beerbuzzmontreal (3486) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 2, 2006
The pour reveals a cloudy brown color with a thin offwhite head. Aroma and flavor of fruits, it’s beautifully sour and balanced. The body is light to medium with an oily texture and moderate carbonation. Good stuff, I love Iron Hill. MIBRomeo (2579) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 2, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2007 murky brown pour small tan head. Almost like a sour sprees aroma lots of sweet sugars odd and quite interesting. Palate is lightly tart and small. Flavor is a sour sugary at the same time very candiy like some berries. odd and Ok. DocLock (11258) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2011 Draft at North Wales. Clear ruby pour with minimal head. Aroma of tart fruit, including cherry and berry, plus some earthy notes. Tastes tart, with the fruit and earthiness present in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel.
08-May-2011. Not a re-rate per se, but a rating of the 750 cc bottle. Pours turbid dull ruby brownish with minimal -off-white head. Nose is sour mashy cherry, earthy yeasty. Tastes tart, earthy, with a pronounced cherry flavor, a lively carbonation, and a smooth finish. Not overwhelming tartness to the level of a Cantillon, and a great combination of tartness, cherry, woody, and earthy cobwebby yeasty esters. The bottle is better than the draft was, and should age well. xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2006
Fruity razzberry cranberry aroma plus lactic farm spiked spiced wine. Reddish beer with faint beige head. Very fruity flavor - apples raspberry and creanberry, lots of flavor packed in and accentuated by a sourness with a touch of sweetness. More drinkable than the fuller sour ales, but still likely to be tough for someone who doesn’t aim to be able to drink this sort of stuff or hasn’t been working towards it and frankly while the flavors were nice the palate got a bit wearisome thought I could drink it without gagging unlike some flemish sours. willblake (2664) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 27, 2006
15.07.06 BCTC Murky rust color beneath only a trace of beige head. Aroma was mostly musky with some sulfur notes, sweaty leather, and background hints of fallen cherries and band-aids. Herbal notes come through quickly on the palate, with more band-aid and citrus tartness. This one tasted more to me like a beer gone bad than a sincere attempt at the style. Some redeeming toffee sweetness and apple must. Really wanted to love this and maybe I’ll get another crack at it during the Kennett fest.
Lubiere (14438) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 16, 2006
Hazy brownish red ale with a thin off white head. A bit of catnip, thyme and coriander in aroma. In mouth, a sour malt with lemony character, light cherry notes, smooth bodied, avery nice Flemish Sour interpretation. On tap at BCTC 2006. User37895 (3085) - - JUN 5, 2006
Poured a light brown to amber color with a nice head (but not impressive lacing). The aroma was only light and somewhat tarty, but no apples or cherries or any specific fruits (disappointing, as was the light not red color). Sweet and sour was not the feature of this beer, as it was mostly of caramel malts, bready and flat out malty with a touch of acidic sourness in the finish along with a bittery yeastiness in the aftertaste. The flavor and mouthfeel were too light for the best of this style and this was way too drinkable for the style (ie. I can’t session the best of the Flemish Sours out there, but this one I could). A week showing for the style, imo, but a decent beer. weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2006
Appears a murky haze of reddish brown with a small white cap that fades out and leaves a gentle collar along the glass.
Smell is of a quasi-Flemish with some plastic phenols, hints of steak sauce, vinegar, and some sour funk. I get whiffs of those little, psychodelic colored, rubber-plastic bubbles that came in the tube that you could blow up through the straw as a kid. Remeber them?
Taste is about the same as the aroma with some caramel malt coming through.
Mouthfeel is funky with some tartness and that weird rubber beach ball stuff coming through. Not bad but not totally true to the style...albeit a difficult style to replicate in the states. egajdzis (6917) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2008 Poured a hazy reddish brown color with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of some sweet cherries, was musty, sweaty, yeast, leather, and strong phenols. Taste of cherry, light tartness, with green apple, tart grape, lemon peel, and faint caramel in the background. hopdog (13525) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2005
On tap at the Iron Hill in West Chester. Poured a medium to darker brownish color with a smaller sized off white head. Fruity, cherry, caramel and somewhat musty aromas. Tastes of light sour and tart cherries, light caramels and fruits. Lightly sweet with a light to medium tart finish. Thinner body. Overall enjoyable.