CapedBrewsader (265) - Brasschaat, BELGIUM - FEB 12, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl. bottle: A rich dark Cherry brown under a fading delicate but creamy off-white cap. Delightful aromas of sharp, tart black cherry, lactic acid, wood, condensed milk and a hint of freshly baked chocolate-chip cookies come wafting out of the top of the glass. This causes an instant watering of the mouth. Once your mouth gets its chance it is first struck with a creamy berry that quickly changes through, toast, chocolate, and in to sour lactic, acetic bliss all within a split second. After that first nano-second your mouth is left to contemplate the swirling contrasts that Rodenbach has brewed up. Wonderfully complex fruit, sour, toast, light chocolate, dark dried cherry, star fruit and kumquat come to mind. Long sour finish with a faint touch of tin that gets drier and drier until all of a sudden your saliva glands kick into overdrive and your urge for the next sip becomes too powerful.
Optigon (562) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours cloudy brown, with a fine head. Aroma is sour. mildly vinegary. Moderate mouth feel. flavor is lightly vinegary with some fruit and malt qualities to it. Some apple cider and malt vinegar qualities all around. pretty good.
deadguy (42) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 11, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
nice sharp fruit with sour overtones and a hint of wood
has staggered up that mountain
with greater burden
peterlueb (1) - Nuenen, NETHERLANDS - FEB 11, 2008 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
flavor of oak, and red fruit, Molasses, Caramel, red wine, bitter and sweet.
Nice to drink.
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2008 Bottle 750. Wonderful aging! Aroma winelike with the oak present, sour fruits. Flavor includes sour apple, sour cherry, a bit of vinegar (but not misplaced) on the finish, and overall very vinous. Plenty of tartness too. Not as overpoweringly sweet-sour as the classic. Very impressed. 8-4-8-4-15/3.9
Rerate 8/6/08 Bottle, 750. Aroma upfront with wood, though never overpowering, then tons of fruit, cherry, plum, red apple, and a good dose of sourish malt beneath it all. Flavor really maintains the fruitiness with lots of tartness and a hint of sweetness, although more of a sweet-sourness. Retains a semi-dry tartness despite the generous quantities of malt and that "balancing" sweetness. Coming back to this beer after having now dabbled a bit in the world of more trendy, smaller-scale sours, I actually couldn’t be more impressed by this classic. 8-4-9-4-17/4.2
BonVoeux (40) - Beveren-Leie, BELGIUM - FEB 10, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 33 cl. Last friday.
Deep, dark brown color, nice creamy head.
Sweet aroma a mix fruit and dark malts. Flavor is complex, bit sour, fruits, dark malts, finishes with a bit sour cherry.
Rusty (1547) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 9, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Papago Brewing in Scottsdale AZ.
Pours a nice red translucent color with a decent sized head. Smells like sour cherry with a hint of vinegar. Taste is pleasantly surprising and plays a number on your tongue. Excellent balance between sour cherries and a underlying sweetness along with hints of oak. Delicious!
armando629 (2456) - Budapest, HUNGARY - FEB 6, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
0,33 l bottle. i was surprised because of the big head and the beautiful red-copper color. Nice appearance. In the nose is some cherry with a little acidic aroma. Fine sour taste with a light carbonation goes down on the tongue. You can feel the woodiness with cherry-sour finish Fine sour beer.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 3, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really interesting red-tinged brown with a relatively white eggshell head developing. Aroma is quite acetic with prominent oak as well, cherries, dried cranberries, light acetone. Very punchy sourness up front which quickly fades, leaving sour and sweet cherries, complex woodiness and a lightly bitter, tobaccoey finish. Great stuff, ridiculously drinkable.
Enniskillen (2046) - Salinas, California, USA - FEB 3, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown ruby with a thin tan head. Aroma is alcohol, oak, a rum like tinge to it, a little bit of caramel, vinegar and dried fruit. Taste is a very pleasant sourness, light alcohol, black cherries.