Papsoe (25054) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 20, 2005
(Bottle 25 cl) Beautiful reddish brown, with an almost absent head. Vinegary, sour nose making me expect a very tart beer. But actually I feel that the sweetness is more predominant with the sourness levelling things out - a "sweet & sour" beer indeed. Very vinous and refined - a delicious and quite different Flemish sour ale. 060194 Leighton (22836) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2011
Keg at Euston Tap. Clear, red-gold with no head. Some sour cherries and butter on the nose. Mild sugar flavor, some tart fuits then a bit of butter. Light to medium in body with soft carbonation. Somewhat sour finish, light wood, berries. Good stuff. Rasmus40 (22174) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 21, 2011
UPDATED: APR 5, 2014 Clear red brown with a beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, a little acetone and sour fruit. Flavor is quite sweet and light sour. Dry and light sour finish. I felt a rerate was in order since I had given a 2.8 originally. 050414 Koelschtrinker (22090) - KÃ¶ln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUN 19, 2011
Verhalten fruchtiger Antrunk, ausgewogen süß-sauer. Zum Mittelteil überwiegt die Säuerlichkeit, man merkt eine deutliche Süßung. Auch die Lagerung in Eichenfässern macht sich im Geschmack bemerkbar, zum Ende hin daher holzig, prickelnd, weiter fruchtig nach schwarzen Johannisbeeren und etwas nach Kirsche. Etwas bitter.
Test vom 13.8.2008, Gebinde: Glasflasche Noten: 9,11,12,11,9,11 - 10,85 fiulijn (21516) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 30, 2001
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2013
Theydon_Bois (21516) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2013
2013-07-10, bb 2012-03-17, possibly 3 years old, 8-5-8-4-17=42
Dark mahogany color with some red shade, medium sized head, mix of cream and big bubbles. It has the classic aroma, with fruity malt, balsamic, touch of vinegar; but it’s also lightly metallic and dusty. Soft body, there is a sweet and sour caramel flavor, with notes of balsamic; the bitterness is quite low.
Overall, it’s in good shape, with a reasonable degree of complexity, and with a fresh feeling, but lacking of a bite in the final.
2010-12-24, fresh bottle (bb 2012-10-06), 7-5-8-4-16=40
Brown color; medium sized head. Nice aroma, balsamic vinegar, caramel, prunes, but also very light acetone. Good flavor, caramel, with moderate sweetness, building a respectable body; good acidic and fruity level, with light vinegar too; low bitterness. Very good.
2003-02-01, 4 years old, 9-5-10-4-18=46
Dark amber color, with ruby shades; thick creamy head. Beautiful aroma, malt, caramel, liquorice, Porto wine, sweet & sour, notes of wood.
Full mouth, perfect balance of sweetness and acidity, fresh & fruity, grapes, raisins, wood, candi sugar, grapefruit; a faint astringency at the end. A 10 because in this style can’t ask for more.
The bitterness doesn’t succeed in dominating the palate, which is still pretty sweet.
One of the beers that I drink with the highest pleasure, my favourite summer thirstquencher, a classic.
Wonderful example of Belgian red sour ale. Strong winy aroma; sweet flavour, bitter-sour in the mid, then the sourness is back in the final. Complex, fruity, sweet, sour, bitter… All!
Bottle at home, from Beermerchants, 27/07/13.
One of the two beers along with Rodenbach that got me acclimatised to lambics/sours on my initial Belgian trips in the early noughties. I’m sure she’s still a sour bitch!
Pours reddish brown with a thin light beige covering that just about keeps the beer below from being seen.
Nose is soured berries, oaky, damp wood, tarte berry fruits, light toffee, sugars. burnt cherries.
Taste comprises dank wood, red grapes, soured berry compote, sugars, caramelised tarte cherries, light metallic tang.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, tarte light puckering finish.
Great stuff and still keanly priced. A little to sweet at times but I forgive her! mcberko (19886) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 14, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2010 330mL bottle - pours a reddish dark brown into chalice with a thin bubbly off-white head. Aroma is berries, port, sweet and sour. Flavour is strong black current, grapes, sour cherries. Mouthful is very thick and complex. Excellent Belgian sour ale - my favourite of this style. saxo (19583) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 8, 2006
Bottle. Decent head with medium duration. Color is brown. Aroma is sour and vinous. Taste is almost like a lambic. harrisoni (19559) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 15, 2005
25cl bottle. Beautiful deep red/brown colur, no head at all. Red wine nose and apple. Weird! Some sour cherry . Sweet sour mouthfeel. Starts with sweet cherry but quickly followed by an attack of sourness. This beer really shouldn’t work, but it does. Mainly because of the sweet/sour intensity and the cherry fruit. Although in no way is this comparable to any kriek I have had. Candy sugar flavour provides some of the sweetness. Glad I bought a second bottle Oakes (19434) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 9, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2005 Well-named, as its burgundy colour would indicate. Mix of woody lactic notes, tomato, pomegranate, apple skins and acetic notes. Sweet maltiness in the palate, alongside icing sugar, caramel apples, and a light acetic note which spoils an otherwise clean lactic undertone. Sweet & sour, quite drinkable, but I do find the acetic notes to be rather off-putting. You have to love acetic acid (vinegar) to love this beer. If you don’t, it’ll go down the drain.