hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JAN 29, 2006
Straight from my notes: Sour aroma, but so tempting. Dark brown colour with nice looking head. Wood flavours mixed up in some tart fruits with overtones of sour. Mediuem body that went down well. I was glad to be able to share this bottle with the rest of the MN beer geeks. OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JAN 28, 2006
750 ml bottle shared by jerc. Hazy red brown colour with a fully diminishing off-white head. Fruity, sour, dry dusty, yeasty, leathery, oak, and cherry aroma. Fruity, acidic, dusty, yeasty, cheesy, woody, and oaky flavours with a strangely light but assertive bitterness. Light bodied, dry but refreshing and quenching. Good stuff - thanks for picking this one up Jer. jercraigs (10303) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 28, 2006
Bottle. 2005 Vintage. Dark hazy brown body with a tiny white head despite a vigourous pour. Aroma leaps from the glass from about three feet away. Very woody, sour fruit aroma. Dark cherries and generic fruit. Flavour starts out slightly sour but it comes in waves over varying levels of fruit notes. Sourness is a strong characteristic rather than the sole over riding flavour. Finish is quite tart at the back of the tongue. Sweet malt hiding deep down. Fluctuations of fruit and tangy woood. Lingering sour tingle on the tonuge. Quenching like lemonade on a hot day. Average palate. Did not expect to like this much, but it has been a while since I have had a beer that merited a whole page in the notebook. Very interesting. mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 23, 2006
bottle. pours a hazy brown body with a ring of white head. the aroma is out of this world - earthy dryness, cheese, also some chocolate and red plums. wow, great body. very smooth and drinkable. lots of brett character give this a very nice complexity. yeasty bread flavours. I could drink more of this. blankboy (7662) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 23, 2006
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, tupalev, Dave B. and R. -- courtesy of tupalev. Pours a murky weird looking brown with a spare off-white head. Aroma of sour fruit, oak and yeast -- nicely balanced and pleasant to smell. The flavour isn’t quite as sour as the aroma leads you to believe but it’s very flavourful and incredibly well balanced. This has to be one of easiest Sours to drink, it goes down sooo smooth. The best Flemish Sour I’ve had yet.
DocLock (10647) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2006
A big thanks to Degarth for this one. It poured hazy ruby/brown with a medium, off-white head. The aroma was a great, oaky/cherry/sherry, with layers of more fruit and red wine. The taste is tart, with a lot of cherry/berry/merlot/cabernet hints, plus a hint of oaky bourbon in the finish. This beer is fantastic, and would be just as good if it were characterized as a wine, in my opinion. One of the rare beers that I could drink until I dropped. Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2006
Bottle obtained in a trade with Captain Cougar and shared with Greg, Harry, blankboy, Dave, and R. Muddy brown, hardly any head. Nice sour aroma, barnyard like, yeasty. Wonderful sour taste. Again barnyard, yeast, some hints of spice. Somewhat tart, but quite mild and ridiculously drinkable for the style. Grape, sour, lovely stuff, this may be the best sour I have ever tasted. A sipped on this one long after the others moved on to the next beer. The hit of the tasting. mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - JAN 22, 2006
75cl bottle...2005, 2nd batch to US...Funky bottlecap...opens somewhat like a wine vac-u-sav cork. Pours w/ some fizz & a slight brownish head that is blotchy...deep zinfandel-type red color to the beer. Heck of an aroma! Oak, nougat, mustiness, chocolate & coconut (why is this sounding like a candy bar?) Evolves into earthy berries (elderberries, maybe a couple cherries) & leather. Quite complex & wonderful. I guess I should drink it though. Light bodied & tart. Earth, leather, oak and a pronounced tartness reminiscent of raspberries & strawberries in its acidity. The flavor has very little trace of the candy bar save a touch of chocolate. The oak is not overdone, just present & pronounced...refined. Carbonation is very light, but it does add a bit of a spark to the beer...vinuous in its drinking...this beer should be served like a quality red wine & enjoyed the same way...Room temp(my room temp today is 64*F), sipping slowly. It seems that it opens up as it breathes, becoming a bit beefier in body perhaps & the acidity becomes better integrated. A great beer to spend some time w/ on a lazy Sunday afternoon. I’ve gone through 6 bottles of this in the last 30 days...every time I enjoy it a bit more. I had wanted to make carbonnade w/ it...but I think I’ll save the Goudenband for that and savor this stuff. MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2006
Big thanks for sharing Kevin! Murky brown liquid sits under a thin, ring of off white foam. Pungent sour grapes, salty brine, woody, and other sour fruits. Tart as all get out, vinious, and sour fruit fill the mouth. Great tart aftertaste, smooth and silky for the style, with some puckering afterwards. This beats out any FSAs I’ve had hands down. It’s really very good. THanks so much Kevin! HogTownHarry (6622) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2006
Bottle (750ml). Shared with blankboy, GregClow, tupalev, Dave B and R - courtesy of tupalev - big thanks for sharing this one!. This is a difficult rating - I am still building my palate for Flemish sours - but this was the hit of the tasting and I really liked it. Poured murky, muddy brown with a small foamy off-white head - just as it should be. Had a sour, funky aroma of malt vinegar, yeast, cheese, rubber - sour but not a nasal assault either - balanced. Taste is also sour, but milder and more balanced than some Flemish sours - a smooth, funky blend of red wine vinegar and yeasty tart fruit juices. Mouthfeel was acidic and fairly flat - very nice, smooth and easy to drink - could drink a whole one, which is saying a lot.