Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - AUG 10, 2005
2004 edition. Huge tart nose, various sour berries, some notes of dark malts and caramel. Wonderful hazy deep red body, with a nice rocky tan head on top. Very vinous flavor, grapes, loads of tartness, sour cherries, ends lightly alcoholic. Very nice brew! goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 8, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2007 2002 Vintage:. Slightly hazy brown with a golden tint and thin off-white head. Aroma of caramel, peat, tart fruit, and alcohol. Flavor starts very tart and fruity with a warming finish. SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - AUG 6, 2005
2005 Vinatge: Poured a slightly hazed deep ruby color. The aroma was sweet, fruity, funky, tart and vinous. Some leather, cherries and wood notes. The flavor is tart and fruity with dry cherries and some wood and light funk character. So tasty. Hides the 13 % so much. Maybe too much. Dry finish.
Bottle approx 1 hr from first sample of Oerbier. Brown nut appearance with a super fizzy head that subsides to a thin layer. Nose has a touch of brandy to it, light caramel and malts, very fine bits of cherrys and tart berry qualities. Taste is overwhelming alcohol and brandy. Some hints of cherrys and berrys. A very tingling sensation on the palate with a mix of tart and alcohol. My mouth feels abused and weakened. joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2005
Hazy brown-amber w/ frothy pale tan foam. Complex aroma of pear, cherry, caramel, toffee, dough, wood & wine w/ a hint of barnyard mustiness. Light, mildly acidic feel. Interesting sweet & sour flavour that is quite refreshing. ehhdayton (1188) - USA - AUG 1, 2005
2004 bottle. A nice copper and amber color. A fruity aroma. A tart/ sour fruity taste that is complex on the palate.
Kevin (2200) - Montana, USA - JUL 30, 2005
02 bottle that TChrome was generous enough to share. tea colored with a grey head. candy, raisin and bubblegum with a sweet yeasty note. toffee flavor with an acidic sour flavor. a watered down geuze flavor. a tad bit of chocolate is in here too. the woodiness comes through with a nicewine quality. thanks Tad. vanvenlo (1896) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JUL 30, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2005 6 Jul 2005 (2004 bottle vintage)- Big fruit and hop complexity with some earthiness and sour cherry notes. Cloudy brown-red colour, with nice cream coloured head ans suds lacing. A mass of sweet sour acidic cherry flavour, complex hop, light malt, some woody and metallic notes and spice flavours. Warm throat finish, sweet fruit that lingers in the mouth, tangy light mouthfeel. The balance of flavours and texture impresses me. Even though this is a style that normally doesn’t appeal to me, this is good (perhaps my rating would be higher otherwise). Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - JUL 30, 2005
Pours a dark hazy amber, with a small white head. Aroma is sweet and spicy. Flavor is sour, lots of "lambic funk" overtones, and sour cherries/apples. Lemon/astringent finish. Thanks to RatedX for this one! Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JUL 29, 2005
Bottle. Again, thanks to Tad for sharing this gem. Taste-very acidic, citric, stinging, grapey, and sour. The sour is very nice and not overwhelming. Flavors of grape, cherry, lemon, bourbon, and caramel come out. The combination of the sour and bourbon flavors is fantastic. sayravai (4710) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 29, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2008
(Bottled, 2004 vintage, sampled 02/10/2008) Hazy ruby-amber with a small, but lasting and lacy head. Deliciously tart, port/red-wineous aroma with lots of oak barrel, some vinegar, dried fruit. Tart, red-wineous, earthy, mildly peppery, dark-fruity flavor with a long, tart and fruity finish. No alcohol at all. Medium to full-bodied palate with soft carbonation. Really enjoyable, but could have more body to reach Stille Nacht Reserva in enjoyability. Still more than a world-class brew.
(Bottled, 2004 vintage, re-sampled 12/27/2005, was 8-4-8-5-17=4.2) Muddy dark amber, tight head. Very nice balsamico tartness in the aroma. Wineous, strong oakiness in the flavor. Oerbier can be felt in the background. Surprisingly thin in body, yet hides the ABV extremely well. Warming and tart, complex and very well-made brew. Changed the overall from 16 to 17. Nice!
Dolle brewery, 2004 vintage, sampled 7/29/2005) Dark reddish amber color with a smallish, tanned and lacy head. Wineous, oaky aroma with lots of malt and rye-pudding. Tart and wineous, smoothly malty flavor. Almost no signs of alcohol despite the high ABV. Medium to full-bodied, balancedly tart, a bit foamy-carbonated palate. I can’t see why this one wouldn’t get better with aging. Feels like an autumn brew, a Grottenbier on steroids. Excellent stuff - bought a six-pack!:)