MrChopin (4305) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 28, 2009
On draft at Devil’s DenRuby body, small pink head. Nose is heavy cherry, some musty brett, and light alcohol. Flavor is more cherry, heavy pit, also rather tart and with light vinegar. Not as flemish as expected, way fruitier. Fantastic carbonation, very juicy. Incredibly drinkable and tasty. iowaherkeye (2804) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - AUG 27, 2009
On tap @ Beachwood BBQ. Clear copper orange with a creamy beige head, good retention. Flavor has bright cherry pulp and vanilla with some lactic sourness and bretty funk behind. Kinda reminds me of Duchesse du Bourgogne, but better because it isn’t sickeningly sweet. Dry woody and cherry skin finish with sourness around a 4, with a little wheat as well. Backing up, the aroma was much the same, only less sweet. Moderate creamy carbonation with a medium body. Pretty tasty. JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 27, 2009
I had this on tap at Beachwood’s Sour Fest.
This pours a clear dark red and has a very nice fruity (?cherry, ?plum) flavor that is balanced with some tangy tartness. NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2009
Draft at Ebenezer’s. Pours a red-brown with a nice fluff head. Nose strongly acidic, no funk. Light lemon and cherry notes. Taste is much the same, with a light sweetness and more of the cherry notes. Strong acidity that really shows you what a good Flanders Red is. Excellent Excellent stuff. elihapa (1554) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - AUG 26, 2009
On tap at Beachwood for Sour Fest. So, there are obvious similarities to Ommegang Rouge here (which was ALSO on tap!), being as they are both made by Bocker. First, may I just say that that is not a bad thing. Compared to the latter, this beer pours a bit darker (a dark amber-brown), and has, I think, a bit “darker” of a flavor. Aroma is tart cherries, toasted malt, oak and firm acidity. Flavor starts with cherries and smooth vanilla. There is also some defined green apple and oak flavor that renders the flavor profile more complex. This is not unlike how I describe Ommegang Rouge, though. Palate had prickly carbonation, with actually stunted the flavors for a split-moment, then allowed them to come streaming out as it subsided. A delicious beer, though I would be interested to know from Bocker how it differs from Ommegang’s
beernbourbon (1600) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - AUG 24, 2009
On tap. The pour is a nice clear reddish brown with a fairly small white head. Aroma is cherry, raspberry, oak, sour funk, and very very clean. Smells wonderful. Flavor is huge tart cherry and raspberry up front with a pleasantly mild oakiness and faint sweetness. This beer is quite tart but with a crisp finish that makes me want to have more and more. I really like this. PilsnerPeter (3050) - Flushing, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2009
Tap at Binny’s (South Loop location): Rusty copper brownish pour with a ruby hue and a well retained light tan head. Nice acetic aroma with an oaky vinousness, tart raspberry fruitiness. Creamy body with a sharp acidity. Vinegary tartness with fruity notes of passionfruit and raspberry. There’s a light vanilla-ish note of tannic oak. The soft sweetness is dried out nicely by the acetic and oak presence. Very nice. Similar to the Ommegang Rouge. drewbeerme (3921) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2009
On tap at Hopleaf in early July of 2009. pours clear ruby with off white head. nose is loaded with vinegar, acidic sour cherries, and funky wild yeast. flavors are rather acidic tart cherries with a nice balance of sweet malts. very nice! 17thfloor (2444) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2009
On tap at the Maproom. Pours a very dark wine red, clear, but too dark to see thru, small egg-shell color fizzy froth 3.5. Super strong vinegar aroma, balsamic and acidic, nostril coatingly thick, barnyard funk, grainy, musty 8.5. First taste is rough and unrefined, super acidic and extra sweet, similar to the Haandbakk, extremely sweet and sour, after the palate adjust it becomes unbelievably grapy, tart cranberries and bitter fruit skins, aggressive 8.5. Medium bodied with a thin diet-soda-like airy carbonation feel 4.