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88 90 84 4 10 3

 
Review by tayner on 12/28/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 11 18 4 9 2008
12.8 oz brown bottle.

pours very dark brown with a small, tight, tan head that remains and laces nicely. there are floaties that look like pieces of cherries in there.

Smell is tart, lots of oakiness, vanilla, sweet fig/dark fruit. Very complex

Taste follows smell. Lots of tart cherries, woodiness, sweet dark fruit, sour plum, brett funkiness, vanilla, nutty almond in the background. As the beer warmed it became more complex, and more tart.

This one had a full and creamy mouthfeel without being heavy. It was tart but finished very dry, leaving my mouth almost immediately begging for more.

Drinkabilty was very good for a sour beer. This is one I think should age very nicely as well, and perhaps even get more complex as it ages. I am glad I have a few more bottles to sit on for awhile. Worth every penny of the price tag IMO.

Price: $15.00 Served In: Tulip

Review by Tip Top on 11/11/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 4 9 2008
A - Pour produces a small fizzy head that is beige in color. It's gone now, leaving a thin bead of bubbles around the edge of the glass. Body is medium brown with garnet highlights.

S - Sweet and fruity. Sour cherries. Light oak. Tannic wine qualities. Some funk going on in here. Dark fruits.

T - Wow, lots going on here. Let's see if I can pick some of it apart here. Starts out with a tart, sweet, flavor. Almost a touch of vinegar. Turns funky with tannic wine qualities that seem to play along with lots of oak woodiness. Raisins and cherries. Sweet malts playing along with an almost candi sugar like sweetness. At the end, there is a huge burst of cherries. It's so noticable it's almost like you are having one of those hard candies that has fruit juice in the middle. All the sudden it's there in full force. Finish is tart, but clean, leaving me to want another sip.

M - Medium bodied. Very smooth. Full carbonation. Finishes dry.

Overall - Really, really like this brew. Wish I had more than what is left. Sometimes I really hate these small 375ml bottles. A gem.

Served In: Tulip

Review by SAP on 08/12/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 17 4 8 2008
A careful pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a two finger thick, frothy, tan colored head. The beer is a very dark, almost black color that has touches of amber and brown to it. When held up to the light the beer shows an opaque, deep haziness, but some reddish-amber hues to it. The beer smells a touch boozy and sort of like a mix between some cherry liquor and Bourbon. This also has a funky, musty sourness to it, a woody mushroom-like note, a damp earthiness and a slight, aged cheese note. A distinct cherry note cuts through the aroma at times and it is backed by a caramelized, almost raisin like flavor. Barrel notes play a big role in the aroma and at times are the dominant note; light vanillin, a touch of buttery oak, some spicy wood notes and an expressive mix of barrel notes and spicy alcohol that contribute a boozy Bourbon note that fills the nostrils.

Sweet impressions at first yield to a much more focused sourness, which still can't shake a rich raisin note. Towards the middle and into the finish a deeply astringent oak note causes me to pucker more than the not-insignificant sourness (at least at times). A touch of spicy alcohol and spicy wood provides a warm finish that is at times well tempered by flavors of tart cherries that can also linger in the finish. This is definitely a tannic brew as it coats the teeth and mouth just like a strong, black tea does after each sip. A bit of buttery oak mixes with some light funky notes that lean towards musty, cheesy and sweaty gym sox in the finish (though this is not a heavily funky beer). Rich tasting with out being heavy, the combination of the tartness with the medium fullness leaves the perception of a beer that is lighter than it actually is.

After the beer gets quite a bit warmer that nose gets much more boozy, but also starts to pick up some notes similar to cinnamon, licorice and perhaps a bit of jasmine honey. In the flavor some interesting, quite fruity, balsamic notes start to come out as this warms up (the cherry notes definitely accentuated this a bit).

This is quite quaffable, especially I would guess this is at least 10% abv; the nice tartness really helps to make it so, but it still has a richness that makes this a beer to be savored. This is a fantastic blend of beers, it can perhaps be a touch hot at times with Bourbon-like notes of spicy oak and hot alcohol, but even this seems to meld in quite will with the other components of the flavor. Before I know it my 375ml bottle of this is gone; definitely a good sign as beers of this strength don't leave me wanting any more after this sized bottle. A very good beer that, while it seems to not quite have that essential component to it that would push it into be fantastically incredible, is still a great example of blending as an art.

Price: $18.00 Served In: Tulip

Review by seaoflament on 07/21/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 11 18 4 9 2008
I've tried this beer twice now; the first time was at the Port 2nd Anniversary event (thanks for opening this beer Tomme!) and today at the Stone 2nd Annual Sour Fest. This is the special blend that will be shipped only to the Sinners Club.

Tomme would not reveal to me what was used for the blend but I do remember him saying, at the Port event, that it included something they had never put out before.

The beer is a muddy brown, a shade or two darker than an Oud Bruin, with some light orange on the sides.

The aroma has some tart cherries upfront, lots of brown sugar, honey, some sweet dark fruits, wood, and funk. The malt base works really well, it has some similarities to Veritas 003 like the wood notes and acidity.

First thing to come to my mind (the first and second time I tried it) is Red Poppy. There is a tart cherry and sweet malt combination that is very similar to Red Poppy. Sweet malts and hints of various fruits begin to show up as the beer warms up, not an intense ripe fruit combination but well integrated, in harmony you could say...very tasty stuff. I also picked up some flavors that are present in Veritas 003 (possibly some Cuvee de Tomme in this one?), some people said it had similarities to Veritas 002 (probably the raspberry mead part in that one) but I have not had the pleasure of trying that one yet.

Easy, smooth and well carbonated with a little dryness in the finish.

P.S. the sample I had from the bottle, at the Port event, had chunks of cherries in it, which is what has me thinking that there's probably some Cuvee in the mix.

Served In: Flute Glass

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