mpersinger (347) - , California, USA - APR 9, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Have had in bottle several times, once on draft that was hugely diacetyl, and now this recent bottle: Pours brownish-ruby with slight haze and lasting beige moderate head. Mild, aged balsamic vinegar, leather, and cherry aromas. Some caramel and prune notes with well-balanced moderate acetic, some lactic and cherry sweet malt flavors, leaning toward vinegar. Medium
The rather sweet finish does give credence to the ’rumor’ that they backsweeten with aspartame (as does the subtle thickness to the back of the tongue that I feel around the third sip). There’s a latent dryness in which there’s oak and a hint of alcohol.
Case (239) - GERMANY - AUG 21, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The classic Flanders red that unlike Rodenbach which goes towards extremely sour is sweeter and more balanced. Pours red-brown with small head. Aromas of vinegar, cherries, a bit of barnyard. Taste is an explosion of sweet candy sugar and sour vinegar, lots of oak, spicy, fruity, apples, cranberries, sour cherries. Highly complex, you discover something new with every sip. The high sugar content kicks this beer into overdrive and makes this such a fascinating drink but also makes it more of a desert beer for me.
stchloe (784) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 19, 2014
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Best beer of PIB ’14, an incredible smooth creamy malt body perfectly balances sour cherry flavor with a hint of alcohol flavor.
HippieFee (62) - - AUG 16, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft - looks like brown sugar with a hint of this dark red wine color. Tart, hints of oak, red grapes, and cherry. With all the oak aging it tastes more like a wine then a beer.
tandembrauer (83) - Stavanger, NORWAY - AUG 16, 2014
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle bought at Vinmonopolet Stavanger. Pours dark reddish brown with a thick cream coloured head. Heavy vinegar aroma with some red fruits. Taste of vinegar, dried fruits, hay, and enamel. Sweet finish. Complex, but not exactly my favourite.
MonsterMagnet (179) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours brown with an off white head. Wine, vinegar, raspberries, cranberries, pomegranate. Nice sweet/sour balance. Refreshing.
gopherfan99 (418) - CROATIA - AUG 14, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, pours amber with a thin beige head, aroma is sour cherry, taste is tart cherry and then has a little sweetness followed by a sour finish, well balanced, very nice beer
mandaritto (56) - LATVIA - AUG 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Red-brownish color. Great ballanced between sourness and sweetness - hints of berries - maybe cherries. Easy drinkable beer, too sweet/sour for me.
Bozo_skeleton (473) - Grenoble, FRANCE - AUG 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
De couleur orangée tirant sur le rouge sombre, tres grosse carbo et collet persistant de grosses bulles.
Aromes acide de vinaigres et de fruits rouges comme la cerise.
Je m’attendais a plus d’acidité en attaque et bien non elle arrive au final...
Note boisées dues au viellissement en fut.
Mais cela n’est pas dans la demesure, et meme si ce style de biere est plus exigeant et ne peu pas plaire a tout le monde (moi compris) je reste agreablement surpris.
Franksv6 (121) - Tiel, NETHERLANDS - AUG 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown beer with a small head which quickly disappears.
Taste is sour and fruity, good balance.
Similar taste as a rodenbach.
I am a lover of what sour beers, definitely recommended.
Zlotta (13) - GERMANY - AUG 12, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
What a beer! One of my favourites up to now. Winey, vinegar, some red fruits. Tastes really sour which I like. Nice brown-red colour. Try if you can!