superspak (5587) - Michigan, USA - DEC 3, 2016 krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - FEB 8, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
oh lovely. what a nice beer. i can’t remember when i enjoyed a beer this much. (of course it’s also true that at this stage of my geriatric decrepitude i can’t remember where my parents live).
this is a big-bodied fruit punch, with an aroma of good cigars that have steeped themselves unto pulp in a brine of sea salt and sponge cake. just lovely. it’s the color of mature rust just before it crumbles into dust, and trends to far more clarity than what we expect from the promises of politicians. good head and carbonation all around, the lace clings to the glass like toilet paper on a teepeed tree after a good rain.
there is a gusting 20 knott aroma that streams around my nose like standing oceanside before a storm: smelling like a cherry packed band-aid box. it’s an earthy kind-of aroma, like a dank plywood compost bin on a warm fall day-- full of earth and apples; this is a gritty beer that tastes like it wasn’t brewed, but grown in peat and pig manure, in moldy darkness alongside mushrooms and bone-white salamanders.
the flavors have the kind of bulk sought after in NFL linebackers; this is a true sipping beer: creamy, metallic and sweet, part sweet marsala wine, part unfiltered cider and part primordial zulu compress of bugs and baobab roots prescribed for compound fractures. zoetzuur has notes of cocoa, tin, and tea (one is reminded of the export commodities of ceylon).
indeed a lovely beer: swirl, sniff, sip. repeat. swirl, sniff, sip, repeat.......
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy reddish orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big tart cherry, cranberry, strawberry, raspberry, lemon, lime, pear, apple, plum, red grape, fruit skin, hay, straw, grass, oak, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light pepper/leathery funk, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of fruity/earthy/funky yeast, cherry juice, and moderate dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart cherry, cranberry, strawberry, raspberry, lemon, lime, pear, apple, plum, red grape, fruit skin, hay, straw, grass, oak, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light pepper/leathery funk, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Light fruity/acidic tartness and yeast/tannic oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of cherry, berry, lemon, lime, pear, apple, plum, red grape, fruit skin, hay, straw, grass, oak, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy/funky yeast, cherry juice, and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/tart/spiciness balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light dryness from tart/tannic notes, lightly increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, fairly acidic/tannic, and slightly slick balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 7%. Overall this is an outstanding fruited Flanders red ale! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy/funky yeast, cherry juice, and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the balanced acidic/tannic flavors. Very complex on the Brett flavors, with lighter underlying lacto presence. A highly enjoyable offering. Capa (3295) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - SEP 6, 2016
Brick red. Cherry and light funk in the aroma. Medium bodied. Flavor has a decent helping of lightly tart cherry, mild sourness, earthy, light wood. Medium dry finish. I’d like a little stronger profile of everything. Andrew196 (1902) - Katy, Texas, USA - JUN 18, 2016
Murky, reddish brown. Wispy, laced light beige head. Tart cherry, pepper aroma. More cherry throughout, notes of sweet tea. RobertDale (6471) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAR 1, 2016
750 ml. shared bottle. Pours reddish brown with an average off-white head. Aroma of fruit and funk. Taste is tart cherries, funk, and some malt. Interesting in a good way. Pumpkin87 (248) - - JAN 29, 2016
Pours auburn-brown, hazy but clearing, with big tan that leaves attractive lacing and persistent skim.
Nose is flowers, funk, cherries, earth. Taste is well-balanced malt sweetness over sour kriek. With aeration, brett plays the wild card with browning apples, iron, lemon, honey, leather all having their moments alongside the tart cherries. Brief bitter dry note before clean finish.
Not the deepest flavor profile, but what is there shows well, especially approaching room temperature.
zebra (2137) - Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2015
750-ml bottle from binnys Lincoln Park. tons of head, indeed red/brown, sweet earthy nose, balanced, cork flew 239 in. from 3rd floor. but mainly wanted to quote michael jackson: "it has the classic element of those beers, a combination of a cultured yeast and a semi-wild yeast. A cultured yeast is a normal beer yeast, a Saccharomyces, and the semi-wild yeast is a Brettanomyces, the classic type of semi-wild yeast used in Belgium. I always try to make an attempt to explain what I mean by semi-wild yeast. A wild yeast is one where you open the windows and hope that it comes in. A semi-wild is a type that has been cultured but lives in the slightly wild way in the brewery, maybe in some old casks. To put it in animal terms, a dog is a real domestic animal. A cat plays at being a domestic animal, when it suits the cat, but you can’t make the cat fetch the Sunday newspaper from the store. Semi-wild yeasts are like cats." http://www.beermonthclub.com/de-proefbrouwerij- zoetzuur-flemish-reserve-ale.htm BVery (10501) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - OCT 4, 2015
Bottle at WTWBA 2015 in Minneapolis. Hazy amber pour. Cherries, somewhat dry, tannic, some oak. Okay. unclemike (3122) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - MAR 29, 2015
The body is brown with a bit of orrange added in. The fizzy tan head did some nice lacing before it settled into a film. The aroma has a definite malt beneath it, but is heavily topped by sour cherries with a touch of rusting iron. It’s spritzy in the mouth even though the body displays little carbonation. The flavor is sour malt with cherries, wood, iron, and old straw. It finishes on a puckering, tart cherry taste. Nic NikkTwist (3218) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2015 Bottle at Eulogy. Very murky amber with a slim fizzy off-white head. Unusual. Feels like a mix of styles. Strong hints of browned fruit. Toasted grains. Slight sour. Medium body. Nice dry finish. Feels like a dry Femish Red - which seems bizarre! But good! ZacM612 (716) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - DEC 16, 2014
Dark, cloudy brown with medium off-white head. Aroma of berries and a little alcohol. Flavor is fruity, slightly tart. Nice, easy-drinking wild.