ClubGonzo (4696) - Bergen, NORWAY - FEB 16, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a dark bronze-hued coppery clear body with a medium off-white head. Nose is roasted bread, balsamic, grains, caramel, burnt sugar and hints of wood, dried fruits and apple vinegar. Taste is sweet cola nut, caramel, brown sugar, wood and hints of balsamic, raisins and nail polish remover. Medium body, medium to high carbonation. Aroma is far better than taste; this one is way too sweet for a sour ale in general and the complexity doesn’t shine through as much as in many others in the same style. Fair enough, but not too impressive.
StueyD (1438) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A reddish brown coloured beer with weak off white head. A strong, red wine vinegar aroma, sour red fruit, spice and a hint of dark malt. Dry and fizzy mouthfeel. A mouth puckering, vinegary taste, balsamic and red wine, grapey and cherry, although very tart, it does usher in a smoother, spicy malt flavour. The finish is long, sour and fruity.
goozen (3378) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JAN 27, 2015
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle 0,25ltr: Dark brown/red colored brew with an sweet taste and sourness in the back. Hints of red berries, slightly roasted malts and the oak-barrel.
Shielfing (12) - SCOTLAND - JAN 26, 2015
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Of the ’old bruin’ style. Slightly less sweet than Duchess and benefiting from it. Beautiful match of acidity, malt and wood. Carbonation for this is simply joyous, enabling a full palate and stretching out the thirst quenching, almost puckering tart character. This is probably one of the best beers in the world, certainly one of my top few, such a shame it’s not more easily available outside Belgium. Outstanding.
fellebag (1136) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 8, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 11,2fl.oz. Yellow light brown head diminishing, but lively inside. Dark red brown color. Aroma is leather, oak, permanent marker, mozart kugeln, red wine and raisins. Taste is sweet with berries, red wine, soda, cherries.
Beer4000 (5050) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 28, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
250 ml bottle. Clear, dark brown body with a small beige head. Nice vinous aroma with malt, berries, oak and mild vinegar. Flavor is smooth, sweet malty, balanced mild acidic, berries (particular cherry), dry fruit, light wood, hint of chocolate. A really nicce and pleasant version of Flamish red, less challenging than Rodenbach and Duches but still a very nice one.
tfredvik (1401) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very, very deep red to brown body with a beige head, ok lacing. Strong aroma of vinegar, balsamic vinegar, sweet and sour fruits and red berries, and a hint of barnyard. It’s mostly sweet, accompanied by a fitting light acetic and sour taste. Moderate flavour of vinegar and tart, sweet and sour red berries. Light body, long finish, smooth texture and moderate carbonation. A gentle and drinkable sour.
[33 cl bottle, enjoyed 19 months before BB date, from Vinmonopolet Online]
Lemke10 (888) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This pours a dark brown color with a foamy light brown head. The aroma is mild of sour hints. The flavor is tart similar to a lambic without the fruit flavor.
Martinus (3711) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - DEC 4, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear reddish caramel brown colour, white head. Aroma of red fruits, lactic acid, cherries, wood, citrus. Sour flavour, quite sweet, caramel, red fruits, 7-up. Sweet finish, lactic acid, wood, vanilla, red fruits. Interesting brew, but too sweet imho. Regardless, it’s nicely thirst-quenching, and I wouldn’t mind drinking this on a warm spring day in the sun, for sure it’s better than a soda.
(From 25cL bottle @ home)
edgallow (2757) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle pours brown with a off white head. Aroma of fruit, malts and spice. Taste is malts, raisins, fruit and some roasted notes.