AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very dark red, majogony wood color and very clear with a tight-bubbled, tan head. Small bubbles rise continuosly from the bottom of the glass. Aroma is a very pleasant balsamic vinegar and not the nosehair follicle destroying white vinegar and is balanced by a nice sweetness, milk, and toast. There is a great deal of sourness in the flavor. It is almost mouthpuckering at first drink especially when combined with the additional tannic dryness from the wood that almost coats the palate. The kind of vinegar is nice but the soft wood character distracts me and overdominates with its astringent, mouthcoating residue that recedes in intensity as it warms. Overall, a very nice sour red, better than most..
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 10, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours cloudy mahogany with quickly disapearing grayish head. Aroma of sour dark fruits. Flavor is nicely sour, but not too sour, with a nice yeasty mustiness in the background along with some citrus and berry. Not too sweet, which is also quite nice.
Lele (477) - Padova, ITALY - SEP 15, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
ASPETTO: marrone mogano scuro, abbastanza limpido, schiuma beige, abbondante, fine e persistente. AROMA: acetoso, aceto balsamico, frutti rossi, legnoso e, stranamente, intonaco! GUSTO: attacca con un acetico deciso, poco fruttato. Sentori legnosi, vinosi, leggerissimo luppolato alla fine. Corpo leggero, carbonizzazione molto bassa (un po’ troppo). Fino ad ora la migliore sour italiana, ma ne ho assaggiate di più complesse, soprattutto del Belgio.
ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - FEB 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a slightly murky copper red with a small lid of big off-white bubbles.
The aroma is vinous with notes of tart grapes up front and with hints of grass, strawberries, balsamic vinegar and minerals. Lots barrel character and oak. A mildly acidic and balanced smell.
The flavor is mildly sweet with a nice tartness to it. Not very sour. Lots of red wine character with fruit tannins, grape skin and grass. Less barrel character than in the nose. Some notes of balsamic vinegar. The finish is a bit short with a mild grassy bitterness to it, fruit aromas and minerals.
Full-bodied and almost with a fat mouthfeel due to the basically total absence of carbonation.
Very drinkable and balanced with a surprisingly full character.
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at The Map Room. Sour ales are not my thing but this is one of the better sours I have had. Pours a rich medium amber with a thin head. Sour and tart berries dominate with wood and vanilla accents in the background. Not overly sweet and finishes crisp.
chronictonic (472) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow - this is one really really fine funky beer. One of my top 5 beers is Ghiridan Geuze - and this has some of the same great characteristics that I like in that beer, but with a dark fruity, cherry like sourness. Sharp, tangy and dry - wonderful balance. I wish I had taken more complete notes when trying it - but sometimes you just gotta enjoy a really fine beer.
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 3, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark copper color with a tiny head, Massive aromas of sour, tart fruit. Huge sour punch upon first sip. Hints of wood and malt in there as well. Nice tart finish. Great brew!
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750ml bottle. The aroma is what I expected from a good sour ale, but the flavor was a little lacking. Very good upfront sourness on the tip of the tongue, but it seems to fade too fast. I will try this again, but right now, I would put Monk’s Flemish over this one.
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 20, 2005
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Murky red (almost brown) with a bubbly, unsustained head. Drinks like a slightly carbonated, sour, dry red wine. Some cherry bubblegum and clove. Medicinal finish with traces of metal along the fringes of the tongue.
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 1, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. 2006 vintage. Pours a ruby color. Thin, white head. Aroma of red grapes, caramel. Low carbonation. Clean, tart taste.