ClarkVV (6700) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 5, 2007
Blind tastingboboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - SEP 26, 2007
Bottle, best before 2006, served by Olivier on 9/28/07
Mildly hazy, cherry-red with some maroon hues mixed in. Large, rocky, off-white head is dense and recedes stubbornly to cover, leaving plenty of lacing.
As the cork comes off, a strong aroma of cherries makes its way from the bottle. Further inspection reveals chocolate and caramel malt notes with a soft, plastery yeast underneath and light to moderate acidity, though not identifiable as brett or lacto. Pretty unique and interesting, despite the fact that it seems a bit too sweet in the nose and for an obvious attempt at a Flemish Sour, it needs more sour. Of course when its revealed that this is the mild, it makes perfect sense. I definitely thought there were cherries added, as the Pediococcus? must be producing this note. It certainly isnt the malt or saccharomyces. Medium-high strength of aroma, well-concealed alcohol and no flaws.
Not as sweet, or dominantly so, as the aroma might suggest, and the cherry notes are not as prominent. Soft, supple, unfiltered body with low carbonation, leaving it somewhat loose on the end. LOTS of vanilla-like notes, with chocolate and light caramel malts, meet some moderate acidity, enough that you know there is some wild yeast at work here (the barrels must not be very well sterilized....). It’s definitely not bretty or lactic though. Regardless of the enjoyable pediococcus (assumedly), the saccharomyces could have done a little bit more to get rid of some of this excess sweetness. Enjoyable though, and nothing to complain about.
Pours deep amber/caramel brown with bright but earthy orange hues. A thin, mostly recedeing light beige head leaves modest lacing. Heavily caramelized brown sugar and super-sweet roasted caramel malt lead in the aroma. Truffles and semi-hard candies such as root beer barrels and Tootsie Rolls follow, then muscat grapes, moderate Cognac, mild oak, mint and synthetic chocolate. When they printed "mild", they weren’t kidding. Gone is almost all of the tartness and acidity found in the nose of the other two versions of this beer. Mild spice, herbal notes and alcoholic framework dot the landscape that is the backdrop for the aforementioned. The flavor is a sad departure from the expected, or even the suspected mildness with a touch of intrigue that I’d hoped for. Tongue-wringing astringency is overpowering and off-putting. Overly herbal tastes remind of an herbal liquor infusion gone bad. This tastes of quality ingredients, but in all the wrong proportions and additions. I suppose the closest comparison for the negative notables would be an herbal tonic-type traditional liqueur. Sweetness is medium-high(very high in the finish), tea leaves and other earthy flavors very heavy. the finish is herbal, nearly cloying, astringent and weird. The body is just a touch shy of medium with mild carbonation, sticky and unruly. I’ll pass on this in the future. CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2007
Pours a light mahogony color. Aroma is fudgey, to quote bu11seye "like a Tootsie Roll". I do get hints of brown sugar and grains. Flavor is a continuation with some sweet chocolate notes coming through. Nice Grovlam (4244) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 21, 2007
Bottle. [Courtesy of Papsoe, yet another great tasting @ Henrik´s] Huge bubbly white head that mostly lasted. Hazy golden color. Good display of lacework. Aroma of yeast, spice, pepper, herbal, floral, citrus. Medium bodied with a lively carbonation. Moderated sour flavor with light sweet notes. Light sour finish. 18-09-2007 fiulijn (20491) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 9, 2007
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Bov (12636) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 30, 2007
2011-07-14, half bottle, bottled 2006-07, 5 years old, 7-4-7-3-15=36
Dark brown color; the carbonation is low, and there is a small frothy head. Aroma with notes of caramel, wine, wood, light vinegar. Good body strength; also because of the low carbonation, the mouthfeel is quite round and smooth; there is a good flavor of caramel, with a nice woody trace and just light sourness; also a light fruity touch. The final is getting weaker, without much bitterness, and a bit dusty.
The age has softened this beer, creating some harmony, although it won’t probably get any better because of the lack of acidity.
Exuberant bottle; pours a hazy dark amber color with not much head. The aroma has some caramel, sweet wood and mild vanilla. Good body strength, some malt and soft caramel, smooth mouthfeel and a very pleasant vanilla flavor. The final is too weak and short, not enough bitter. A pleasant Bourbon Strong Ale.
courtesy of Laurent Mousson - cloudy brown colour with a little foam; aroma of cherry, light notes of vinegar with yeasty notes; medium to full malt body; sweet, fizzy and moderately dry; very fruity, yeasty and long finish amorphiss (35) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - MAY 18, 2007
Bottle consumed in Rome. Light brown color with creamy head. Aroma was very oak and a little bit sour. The flavor was also very oaky, fruity, and a little bit sour. Reminded me slightly of a JP beer. I liked this. MiP (15667) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - APR 18, 2007
Bottle, 8%. Weakly sour aroma. Cloudy orange/brown colour with small floaties at the bottom. Small, light brown, big-bubbled head. Sour flavour, malty and woody, all in good balance. Nice subtle sourness in the finish, too. Harmonious and strangely drinkable. Oakes (17642) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 8, 2007
Cloudy amber. Aroma of wood, hints of vague fruits and nuts. Toasty, with light fruits. Hints of oiliness. Yeah, this is kind of bland. Needs more tartness. weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2007
Much thanks to hopdog for bringing this one to the tasting...
Appears a semi transparent mahogany toned amber with a small, creamy, beige head. Little speckles of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is wheaty, grainy, light funk, brown sugar, cherry, subtle vanilla, and cherry wood.
Taste is a sugary version of the aromas but more balanced.
Mouthfeel is mildly sweet, smooth, and silky.