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 (1896) - 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 (1242) - 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 (8322) - 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 (2286) - 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 (93) - 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!!