MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - JUL 12, 2005
750 ml bottle. Who says the Italians can’t make good beer? Reddish orange, nice tan head. Fruity woody cherries in the aroma, with a slight acidity, and a whole bunch of other stuff that I can spend pages describing. Big and, malty, with a pleasant acidic twang. Woody and kriek-like. Nice malty backbone. This is very much like New Belgium La Folie, but with a more controlled acidity, which to me makes it much more drinkable and enjoyable. This in my opinion is a top 50 brew, and I am placing it up high on my favorite list. 1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 13, 2005
Pours from a 750. It pours to a medium thickness, quickly disapating beige head with good lacing. The body is a dark red brown color. The aroma is very strong. Dark cherries, wood, sour fruits, cigar tobacco, mmmmm.... holy cow, words can hardly describe the aroma. The first flavor hits with a HUGE grape sourness. Cherries, fresh ripe (red) gooseberries, other dark fruits. Light tobacco and oak cask. The palate is very tart, moderately bodied and, decently carbonated. FlacoAlto (4182) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 4, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2005 Bottled in 2005, 750ml USA release, sampled August 2005DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 22, 2005
Pours a lightly hazy deep amber-ruby color with a three finger thick, frothy light brown colored head. From afar the noses has a note of balsamic like vinegar. As I go in for a deeper draught of the aroma I get a funky, musty character that reminds me of old, musty cellars, and wet, slightly moldy blankets. There is also notes of sour cherry with hints of raisins, prunes and figs as well. The dominant sense that I get from the aroma is that of a fruity vinegar, it is not hard or so funky like many Lambics, just nicely so.
The beer is quite full bodied as it first hits my mouth, it sticks to and coats my mouth, yet is not really sweet (nothing like the sweetness of a Rodenbach Grand Cru). The beer has a gripping tannic astringency as well that helps to accentuate the mouth coating sensation. Wow the body on this is almost thick and chewy, more something I would expect to find in an Imperial Stout. The beer is definitely sour with acetic acid being the dominant form, though just barely as there is definitely lactic acid here as well. It is a really nice mix of sourness for this type of beer. The flavors remind me of (or evoke thoughts of) cherry pits, balsamic vinegar, chewy toffee, dusty cobwebs, tobacco and tannic oak.
What an absolutely exquisite brew, this has been done incredibly well. I was half expecting this to not live up to the hype, but I am thoroughly enjoying this beer and absolutely wishing that I had a lot more of it. All of the flavors in this beer are in such an harmonious balance, each flavor melds with and into the others making a complex satisfying whole. This beer combines a great sourness with a bit of earthy funkiness and lots of chewy malt notes all together to form a splendid tipple. Quite Burgundian indeed, this overtakes any Rodenbach product that I have had from the last 15 years.
Usually one would shy away form rating a beer after 12 straight hours of drinking beer..a different beer every 10 minutes or so, mind you. But i don’t give a rat’s ass what one would usually do...This beer still kicked all ass when my palate was as limp as a 96-year old man who can’t find his viagra. Poured into the glass after midnight by the one and only Dr. Bill, courtesy of Cquiroga. It was a purple hue on top of amber. Faint whispers of galactic suds swirled. Tart, Pink grape aroma. Flavors were sour, fruity, and grape-like with a perfect ending. The sourness sticks to the end and fades slowly to nothingness instead of quickly fading to graininess as some reds seem to do. Perfect fruity sourness..damn near perfect, though i need to drink more to rate so. chronictonic (472) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2005
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.
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. GarethYoung (1111) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - OCT 26, 2005
[bottle at LCRBM] The nose is amazing, fruity, cherrys, woody, with some mustyness, a little balsamic and some wood. full bodied with a sour finish. soo good. 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! fly (1486) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - OCT 8, 2007
Some people don’t like sour beer. Perhaps I should learn to appreciate this and understand the potential for more being left for me. As it was difficult enough to get this singular bottle, that should be even more apparent. And yet I am left with a certain sadness for this as I receive such joy. Oh, supreme sourness that wards off evil and brings delight that doth not diminish, but increases, yeh and verily.
If you really loved me you would have already bought a case of it and sent it to me. zizzybalubba (1869) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 18, 2009
750 mL bottle from Grape & Gourmet (Batch #9, 2007; Bottle # 873). Pours brownish-red with an off-white head. Aroma of sour cherries, oak, earth, and apple cider vinegar. Taste is sublime; sour lemon, cherry, and woody flavors. Easier to drink than many sour beers, this really ranks up there with some of the finest I have tried. A little expensive ($18 a bottle) but worth it every once in a while.