matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2004
Emence Thanks to my buddy Rastacouere for sending this brew along in our last long distance trade!
Wheatsheaf (104) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 19, 2004
Pours a dark mahogany body with edges of rubies and a thick tan head leaving behind a quilt of lacing. Stimulating aroma, tart and Geuze like quality. Hits with notes of green grapes, strawberries, still firm pressed cherry juice, and a hint of balsamic vinegar. The flavor is tart as well, very nice!!! Again, all of the fruits mentioned in the aroma but far more lively and interesting, a slight leathery note as well. Very creamy and tart palate and finish, hint of gooseberry…… Thanks very much Rasta for such an exciting Ale!
330ml bottle. A mahogany-red ale that foams enthusiastically to produce a huge, fluffy head that is fully-lasting and leaves excellent lacing. Lightly yeasty aroma with some dark fruit in the background. Medium body. The forward flavours feature a big, dry, toasted malt character, some vinous fruitiness, and a juicy acidity. Spicy, yeasty finish that lingers on through the very dry aftertaste. Drinks much bigger than its modest 6% abv. Flavourful and characterful. Very nice. Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 18, 2003
Brown coloured with a fugacious head that let us expect a tart taste. Woody vanilla and blackberries aroma. Refreshing acidity slowly replaces a sweet mouth entrance of cherry and cloves. jazz88 (2683) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 8, 2003
Bottle. A tan head with a brown colored body and a ruby tint in the light. The sugar coated tart cherry and fruits come through well as the beer warms. I love this style. The sweet fruits and tart finish are warm and pleasing. Not as intense as the giants of this style. Thanks to Rastacouere for the trade. nickchalk (229) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 21, 2003
Pours amber-red with an off-white large head, lots of beautiful lacing too. Subtle aroma, strawberries, sugar, some sourness detected. Tasted is sweet and sour, very well balanced, though maybe a little weak for what my bottle calls "Belgian Strong Beer". I really liked the sweet finish, which stayed around a while. Nice beer. Bottle.
muzzlehatch (4969) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - APR 9, 2004
330 ml bottle, purchased in Montreal. Ridiculous gushing gigantic foamy mountainous crazy head...you get the picture? No matter how hard I tried to pour carefully, I had to wait 10 minutes for it to subside at all. Very dark, clear reddish brown. Lovely soft cherry-wine aroma, nicely malty. Soft, round body, slight alcohol taste is surprising in a 6% beer but actually not unpleasant; nice molasses-maple hints, acidic at first but merely warming and pleasant at the finish. Not phenomenally complex, but rather as Psychprof notes a session example of the style...I could definitely drink a few of these on a cold spring night like tonight. rsans (125) - Pont-Rouge, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 27, 2005
(341 ml bottle). Beautiful aroma, flavour and body but I have difficulty in selecting the exact nature of each ingredients. ( fairly new to craft beers and RB ) I shall come back at a later date to rate this beer in a more specific way.
One thing for sure I enjoyed this beer tremendously. Can hardly wait for another one.
HogTownHarry (7062) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 27, 2006
Bottle (330ml). In my Straffe Hendrik goblet. Poured deep burgundy, almost opaque, average creamy beige head. Lovely brown sugar and spice malt aroma, a hint of red wine sourness and yeast, not much sourness really. Taste - again, malt, spice, hint of fresh tart black cherries in the finish. Decent body, syrupy, nicely carbonated, quick finish, not too sweet - very good beer, but just not all that sour - just tart cherries. mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 1, 2003
slightly hazy deep red. sour cherry and red wine aroma. nce filling mouthfeel. nice mix of cherry, vanilla, spice, and lemon zest in the flavour. Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAR 2, 2004
Softer and rounder in the flavors than other FSAs - delicious and a session beer through and through. Deep earthy cherry skin and rotting leaves aroma, light. Acidic and cherry flavors in the mouth, highly carboated, earthy - sweeter than others, with a distinct maple sugar component. Very nice and a great starter from the big Rastacoure pack received today!