Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2007
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2007 Bottle that was in my buddy’s refridgerator for 5 years. 02 bottle. I had this at the brewery when it 1st came out but this has not aged well. The best thing about this beer is the pretty amber/red color. Sour grape aroma and taste. The carbonation was good but I couldn’t get past that tart sour taste. About 7 months ago I had another bottle and the taste was the same.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 29, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Many thanks to The_Beer_God for sending me this bottle almost 2 years ago!
Bottled NOV 7th 2003
The beer poured wonderfully! A robust ruby body sits beneath a rocky white head. I immediately pick up a hint of sourness, and I recall some talk of infected batches being out in the market at some point? Nevertheless, The very mild sourness plays into the beer with great balance and talent! Fruity hints of plum, apple, apricot, peach, and what seems like some oak cask conditioning sourness. The yeast has mellowed, not very doughy or astringent as I find in some Belgian beers with 3 years of age on them. The palate is remarkable sleek and velvety… I am very impressed with the complexity and considerable depth of this beer, slightly infected or not…. This beer was outstanding!
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - SEP 10, 2006
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Ice tea colored. Taste like cherries, but sour and too ripe. A wine gone bad???
MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - FEB 10, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aquired from zathurus 13 in a trade 2002 vintage. Poured a Ruby brown with a purple tone . Aromas were hot alcohol right away then burnt cherry and sourness. flavors were tart cherry like with some alc burn finished with some sweetness not bad but not what I had expected
bfeldmann (1048) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 18, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not what i expected at all. Poured a hazy yellow color with a massive head (I over poured) Smelled of citrus, little spice of some kind little barnyard. had a carbonated mouthfeel. Tasted of citrus but finished sweet over all not bad. "
willblake (2632) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - SEP 12, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
09.12.05 750ml bottle dated Sept 12 2002, Happy birthday to you beer! I had a series of bad experiences with this beer, as many have, but not with this bottling date. I found a store with a well cared for stash of bottles from this batch and decided to go for it. the old ones were so bad I had not even rated them since Bill Covaleski was good enough to personally see to replacing my bad bottles with beautiful V Grand Cru.
The cork removes easily but with no great fanfare, no gushing, and just the right pop. The beer pours a cloudy ruby copper with a medium beige head that lingers and laces sparingly. Aroma is juicy apples, light cocoa, and bready yeasts. Some tart cherry and a burst of alcohol come through as it warms. It’s a bit tart, like old wood, and full of appleskin and tart cherry. The yeast is dominant across the middle and end of the palate while the sweet fruits and bready grains linger mildly throughout. It’s definitely more tart than I expected, but not at all the mess that the first batch I had was. The body is soft and full, finishing slightly bitter, dry, and warm. Lingering sweet-tartness. Well, it’s still not world class, but if this is as it was intended, it’s certainly not a disappointment.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 13, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Faint wheat aroma, some citrus, cloudy amber, fair sized white head. Flavour is mild malt, citrus and some yeast. Light bodied, (given the abv) sweet and bready. Decent, but was expecting more.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 27, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
2003 bottle. As soon as I poped the cork the beer started gushing out of the bottle. After a while I was a ble to pour some in a glass instead of the sink. It revealed a gorgeous murky ruby color with yeast sediment and bubbles going up forcefully, it has a medium diminishing beige head. Interesting aroma of malt and fruits with something sweet, feels a bit like candy. The elements described in the aroma are present in the flavor but there’s something unpleasant that ruins it for me. This bottle seems infected, too bad since I can feel the potential for a sticky, sweet and fruity beer that could have been excellent, oh well ...
Cletus (6329) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 27, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours copper with a nice bubbly head that subsides, but presents excellent lacing throughout the drinking. Smells of tarte Macintosh apples with some citrussy scents shining through. Taste is caramelly with some basic farmhouse elements. Alcohol warms on the finish, though not as much as the 12.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - APR 26, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled Sept 11, 2002. Nice, thick bubbly head that left a nice lace throughout. Aromas of cherry biscuit and mellow sour apple. Taste is smooth cherry and subtle malts nicely mingled together. I think this batch may need a bit more time but it’s still very good.