JaBier (4956) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sampled at Muckfest III. Clear amber pour with a thick off-white head. Funky and peppery nose with some citrus and wine. Malty flavor with slight stone fruit before a peppery, sour and grapey finish.
madvike (2759) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 25, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Muckfest III - Pours hazy amber with a thin white head. Nose is cheesy, with barnyard funk, earth, and a nice dry tart cherry note. Taste has a nice dry cherry fruitiness, with mellow tartness and a nice cheesy funk. Zesty carbonation with a slick body.
spdyfire83 (35) - 5280, Colorado, USA - JUN 22, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
75cl bottle shared at the Sour & Bitter dinner in Copenhagen. Bottled: 2/10/2003. Medium golden orange with tint of yellow. Half (off white) fingernail head on medium pour. Sharp nose! Funk, must, white grapes with slight oak. Quite inviting. Taste follows nose, but more oakiness comes through. Good balance of sweet and tart accompanied by loads of funk and earthiness. Vinous white grape is soft and rounded out by nice must character. Very easy to drink! Age has done wonderful things to this beer! Crisp, soft, rounded, and very refreshing. Oh so nice and just another great classic from Armand.
ephemeral8 (67) - denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 30, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle (2003 bottling, I think) shared at Sour and Bitter. A real delight. Iím surprised at all the ratings that list things like green apples and green grape notes, as this is made with red grapes. Malvasia is most commonly a white grape, but I believe the less common Nera version is what was used for this, as it was a reddish peachy color. European grapes (vinifera species) are also usually less "grapey" in flavor than American grapes (labrusca species, like Concords). Muscat is the exception to this, as it has a very grapey flavor and aroma, part of the reason why itís often used for dessert wines.
Nose: Rose petals and sweet tangerine oils, minerally dustiness, mashed black plums, a little musty Bretty poop smell--yum!
Mouth: Granite or marble dustiness, gorgeous interplay of different types of sourness--yogurty lactic, grape/appley malic, very mild tart bretty vitamin. Yeasty in a Champagne, biscuity, mushroomy, forest floor sort of way. Nice gentle tannins from the grape skins, but the carbonation is just a tad too fizzy. Mild caramel oakiness on the finish, with a great sort of full suppleness and beautifully balanced interwoven elements. For this wino, spot on. My favorite of the night.
jackl (4671) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 24, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2013 02/05/2013: Bottle @ Mikkeller Viktoriagade. Light gold with a medium eggy white head. Much brighter nose than the bottle I had last year. Wonderful woody aromas. Mold, attic, some brett and cheese. Glorious. The taste is moderately bitter and citric. Light white grapes, pear. Lovely lemon wood and soft parmesean cheese. Very expressive. Zippy, sharp mouthfeel. Overall, Iím marking this up. Much better than I remember it being. 4.1
05/2012: Bottle @ S&B. Light amber golden color. Hazy, with a small white head. The nose is stinging acrid cheese, heavy strong funkiness. More cheese and buttery compost. Dried fruit and flowers. Sugary. The taste is spicy red grape skin, dried forest leaves. A bit of malevolent heat and general sour notes. Buttery lemon wood and drainpipe leaf. The bodyís a bit agressive and full, which comes out when drunk alongside other fruit lambics. Prickly. Overall, a good lambic, but Iím glad I got to try this here instead of trading the moon for it. While decent, it felt like the junior of some others I tried on the night. 3.8
ClubGonzo (4108) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, shared with Bergen Beer Geek Tasting Crew @ Sour & Bitter Dinner, Copenhagen. Another big one up for dissection, here goes: pours a hazy orange body with a small white head. Aroma is intense lemon zest, horse blanket, green apples and hints of citric peel. Tart and very, very nice. Taste is white currants, lemon, horse blanket, hints of leather and basement must. Some herbal tones in the aftertaste, but where are the grapes? Seem to have been lost in the aging. A very nice lambic indeed, but perhaps not quite living up to the hype (or the price tag).
madmitch76 (15309) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 20, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
10th May 2012
Bottle shared at Sour & Bitter. Hazy amber beer, big fluffy pale cream coloured head. Light dry palate, a woody dryness. Maybe a whisper of grape here - pretty faint. Mild earthy sourness. As your palate adjusts the grape becomes more obvious and appreciable and elevates this one for me.
ej (744) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - MAY 14, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at snb. Pours nice golden and hazy, with a small fast dissapearing white head. No lacing. Nose is very tart, with hay and wild berries. Taste is also very tart. Green grapes and citrus. Fizzy mouthfeel.
Scopey (7054) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by madmitch76 at Sour and Bitter. It pours cloudy orange-amber, with a thick white head. The nose is funky, farmyard, hint of sulphur, floral (including rose), lime, citrus rind, undertone of spice and grape skin (but not as much grape character as expected). The taste is tart lemon, grape skin, acidic, Granny Smith apple, lip-smacking sourness, hay, straw, hint of spice and floral, with a tart finish. Tasty stuff indeed, but not quite as well balanced as the amazing Millennium Geuze I had before.
Aniela (2412) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 13, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sour & Bitter 2012, Copenhagen. Golden beer with a offwhite head. Fruity, grapes, rubber/leather and sourish aroma and similar flavour. Really nice beer:-)