suprchunk (2994) - Crestview, Florida, USA - MAY 26, 2011jc1762 (1370) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 25, 2017
A very, very opaque brown color. I cannot see light through it, and it is still a bit turbid. I do get hints of light at the small of the glass and the top edges. There is a faint red tint to it. Flat, still pour. No head, even when forcing it. A very pungent acetobacter (vinegar) aroma. Very strong. There is a big malty aroma under this as well. Much like a big barleywine that may have gone bad from oxygen exposure. In this case it was intentional though. Leaves a caramel tint on the glass after taking a sip and the liquid falls back to its temporary residence. Some points it smells like a quad with barely any sourness, but that may be the vinegar smell saturating my senses until I clear them.
The taste is a very mixed bag of flavors. I get the sweet malt up front. Much like a quad in this regard. Then the sourness hits me. It isnít overpowering like the smell would lead one to believe. It is subtle but in your face. An oxymoron of a presence. There is also a big alcohol presence in both taste and mouth feel. A slight bitterness makes its way into the mouth as well. Itís not the sour, itís something else. Maybe some hops, as I get a bit of a vegetal taste also. But fairly subdued. A very earthy taste as well. Could be from the barrel, as is most of the oxygen characters Iím picking up. Iím digging it. Itís very complex. Like a sherry, but maltier. Fruity and sour, with sweetness mixed in. There is a burning in the throat after each swallow that is a combination of the vinegar and alcohol notes. Not over the top.
Thanks Brad for sharing the bottle! Poured into a taster showing translucent caramel brown with white foam lacing.
The nose shows a lot of sweet Belgian yeast.
The palate is medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Lightly tart with strong flavors of Belgian yeast. MrHangover (4439) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAR 22, 2017
Bottle, vintage 2008. Pours a clear dark brown beer with a quickly disappearing off white head on top. Aroma is rich, full with woody characters, red fruits, oak, some tart fruits and has vineous notes as well. Flavor is incredibly full, yet really sublte with light tarty notes, richness of red fruits, all sorts of berries and such. Has a body that is light tart and vineous, overall is quite fruity and almost sweetish. Mouthfeel is oily and silky, has a dry tart aftertaste that really lasts a long time. No carbonation going on, but what a great beer. allmyvinyl (10480) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 30, 2016
Bottle from the dregs run delivery. Thanks Craig! Pours hazy brown with a thin beige head. Aromas of wood, wine, sour funk, chocolate. Taste is light sour, light chocolate, red wine. Light sour finish. BeerMuse10 (54) - SPAIN - DEC 9, 2016
Vinagre, madera y fruta para parar un tren. Similar a las rojas de Flandes. 90 (419) - BELGIUM - NOV 20, 2016
2008 editie. Ziet er niet echt ímooií uit. Weinig schuim, dubieuze kleur, maar wat volgt na de eerste slok: Zot bier. Nog nooit zoín stijlvolle oude bruine gedronken. Zeer gebalanceerd. Hout zit er duidelijk in, maar in tegenstelling tot mijn hekel hieraan subtiel en zeer gedoseerd aanwezig. Voor de rest zit er zowat alles in... cognac, bruine suiker, heerlijke zuren.
ciocanelu (2455) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - OCT 30, 2016
Murky dark brown color with just a bit of tan foam. Aroma has really nice dried fruit notes with lots of sour raisins and some figs. Taste starts sour and fruity with sour cherries and grapes, like a classic flanders ale, but gets more complex with really nice dried fruits, mostly raisins and figs. Itís like a sour/acetic quadrupel or something like that. Medium body, slightly syrupy, just a bit of carbonation. A really complex beer with quadrupel type flavors but sour like a flemish ale. mariuspoenari (2620) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 29, 2016
Bottle shared. Dark brown pour with no head. Notes of macerated grapes and cherries, cognac, cocoa, subtle apple and grape vinegar. Medium body, low carbonation and a sour, sweet and bitter finish. Grzesiek79 (4274) - Radom, POLAND - OCT 6, 2016
Many thanks for this beer to JefVerstraete. Vintage 2008. Kwasne o owocowej strukturze piwo, a raczej wino smakowalo jak wino malaga, rodzynki i moczona suszona sliwka w spirytusie, wyczuwalny alkohol, ocet winny, ocet balsamiczny, figi i daktyle. jagody i jezyny. Nuty drzewne mocno obecne, wszystko to obtacza mocny kwasek. Fajne i octowo winne piwo. Wyglad to jak po nalaniu do kieliszka dobrego burgundzkiego wina, totalnie zero piany, bardzo ciemno czermone o granatowych przeblyskach, pod swiatlo krwisto atramentowa barwa. Blizej do wina niz do piwa. Super pasuje do wolowiny i dziczyzny. Super nutjes (847) - Heestert-Zwevegem, BELGIUM - SEP 26, 2016
33cl-fles op tasting bij Elie. Merci! U: Donkerbruin met bruine schuimkring. G: Cacao, rood fruit, hout, porto en kruiden. S: Rood fruit, vineus, porto en chocolade. Zoetig met een licht bittertje. Zure afdronk. M: Zeer vicieus met weinig carbonatie. makromaniak (157) - Tilburg, NETHERLANDS - JUL 28, 2016
2008 bottle thanx too John :) First of all i must say that i am not a "fan" of the style...but this beer blew my mind! Sweet and sour with a woody backbone...dark fruit, cherries, dades, figs, plums, nuts and a nice touch of chocolate and even coffee. Really well balanced...sweet nor sour takes the upperhand. The low carbo really works well here. Just lovely!