HogTownHarry (6823) - 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. frankenkitty (2012) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2006
My notes are spare but my numbers seem correct so I’ll be brief: Deep brown/caramel with a chalky-brown essence. Aroma and flavor are oaken & sour without offence... pleasantly tart.
adrian910ss (2572) - Doylestown, PA, USA - JAN 15, 2006
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UPDATED: DEC 19, 2008 750 ml bottle. Pours a dark reddish brown color with a thick beige head. Aroma is very sour,almost vinegar like, with hints of misty dark rotting wood, cherries and wine. Taste is all SOUR. At first sip, it feels like vinegar. After the flavor sets in the taste buds, hints of cherries and other musky fruits can be detected. Not a fan of these sour ales, as they are more wine like to me than beer. sloth (2905) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JAN 15, 2006
Bottle courtesy of Degarthlilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - JAN 9, 2006
Medium sized, fizzy tan head that retreats rather quickly, lacing is seriously minimal. Good clarity, deep garnet red hued ale. Nose of sour crabapples, cherries, lightly dusty. Light bodied, sorta thin, puckering and very tart. Fruity, sour and fairly acidic. Muddled flavors, vinegary, strange fruitiness. Lost in its own sourness. Somethings not right here, not sure what it is though. Finish is dry, aspiriny and somewhat astringent. I,m not a big Flemish Sour fan but i have had others i,ve enjoyed much more than this. How do you know if you,ve got an off bottle of this style? Hmmmmm. Thanks Joe!
Aroma: sour with some semi-sweet chocolate, mustiness, minerals, and coffee grounds
3fourths (9341) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2006
Appearance: dark, dark brown-->black, tan head, lacing
Flavor: very interesting--sourness with coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, dark fruits, maybe some red grape skins, and oak
Palate: smooth with sourness; interesting coffee grounds/semi-sweet chocolate chip aftertaste
Overall: interesting combination of flavors, never had a sour ale quite like this one.
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2009 Dark murky plum brown colored body with sandy toast colored head. Yeasty sour nose consisting of nutmeg, cinnamon, maple, plums, cedar and sour sour sour? those brett phenols are beautiful. Initially smooth and creamy texture with a medium to light lambi sourness over the middle and across the back of the tongue. Brown sugar, toast and nutmeg flavors ? overall very light compared to things such as Cantillon - but very nice? smooth and creamy without being thick. A bit lacking of flavor depth, and not as sour or pungent as lambics and sours that I really like, but I?m just nitpicking. Good beer. Lubiere (13898) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2006
Tasted at Belgium Comes to Cooperstown, July 16, 2005. Hazy red brownish ale with thin off-white head. Light sour cherries in aroma, with barnyard notes, and grapes. Sourness abounds in mouth, pleasing and definitely flemish. Wonderful ground cherries with light lactic notes, vinegar, balanced horseblanket. Rich and smooth. Mmmmm...to style 100% frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 1, 2006
Chocolatey brown color with red tints and nearly no head. Aroma of dust, brown sugar, grapes and vinegar. Light vinegar flavor, a bit dry and dusty. Not overly acidic like Rodenbach GC or La Folie, more tart than sour. There is a slight balancing sweetness in the finish. Very nice. CamdenD (1197) - Madrid, SPAIN - DEC 31, 2005
Big wine beer. Taste is bitter and fruity, but the nose is fantastic, nebbiolo and sour. Glad I finally had this one. Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2006 Bottle purchases at the Corkscrew, Urbana. Poured with some apple spice tea bread that made for a nice pairing. Very low carbonation, to the point where I thought I had sampled a bad bottle, although a second bottle revealed the same. Flavors of apple cinammon, nutmeg, lots of clove, brown sugar, molasses, and vanilla. Certainly sour and pervasively earthy with a warming alcohol finish. A bit more carbonation would be appreciated to draw out the flavors. RERATE: Another bottle, and I’m still annoyed by how little carbonation is in the beer. Flat.