CheesedMan (572) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - NOV 4, 2006
Perhaps I had an "off" bottle, but this beer was far to astrigent for the style. No sourness, what a bummer given all of the hype. Perhaps a second try is in order. Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 22, 2009
Batch #8, 2005 edition. Pours a medium-dark chestnut brown with a medium-large, loose, mottled light tan head. Sour aromas with ripe fruits, oxidative notes from barrel aging, and soft nutty malt underpinnings. Not overly aggressive, but persistent, complex, and intriguing. The flavor follows closelyfrom the characteristics expressed in the nose except for less fruitiness and a bit more malt spiciness. The aging characteristics, both from the barrel and the bottle age. contributed greatly to the complexity of this beer. Very easy-going, well-rounded body with a nicely structured alcohol component. Contrasting palate characteristics with both bright freshness and draker aged characteristics. Quite a fun beer. Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2005
Thanks to richlikebeer for broadening my beerexperience. Aroma to me was vinegar, slight wood and whiskey and what I describe as cocktail sauce. Poured a dark murky color with a thick head. Flavor was definitely sour, red winish flavor some smoke. All I can say is wow what an eye opener to a different style. Lele (562) - Padova, ITALY - SEP 15, 2016
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. BreWedge (558) - goose bay, Newfoundland, CANADA - JUL 29, 2012
750 ml bottle. Poured a brownish/red with a miniscule white head. Aroma is sour fruit and band-aid (borrowed the term from another rating as it made sense). Taste is sour berries and malt vinegar. Nice tangy bite up front followed by a moderately sour/bitter finish. Unlike any sour I’ve tried before.
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 6, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2007 Drank in memory of Luciano Pavarotti, October 12, 1935 - September 6, 2007 - and what better beer to do it with than the #1 rated beer from Italy. Pours chestnut brown with ruby highlights, large tan head. Tartness in the nose hits you as soon as the bottle is opened. Once poured, cherry, oak, and vanilla emerge as well. This one has a perfect sourness and acidity for my tastes, it’s just sour enough to still allow a touch of malt sweetness to emerge. Sours cherries and grapes, along with a subtle woodsiness in the finish. I polished of the whole 750ml bottle and was still left wanting more. A phenomenal brew. Finally, a sour in my top ten! bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - FEB 6, 2008
sampled at the San Diego Strong Ale Festival Nov 2008, an event shared with what seemed liked hundreds of ratebeerians and enjoyed mostly through a straw, since my face was a bloody mess of scabs and stitches. this came from the RB table full of bottles. redish with a very sour fruity aroma and flavor. This was a slightly differnet sour than i was used too, more along the lines of rodenbach grand cru. very good. lovemyipas (544) - nw burbs, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2007
2005. pours a dark cloudy copper with a huge two finger fluffy off white head. aroma is wood, sour cherry, and sour apple. there is also some musty funk and a little alcohol. has a medium body with good lacing and carbonation. flavor is the same as aroma but just a bit stronger. it is good but i would stick with the rodenbach grand cru. this beer also has a dry aftertaste like a dry wine. has some sediment in the glass as well. i think the cognac barrel is a little too much for me on the palate compared to the rodenbach oak barrel. but again not bad. Brodie (540) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - MAR 10, 2006
Mild vinegar, barnyard wet hay funkiness, caramel, and light fruit in the aroma. Hazy reddish brown, almost no head. Moderate acidity in the flavor, not nearly as sweet as others in the style, funky and earthy, I even get a little hop flavor in the finish. Medium body, the biggest flaw in this beer is the low carbonation level, dry finish. Complex and highly drinkable, although just a small notch below Rodenbach Grand Cru. andersand (531) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 10, 2010
UPDATED: APR 12, 2010 Brown with a small bubbly head that dies out within a minute or so. Fluid looks rather thick and murky. Aroma is sharp oak, vinous and berry like with murky old wood and vanilla. Flavour is rather thin, slightly acidic with notes of vinegar, red wine vinousity, berryes, green apple’ish with a light milky character. Mouthfeel is rather thick with low to zero carbonation. A nice drinkable one (especially for the ABV) which I wished was more widely available.