RATINGS: 147   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Ruby richness in the form of a Belgian inspired ale of 10% alc. by volume. Richness, ripe fruit flavors and their rewards await you. So simple in it’s creation, so magnificent in its maturity, this wonderful ale begins with Nature’s most humble offerings, water, malted grains and hops. Our soulful yeast breathes life and depth into each brew. The steady hand of time orchestrates this alchemy into the splendid ale before you.

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wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 14, 2008
50mL bottle, from 2002, sampled at the 1st Annual Shenandoah Beer Throwdown, courtesy of argo0. Thanks, Aaron, and ken for the preamble... Brown red in color, small off-white head. Aroma is sour cherries. Flavor similar, tart and sour, acidic, sweet.

kmweaver (3208) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 13, 2008
750mL bottle, from 2002, sampled at the 1st Annual Shenandoah Beer Throwdown, courtesy of argo0. Thanks, Aaron! Pours a dark, clear orange-amber color; creamy light-tan head with mixed-bubbled lacing. Lots of caramel, dried dark fruits, and honeyed sweetness in the aroma; well-oxidized and soft. Relaxed carbonation. Lots of dried caramel, acidity citrus, and dark fruits / raisins; messy, sweet beer with lots of chewy oxidation; decent enough; pleasant candy sugar and acidity fruitiness; reasonable. Medium finish: dark fruits, citrus, and bread.

decaturstevo (6343) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - APR 29, 2008
btl shared by Springslicker. A very cherry aroma for me. Golden brown pour with gooey clinging white head and lace. Very tart cherry flavor. A semi sweet start and a semi dry finish. Light sourness that mark it as very unique. Carbonation a bit aggressive for me. Again a very unusual beer that was a real pleasure to drink. thanks again Jay for sharing another beer I never expected to see a full bottle of. You are the man:)

tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - APR 15, 2008
Bottle, Sept. 2002, at the April Get Together. With the erratic ratings, no one really knew what to expect here. I gotta say, it was a pleasant surprise. Pours hazy copper with big khaki head. The aroma is tart cherry, apricot, sweet honey, and some must. Is this supposed to be sour? The flavor is tart cherry, pleasant balanced sourness, lemon zest, and some sweet bread. Very tasty. Whether this was intentional or an infection gone right, this was quite an enjoyable drink.

SpringsLicker (3685) - Tennessee, USA - APR 14, 2008
Bottled Sept 11 02. I picked this one up years ago at New Beer Distributors in Manhattan and it’s been in the back of the fridge. Partly due to the fear that I might have one of the notoriously bad bottles and otherwise waiting for an adventuresome group to assemble that hadn’t had it and was ready for anything in addition. pours clear medium amber body with a full head. Big malty aroma with a touch of sour apple. The flavor is slightly sour, tart apples delivered with a smooth body. Nice. Maybe a few years int he fridge helped this, maybe it was a decent bottling run. In any case, no regrets from me on this one.

Shag (3059) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - APR 13, 2008
Bottled Sept 2002....I will start by saying this did age well. A murky brown appearance with a moderate sized head. The aroma contained some citrus, caramel, brown sugar, and alcohol. The flavor is quite sour with some cherries, lemons, brown sugar, and alcohol. Nothing I could drink alot of but still a nice beer!

Suttree (6537) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 13, 2008
UPDATED: APR 16, 2008 This was easily the weirdest, most unexpected beer of our tasting. Springslicker had been eyeing this beer for a while, most with a mix of dread and, uh, more dread because of possible infection. So much so that we made sure to open it outside, actually. Well, it opened fine, without gushing so we went ahead and poured. Our first reaction was "is this supposed to taste like?" And our second reaction was "Wow, this is freakin’ awesome!" It was pleasently sour, with a lot of cherry flavor, backed up by some wheaty, toasty flaovrs. Some hints of lemon and lime, too. Very tast and sour without being astringent. Quenching and refreshing. Maybe it needed 6 years in the cellar?

WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 2, 2008
9th Rating from 3rd Annual Woodshop tasting in Temple City, CA. 3/1/08. One hell of a day put on by Cquiroga, thanks for a killer day Chris. Also spent the day there with bikesanbeer, my girlfriend Cyn, wetherel, JohnC, DenverLogan, dirty_martini, jasparg, DrBil, IPAFiend, awaisanen and many others, this was one crazy day. This has aged nicely if you ask me. Pours cloudy orange with a bright white ring head. Nos is sweet and very nice. Taste is sweet and fruity, very good really nice on the palate, whoever brought this its matured a lot according to the other recent ratings.

joeyplush (648) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2007
Bottled 9/12/02. Aroma has hints of floral, citrus, and raisin. Color is red-brown and hazy. Head is frothy, lightly sour. Medium body, palate is creamy, but slightly fizzy with a bitter finish.

kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 09/07/2003
Mode: Bottle Conditioned
Source: Whole Foods Market, DC

clear amber, thin tan head, sweet fruity aroma, rich fruity malt flavor with a touch of tartness,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 10/20
Rating: 2.7/5.0
Score: *4
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