beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 11, 2008
Sampled on 9/11/2008. This sour ale pours a deep brown color from a corked 375ml bottle. Small to medium sized white/beige foamy head. The aroma is tart sour cherries, must and wood. A medium bodied sour ale. The malts are fruity and sweet. There is a whole lot of tartness, sourness, funk and wood going on here. It is nearly mouth puckering tart, but there is nice malty fruitiness to balance most of the tartness. This beer really has that Flanders/Rodenbach feel to it. More in the way the flavors mix and match than in any particular flavor. An awesome, absolutely world-class beer. Can’t wait to see how this one ages. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is tart with some wood. omhper (25163) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - NOV 17, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2008 <i>Bottled, thanks Marsblursi!</i> Cloudy mahogany colour, small head. lactic raspberry aroma with some wood. Citric and medium bodied. Spritzy with lots of red berries. Fresheneing and complex where the buttery malt sweetness is well balanced by the citric lactic acidity. It also possesses a caramelly Belgian style yest character that stays in the background. Very drinkable, yet mindblowingly complex and tasty! DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 20, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2008 375ml bottle via MrBendo. Pours dark brown, opaque in the glass, with a foamy off-white head that has great lacing and retention. Incredibly pleasant aroma. Huge blast of cherries from feet away, funk, oaky vanilla, ripe fruits - plum, some acid. Lost Abbey house character is in this beer. I’m guessing Cuvee de Tomme or Red Poppy or both are in this beer, I have smelled this before. The soft funkiness is just beautiful. Brett presence is high and on the back end there is just a touch of an alcohol aroma. This thing is complex. Somehow there is actually a malt character still alive underneath all the other stuff which is fascinating and impressive. Taste is soft, smooth, slightly tart with delicious cherries and fruit. A bit more malty than the average sour beer. Certainly reminds me of Cuvee de Tomme, can’t say which one I like better. I drank one a few weeks ago, would have liked to have them back to back. This beer is quite lovely. As it warms the combination of lush Montmorency cherries and vanilla/oak is simply marvelous. This is certainly up there in its category right alongside Russian River’s best. I wish I had more of these as I think this will develop really nicely. Fantastic. Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 4, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2009 Bottle in a train going to Berlin - shared with Mette. Clear dark brown - brown head. Berries, roasted, wood, oak, light acid, tobacco, balsamic, vinegar, brown sugar, dark malts, rubber, chocolate, glue, tart, sourness, peppery, wine-cask, spicy, high complexity. High dryness. This is fantastic.......Again: #28 - Amerikaner Blind-Smagning 12-Jun-2009 hos Papsoe. Bottle. (7/4/7/3/17). bleeng (1682) - Seattle still not near Beersel., Washington, USA - AUG 2, 2008
375 bottle thanks to Sinners Club. Pours dark brown and almost opaque with a nice small fluffy head. Wonderful nose-bitter, tart , funkiness, cherry (?), a bit alcolholic. Delightful. Taste is bitter, not TdC bitter though. It’s like a mellow TdC...A tartness but a bit of sweetness comes through. Very full body for the style-full mouth. A bit hot going down-will this settle down? Overall a wonderful beer and way too easy to drink. LA just continues to amaze-thanks a bunch!!!
Odeed (1803) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 3, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2008 wow this really blew me away.dark brown with not much head.i picked up fruit,wood,oak,some funk,and spices.very well balanced.i think this was my second favorite @ the rbsg lost abbey tasting. illidurit (2341) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 5, 2008
Bottle sampled at Lost Abbey for RBSG. Pours a ruddy orange brown with a small tan head. What the foam lacks in volume it makes up for in lacing. Aroma is a great vanilla/dark fruit combo that seems to replicate apple pie. Some sourness in the nose. Flavor is similar: sweet fruits and wood tempered by a seamless sour cherry tartness. The carbonation is perfect for coating the tongue with this excellent beer. IrishBoy (4202) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 8, 2008
375ml Bottle from the Sinners Club; Rating #2100! Nose is Nose is light tartness and funkiness, cherries, Belgian style spiciness, a hint of oakiness, and licorice; lots of aromas; I wonder what the actual blend is; murky dark brown with a medium, glass-lacing cinnamon tan head; flavor is light tartness, brown sugar, cherries, some woodiness, spiciness, and a tart finish. JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2008
Dark brown pour with a tan head. Aroma is rich and woody with lots of oak, vanilla, nuts, roast, sugar, and dark fruits. Flavor has a nice oaky/vanilla/wine/vinous thing going on that is well augmented by sugar, chocolate, and a pleasant sourness that isn’t over the top but rather adds to the overall beer. Nice sour/puckery feel with smooth oak. Overall a really, really good brew that makes me happy that I joined the sinners club this year! SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2008
The poured murky purple to brown in color with a thick head of fine bubbles that dissipated slowly. The nose was fairly complex and showed balanced dark fruit (raisins), cola (Dr. Pepper), herbs and spice (cinnamon, white pepper). In the mouth it was tart and almost tannic from the oak aging. Well-balanced with nice richness in the midpalate which fades to a dry finish with some lingering bitterness.