chronictonic (490) - 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. muzzlehatch (4974) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 31, 2005
750 ml bottle, 2005, from Bello Vino in Ann Arbor, Michigan (Oct 2005). Very very thick, clinging tan cotton-candy head tops a deep, ruddy almost opaque body...balsamic vinegar, sour cherries, and stale sugar cookies inhabit the enormously strong aroma, acidic and potent yet with JUST enough sweetness to keep it from overpowering....quite palatable on the tongue despite the huge initial sourness which only deepens through the tasting...very very sour cherry-grape mash underpins the wisps of burnt caramel and extremely dry yeastiness....climaxing in an immensely vinegary, charred woody finish that threatens always to overwhelm and burn the tongue away, that relents just enough for you to say, oh my God what was that, beer or fire, divine or demonic? A little of both I think. ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - NOV 9, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2006 Bottle via trade with Dickinsonbeer. Sour apples with a bit of horseblanket hit my nose the second the cap came off. Pours a caramel brown color with a frothy tan head. Fruity aromas and with sour and cinnamon notes. Woody flavor with a bit of sourness. A complex mixture of vinegar, apples, cherries, must and vanilla and seem to be parts of the flavor. Palate is acidic and a bit grainy. Finishes quick with a bit of papery aftertaste.
Schroppfy (2362) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2005
This Panil beer was expansive. It seemed much more substantial than a RGC next to it, simultaneously. It was far less acidic than the Rodenbach the last few times this past couple of months. Anyway, wow - sweet in the most soft woody way with some cheesiness, musty I guess. But certainly not overly dry. Dry like leather dry but without excess acidity at all. A great combination of tannins and softer parts too. I just don’t even know what to say except that the aroma was very captivatng, completely natural in every way. Just like something in your path on your walk in the Glen Helen - the possible number of combinations of fresh and spice and earth all TChrome (1481) - North Richland Hills, Texas, USA - DEC 17, 2005
Pours very dark red color with a thick, totally retained off white head. Aroma is absolutely delictable. Rich notes of wet wood, cherries soaked in vinegar, and a subtle yeastiness waft in upon the olfactory senses. Imbibing this delicacy rewards the user with an initial vinegar sourness, yet this yield to to a very restrained cherry sweetness that is a testiment to deft and subtlety. A remarkable beverage and one that I will be delighted to experience again and again. 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 (1487) - 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 (1890) - 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.