ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - MAR 18, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2005 Bottled. Ruby red with no head. Big cherry nose. Malty cherry taste, not really sour at all. Tastes like a cherry soda. Also seems a bit watery. NOt bad but far from being my favorite sour.
Re-Rate: Not so watery this time around but still a liitle too sweet for me.
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - MAR 7, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
An odd example of an odd style. More malty than most sour ales. Decent body, but I donít like flavored sours much. Not my thing. Better as it warms.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 3, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep black cherry soda hue. Small purplish head. Definate vinegar, sour cherry, medicinal nose. Nice funk, acidic, vinegar, light in body, dark cherry, wood, cherry pit, funky sour finish. Crisp and refreshing, but simple, and kind of boring. Finishes with a dark, lingering, over-ripened cherry flavor.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2005 RATING #900!!!!! ...and I think I may have poisoned myself... which is usually my initial reaction to a Flemish Sour, a style I admit to not understanding. This oneís pretty good. It pours a beautiful ruby red with a frothy pink head. The nose is all sour cherries. The flavor is at first like cherry cough medicine, but it broadens out to include vanilla, other fruits, a bit of earthiness... a fairly complex taste experience followed by a tart, puckering finish. Good brew.
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11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - FEB 16, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Red to purple color crystal clear. Pinkish head. No lacing. Nice cherry aroma. Sourish in flavor. A bit thin in body. Puckering. Decent. Thanks Cornboy!!
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 5, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Best by June/07/2005) Very cherry in color with a nice pink head. The palate is dry with a touch of iron and horse blanket. At 6.8% this beer is dangerously drinkable. Not a world classic, but well above average.
Shag (2668) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JAN 16, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma is sour cherries and apples. The appearance is a dark red color with a pink head. The flavor is somewhat sour but mostly sweet with some sour cherries, vanilla, and apples. The carbonation tends to get in the way a little bit. Overall this is a little sweeter than many Ive sampled from this style but its still very good.
ClarkVV (4069) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 15, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 21, 2005 Best before June 6th 2005 bottle. Donít know why most readily available Flemish Sour Ales in the U.S. are so heavily filtered, but this one sure is. Still, a ruddy-strawberry rhubarb color, with some medium dark beige/brown tones and a small but somewhat persistent off-white head. Aroma of new plastic, light cherries, a touch of acetic acid and light oak suggestions. Flavor, to my surprise, is not as simple and cherryish as I would have expected. Having not particularly cared for the Vichtenaar, I thought I would like this even less (I donít like fruit in lambics or sour ales as much as I like the classic rendition). But the cherries do not dominate, there is a lightly sugary flavor, but the beer does present a decent oakiness, with some good instances of sourness along the way. Itís nothing that knocks your socks off. Lightly tart yeast notes, oak and vinegar notes mix with the cherries on the finish. Strange chalk or gum-like consistency to it, almost like chewing a cherry candy chew. Much better stuff out there (can you say "Alexander"), canít see myself drinking this again.
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - JAN 12, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
As I was pouring a giant pink fizzy head erupted from the glass with audible fizziness atop a dark cherry colored clear body. After the head fizzled down quickly to a coating of bubbles there was no lace left about the glass. The aroma was of slightly sweet cherries and also quite a bit of tartness. Very sweet cherry flavor here similar to cherry syrup. The finish is tart and tangy with more cherry flavor. Mouthfeel here is a bit thin and the over carbonation doesnít help either. I can see being in the mood for one of these but not drinking one after another.
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
11.2 oz bottle (best before 6/11/05). Ruby red color with medium head. The aroma is cherry, burnt cherry maybe. The flavor is also of burnt cherries. It is somewhat tart, woody, not too sweet, and a bit minerally. The flavor is similar to Quelque Chose. Itís not our favorite Verhaeghe beer but the brewery is still tops on our list.