bulldogops (2907) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 22, 2015
Rating #1357 05.12.2014 330mL bottle #5 from the 2014 Craft BeerAdvent Calendar - Pours a deep reddish brown with a bubbly head that disapparates rather quickly. Aroma is balsamic vinegar, oak - rich, fruity texture. Palate is well balanced - lots of tart balsamic sweetness, and very sour. Well achieved and devastatingly underappreciated. Grzesiek79 (4433) - Radom, POLAND - MAY 25, 2014
Dobre piwo, smaczne tresciwe podobne do mocnych belgijskich ale. Fajna butelka ciezkawa z zwezana szyjka. Piwo ma krewowa bezowa piane sredniej wielkosci. Kolor brazowo bursztynowy. Mocno metne, ciezko bylo wymieszac resztki z dna butelki. W smaku trufle sliwka nieco rumu i daktyli. Lekko cierpkie, wytrawna koncowka. Tresciwe i zlozone polecam to spore piwo o zawartosci alk 9% michele85 (14) - Parma, ITALY - OCT 1, 2009
Aged beer, special mixture of a christmas beer and a flemish sour. Smell is fruity and oaky, taste is well balanced between hot spices - a fruity sweetness and a delicious sour and aged note. Really nice huge head. One of the best italian beers I’ve ever had MunBro (942) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 5, 2014
CBAC Day 5: whooo! Cloudy orange pour with a finger of foamy head, no lacing. Decent amount of sediment which settled quickly. Funky, earthy aroma. I wasn’t expecting a Belgian Sour in the calendar so this was an awesome surprise! Very tart flavour up front, crazy sour cherry and lemon notes. Some yeasty funk and spices linger on the tongue afterwards. beastiefan2k (4082) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - JUL 30, 2010
Beautiful 750mL bottles, the Italians know how to do it up right. The beer rises up the neck after popping, but no gushing, very manageable. Thus, it pours with a beautiful, large, pillow-y, long lasting head. Color is a dark copper amber. Its a loud beer. The beer itself, take one part tart and wild, add a Belgian-esque yeastiness, , some cereal Belgian malts, and compound it with a vigorous carbonation. Spices, what spices, all overwhelmed by the wild/tart character. Loved to drink it, beautiful stuff, but wont pay that price tag in the future. Santa don’t come cheap in Italy.
Bill Becker (1773) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - NOV 23, 2014
It’s a cloudy colour of rust, 1 finger head of foam that lasts and lasts. Decent lacing.
The nose is of brett, spice and sour goodness. More Brett than sour so I can’t quite pull out what the sour consists of. Maybe when I taste it..Same goes for the spice which, from the label, suggests Star Anise.
Tastewise, the sour is prominent and I’ll take a guess and say it’s fruity like in sou r cherries. Funk, yep. Spicy, quite bitter, guessing it’s coming from the star anise. Overall, very tasty for a sour.
Medium body and carbonation. the alcohol seems to be very well hidden, so drinkability is very good.
I don’t know aboot this being a top choice for a Christmas brew, but it’s very good. +$27 will me think twice aboot buying it again, though.
shorlin (736) - St. John’s, Newfoundland, CANADA - DEC 5, 2014
Have to rate this quickly so I can finish it! Colour is a bit muddy amber copper. Not much carb. Aroma is funky cherry and standard Flemish red stuff. Taste is Puckery tart with cherry and funk. Bit thin and not effervescent. Nice sour.