nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 15, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 2005. Very nice color. Deep amber body that’s quite clear with some slight sedimentation. Nice white head. Aroma is tart and woody with notes of sour cherries, vanilla, vinous, appley, and it almost smells bubbly, if that’s possible. Also earthy, and musty, with some yeast. I don’t really smell any alcohol. Flavor is definitely sour and slightly sweet... more vanilla and cherries. Very well balanced flavor, not overly sweet or tart. Nice on the palate, smooth and well carbonated. Refreshing. I don’t know much about flemish sours, but I definitely enjoyed this beer.
paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - JUN 21, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Slightly murky reddish color. Solid sour notes, rich and vibrant . Very interguing sour, reminds me of a complex rodenbach.
brigg (643) - Washington DC, USA - APR 22, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(bottle) A chestnut body riddled with bubbles, and a big tan head. A sour aroma with notes of wood, grape, berries, and wine. Medium body, soft with carbonation. Flavor is wonderfully sour, and also starts out sweet before drying up quickly. Some cherry flavor, and I cannot seem to dismiss a little grape soda feeling, but I don’t mean that negatively. Finish is quite dry. Complex but delicate. And tasty.
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle, Map Room, Chicago. Looks good, like it’s supposed to (medium brown transluscent with mauve highlights, fluffy foam head with some big bubbles). Smells great: the acid and the wild yeast carry the day, with some pepper. Feels a bit weak in the mouth, could have more body or expansiveness of flavor. Tastes nicely sour, not as tart as La Folie or a geuze, more of the soft sour of Rodenbach. Unlike Rodenbach, it doesn’t have a dominant fruit character to carry the rest of the flavor; there’s a bit of plumishness and grape, maybe a bit of cherry, but the overall profile is much more earthy. This is especially true once the wood kicks in, which is the best feature of the flavor, an oak/toothpick touch that complements the sourness nicely. These opposing qualities linger in the finish, but not long enough. Very enjoyable; I’d say it’s almost the best "session" Flemish Sour I can imagine, if there can be such a thing.
podey (637) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 24, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle, 2012, Batch #15, Bottle #813. Pours almost opaque reddish brown with a thick, foamy, off-white head. Aroma is tart, bright, woody cherries with noticeable funkiness. Taste is tart cherry skins, oak, wood and tannins and is earthy, citric, vinous and funky. Bright and tart on the palate, fairly sour, really nice carbonation. Great finish. Perfectly balanced; every aspect of this beer is standout. Just terrific.
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - AUG 16, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown bodied with a tan head. Sour aroma, lemons come through, and a note of caramel. The flavor is sour, tart, and lightly bitter toward the end.
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle. 2005. Aroma: Oak comes through first with some toasted woodiness and a bit of coconut. Vinegar and dried cherries. Vinous. Some light chocolate as it warms. Appearance: Reddish brown and amber in color and hazy. Light tan head was small and fleeting. Not much lacing. Flavor: Cherries, currants, and some light orange flavors. Wood comes through well, again with some toasty and nutty notes. Tartness offers a nice little pucker. Finishes medium dry. Palate: Medium bodied. Medium-low carbonation. Overall: This one seems to have peaked. Flavors and tartness are nice, but lacked the punch I was hoping for. Carbonation was low. Still a good beer, but I’m sad I didn’t drink this sooner.
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 27, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Italy! Wow! This is bottled like wine and retains some chracteristics of it in the woodsiness and the complexity... but the similarities end there. The smell is like lemon coated hockey gear. the Red tint and slathering head leave all comers to beware this brew. Not for the faint of heart. But surprisingly enough the Palate and taste is baked breadsy Malts, cherry, dark berry, and brie! Delicious disovery. Will be back to Volo for more!
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - SEP 24, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark deep brown with heavy orange colors and a large creamy tight tan head that is built with great activity and and produces elegant lace. Wonderful sour aroma. Sour and tart aromas along with a plesant sweet berry presence. Has the smell of fresh picked berries rather than some beers that have an obvious puree presence. Earthy, peppery, woody and with a tobacco aroma as well. Very complex beer. Sour and tart to great depths. Fruityness in the form of cherry and vinegar. Thre is a mild woody character and no realy alcohol presence. The sourness makes the palate beg for more and produces a great experience. Not a style that I am very experienced with, but it is begining to grow on me. Great clean finish, even while sour. I like that a sour beer can be so fresh and good.
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - DEC 7, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours hazy reddish brown with very little head. Aroma of oak, sour cherry, slightly sweet brown malt, brown sugar. Flavor is a changing blend of sour cherries, sweet cherriesm sweet maltiness, and a very mild chlorine.