legion242 (2348) - Richardson, Texas, USA - MAR 30, 2002
Red-brown on color; Slightly pink head was HUGE and rocky; nose was musky and yeasty. First sip is tart and bile-like, but not in a bad way (?). The tartness doesn't kick your ass like a gueze but keeps you on your toes for sure. Strawberry hidden in there somewhere as well. The alcohol is nowhere to be found. Woody at the end. This is one of the most challenging beers I think that I have ever had. Thank you VENOM. Oakes (18828) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 17, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2009 Original rating: Opaque russet colour; nose of alcohol, plums, raisins, spice (paprika, white pepper), dried apricot, sandalwood; flavour is wonderfully barnyardy, with raisins, rodenbachish tannins, and an acidic finish. More recent samples have been less compelling, with reduced complexity and structural weaknesses. My rating has been downgraded to reflect this. VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 4, 2001
Cloudy apple cider appearance with a frothy tan head. Aroma of sour fruit, yeast and spices. Initial taste is farmhouse all the way, with loads of tart sour oaky wood flavors and sour apples and yeast. Some peppery spiciness as well. Not what you'd expect for a winter seasonal, but at 10% this is a nice brew for a big hearty Christmas time meal. Should age quite nicely with a good pile of yeast at the bottom of the bottle. It will be interesting to see how the tartness will mellow after a year or so of cellaring. Cool bottle with an evil 'Casper the ghost' overlooking Santa and his reindeer.