Alengrin (5554) - BELGIUM - AUG 18, 2017
Belgian ale enriched with a generous dosis of sour cherries, has been in existence for years now but I still hadn’t tried it, so many thanks to Stefan for sharing this three year old (2014) bottle - which is apparently at 7% ABV rather than the 6.6% given here. Dense, very thick, ’dirty pink white’, lacing yet unstable head over a misty deep cherry red beer with brownish hue, turning into a very murky brownish red in the end. Aroma offers a lot of sour cherry, ’kriekenjenever’, damp hay, cherry pits, fermenting plums, red raspberries, damp earth, cloves, grape peel, ruby port, red wine vinegar, touch orange peel. Sour cherries in the onset and a lot of them, I’m guessing Duysters got inspired by the cherry lambics in using 200-300 grams of the fruit per liter; they establish a sharpish, at first even almost lemony acidity that cuts through the whole beer, drying the throat; a sweetish blue plum and nectarine accent sits in the middle of this. Carbonation is fizzy, mouthfeel lighter than I’d expect from a 7% beer. Bready malt backbone with a ’deep’ sourish wheaty side to it. In the finish, a lot of complexity is added: totally unexpectedly, a sweet cherry jam flavour pops up, immediately followed by a deep, earthy hop bitterness reinforced by tannins from the cherry seeds and skins and eventually accompanied by a long, warming, gin-like alcohol effect as well as a subtle touch of port- or red wine-like oxidation. Probably consumed at about just the right age, with this onsetting, still very faint portorisation effect adding complexity, but with the generous dosis of fruit acidity and flavour still intact, this was way better than I had imagined... A pleasant discovery, strange I never had this before but bottles of about this age are certainly worth seeking out. Quite unique. Grzesiek79 (4364) - Radom, POLAND - APR 1, 2017
Many thanks for this amazing beer to tderoeck. Vintage 2010. Siedmio letnie piwo owocowe. Gdybym mial zawiazane oczy to bym powiedzial ze pieje porzadnego Oude Krieka. Doskonaly wyglad rozowo-czerwona barwa, piana srednia jasno rozowa szybko opada. Metniste na dnie wersji bez etykiety z pszewieszka tylko. Cudowny aromat porzeczek, malini wisni. W smaku owocowa pelnia, na poczatku lekko slodkie przypominalo tarte alzacka wysmarowana dzemem malinowo wisniowym. Potem im wiekszy lyk z osadem tym bardziej kwaskowe i cierpkie czerwone porzeczki, kwaskowosc zdecydowanie bierze gore, dominuje a wokolo caly czas unosi sie won sadu mlodych drzew owocowych. Jeden z moich Top 10 Fruit beer. Rozkosz ta idealne wspolgrala z gesia watrobka. TorbenH (1082) - Frederikshavn, DENMARK - DEC 26, 2016
red, cloudy, white foam, dough, earthy, medium body, sticky, average carbonation, medium sweetness, medium sourness, Zita (6326) - Assentoft, DENMARK - DEC 26, 2016
Light fruit aroma,red,clear,off white, light sweet light sour, almond,and harmonic finish. Hansen (8601) - Assentoft, DENMARK - DEC 26, 2016
Ruby colored and almost clear. A pink head lasting. Acidic and cherry aroma and flavor.
gyllenbock (9328) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 30, 2016
Sample at SBWF 2016.
Reddish with a small head. Aroma of berries, funk and some hay. Similar taste. The finish was quite sour.
mateuszk (2755) - Poznań, POLAND - AUG 23, 2016
Bottle. Pours red with pinky head. Aroma of red berries, cherries with some barnyard and leather in the back. In taste sour, vinegar and fruity notes. Light body, high carbonation, dry and tart finish. Pyrmir (6170) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JUL 28, 2016
Bottle, from backlog. Red with pink head. Aroma and taste has red berries, cherries, funky barnyard, hay, tart notes, lactic, slight acetic with a tart cherry finish ninecats (533) - Uddevalla, SWEDEN - MAY 2, 2016
Sample at En Öl- och Whiskymässa, 2016. Hay reddish color with small white, pinkish head. No lacings. Aroma is berries, fruity, light sour, light funkiness, earthiness. Taste is medium sour with dryness, red berries, slight creamy texture. Ends light sour with earthiness and dryness. McWorta (1633) - LUXEMBOURG - APR 29, 2016
Opalescent cherry red with a pink frothy head. Noses of berries, some banryard-funk and hay. Soft and light slick with a medium body. Acidic and sour with some faint residual fruity sweetness. Rather tart and dry finish.