3fourths (7772) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2014 Served in my favorite goblet... good lord the smell of balsamic vinegar hits you hard. It pours a deep burnt brown with a medium sized, light tan head. Quite a "sour smell", somewhat reminds me of :La Folie, the first of this style I tried and so my basis of comparison. Mild for the first second, then carbonated and rough like cola. Rolls over the tongue a little thin, then coast the throat with a sweet plum, grape and apple syrup, before a neat transition to a sour finish.
veronika (410) - SWEDEN - AUG 8, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black, with a creamcolored head. Aroma from grapes, plums and some alcohol. Floral grapefruit flavor, red wine, fruyits, juniperberry, some cinnamon and with a sweet finish. Different and a bit hard to define.
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - SEP 15, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Iíve had this on multiple occasions now, and each time was different, so this will be a composite description. Dark brownish red, not unlike Cherry Coke. Aroma was sweet and sour and had a hint of vinegar. The flavor, on the other hand, had more than a hint of vinegar. Very ciderish in flavor. Sometimes, the sip is sweet, the next is sour. Aside from the cider flavor, there was a bit of darker berries and even a tinge of chocolate. Not bad for a first foray into Flemish sours.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 8, 2002
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sweet fruity and sour very much like a wine maybe too much for my tastes
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - NOV 4, 2002
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Whew.... Cheap Heinz Vinegar smell. Sour to no end at first sip!?!? What is this??? Before you dump yours, let it sit a while. Some complexity appears after it warms, more appley and cherrylike with some still unavoidable vinegar notes. Thereís a time and place for this beer. The middle of a Sunday night íTV & Tasting Partyí isnít the place! I like Venoms Idea of pouring some on a salad. It would be great with Spinich leaves.
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - APR 9, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Deep, reddish brown color with a thin, off-white head, the aroma is very fruity and sour with hints of vinegar. This is unlike anything I have had. The flavor is sweet and malty, with a bit of tartness and sour notes. It reminds me of some salad dressings, but not in a bad way. This beer is difficult to describe. Very complex and has some nice flavors, but the vinegar notes get to me a little.
Silphium (3156) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 7, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Mmmm...no. Every now and then I stumble across a beer that is unique but simply not good. This is one of those beers. I can confirm the balsamic vinegar aroma and flavor (even bordering on raspberry vinaigrette), but I also picked up a honey/soy aspect I didnít much care for either. Cloyingly sweet with a metallic aftertaste. Notes of sour apple peel and salt were also detected. About the only compliment I have for this beer is its deep red body. Otherwise, this is reminiscent of a cheap port. Though the beer isnít awful by any means, I still believe the Duchesse should be put to pasture, perhaps as fertilizer.
lachesis (756) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - SEP 12, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Acajou ( redwood ) Color with light ivory colored head. Froth is collapsing fast. Intens nose of licorice, candy sirup, cigarbox and a sour touch of greek yougurt. In 2de fase, nose of port and madeira. Taste of sweet licorice, dried plums and cheep fruit candyís; also taste like you drink it from a tin goblet ( strange metalic accent ) The afthertaste is sweet with a good roundness but it has a light volatil sourness just like you sniff on a bottle of aceto balsamico ( Modena vinigar ).
Hunsell (400) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 22, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sour, somewhat chemical smell. Not really appealing. Neither is the non-existing head. Tastes quite nice however, a bit on the sweet side, like other I expected a more sour beer but it turned out to be fruity (cherries, apples) and sweet.
Lubiere (9320) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 mL bottle from Dumdum. Burgundy red with a thin off-white rich head. In aroma, vanilla fudge and oranges are noted. In mmouth, crÍme brulť with sour points comming out well. However, the bottle is off, or oxidized, and lost some of its umphh...