hotstuff (4058) - Indiana, USA - AUG 19, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Best before 6-7-05. Poured a large pinkish fizzy head with fine-small sized bubbles that quickly dissipated. Soft carbonation, transparent and a red hue. Cherry, sweet and alcohol aroma. Sweet, acidic, cherry and alcohol flavor from start to finish. Tingly mouthfeel.
maeib (8576) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2010 Cask conditioned - pumped by some method similar to a syringe? - GBBF 2004. A sour fruity smell to this deep red coloured beer with a good looking off-white head. The taste is suitably sour with good cherry notes. A long lingering aftertaste to this classy beer. Score 4.3
Subsequent rating scored 4.2. Score unchanged.
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught at the Great British Beer Festival, Kensington Olympia, London. (Thursday Session). Very, very nice kriek, woody, and well balanced with enough sweetness to counteract the sourness. Very good beer.
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught at Erasmus, Bruges (not a regular). Clear red with small head. Sweet, biscuit, cardboard, cellar-like qualities (cork?), light-bodied. Nice.
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 19, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Oak-aged butter drops nesting in sparkling cherry crops...Tartness as an elegantly subdued geyser, rises tastefully and then falls before the end...A refreshing gateway to Flemish Sours, in the same ballpark as their Duchesse de Bourgogne...
heemer77 (5096) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUL 12, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2004 Very dark brown body with a little red. Has a small light purple head. The aroma is mild with oak, vanilla and cherries. I expected the taste to be much more sour. However, I got oak, toast, cashews and a hint of cherry. Finishes with a copper and stale bread. Certainly interesting, but nothing extraordinary.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JUL 10, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Odd looking stuff. Pours the expected deep reddish-brown. Head is initially bright pink and fuzzy but absolutely vanishes after a few seconds, just a few wisps of bubbles. Nose sour cherries and vinegar. Flavor isn’t much sour, a bit there, primarily mild sour cherry, bit of sugar, but primary flavor is a bit of odd, toasty and bready malts at the end.
presario (4580) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 4, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Delicious sour cherry aroma. Cherry pie and vinnegar. Reddish brown with a light head. You steel yourself for the sour cherry onslaught and still your defenses are breached as the sour cherry coats your mouth and sinks in between your teeth. Not as complex as some others but simple, tart and delicious.
igneous1 (1492) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JUL 4, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
reddish/purple color, thin pink head. aroma is musty, lightly fruity, vinegary, sour cherries. flavor is earthy, nutmeg, cherry with a somewhat dry finish.
Ernest (6143) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 4, 2004
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2010 Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy/fizzy, pinkish off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is medium pinkish amber. Aroma is lightly malty (caramel), with light notes of cherry, wood, hint of celery. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, syrupy texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Very sweet and kinda cherry syrup-like. Not a whole lot going on in the nose. Kinda dull and soda poppish.