demolayfire (18) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 3, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a muddy deep red/brown. small beige head with decent lacing. Heavy aroma of yeast, strawberries, dark fruit, oak, red wine, funk. Tastes even better than it smells with the cognac becoming very apparent, velvety texture, low carbonation, lip smacking sourness with just enough sweet to balance. easily the best flemish sour I’ve had.
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - APR 30, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at Low Countries RBM 2005.
Unclear dark brown colored, foamy disappearing tan head. Sourish malty aroma with berry, wood and some cheesy hints. Nice and complex though a bit weak. No doubt a flemish sour. Flavor is tart malty and herby, almost like an infected dark Belgian ale. Balsamico hints and a very dry and woody finish. Definately nice, but doesn’t live up to the quality of neither Rodenbach, La Folie or the best from Verhaeghe!
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - APR 29, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2005 bottle. The Godfather was on TV and Italy’s finest was in my glass. And, man, was it ever good. This one has everything you’d want in a sour ale. Beautiful pour, dark mahogany with a nice head that sticks to the glass. Great sour, yet subtly sweet aroma. Surprisingly, it starts with a fleeting caramel sweetness which quickly gives way to great tartness. Many Flemish sours tend to be heavy on the vinegar ... this one is tart and sour, but to say it’s vinegar-like would be an insult. Finishes bitter and sour and the bordeaux barrelling really shows itself. Very good beer.
fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - APR 26, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle thanks to Kramer17801. Pours very darg burgandy with a decent head. Head lasted quite a while. Aromas were tart berry. Very vineous. Maybe a hint of wood. More wood in the flavor, but that sourness is really what this beer is all about. It is very tart, somewhat acidic, with a finish that just barely touches on bitter. Very good beer.
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 20, 2006
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle 75 cl) Courtesy of sk8viking. Pours an almost unclean orangey brown with a creamy, beige head. Tart nose with distinct oaky touches. Medium body, fantastic complexity between acidity, oak and yet still an underlying, caramelish sweetness. Sour to the extent that it challenges and teases my taste buds but never kills them. A true pleasure. 170406
Ungstrup (36934) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 20, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I’ve been looking forward to this beer for a long time - and it didn’t disappoint me - even though I don’t give it 4+. Unfortunately it has slipped out of the Top 50 before I sampled it ;-)
A muddy brown beer with a thin brown head. The aroma is lovely sour combined with woody notes. The flavor is quite complex with notes of berries - especially cowberries, wood, and light notes of red wine on a lovely sour background. Very nice - but I’d like higher carbonation, since I think that would bring out even more nuances from this nice brew.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 19, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bloody hell, that’s good! Beer pours a very dark, clear, brown-plum color with an average-sized, off-white, frothy, diminishing but mostly lasting head.
The aroma is thick and puckerific: malty with moderate notes of toasted grain, cookie and caramel; hoppy with a light note of herbs; yeasty with light notes of dough and moderate notes of horseblanket; lush, vinous notes of moderate-to-heavy lemon, cognac, balsamic vinegar, grape, candy sugar, light notes of raisin and oak.
The flavor is moderately-to-heavily sweet, lightly-to-moderately bitter, heavily sour with a long, moderately bitter, lightly acidic/sour finish.
The body is light-to-medium, the texture is velvety and the carbonation is lively.
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 18, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Muddy orange brown colour with a beige head. Light sour, wood, fruity aroma and taste. Medium to full body with a sweet sour finish.
bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - APR 18, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Cloudy reddish brown in colour. Tastes of dark fruits and is also sour and vinegar like in flavour. Nice dryness and oakyness. Notes of sherry.
ElGaucho (2400) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - APR 17, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Sour aroma like a Flemish sour (it is a Flemish sour, so go figure). A lot darker than most Flem Sours. Small, off-white head. Beautiful color; no lace. Very sour. Why is this brew rated so highly? How is this brew so superior to other sour beers? Top 50? Very good for a Flemish Sour, but as a style, I’m still not getting it. Is this more of a Sour Brown?