Miver (615) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 12, 2008
Draft at BCTC ’08. Poured reddish brown in color with a small beige head. Aroma of tart cherries, oak, and mildly funky. Taste is tart with cherries, oak, and a bit of funky yeast. Pretty enjoyable. abcfan (928) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 12, 2008
Sample at BCTC 2008. Very nice brew. Poured a ruby color with cherry/fruity aroma. Very sweet smooth cherry taste. Reminded me of cherry pie. Crisp dry finish. A must try! TaktikMTL (7975) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 10, 2008
En fût. Verre de 12 oz dégusté chez American Flatbread (Burlington, VT). Arôme: Odeur de cerises avec une pointe de framboise. Apparence: La couleur est rouge bourgogne avec une faible densité de bulle. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de cerises sûrettes avec une pointe de pomme grenade. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture vineuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût sûrette. (Rating #1875) argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 9, 2008
(BCTC, draft) Off-white head atop clear mahogany body. Aroma is medium sweet, some sourness, cherry, farmhouse yeast. Taste is medium sweet, sour cherry, light yeast. Light acidity, light-medium body. golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - AUG 9, 2008
Draft at Toronado 21st Anniv. Clearish dark brown with a ruby hint. Aroma is very kriek like, but somewhat lighter. Flavor is nice sour wood / cherries, some sweeter malt as well; full bodied and pretty good.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 7, 2008
On tap at Tyler’s, Durham. Dark russet color, slightly cloudy pour but not at the expense of a vibrant carbonation. The head and retention are fairly thin but the beer certainly has substance. The nose is quite full and yeasty, and my first thought was of wild ales and very heavy funk a la JP. The initial taste certainly bears that out, but the finish is wonderfully dry and geuze-like. A quirky hybrid beer that I really enjoyed and hope to have much more of. durhambeer (2585) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 7, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2008 Tap at Tyler’s. Dark brownish red with small bubbly beige head. Strange, this smelled great (tart and a little woody) at first but actually smelled a bit off as it warmed. Musty in a not good way. Notes one would expect--sour wood, tart cherries, vinegary notes. Feels a bit full but too new. Either not aged enough in barrels or would be better served aging in bottles for awhile. Just felt as if it lacked complexity for a sour beer. Would like to try again, though. The conditions for enjoying were not great, so that my have affected my opinion. Stine (1799) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 7, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2008 Tap at the Happy Gnome. A glassy mahogany, with the lightest wisp of white. Perfect sour brown nose; woody, malty, tart, and sweet. Cherries, pomegranate, old wood and a barely-there cheesy funkiness that provides a dusting of basement must to leave it somewhat wild and rustic. A bit quiet. kramer (6905) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 6, 2008
Flavor is fresh, fleshy red fruits, balsamic vinegar, and a chewy brown sugar cookie malt foundation; comes off as a long-practiced classical rendition of pitty and tart refreshing flemish sour. It’s fulsome but refreshing, and couldn’t be better presented as a marriage of confident sweet and sour colors. Occasional brown cereal and oat-bran like flavors.
Firm and slick medium to heavy palate; enamel-eating acidity in a lightly salty wash of fresh fruit juices; a bit of lime, lots of pomegranate and a distant warmth of red apple. Finishes on perfect cherries, in confronting sourness and ripened sweetness, drying out intensely and at length; the finest elements of Rodenbach in its fresh sweet fruit and dried out, balsamic and sherry vinegar-like acidity, whisked away to a place of epiphany.
Draft @ BCTC. Pours a clear reddish body with a small wispy off-white head. Fruity malt nose with a good bit of yeast influence, lots of tart sour cherries, and a nice accent of woody notes. Tart flavor, slightly acidic cherry with some pitty notes, long lingering sweet tart finish with some tannic oak. Mouthfeel is tart with a nice clingy sweetness and soft pleasant carbonation. Pretty nice, fairly assertive in its sourness. Very much reminiscent of Rodenbach Grand Cru. 3fourths (9358) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2009 Dark brownish red color, lightly cloudy, tan head. Wonderful sour brown nose, full of tart cherries, raspberries, true wood character… flavor is prickly and tart with a complimentary true fruity sweetness, raspberries, black cherries, etc., piney and woody at times, cracker-like… awesomely delicious and well-made. Proper acidity and proper weight, with a medium to light body, sits comfortably on the palate, you could drink it all night.