Nuffield (4127) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
We sprung for a bottle of this and it was worth it. It had a better nose than the St. Bernardus 60th anniversary. Lambic-like consistency, yeasty with warmth and plenty of grape notes. Big grape finish, waves of flavor, sweetness, and frothiness (but not particularly soft, rather tingling). Surprises in the finish. Deep brown, red/garnet, lingering rings of head. Excellent. Part of the Christmas gathering referenced in Jazz88’s rating.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
25.4oz bottle, provided by my cousin for our annual post Christmas Dinner tasting. Pours reddish brown with a thin, tan head. Funky, sour aroma, with notes of fruit and oak. Flavor is sour up front, but gives way to a more vinous flavor. Very warming alcohol. Incredibly complex, and one of the favorites of our evening.
jazz88 (2674) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 24, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle of the 2004 vintage. Ruby brown color with a tan head. Intense wine (merlot) flavors grow more complex and interesting over time. A dry grape finish with a white wine sprits. This one rated #2 out of 8 in our annual Christmas gathering (12/22/06).
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 21, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle #276 sampled on 6/28/06: Barely transparent dark copper mahogany pour has a thin, wispy tan head. Sweet malty dark caramel and light fruity aroma has a nice merlot oaky complexity. Body starts with a viscous earthy caramel, but only a mild sweetness and a very complex, oaky, tart, lightly citric and fruity balance. A very interesting and unique beer, especially from Switzerland.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 16, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
#947, From the bottle, had at the December 06 Chicago Gathering at ElGaucho’s Place. Brown hazy thin brown head that is medium lasting. Nose is very strong even from a distance with lots of apple and sweetness from like grape skin (merlots?), taste has some huge alcohol, tannins with some smoke and oak with vanilla and sugars. Very good.
Frank (4121) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I sampled this fine beer thanks to Mr. Cornfield who is a lovely gentleman to bring this by. It is certainly one of the most interesting of the many fine beers we sampled at a gathering graciously hosted by Mr. El Gaucho. Typical of sour ales, this pours a muddy brownish red. The nose is nice w/ sour apple dominating. Fabulously complex w/ notes of cherry, oak and vanilla. Slightly tart w/ just enough carbonation to keep things interesting.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear garnet with few, if any, bubbles. Essentially still. The aroma is just huge. Loads of vinous character: red wine, oak, cherries, spice, alcohol, light malt, red grapes and some sweet vanilla. The body is thick and silky as the lack of carbonation allows the liquid to encapsulate the tongue. The flavor is strong and shows more barrel-aged character. Mostly sweet with a hint of tannin bitterness and licorice-esque alcohol heat. The finish is long and warm, a good cold-weather beer. This isn’t a bad beer, but not quite as elegant as I’d hoped. The barrel-aging is cool, but probably a little too dominate and the strength just isn’t hidden at all. I like it, but a little refinement could make this really fantastic, at least in terms of my tastes.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent. Not much to look at, a murky reddish brown body bereft of head - but what sniffing and sipping delights it provides. The aroma is almost wine-like, filled with the funky, soured smells of slightly burnt raisins, dates, and figs along with a good whiff of alcohol. The alcohol cuts the sweet flavors somewhat, but the fruitiness remains strong and is joined by a syrupy maltiness, alcohol, and a brett-like sour funkiness. I really wish I picked up more of these when I had the opportunity.
As a side note, enamored with this ale, I suggested blending it with some of the <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Beer/wild-blossom-swe Blossom Sweet Desire mead that was on hand, and minimally <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?UserID=4 and <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?UserID=5 joined me in doing so. The sweet, barrel aged mead blended beautifully with the ale and made one helluva tasty drink.
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ElGaucho (2399) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 10, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet, sour aroma. Reddish, murky body with yellow along the edges. Light yellow/tan head. Nice lace. Full bodied, rich and sweet. High alcohol profile. A little sour, strong. Excellent.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - DEC 8, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from the Blue Max. How complex is this? weird in that is just like a glass of... oh wait, is it a glass of Merlot or Grappa?? or maybe Cabernat? Well it is very thin on the tongue with zero carbonation but man there sure are a lot of flavors here and like a good wine it is sec ( dry ).Loads of oaken notes also.