Ungstrup (38138) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2010
Bottled. A deep red beer with no head - it was flat when opened. The aroma has notes of cherries, brettanomyces, and oxidation. The flavor is sweet with notes of alcohol, cherries, and brettanomyces. Thanks Jeppe for sharing. yespr (46530) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2010
33 cL bottle, courtesy of Jeppe. Pours hazy amber with no lasting head. Aroma is fruity, wineous and citric to acidic. Sweet, wineous and rather fruity. Phenolic and wooden. Fruity and wineous finish. Sweet and alcohol comes through very late with a warming feel. sunevdj (4096) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - DEC 15, 2010
Botte in Ølbutikken. Thanks Jeppe. Pours a slightly hazy brown with no head. Smells sour. Sweet with aromas of a light port and raisins and prunes. Also hints of alcohol. Full bodied with a slightly sticky muthfeel. No carbonation. Sweet and slightly dry finish. Probably one of the best beers of the continent. ClarkVV (6825) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 10, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2007 330mL bottle drunk on 10/3/06, a wonderful gift from the African beer hunter, bogdi1. This bottle was nearly a year old at the time of opening. It had been kept in the refrigerator while in my possession.
Having no idea what to expect here, I was initially encouraged and relieved when the beer revealed a large, ultra-dense, beige head that showed strong retention. Huge amount of sediment left behind by means of a careful pour, yet there is an inevitable slight haze. Deep caramel-mahogany body. Sure seems naturally carbonated to me, not believing that a head could form so densely from forced carbonation.
If I was delighted by the livliness shown in its appearance, my excitement turned tenfold when taking in my first sample of the aroma. Sweet malts, primarily giving off notes of honey and caramel, are also laden with creamy vanilla. They surge forth boldly and are immediately balanced by a most delicious acetobacteric dryness/acidity. Like a combination of balsamic vinegar and sour cherries, it is intense and perfectly matched by the malts. The transition from sweet to dry is seemless and evokes memories, almost solely, of a fresh, raw flemish sour ale. Something like what I would expect Rodenbach Grand Cru to smell like in its prime years. Without the barrel notes, however, a little more room is given to the malt sugars and they both tickle and then comfort the nose. The sorghum is not noted in the nose, nor are there any strange/flawed notes that I can find. Alcohol is not apparent either.
I’ve come to truly despise sweet beers lately, but there was something about this one that I found so compelling. A combo of vanilla cream and angel food cake notes swell up at first, with the most perfect of carbonation levels. Especially taking in to account the beer’s age. Low carbonation, but tight, engaging bubbles uniformly distribute the malt sugars about the palate, washing a sweetness and softness over the palate that is then slowly and luxuriously cleansed by acetic acid and other bacterial dryness. It climaxes on a tongue puckering and lip-smacking tartness that pulls in to the mix tart/sour cherry notes, though there are none in the beer. Excellent balance, with the sweetness so clean and well-extracted, that it is undeniably charming, even for this sourhead. The notes of vanilla slowly progress in to a slight cornmeal-like note, on the finish, that represents the sorghum and gives a uniqueness and signature to this African specialty. I can’t say enough about this one, or do it justice with my review. A flemish sour (even if unintentionally so) that most Belgian versions should aspire to. Juha, please get more of this for me!