjoyed it).
FatPhil (8107) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 26, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
250ml bottle (Cracked Kettle, Amsterdam)
7 Upon opening, a fairly winey sour aroma, but in the glass there’s more fruitiness, including cherries, and some toffee
4 ruby red, and a surprisingly lasting beige head
7 Lovely mix of flavours in the mouth, first there’s the aged musty woodiness, but sweet cherries kick in, followed by some malt loaf with raisins. Don’t forget the acidity and the wood resins.
4 crisp carbonation, tingly palate enhanced by slight acidity. Finish is sweet, a touch toffee, and has lovely malts, and gentle resins..
16 So much not a big beer, and the points suffer because it doesn’t punch you in the face or try and have sex with you. However, it’s not lacking in anyway. Classic sour bruin.
MoritzF (8056) - Bochum, GERMANY - OCT 14, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(bottle) Dark ruby red colour with a creamy off-white layer. Vineous aroma of black currant, raisins, also vinegar. Bittersweet flavour, sweet malty and sour fruity taste, slightly acidic. Medium bodied, somewhat woody; tart sweetsour finish with a light bitter hoppiness. Not a disappointing but decent Flemish Red.
JoeMcPhee (8055) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 31, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2005 Dark brown with a slight mohagany tint. Head is initially large but falls back to a thin surface film. Aroma is amazing, slighly sour, black cherry, with an oaky note and an amazing tawny port smell. I spent about 10 minutes trying to pick out all of the port characteristics, seems fruity with apricot and pineapple notes. Flavour is up to the expectations that the smell gave me. Sour with a fruity port flavour. Slight bitterness that is followed by a lingering sweetness, but without being cloying. Like nothing else I’ve had before.
maeib (8050) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - SEP 13, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. A browny red coloured beer with a nice cream coloured nead and good lacing. The aroma is cherry fruits, oak, wood and lots of cobwebs. The taste is quenching. Good fruitiness; good mustiness and nicely sour. Tickles the back of the throat. A really tasty moreish beer. Top stuff.
daknole (8005) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 15, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2009 I was a wee infant when I rated this beer the first time. Now that I am a graduating to the world of sours I find that I do enjoy the Duchess very much. Reminds me so much of sweet tarts. Fruity, tart, sweet, woody. Good stuff.
Sammy (7716) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2004
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Edgy Belgium. Good lace. Foamy pour, fluffy. Sweet aftertaste. Oak lends a brown to the amber. Some cherry tartness here, maybe sour lemon and unripe fruit, and oud bruin style. And as Monty Python would add, woody.
BMan1113VR (7691) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 22, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Marked as best before December 15, 2008. Smells sweet and acidic sour with strong doses of citrus and wood (oak?). Pours with a largish, fluffy, light brown head with great lacing and retention. The body that it covers is a deep brown that, when held up to a light, appears clear. Taste is pretty sweet like a Faro, but ends on a sour note (with citrus and clove). There is some noticable metal in the finish. Creamy body with lively bubbles. Good stuff.
adnielsen (7576) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 11, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ home. Another classic from Belgium that I am glad to taste again for the first time in a few years. Deep red appearance with a fluffy, tan head. Moderately tart, cherry, plum, red fruits, sweet tart aroma. Really a nice raspberry/cherry/blackberry/plum fruitiness, tart, dark malty, somewhat woody flavor. Well carbonated with a mildly tart finish.
JorisPPattyn (7547) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 21, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thé Belgian cultbeer in America. Let's see what I make of it. Deep amber-red, clear. Good amberish-creamy head, collapsing with lace. Nose: licorice, "jap", black syrup. That starts nice. Carbon gass. Fleeting impression of lactic acid. Quand même. Tart. Woody, vinous. Nowhere as complex as a RGC, however. Black "jap" aroma is gone, licorice remains. Very much lactic acid, also an obvious metallic tang. Dry out-effect, good carbonation, not fizzy. There is a strange flavour in the aftertaste that smacks of artifical flavouring. I relate it to the "gas" and "syrup" notes in the nose. I'm less than overawed. There is a woody touch, but for a beer boasting to have ripened on oak, I 'wood' expect something less metallic, infinitely more complex. Peter Bouckaert, can I have a la Folie now, please?