Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - SEP 20, 2005
750 bottle. Cloudy brownish red with a lasting head and tons of lacing. Aroma is obviously cherries with some oak, alcohol and vinegar. Taste starts smooth enough then the tartness become more and more prevelant. Then the wood flavors come through with tangy Brett flavors. Some dustiness and burgundy flavors there also. You can’t drink this and not think of Rodenbach. This is only going to get better. Silphium (3199) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - SEP 19, 2005
Sampled at the Ohio Labor Day gathering, provided by Styles and Pailhead. Red-brown body, thin off-white head. Sour, rotten fruit aroma with strong tannic oak notes. Flavor hit with "big time" sourness (so much larger than life...), oak tannins, raspberry vinaigrette, and even hints of toast. Nice tight oak finish, wrapping the book on this richly rewarding Flemish Sour Ale. Great complexity and palate. Highly recommended. rocfort (7) - Rome, ITALY - SEP 19, 2005 does not count
Pours with a deep red body topped by a medium thick head. The aroma is packed with sour cherries, wood, and just a hint of lacto. Flavor was sour cherry, faint woodiness, and the faintest hint of chocolate, with a drying sour note throughout. Very, very good stuff. 11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - SEP 18, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2005 Bottle. Pours a clear, deep mahogany colore with a dense tannish head which leaves fair lacing. Big sour aroma wafts off of the liquid, quite barny adn woody, much like a top flight lambic. Medium bodied, almost a creamy quality to mouthfeel. Flavor is immediately tart and sour at the same time. Major salivary gland stimulus going on. Very woody flavors and tannins. Drying and astringent with a very acidic presence. Damn nice beer. BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 12, 2005
Bottle thanks to jeffin7: Mostly opaque murky brownish amber with a large tan head that sticks to the glass. The aroma is packed with sour cherries, wood, and just a hint of lacto. Aaron claims he’s smelling mint here, but he’s wrong. The flavor hits your tongue and palate much like a Cantillon. It gives a blast of courness and acidity right up front, but it’s not quite to the degree of Cantillon Organic Gueuze. Sour cherries are present in the flavor alongside wood, apricot, vanilla, lemon, old wooden barrels, and hazelnut. Medium-full bodied, medium carbonation, very dry. Very nice.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 12, 2005
Pours with a deep red body topped by a medium thick head with some lacing. It’s sweet and malty with a nice oaky note and just the right amount of sourness. A fuckin’ awesome beer. Medium bodied, smooth and crisp. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 11, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2005 Rerated alongside Zoetzuur and La Folie: Very dark mahogany color, much darker than the other two. Has a dry, lightly earthy, mildly funky, very tart aroma. Body is a fine balance of sweet and sour with a tart, sticky finish. This is my favorite of the three. A truly great Flemish sour!
Nuffield (4171) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 11, 2005
Sampled on 8/14/05 courtesy of JCapriotti: Pours a deep copper mahogany with a nicely-lacing off-white head. Aroma is very well balanced and complex with a touch of grassiness and lots of sweet malt mixed with a great sour oakiness and hints of dark fruits. Body starts with nice full malty sweetness and good sour balance tending toward a dry tart, lightly fruity finish. A very nice, complex and well done version of the style. Thanks Jason for sharing and JPDIPSO for the extra bottle!
Hazy brown-red with moderate, irregular head. Wonderful cherry aroma, a little woody. The sour hits more like a bit of spice, and the woodiness underneath comes out as a touch bitter, almost roasted. Argo0’s point of lemon here is well-taken; there is an acidic quality that hits the front palate like a lambic, just without the jaw-dropping edge, and it isn’t especially sweet. The moderate palate/body can be forgiven, since the thinness is off-set by the sourness. I wouldn’t say this is my favorite Flemish sour ale but the wood gives a layered quality that makes this very interesting. jasonp (1581) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - SEP 10, 2005
Cloudy dark brownish amber with a beige head. Aroma of cherry fruitiness and light barnyard. Flavor is sour, tart and somewhat salty with notes of sour cherries, citric acidity, oak and little caramel. Some bitterness and a touch of alcohol show in the finish. Medium light body with lively to moderate soft-bead carbonation. Nice stuff. Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 10, 2005
Huge thanks to Lou18 for sending this my way. I love this style, and was delighted to be able to try it. It fully lived up to expectations. Dark, muddy looking reddish brown, decent tan head that faded away. Aroma of sour cherries with a faint hint of piss. I know this is going to be good. Flavor was sour cherry, faint woodiness, and the faintest hint of chocolate, with a drying sour note throughout. Very, very good stuff. If I was to ask for anything different, it would be for a slightly fuller body, but that is just getting picky. A great beer that will totally throw off my average rating on Italian beers.