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Average Review High Score Low Score Reviews Tried Consumed
75 88 62 2 3 1

 
Review by seaoflament on 03/31/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
62 3 9 10 3 6 2009
Thanks to Ryan for bringing this rarity to the SeaofFloydster Tasting on March 28th.

A Belgian inspired Strong Dark Ale aged in bourbon barrels with sour cherries and brettanomyces...sounds in vein of a Cuvee de Tomme, I'm excited to try this one and compare.

Wow, very dark color with hints of red on the sides and a thin ring around the glass.

Dark fruits, brown sugar, not as bretty as I thought this would be...I couldn't really detect much funk in this beer, or sour cherries. Maple syrup, a lot of sweetness, toasted malts and hints of chocolate. Smells really good for a Belgian Strong Dark so I'll give it that, but the brett and sour cherry components were just no there as I thought they would be. No off aromas to hint at what I'm about to taste.

Harsh upfront and somewhat oxidized, sweet malts and fruits in the middle, then an astringent god-awful flavor. A bit metallic in the end as well. Was this a bad bottle? Could have been but the aroma wasn't bad so I have my doubts. If I ever get a chance to try this again I will update this but this beer was a disappointment, glad I got to try it though. Medium carbonation. Couldn't get through all of my sample.

Served In: Snifter

Review by Tip Top on 02/19/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 4 9 2008
Thanks to MiC for the bottle.

A - Pours a very dark brown color, bordering on black. Completely opaque. Starts with a half inch of dark beige foam. Tight uniform bubbles. Currently some nice whisps across the surface with a thick bead around the edge of the glass.

S - Whoa, lots going on here. Starts off with many of the flavors you normally associate with a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Big fruity malts that bring about black cherry, plums, figs. Nice belgian yeastiness. Then the funk hits. Sour cherries are obvious. The brett seems slightly subdued, but it is difficult to tell with all the stuff going on here.

T - Little bit of a role reversal here, as unlike the aroma, sour starts this off. Sour cherries hit right away with a lightly sour sugary taste. Malts come in and bring forth a bunch of fruit flavors; more cherries, figs, plums, and raspberries. Then in comes the brett, with it's yogurty tart goodness. Hangs on for a minute before giving way to a light funk of belgian yeastiness. Finish is funky with a combination of yeasty and brett flavors that last through to the aftertaste.

M - Full bodied. Very smooth. Slides down the tongue.

Overall - There is a TON going on in this beer. Super enjoyable sipper that I wish I had many many more bottles of. This can't actually be 11.5% can it?

Served In: Pint Glass

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