axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2005 Now this was an incredible Belgian. Aroma of cherries and other fruits with a little vanilla. Flavors are oak, chocolate, cherries, raisins, apples, alcohol, etc. A lot going on here. Great drink. zizzybalubba (1862) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 16, 2010
750 mL bottle from South Bay (2009 Vintage). Muddy brown pour that appears dark brown with ruby highlights in the glass. Virtually no head. Very slight Belgian yeast aroma but mostly this is overwhelmed by very tart cherries and an acidic apple cider vinegar. Holy crap, this is sour! But on the back end is a wonderfully balanced oak character that lends almost as much to the flavor as the cherries. The alcohol is not evident in the flavor but does add a touch of warmth. One of the most complex sour beers I have ever been fortunate enough to taste and one of the best. I paid $30 for this and it was worth every penny (glad I bought 2 of them). Absolutely incredible. patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2010 Bottle at Monk’s for the Lost Abbey dinner, with Tomme Arthur. Pours a shiny, hazy amber brown with a crazily thin, off-white head. Aroma of brown sugar, malts, vinegar, barley, dry grapes, honey, lemon, and juicy dry hops. Body is medium with to full with a biting, tiart, loose mouthfeel. Finishes strong and bitter. Excellent all around and great finish to a fantastic evening.
Re-rate: initial rating: 4.5
Bottle. 12 oz. Pours a vinegar amber brown with zero head and a slight trace of lace around the edges. Aroma of tart, bitter dark cherries, fresh merlot grapes, balsamic vinegar, Granny Smith apples, currants, figs, walnut, lemon zest, subtle bitter hops, and sweet malts. Medium, silky body with a chewy, sticky, insanely sour palate. Finishes long, slow, and with an acidic bite. Overall, this is a truely refined, elegant, unique, masterfully crafted brew. Hats off to you, Tomme, for this sublime, wonderful beer. Perfect. PhillyCraft (7113) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2013 Bottle 2003 with Simon .Pours black hole deep opaque with absolutely no head and a dead flat appearance. Aroma is outrageous: vanilla, brandy, scotch, oak, chocolate, espresso beans, toasted malts, barley, caramel, toffee, fudge, crème brulée, and maple syrup. Body is full, but not overpowering. Palate is silky velvet smooth with a gentle spice on the front of the tongue. Finish is amazingly calm, mellow, and complex. This 2003 version was the best american sour I have ever had. It became so rich and full flavored from the age and the fact its a different batch from current releases was a nice change of pace. Unreal. barncatmatt (2285) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 4, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2012 375 ml bottle shared by jsprime. the most insanely intense sour dark ale ive ever had. beyond the point of trying to explain it. huge dark fruit and wood. deeply complex sipper. the best of all the big dark sours ales, great beer.
gtb1973 (22) - - JUN 1, 2014
Seven San a Diego Sours in Seven Days. #3 and quite possibly best beer ever. Raisins grapes tart acetic slight wine sourness. Rich oak background excellent! Broncowaldon (129) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAR 18, 2015
Raisins plums prunes sour cherries all over the aroma and palate. Very tart and crisp with all kinds of delicious fruits! Nice white head and carbonation. Bottle was older so had time I guess to get the yeast working. Glad I waited. rood (92) - Borgerhout, BELGIUM - NOV 11, 2016
Aroma is vinegar, aceto balsamico, nutty, nutmeg, grapes, ethyl acetate, cherries and bourbon. Taste is more of the same, lovely Sour. Equal to Oerbier Reserva or Aardmonnik. Kudos Tomme!! Thanks for sharing berntholer!! jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2005 2002 (Red Foil Bottle #56) Rated 1/26/2005 10/5/10/5/19/4.9 bfeldmann (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 28, 2006
Pours a stunning dark blood red, almost opaque. Small ring of dense tan head that lasts throughout. Light glass lacing. Killer aroma, medium tart cherry, oak, light vanilla and vinous red grapes. A definite brett character that is evident in the vinegar and light leather notes. The flavor, like the aroma, is a wonder. An initial explosion of vinegar is quickly cut by a vinous big red cabernet grape tartness, which in turn morphs into some very vinous sweetness. The flavors are truly outstanding. Alcohol comes into play late but provides a very pleasant warming and serves to nicely complement the dry wine like palate. This one is way better than the last one that I tried, and I gave that one a 4.4! This is one of the best beers I have ever had. Wow!
2002 (Gold Foil) Rated Dec 16, 2003 9/4/9/4/18/4.4 Very dark brown with hints of red hues. Very small head. Excellent aroma. Sour, cherry, oak, and alcohol. The flavor backs the aromas up, you are first hit with a sour cherry flavor, , then some tart apple, followed by a sweet nutty malt flavor, finally some spice flavors develop. Hugely complex and very satisfying. The body is full and smooth very red-wine-like. Not much carbonation, but that would just detract from the flavors. Kudos to Tomme and Jeff on this excellent and unique brew. I am looking forward to trying the other vintages as they age.
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2007 rerate this is as close as you can get to a perfect beer. Yumm Yumm
"mmmmmmm so good poured a dark dark brown small head left great lacing. Aroma was a little oaky and candy sugar, mabye appley??? Flavor was right up there with the best of them. Tart flavor yet still roasted flavor. Tasted like cherries in the finsih and aftertaste. So wish i could get this all the time oh my."