donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 15, 2009
330mL bottle from Willis St Metro New World. Very sexy pour. Cloudy ruby with a tan head, looks great in a chalice. Incredibly sour aroma, unlike anything else I’ve experienced. Vinous and full of berries, this is a challenging aroma which will either scare or excite. I am excited.
Taste is as sour as the aroma, but with berry sweetness that makes it quite bearable. The two year oak maturation makes itself known with oaky tones showing through the strong sourness. Boysenberries and raspberries bring a strong vinous fruity character. Overall, Grand Cru reminds me of a lambic in that no malt is detected, and is incredibly fruity. However, is also unlike any other beer I have tried yet. With an overwhelmingly sour taste, still maintaining such a complex fruity flavour this is one of a kind. The finish is long and sour, begging for more. Rodenbach Grand Cru is in my top 10 beers for sure. gibson584 (29) - Kentucky, USA - JAN 14, 2009
bottle poured into tumbler. golden brown color with slight head. Aroma resembles more a champagne than a beer. flavor is very sour with a fermented fruit flavor sweet like an apple. Very carbonated and fizzy. It was good but definitely a sipper. A little too tart for my usual tastes cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 14, 2009
Bottle. Pours a deep brownish amber with a cream-colored fuzzy head, a little lacing. Nose of tart fruit, oak, vanilla, some acetic like a fine balsamic vinegar. Tart, sour, oak tannins and some vanilla, some caramelized fruit, crisp apples, cherries, hints of phantom sweetness. Slightly drying, nice smooth carbonation, full mouthfeel. Not on the level of a traditional gueuze in sourness, nice restrained complexity, incredibly drinkable. homeslice (36) - , California, USA - JAN 13, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2009 My first sour ale. Amber red appearance with orange highlight, creamy non lasting top, semi-transparent. Smells of yellow grapes, lemon, grapefruit, and SOUR APPLES. Tangy and sour pinch of apples, cinnamon, grapes, heavy sugar, cherry, light carbonation. Very unique BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 11, 2009
Bottled shared among our table of BAs/RBs at O’Brien’s Pub 14th Anniversary Barrel-Aged beer night 1/15.
A- Pours a clear dark orange/brown hue, minimal white lacing dissipates, very little lacing
S- Sour green apples, vinegar and salt (like the potato chips of the same name), grass and oak
T- Initial taste is a wonderful range of sour fruits dominated by cherries and apples, some light fruit syrup and grass flavors, finishes quickly and sourly
M- Medium-bodied, watery texture, moderate carbonation
D- Wonderful balance of sour acidity and sweet fruit, truly a stand out sour ale that I would highly recommend, this was much-beloved among even the grizzliest of raters at our table
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - JAN 11, 2009
Bottle thanks to lampeno420. Aroma has notes of caramel, dried fruits, cobwebs, a little green apple. Dark amber brown with an average sized off-white head the mostly diminished and left little lace. Flavor is sweet and sour with a clean finish. Palate is medium light bodied and lively. Really good. Full flavored and tasty but quite drinkable. Really liking these sour brews lately. bkurtz (1136) - LITHUANIA - JAN 8, 2009
Poured cloudy deep copper with a small "fizzy" head. Like a cider with a sweet and then sour. Well made brew made for sipping. BlackForestCO (1288) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - JAN 7, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2009 Bottle from tytoanderso, thanks man. Poured a deep garnet-red color with some ruby highlights and a thick, dense light beige head that slowly receded to a thick layer. Tart, fruity aroma with hints of cherry, red grape, oak, some acetic acid, and that vinegar-like Rodenbach yeastiness. Tart, lightly puckering entry with some light vinegar and acidity along with some sour cherry and oak and a finish that pairs some light sweetness and hints of grape skin with a dry, lightly funky yeastiness. Palate is left lightly dry with a nice hint of oak. Not overly sour, but well done and enjoyable. Thanks again Ty. jcwattsrugger (12525) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 6, 2009
750ml bottle-pours huge overflowing, no, an "exuberant presentation" as joet says [ok, I read the thread on Arbor Brewing bottled beers]. Rocky/foamy tan head with red/brown color. Aroma is sour cherries/apples, spice, oak, medium malt, some antiseptic/astringent notes. Taste is very sweet/tart/fermented/sour cherries/apples, spice, oak, medium/dark malt, some antiseptic/acidic notes. Complex, finishes semidry and puckering. Interesting/occasional/sipping. howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 6, 2009
Fruity and acidic nose, even vinegar-like. Sharp acidity is balanced by light fruity sweetness. Clean, complex, delicate.