cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 5, 2011
Rating milestones don’t matter. I don’t give 5’s out, this may well be the best beer i’ve ever had. From the tap at Dicicco’s in Ardsley, from notes of course. If ommegang wanted to make a dent in the sour ale race, they would make this a special release. Along with my dad and father in law, we took down a growler of it. Amazing red color, great carbonation. Aromas are decadent, wild sour fruits dancing, a berry medelly. The tartness isn’t what makes this beer, I always look to see balance, because without balance of what the beer should be it could be flat, or one dimensional, but this is special. Bursting flavor coats the palate, I could drink this all day and night. I’ve also had this one on tap at sierra for the record and it has matched the 5.0 rating. Very fortunate for me that I got to keep the embossed Rouge glasses from Sierra on top of it. Please for the love of god make this one again. Caskalefan (168) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 26, 2008
One of the two finest sour beers I’ve ever had the delight to sample (at Redmond, Wa.’s Malt and Vine. Wonderfully tart aroma of barnyard, funk, horseblanket, and wood. Not overpowering, but rather almost seductive, which is no mean feat for a such an assertive sour to pull off. The only reason I deducted a single point was because it could have been just that slightest bit more ’room filling’.
The flavor contained all of the above elements, and the Brett really shone in this beauty, but there also a number of fruity undertones, from strawberry to apricot, that kept appearing, and fading, which contributed to craving another sip.The finish was nearly endlessly sour, but finally, it was beautifully dry, and that also contributed to a desire for more. My companions and I went through three glasses there, and then brought a growler to go, with the intent of drinking it a couple of days hence, but it was so compelling that we ended up nearly polishing it off in the evening. I love serious sours, but I’m usually sated after a couple, especially if they are really mouth puckering, but in this caseI was happy to make an exception. cneville (3) - - MAR 7, 2014 does not count
Quite possibly the best sour I've ever tasted. Poured from tap into tulip at edmunds oast. Got the last pour. Nose and taste both were light on the vinegar with some nice sour red wine notes. Absolutely delicious. JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 18, 2008
Growler from Bierkraft. Deep red-brown beer with a fast-fading white head. Mmmm, gorgeous oaky fruity aroma. Rich tartness, lightly acetic with a nice red grape vineous character. Oak, vanilla and a rich berry fruitiness as well. Man, the flavour is so good that I barely have the words to describe it. Rich cherry fruit, red grape, sweet oak and earthy woodiness. Lingering sweet/sour finish that just lasts and lasts. Perfect balance of sweetness and tartness. Awesome! Sonicdescent (384) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2009
Had this after the excellent Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout at Smokin’ Joe’s in Pittsburgh. What a great double hitter.
Pours a brownish red with a small but thick looking eggshell head.
Smells of cherry and wood. I’ve had a lot of sours in the range of this scent and it could go either way but..
Taste..this is just perfect, one of the best Flanders Red, if not THE best I have had. Sweet and sour cherry dominate with an acidic bite that is just right.
Mouth is also a revelation, I usually like this style thin and bubbly but it brings things more toward the middle with a great result.
I wanted a growler of this but I kicked it.
falco242 (398) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 24, 2012
Aroma has a slight funkiness to it - if it was great, I’d be damn close to giving this a 5. Amazing sour cherry tartness is balanced perfectly and ends without the sour face. It is just so damn good, get it if you can! kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2008
Draft, at BCTC. This was my favorite of the fest, so i went back for numerous samples. Poured dark brown with ruby highlights, topped with a small off-white head. Aroma of sour cherry, vanilla, wild yeast, oak, and leather. The flavor was much more tart than the aroma, with sour cherry, oak, vanilla, nuts and leather the primary flavors. The cherries provide just enough sweetness to keep the sourness in check. Long, dry, oaky finish. I was very impressed with this beer and can’t wait to try it again. UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - JAN 17, 2009
One of my all time favourites. It has sour, candy, beer, soda, etc all in one. If I could always have this.... elihapa (1553) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - MAY 20, 2009
On tap, Roadhouse. This beer is a standout, and tantalizingly different from Ommegang’s other offerings. Appearance is clear, dark ruby with a fluffy white head that sat nicely in the tulip glass it was served in. Aroma has immediate tartness mostly of the sour cherry variety, but there is also cranberry, watermelon, and earthiness. Flavor also lends immediate sour qualities, made crisp and quaffable by a full but effervescent palate. The primary flavors are surinam cherry, strawberry syrup, and unsweetened cranberry, and earthiness. Sweet fruit/malt sits content in the background, present but never asserted. Overall, this beer is close to perfection for me, and totally unassuming given the name, alcohol, brewery, etc. Perfectly balanced, perfectly drinkable. blipp (9275) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUN 4, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2010 Draft at Coles in Buffalo. Deep red brown with a thin head. Tart fruity aroma, cherries perhaps, with a light earthy funky hint. The flavor maintains an excellent balance of tartness and sweetness. Cherry, red grapes, and rhubarb. Some woody, earthy, oaky characteristics come through in the finish. Very good.
Found an old re-rate. Abolutely awesome. Prefect sour/sweet balance. Deep and complex, yet oh so drinkable.