karsten (240) - odense, DENMARK - MAY 31, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A beautiful redbrown appearance. Sour, sweet and very refreshing. This is after drinking rochefort 8 + 10.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2003
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma nearly scared me off. As others have mentioned, balsamic vinegar to the max! There is also a good measure of acetone and acetaldehyde. Once my nose got over the initial shock, additional notes began to emerge: Various tart fruits, and a backbone of saddle leather. This sits in the glass with a reddish brandy-like color and a thin, articulate head that will not let go. Taste is sour and tart, and pretty sweet. Mostly cherries, but some sour apples and even plum. The finish is somewhat discordant with the rest of the beer as it swoops in from above; somehow the finish is pretty dry and it drains your mouth of all flavors but the sour very quickly. Fleeting metallic hints.
Oakes (13600) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 9, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2005 Well-named, as its burgundy colour would indicate. Mix of woody lactic notes, tomato, pomegranate, apple skins and acetic notes. Sweet maltiness in the palate, alongside icing sugar, caramel apples, and a light acetic note which spoils an otherwise clean lactic undertone. Sweet & sour, quite drinkable, but I do find the acetic notes to be rather off-putting. You have to love acetic acid (vinegar) to love this beer. If you don’t, it’ll go down the drain.
21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 19, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is my first flemish sour ale. Very flavorful, full of fruits and spices. A very nice combination of flavors, tart, but not to the level of a lambic. A nice cedar color.
CapFlu (4821) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 19, 2003
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Pours a large, frothy head and a rust coloured body. Strong acidic aroma that borders on vinegar with a slight sour grapes scent of white wine. Flavour: sour, cherry, grape then pastey dry. Ouch! Like sucking on a palmful of Sour Patch Kids when you have a cold sore. Hits a high note of sweetness in mid-sip then translates into a mouth-drying paste. Great stuff... wonderful style. This sour duchess can visit anytime!
jonas (6141) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - MAR 22, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Vineous/vinegar and lemon notes.
Burgundy red/brown with a beautiful color gradient, not that much head.
Fruity (lemon and strawberries) and almonds. Full taste, but quick finish.
Roli (405) - laval, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 17, 2003
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I was wondering if I should rate it for the quality of the beer or for i mutch I liked it. I don't really enjoyed that beer, but I could taste the quality in it.
Fruits, wine, and spice give it a sour and sweet taste, but a little too sour for me (maybe later..)Ain't my kind.
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.
GarethYoung (1110) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - APR 28, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[bottle: snifter]pours a dark red colour, with a large foamy head that quickly diminishes to a film. sweet fruity aroma, apples and a little cherry, there is also a dusty smell of yeast. very sweet upfront and finishes long and sour, reasonable body.
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JUN 1, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hmm... this is an interesting one. Poured brownish-amber with a fizzy tan head which dissipated quickly. Aroma sort of put me off, smelling like toffee and sour meat. I was rather afraid to taste it, but I’m glad I got over it. Flavor is very nice, with dominating tastes of tart black cherries, rounding out to a somewhat dry, nutty finish. Very pleasant. Not something I would seek out again, but I’m glad I tried it. Was also interested to see it listed in Michael Jackson’s Great Beer Guide.