RATINGS: 149   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 its creation, so magnificent in its maturity, this wonderful ale begins with Natures 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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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2007 Bottle that was in my buddys refridgerator for 5 years. 02 bottle. I had this at the brewery when it 1st came out but this has not aged well. The best thing about this beer is the pretty amber/red color. Sour grape aroma and taste. The carbonation was good but I couldnt get past that tart sour taste. About 7 months ago I had another bottle and the taste was the same.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 29, 2006
Many thanks to The_Beer_God for sending me this bottle almost 2 years ago!

Bottled NOV 7th 2003

The beer poured wonderfully! A robust ruby body sits beneath a rocky white head. I immediately pick up a hint of sourness, and I recall some talk of infected batches being out in the market at some point? Nevertheless, The very mild sourness plays into the beer with great balance and talent! Fruity hints of plum, apple, apricot, peach, and what seems like some oak cask conditioning sourness. The yeast has mellowed, not very doughy or astringent as I find in some Belgian beers with 3 years of age on them. The palate is remarkable sleek and velvety I am very impressed with the complexity and considerable depth of this beer, slightly infected or not. This beer was outstanding!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - SEP 10, 2006
Ice tea colored. Taste like cherries, but sour and too ripe. A wine gone bad???

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - FEB 10, 2006
Aquired from zathurus 13 in a trade 2002 vintage. Poured a Ruby brown with a purple tone . Aromas were hot alcohol right away then burnt cherry and sourness. flavors were tart cherry like with some alc burn finished with some sweetness not bad but not what I had expected

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bfeldmann (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 18, 2006
Not what i expected at all. Poured a hazy yellow color with a massive head (I over poured) Smelled of citrus, little spice of some kind little barnyard. had a carbonated mouthfeel. Tasted of citrus but finished sweet over all not bad. "

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - SEP 12, 2005
09.12.05 750ml bottle dated Sept 12 2002, Happy birthday to you beer! I had a series of bad experiences with this beer, as many have, but not with this bottling date. I found a store with a well cared for stash of bottles from this batch and decided to go for it. the old ones were so bad I had not even rated them since Bill Covaleski was good enough to personally see to replacing my bad bottles with beautiful V Grand Cru.

The cork removes easily but with no great fanfare, no gushing, and just the right pop. The beer pours a cloudy ruby copper with a medium beige head that lingers and laces sparingly. Aroma is juicy apples, light cocoa, and bready yeasts. Some tart cherry and a burst of alcohol come through as it warms. Its a bit tart, like old wood, and full of appleskin and tart cherry. The yeast is dominant across the middle and end of the palate while the sweet fruits and bready grains linger mildly throughout. Its definitely more tart than I expected, but not at all the mess that the first batch I had was. The body is soft and full, finishing slightly bitter, dry, and warm. Lingering sweet-tartness. Well, its still not world class, but if this is as it was intended, its certainly not a disappointment.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 13, 2005
Faint wheat aroma, some citrus, cloudy amber, fair sized white head. Flavour is mild malt, citrus and some yeast. Light bodied, (given the abv) sweet and bready. Decent, but was expecting more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 27, 2005
2003 bottle. As soon as I poped the cork the beer started gushing out of the bottle. After a while I was a ble to pour some in a glass instead of the sink. It revealed a gorgeous murky ruby color with yeast sediment and bubbles going up forcefully, it has a medium diminishing beige head. Interesting aroma of malt and fruits with something sweet, feels a bit like candy. The elements described in the aroma are present in the flavor but theres something unpleasant that ruins it for me. This bottle seems infected, too bad since I can feel the potential for a sticky, sweet and fruity beer that could have been excellent, oh well ...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 27, 2005
Pours copper with a nice bubbly head that subsides, but presents excellent lacing throughout the drinking. Smells of tarte Macintosh apples with some citrussy scents shining through. Taste is caramelly with some basic farmhouse elements. Alcohol warms on the finish, though not as much as the 12.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - APR 26, 2005
Bottled Sept 11, 2002. Nice, thick bubbly head that left a nice lace throughout. Aromas of cherry biscuit and mellow sour apple. Taste is smooth cherry and subtle malts nicely mingled together. I think this batch may need a bit more time but its still very good.

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