Alengrin (5539) - BELGIUM - JUL 13, 2014
Original brew, in a series of vintages, this one matured in a combination of no less than 11 wine barrels; essentially a ’massive ale’ in abbey beer form, but the wine barrels render it ’oaky’ and sourish, reminiscent of a ’versnijbier’ or even an ’oud bruin’. Off-white, thin and unstable head on a misty bronze beer; smells of caramel, red wine, yoghurt, passion fruit, bread, blackcurrant; very fruity taste with an explicit, drying lactic acidity that carries on till deep into the finish, soft maltiness, a bit oily mouthfeel, woody. Interesting, especially since it’s Swiss, but I guess this is only truly enjoyable to those who prefer the sour beer types.
BelgianBeerGal (4120) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 8, 2014
Probably a Belmont bottle but ultimately enjoyed in Florida. Pours a clear copper color with not much of a bubbly khaki head. Huge aroma that reminds me of bourbon from afar but you get some funky wine as you bring the class close. Big taste that actually starts with acetone but mellows into a light tartness. Okay but a little rough. alexsdad06 (10586) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - APR 6, 2014
750 ml bottle sample from notes. Pours a hazy amber brown color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have tart fruity notes with some acidity, caramel, bready malt, vinous notes, tannins, alcohol, oak, and raisins all with a dry finish. Full body, vinous sour, medium warmth and carbonation. bhensonb (15493) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 10, 2014
Capped 750 (#00276) from The Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours hazy dark amber/brown with no head. Aromas of sourish oak and grapes. Med body or so. Little carbonation. It’s sort of a Flanders red. Not too sour, very woody/oaky, and it seems to have a lot of grape. Mostly red berry. Finishes, dry, mildly sour and somewhat oak astringent. Very tasty. Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Another big boy bottle shared by the host EricTeusink. I owe you man. The beer poured amber//brown with some sediment and no head. Aroma was sour cherries, vinous, dark caramel. Taste was sour dark cherries, wood, caramel malts, old red wine. The finish was a bit muddled tartness with a rather large oak component. Pretty nice and a treat drinking the 2010 brew. Perhaps just a bit past its prime.
Tomy63 (202) - Clermont-Ferrand, FRANCE - DEC 21, 2013
puissante, vineuse, beaucoup d’acidité, fruits rouges (framboise surtout). Notes boisées aussi. Bien mais aps trop mon style. TBone (17784) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 18, 2013
Bottle from Alko Arkadia. Murky reddish, amber color, no head. Tart, strawberry aroma. Medium to full-bodied. Very berryish, strawberry, tart cherries, alcohol. Some red wine notes. Not the best of these BFMs. Too much overriped berries. j12601 (12974) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - SEP 12, 2013
Bottle I took to football and beer with Andy, Max, and Paul. Pours a fairly clear amber brown with a touch of white bubbles on the edges, but not much. Big acid and wood, acetone and a touch of white wine. Big and sweet. Sweeter than most of the others that I can recall. Actually tastes a bit different from the other ones that I remember. Warm and a bit boozy, warm wood, tannins, toast into the finish. Lingering light acetone. The Bon Chien vintages always seem to taste fairly similar to me, but this one does stand out a bit. Like the others, I think it would be tough to drink a whole 750 by myself, but they’re fine for sharing with friends. joshmcg000 (388) - Iowa, USA - MAY 8, 2013
Fidelis Sourfest 2013. Pours dark hazy amber. Aroma is funky yeast. Very sweet, also sour. Some cherry fruitiness. Littl.e bit of oak, not much vanilla. Really good fidelis83 (2481) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAY 8, 2013
Hazy, ruddy brown pour with a thin, off white head. Aroma is Full of tart fruit and vinous notes, sweet malt, light, crusty bread, earthy funk and fallen leaves. Flavor is tart and funky up front, with some earthiness, vinous notes, dark fruit, buttery and lightly toasty oak, candi sugar sweetness, vanilla and a nice light booziness. Medium body, sicky, chewy entry, with a gradual fade into a slightly dry and pleasantly pucker inducing tart finish. Pretty freaking delicious, I have never had a sour with an ABV this high, and I have to say I enjoyed it. Like an earthy quad with a nice tart backbone.