ApisAles (1575) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - FEB 10, 2008
Not having sampled many sour beers, it’s hard for me to put this in any kind of category. The bottle I tried poured a dark red with a thin head. Fruity aromas are very present. The sourness is definitely there. Your mouth is left with that pleasant "dusty" feeling you get from a good dry cider. There may be others better out there, but this isn’t a bad beer at all. xibalba89 (147) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 10, 2008
Basically, this is Duchesse de Bourgogne "Lite"... if you like Duchesse, then you’re not going to be particularly impressed with this. If you don’t like the Duchesse, there’s a chance you’ll like this, as all the flavors are rounded off, so you don’t have to think as much. Not bad, but as long as the Duchesse is still flowing, I know what I’ll be drinking. gotbeach (139) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 9, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2008 [email protected]emerson430 (95) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - FEB 3, 2008
thin head, red in color, strong wild/sour aroma with some spice. Fizzy with a nice start and leaves a nice aftertaste.
I love sour ... this isn’t sour. The microflora the label speaks of lend little funk and little sour. I agree with ElGaucho56 about the cherry/chocolate flavors, less intense than the Bell’s Cherry Stout, as I would expect. However, the odd balance between sour and sweet makes it hard for me to classify. I expected more given the description on the label. ElGaucho56 (394) - USA - FEB 2, 2008
Pours a cola-brown with ruby highlights and hardly a wisp of a head. nose is vinegary and like photochemicals; things fare a little better on the tongue, where mildly sour cherries develop into a baking-chocolate malt character. Seemed really pared down for a sour ale, unsure of whether it wants to be sweet or sour; I’m guessing the grand cru is a little more rewarding.
Juelze (1146) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 31, 2008
Pours a deep amber color with thin off-white head. Aroma is of tart cherries, brett, and vinuous characteristics. Taste is tart cherries, light oak and malt. Light on the palate, very carbonated and very excellent. Reminds me of Engima in some ways. marcus (10867) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 30, 2008
This reddish-brown ale poured with no head. It is a sweet and sour brown ale, very mellow but tangy on the tongue. corby112 (2813) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2008
Pours a dark cherry red/ mahognay brown. Sour aroma of cherries. A nice balance of sour and sweet with neiher to overpowering. Very tasty and refreshing with hints of cherry. Beerlando (3343) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 27, 2008
Pours a dark, purplish ruby color with a small, fizzy, off-white head. Just a few isolated spots of lacing dot the glass. The aroma is vinous and lightly sour, with black cherries being the dominant fruit component. Oak is detectable in trace amounts, but nowhere near the level of the Grand Cru. The flavor follows suit, with sour cherry again taking charge. There is a lactic feel, almost like milk that is just slightly past its time, or perhaps a mild aged cheese. Medium-light bodied, the brew is well carbonated but a bit thin feeling. Finishes short and fruity. Overall, not bad, but its definitely worth the extra $2 for the Grand Cru. Ingy (100) - candler, North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2008
tap. dark red with thin head. Dry and tart, with cherries, raspberries. Very much like a tannic wine. I didn’t love it at first, but it grew on me. Interesting and enjoyable.