jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 27, 2009
UPDATED: APR 9, 2010 Draft at Jerry’s. Clear red amber with big, foamy tan head / Nose of grapes and toffee / Light to medium body, some sweetness and malty, with good finish / Modestly sour flavors of cherries grapes, and toffee with notes of oak and brett / Will be interesting to try over the winter when the other half of the batch, now aging, is released. -> Now aged 6 more months: Head gone / Nose more of oak and caramelized dark fruit / Body now offers only a hint of sweetness but decidedly sour / Flavors more sherry-like, with fruit receding / Very nice. DrnkMcDermott (3176) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2009
Beer #24 at GTMW ’09. Dispensed out of a Corny hidden in a golf bag. Beautiful brownish amber color with no haze or bubbles. Very thin head. Smell has mostly malt to it, I can’t pick much Belgian sugar sweetness. Once you taste it, a nice Flemish sourness, no fruit, I believe. Very lovely, and a great introduction to Flemish sours to any American drinker. fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2009
Tap at BT. Aroma of red fruits and caramel. Flavor has some light tartness, particularly at the finish with more caramel and lots of sweet bread. As others have said, certainly not a Flemish red (nor any sort of sour), but perfectly fine for me out of context. drpimento (3814) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 3, 2010
For once I get to go contrary to other reviewers on the positive side. Cork opened with a small "pop". Got a small light tan head that quickly subsided to not much and no lace. Color is a clear bown, medium amber. Aroma is malt tart yeast and beer. Taste is fairly mild and pleasant: and like aroma. Body is decent with fine, light carbonation which works in this instance. Finish is clean with the tartness nicely balancing the malt sweetness. Could have another except for the price. DocLock (11189) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2011
Bomber from Smith’s. Pours deep brownish ruby with 3-finger off-white head. Nose is oaky cherry, vinous fruit. Tastes of tart cherry, berry, vinous, with earthy notes, cabernet notes, and some oaky finishing notes. Decent, and extremely underrated here as far as I’m concerned.
LilBeerDoctor (4230) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2009
On tap at Blind Tiger. Pours a deep reddish brown with no head. Aroma of sweet malt but indistinct. Flavor of sweet candies, slight sour oakiness, very spicy actually. Bland but decent. But it’s not very sour really.
7/4/7/3/14 (3.5/5) bhensonb (15965) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 12, 2009
Bottle from Archer Liquors. Pours dark, slightly reddish amber with a light beige head. Aroma is unusual, a bit like celery. Medium body with decent carbonation. Flavor is like sour cherry without much cherry. It is not very sour; it is astringent. It’s certainly drinkable, and far from sweet. I like it more as time goes on. Just not all that Flandrian. mjs (7768) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 25, 2009
(Draught) Poured deep dark red and almost clear. Had small white head. Sour aroma was also fruity. The palate was medium bodied and had medium carbonation. There was malts, sourness, berries, fruitiness and caramell in taste. Fruity and lightly sour aftertaste. I found this beer actually quite good. Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - AUG 17, 2010
12.7oz bottle. Pours a lightly hazed, deep red-amber colored body with a thin, creamy, light tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is medium sweet malts with some caramel and a light cherry. The cherries are a mix of sweet and lightly tart. A light yeast and oak as well. Flavor is much more malt based, although a bit thin at times. Caramel and a good amount of toast to the malts with some bread. A light cherry throughout that blends well with the malts. The cherry is again a mix between sweet and lightly tart. Finishes dry with a light tartness, malty sweetness, and a bit of a yeasty oak that leaves a medium length aftertaste. Lighter, clean body with a light-moderate, creamy, lively carbonation. Overall, not a bad sour. Its not the finest sour out there, but it seems a bit underrated. Nice malt sweetness with a pleasant toastiness and a solid fruity cherry balance with a light tartness.