blutt59 (6585) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 16, 2010
bottle, thanks to peter, almond and honey colored pour with cherry pie and port/sherry aromas, flavors of balsamic, sour cherry, grapes,dusty finish peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2010
I believe this was 2007 vintage. Nice oak and vanillin notes, almost too much but not quite. Flavor is brettanomyces cherry with some candy sugar and deeply developed malt tones. very layered and enjoyable. Jesterdeal (1986) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 25, 2012
Aroma of sour cherry, caramel and sweet belgian chocolate. Pours red with pretty lacing. Taste is crabapple, cherry, slight funk, and malts. Very mild and delicious. Good flemish red. Damico (3150) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2013
Previous notes...Pour red amber in color. The aroma brings sour notes and light cherry juiciness, lovely. The wild yeast dominates nicely with sour cherries on such a smooth body. The Flemish resiny yeastiness rounds out the end of the palate. DocLock (11103) - 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.
mar (5445) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2010
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.
bottle thanks to peter. deep amber/brown with a cream head. nose is oak, light vinegar, sour, and light acid. nice on the palate, great wood flavor tagged with light sour grapes and other dried fruits. alobar (3940) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2010
Pours a clear brown color with a thin tan head. Aroma of dark fruit, oak, and vanilla. Nice sour notes to flavor with cherry, oak, and vanilla flavors. Well balanced. Just enough sour. Nicely done. daknole (11402) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 18, 2012
Brownish pour, light head. Aroma of sour cherries, wood, nice lactic sourness. Flavor is sour without any vinegar notes. It’s damn good. corby112 (2813) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2015
Pours a dark chestnut brown/ruby red color with plum edges and a half finger beige head that slowly settles into lasting ring. Good retention with spotty lacing left behind.
Sweet, slightly funky aroma with very subtle acetic vinegar, earthy oak and funky bugs. Not solvent like however with vinous dark fruit sweetness complimenting the funk, barrel and acidity. Hints of sour cherry, grape and plum with a decent roasted malt backbone underneath.
On the fuller end of medium body with tart acidity and slight acetic vinegar followed by sweet vinous fruit and slightly roasted dark malt. Some dryness, possibly from the oak, meshes with acetic acid, earthy funk and dry, bretty bugs. The acidity and funk are countered by dark fruit sweetness and subtle malt flavors. Hints of raspberry, sour cherry, grape and plum compliment the acetic quality while providing some needed balance to the dry oak and musty funk. Nicely balanced with good sourness and subtle funk. Easy to drink with little to no harshness. I haven’t had this beer fresh but it has held up nicely and is better than some of the other reviews indicate.