Johnsense (1670) - - APR 6, 2017
2014 bottle. Reddish brown pour, thumb sized offwhite head fades into a small ring, flecks of lace. Sweet aroma, brown sugar, sweet cherry. Sweet up front, dates, raisin, sugar, candy, sweet cherry. Not tart at all. Alcohol well hidden. Medium body, slightly thicker mouthfeel. AdmiralVernon (1195) - SWEDEN - FEB 24, 2017
2011 A: Heavy cloudy brown coloured with some well hidden red notes, no head N: Cardboard, white pepper, cherry T: Cherry, port wine, hint of dates O: Sweet and sour. Almost old trapist like... Decent... baraciisch (3234) - California, USA - JAN 3, 2017
Hazy reddish brown in color...Kinda murky looking... Aroma of cherry, overripe plums, fruit rot, prunes... Flavor is cherries, plums, prunes, stone fruits... some toasted malts, not much tartness... solid
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12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, 2015 vintage bottling. Pours hazy deep reddish brown color with a 1 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big tart/sour cherry, cranberry, lemon, raisin, plum, red grape, green apple, caramel, brown sugar, and toasted brown bread; with lighter notes of nuttiness, toffee, pepper, leather, tobacco, vanilla, funk, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome balance and complexity of fruity/earthy/spicy yeast, sour cherries, dark/bready malt, and light-moderate oak barrel notes; with great strength. Taste big tart/sour cherry, cranberry, lemon, raisin, plum, red grape, green apple, caramel, brown sugar, and toasted brown bread; with lighter notes of nuttiness, toffee, pepper, leather, tobacco, vanilla, funk, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Moderate fruity/acidic tartness and light yeast/tannic oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart cherry, cranberry, lemon, raisin, plum, red grape, green apple, caramel, brown sugar, toasted brown bread, pepper, light toffee/leather/nuttiness, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy/spicy yeast, sour cherries, dark/bready malt, and light-moderate oak barrel flavors; with a great sweetness/tartness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from acidic/tannic flavors as well. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, fairly acidic, and lightly slick/syrupy/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 10.5%. Overall this is an outstanding imperial Flanders brown ale! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy/spicy yeast, sour cherries, dark/bready malt, and light-moderate oak barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the ABV, with the balanced acidity. Was expecting more sourness after the nose profile; but this was still highly complex and spot on to the style. Extremely well balanced. Label states only Brett was used for the wild yeast, so most of the sourness is likely coming from the cherry juice. A highly enjoyable offering, regardless. Mark_Eck (1949) - - JUN 19, 2016
Notes from summer. Pours a reddish brown. Aroma and taste are like sweet cherry pie with some tartness.
jinroh (1597) - ESTONIA - MAR 27, 2016
Pours amber, relatively clear. Aroma is fruity and a bit smoky. Cherries soaked in liquor. On steroids. Tastes amazing. Sweet and full of cherries, has some tartness to it but also the sweetness to balance it out. Flavourful and fully enjoyable. Great one, thanks Gregg, very happy I could try this.
TimE (5817) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 26, 2016
Hazy mahogany brown color. Mildly tart, cherries lollipops, oak, caramel sweet and tart nose. Surprisingly light body slightly tart with tons of cherry lollipops, sweeter than an oude burn, but sooo well made with light body. Excellent pushkinwow (2790) - Ottawa, CANADA - DEC 2, 2015
Bottle from DanGeo. Mild mahogany with a light brown head that completely fades. A strong cherry and light oak aroma, some very light cough syrup, some tartness to balance the syrup, slight nuttiness, highly caramelized brown sugar (slightly burnt even), some roasted malt, low carbonation and fully body, enjoyable but better to split a bottle. Dfonorow (2216) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2015
Bottle from Kuhnhenn. Pour is red/orange with a large pink head that fades quickly. Aroma and flavor of cherry pie, sour mix, light caramel, and booze. Finish is a bit hot, but not bad for the ABV. Bacterial (2999) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2015
Pour from a 12 oz bottle. Nice reddish amber pour with a slight white head. Really nice nose, cherry, malt and a touch of funk. Awesome taste, mild sourness, intense cherry sweetness. Awesome!