softale (188) - Michigan, USA - AUG 29, 2002
I'm not sure if I got an old bottle, but I poured about a quarter of this out. Not in the same league as Rodenbach as far as this bottle was concerned. Schroppfy (2362) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - AUG 20, 2002
Far more mellow that the other Flanders I've had, or my palate has matured. Either way, sour cherriness, excellent yeastiness, and just all-around good stuff here. dolemike1 (1289) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2002
Intensely sour and delicious. The lack of carbonation made this intensely refreshing on a hot Pittsburgh night. Aurelius (5682) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 30, 2002
Lambic aroma. Sour, woody and vinegary, dewberry notes(watery blackberries), yeasty and warming. Dark brown, with thin fizzy head. Tart palate which gets a little clingy, but pretty clean. duff (5486) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2002
RE-rate: Very deep red-brown colour, vinegary nose, sour, acidic, bitter, all great characteritics, off fruit flavours, with hints of iron or minerals. My only real complaint this time was the oily butter-toffee flavour (which i previoulsy didn't notice), but i think i'm being a bit picky when i say that, it really is nice, but not as good as the first couple of times i had it.
OlJuntan64 (1264) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 15, 2002
Faintly hazy deep red/brown with medium-small tan head. Initial aroma burst is luscious fruit, (peach, banana) and slight citric acid fading to a musty Belgian cellar and light dry sherry or brandy alcohol. Medium light body. Strong yeasty sour (gueuzey) start, Middle is mainly bitter with some malty sweetness and the finish and after taste are rum/red/port winey alcoholic. I'm not quite sure what to make of this one and find it hard to think of it as a FRA. It has some cross styles qualities about it, ie elements of festive Belgian Ale, a Scotch ale and gueuze. I'll grant you it's complex but exactly how to translate this into ratings is quite difficult. Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2002
2000 sample: Very tart and sour flavour. Great complexity. Unlike the Rodenbach Grand Cru, this smells and tastes very unclean and unfresh like an old basement. Mads Langtved (2240) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - JUL 11, 2002
This beer is a little too sour for me. It's very special and the bubbles and alcohol prixk slightly on the tongue at the consumption. MartinT (10239) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 6, 2002
In the glass, a Christmas ornament dipped in blood…A menacing burgundy yeast storm…Woody and acid whips lash the tongue simultaneously…But leathery fieldberries then act as a balm…A trail of vinegar invites you for more sadism…
pilsnerrogge (3036) - Finspång, SWEDEN - JUN 17, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2011 Bottle
Pours a deep redish brown colour with a nice head. Acidic cherry stone aroma. Balsamic and vinous flavour with notes of oak and sourish cherries, there’s also a slight dash of toffee.