blackbock (135) - Shoalhaven NSW, AUSTRALIA - JUL 13, 2008
(bottle) Upon opening the bottle, no hiss, and apparently virtually no carbonation. thickfreakness (132) - AUSTIN, Texas, USA - JUL 10, 2008
I poured this vigourously and a head did form, although it did not look like a normal beer head. Beautiful dark ruby/mahogany colour.
The initial aroma did not appeal to me, reminded me of vinegar and/or some red wine.
First taste was incredibly sour, but I grew to like it. The aftertaste reminded me of pineapple juice and had a metallic note that I get with tinned juices.
Extremely dry finish, I would not pick this as a 6% ABV beer and due to its uniqueness I rate the flavour highly. Not at all unpleasant the way some Belgians can be to the uninitiated.
Pours a cherry amber color with a light off white head that fades to a layer of foam. Aroma of sour cherries and sweet tarts. Taste is similar to the taste with more sour fruits, a pretty prevalent sweetness and a nice tart dry finish. Very refreshing. wyzzywyz22 (2752) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2008
Bottle, Stirchley Wines, Birmingham. Been at least 5 years since I last had this. Poured a dark ruby colour with a medium tan nead which vanished pretty quickly. Aroma was sour, cherry and vinegar. Flavour was very similar with some sweetness and more fruit evident. The finish is sour and lingering. I can understand clearly why this rates so highly, but this isn’t something I could drink a lot of. Definitely worth trying though. moelikebeer (221) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUL 6, 2008
Bottle. Clear, dark brown pour with very little head. Strong sour aroma and flavor. Flavor also has a vinegar tartness. DutchCrow (20) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUL 3, 2008
Wow this sure is one sour bastard! Don’t drink it when it’s too cold. Beautiful color, sharp soury taste. I do love sour ales a lot although I haven’t taste much different kinds. This one was very good. Looking forward to taste new ones.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JUL 2, 2008
Whew, this is sour, like biting into a sour apple. Georgeous color, dark ruby red. Nice white head. Very dry, and boy is it sour, wow! Still not a bad beer, gets better as it goes along. Jayb0 (1218) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUN 30, 2008
Exceedingly sour but can be a delight if you: gam (4097) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 29, 2008
1) let it warm a bit
2) let it sit in the glass a bit
3) take hearty quaffs
4) don’t swish it like wine, drink it down
If you letthis linger in your mouth it will just be too much like vinegar. But, if you just drink deep you’ll get a resounding sweetness up front, which is then quenchingly countered with the sourness and acidic wood, leaving a nice but not overwhelming pucker, setting you up for more.
Good strong head to start,back to meek cover on a burgundy coloured pour with good carbonation.Aroma,cider apple vinegar,a mild floral note,wine.Flavour acidic to billyo,finger nail polish,cider,vinegar strong,a wine taste sautern excuse the spelling,sure it,s right,bitter cherries.Not my style but some of these are great,this is overdone with vinegar.Finish,sour vinegar overdone,other good tastes,acidic. kiefdog (1827) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 29, 2008
75cl bottle from Jans Wine and Boos #2. Rated on 4/2/08. Pours a reddish-brown with a frothy tan/white head. Aroma is fruity with notes of oak, sour, ripe fruit, apple cider, malt. Flavor is very sour from start to finish with hints of sweetness, dill pickle, plum and just a faint subtle note of worcestershire. Seems like it would also be good for marinating. SamGamgee (2585) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JUN 28, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2009 Draught at the red. Something about this just looked perfect sitting in a tulip glass with a dark ruby body and small, creamy head. Tart, fruity, acetic aroma with some woodiness. The flavor has a biting acidity with some white wine character and fruitiness. What I loved was that the malts didn’t throw any conflicting flavors at the sourness; it just worked. Oily, medium body. This was really refreshing and surprising. (7,5,8,4,16=40)
Rerate: 75cl bottle. Still has a nice vinous aroma, but this is a sugar bomb for sure. I don’t know Why I never really noticed this before, except that I had this before i really got to know the spectrum of sour ales, and this is more approachable for those not very aquainted with the style. Still has a nice sweet-tart sourness, but I thought I was going to be sick after barely over half a bottle of this stuff. Where are the dry Belgian sour ales?