Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 28, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a bottle. Pours a nice reddish brown color with a fairly thin white head that stays with the beer all the way down. The aroma provides a big clue as to just how sour the flavor will be. The taste is full of sour grapes, cherries, and a hint of sweet sugar. This is not a beer for beginners and apparently this is supposedly weak for the style. Still I find it rather enjoyable.
hawkshadow (107) - Rural Retreat, Virginia, USA - JUN 28, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice reddish brown, with mostly diminishing off white head.
Aroma is wonderful. Cherries and the yeast is sweaty, and barnyard, the combo is great.
Taste is a little sour, somewhat sweet. Nice balance of cherry, wood, kinda earthy.
Palate is superb. Smooth almost creamy.
Overall excellent sipping brew. Starts and finishes very well. Probably not enough of that Flemish sour stuff for the ’hardcore’ but I appreciate the balance.
pivo (2641) - GERMANY - JUN 27, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2005 RERATE 30 Oct 2005: Vinegar in the nose, slightly sulfury, sour cherries. Mahogany color, low sticky head. Chocolate tones, cherries, cranberry. Sugary sweet turning sourish. Medium body. Sweeter than I wanted, but the balsamic vinegar tastes counter that. Really good sweet and sour blend.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 26, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish amber with a small dissapearing white head. Balsamic aroma of unriped sverries and almond. Rather sweet but fresh flavour of vanilla, candidsugar, black cherries, and red apples. Crisp aftertaste of wood, raspberries and cherries.
BlueDevil0206 (122) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 25, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2005 Bottled. Pours a reddish amber with a small white head that didn’t last long. Very effervescent looking pour. Aroma is of cheap red wine, metal, sweet malt and red wine vinegar....not looking too good at this point. Tastes of sweet malt and fruity esters (cherry and apple) with plenty of sourness characteristic of a Flemish red. Vanilla and oak present. Hops aren’t too apparent if at all in the flavor, but the finish contains some mild hop bitterness. Some champange qualities emerge in this beer. Finishes very dry. Medium bodied and coarse and it is very carbonated. Decent, but not as good as Monk’s Flemish red.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear, reddish-bronze body and a soapy, light tan head. Big balsamic in the nose and flavor. There’s some serious acetobacter action here. Oakiness comes through and a fruity, cherry malt quality emerges as it warms. Some noticeable oxidation with a note of cardboard. Medium-high apparent sweetness and medium acidity. Good stuff.
jazz88 (2613) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 19, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Brown to ruby color with a light laced foamy off-white head. Dark dates and cherry aroma with a cherry spiced candy flavor. A pleasant sour finish.
fiulijn (16462) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 12, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark amber color. Light nose, with some sweetness, candi sugar and sourness. The flavor is too simple, more deceiving, light mouthfeel, poorer than the other Verhaeghe...
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 10, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at le Mondial de la bière 2005. Pours a reddish brown color with a thick, diminishing offwhite head that leaves beautifull lacing on the glass. Sour aroma and flavor of cherries, the sour is balanced by some sweetness, the finish is mild and sweet. The body is light, the texture oily and carbonation soft. Very good.
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 4, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep nut brown with hints of ruby, 1/4 inch khaki head with lots of fine lacing. Smell is fruity and sour. Tart cherrry and vinegar.
Puckering and sweet. Lightly oaky with hints of vanilla. More sweet than sour. Could use a bit more sour to balance the sweet but lots of flavor. Full bodied with a lightly sour aftertaste. A pretty good Flanders red.