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Review by Tip Top on 06/04/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 4 9 2004
Thanks to my wife for bringing this bottle back for me from Amsterdam.

2004, as are all these bottles (single barrel batch). #016727. Bottle in a paper wrap with gold foil on the top.

A - Aggressive pour produces the slightest little fizzy head, with is quickly gone. All that is left is a few bubbles floating around the edge of the glass. Body is a pristinely clear dark golden color with some slow moving microscopic bubbles rising to the surface. It looks just like cider.

S - Oh man, I could smell this one as soon as the cork popped. Big pronounced tartness just jumps to the nose. Sour cherries seem to be present here. Very acidic.

T - Whoa, it's like a flanders red on steroids. Tart and dry up front. There's that signature sour cherry tartness that you are used to getting in true flanders red style, but that's just the start of it. Sort of a cider like presence of sweetness and slight feel that makes it a touch syrupy. Acidic qualities are high here, contributing to the tartness. Big grainy alcohol sweetness comes in. Never gets quite as tart as your normal flanders red. Towards the end, there seems to be more of a alcohol presence, with a slight lean towards sherry. Finish is a bit more tartness with no real aftertaste to speak of.

M - Medium to full bodied. Depsite not really having any sort of head, this has a fine carbonation that works nicely with the body.

Overall - Wow, what a differnt take on this style. Has all the qualities of a normal flanders red, but with a bigger malt base that turns up the alcohol. Very pleasant. Wish I had more of these. I think they will age well for a long, long time.

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