RamyG4 (308) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 7, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared with Jay, James, Nicole, and beerman6686. Pours a deep pinkish-red with a small-medium off-white head. Aroma is fresh raspberries, raspberry jam, raspberry seeds, with a nice funk but little acidity. Taste follows suit, lightly tart, nicely sweet with lots of raspberry and cheesy funk. Finish is dry, with a some lingering funk and acidity. Really a beautiful beer, and it absolutely lives up to the hype. Rate 300!
Hoppypocket (408) - Trois-rivieres, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 4, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2011 vintage. Shared by JulienHuxley, thanks a lot guys! Pour is hazy red with minimal white head. Aroma has lots of raspberries and other berries, funk, light cheezy notes (way less than first time i had it last year), tart. Taste is mainly raspberries, funk, oak, little cheezy, barnyard, little sweet. Light body. Very good! A lot better than first time.
Fred82 (2069) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 4, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml at a tasting big thanks to JulienHuxley.
Appearance : Ruby red with small head.
Aroma : Big raspberries, light syrupy cherry-ish notes. Light raspberries leaves and light funk. Moderate lactic acidity. Big big fruits.
Taste : Big fruity raspberries with light raspberry leaves. Light cough syrup notes. Dry and sharp raspberries. Finish is quite persistent
Palate : Average carbonation.
Overall : Really glad I could try this. Very nice intense raspberries. Like biting the fruit itself. Nice complexity coming in the form of green-ish leaves. Nice finish. Fairly similar to Hommage IMHO. Can’t say this was better than hommage though. I was hoping for a bit more funk perhaps but the fruit is probably really dominating the base lambic. All in all a truly great beer but I guess I was expecting a bit more from such a big whale.
fletchfighters (921) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 4, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Hazy reddish pink color. Thin white head that fell to a collar. Good visible carbonation and body.
Nose is raspberry, strawberry jam, acid, cheese, and vinegar. Went in and out of all those smells very well and each stood out on its own quite well.
Taste was put best by another at the tasting. Fruit, sour , then fruit. Very well put.
Sweet and sour in the mouth. Perfect carbonation to cut through the sweetness and acid on this. Slightly dry finish.
Pallieter85 (13) - BELGIUM - AUG 1, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2013 40cl bottle from the late 1970’s, cork "Debelder Beersel", straight from the cellar and shared with a few friends. I had the honour of opening the bottle and I was careful as one should always be with old bottles like this. The cork came out smoothly and everyone’s eyes opened wide when we heard a pop. A release of CO2 and the room filled with an earthy, raspberry smell. Incredible start! The cork was in excellent condition and still completely sealed the bottle, after all it’s been wonderfully aged in a good cellar. Shared in 3 glasses. Poured wonderfully smooth, still slightly pink but most of the color has faded due to the age. Nice stable head on the beer which stayed for several minutes. Aroma was full of raspberries, combined with the earthy, woody smell of old lambic. The taste was full of raspberries, in perfect balance with the sourness of the lambic, A very little hint of vinegar but not too dominating. Who said raspberry lambics should be consumed within 2 years or the raspberry taste is gone? Hell this bottle is at least 35 years old and still a raspberry bomb. Hints of vanilla too, some oak. Full body, champagne like carbonation, loooooong finish. 10 minutes later you could still taste raspberries. One of the finest vintage beers I ever had.
Steve_0 (1926) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 20, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle with friends courtesy of Dave. Big thanks for this one man!!! Pour is hazy reddish-pick with a small white head that quickly dissipated. Big Raspberry jam, strawberry pit, fruit peel, somewhat oaky, a touch tannic, cheesy, and funky aroma. Taste is super rich raspberry pit, strawberry jam, citrusy, lemon, tannic, fruit peel, straw, horseblanket, and floral with a medium sour finish. Light body with medium carbonation. Such a rich and fruity lambic, yet very sour and rich. Well-balanced and extremely tasty. Wow!
adnielsen (7581) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 20, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle @ Armin’s house, courtesy of skycracksopen. THANK YOU DAVE! Pours a murky purplish maroon appearance with a pink head. Spritzy, bright seedy raspberry, fairly funky, light barnyard, a bit cheesy, jammy, really rich raspberry aroma. Quite tart but not overly sour, really bright, rich raspberry meaty, light cherry, raspberry pulp, super rich fruity, basement, a bit woody, light barnyard flavor that finishes with just a massive amount of raspberry, fairly dry, and tart. Raspberry just lingers on the tongue. Fairly reminiscent of Hommage and I think I may prefer Hommage a bit better, but this is a real treat. Thank you so much, Dave.
arminjewell (5148) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 20, 2013
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, huge thanks to Dave for cracking this gem. Dark thick red pour with thin to no head, aroma brings big jammy raspberry, slight funk, hints of earth, nice vanilla, hints of lemon, lactic, finishing fairly sweet. Taste is a mix of really nice raspberry, slight lemon, biscuit, bread, nice vanilla, touch of funk, nice earth, more raspberry, even the seeds. Delicious.
Theydon_Bois (5297) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUL 4, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle split at Craft Clerko, massive thanks to Jacqeuline, 26/06/13.
Cherry red to crimson in colouration with a thin off white head that departs to a film and edgeing.
Nose is a big tarte raspeberry punch, light smoke, burnt straw, dank sour fruits, funky and farmy.
Taste comprises berry fruits, soured raspberry jam, intense soured raspeberry flavour, burnt straw, big funky blast.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, dry finish with bitter soured berries.
Excellent lambic !
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled 2011/05/31; Sampled May 2013
A vigorous pour into my New Belgium goblet produces a one-finger thick, pink tinged head. The beer is a deep, concentrated red color (like a sour pie cherry) that shows a clear, bright red color when held up to the light. The aroma smells strongly of fruit, and almost smells of raspberry jam, or at least concentrated juice with its fruit intensity. Raspberry seeds, candied raspberry pulp, sweet raspberry fruit notes, a touch of a woody edge, some herbal raspberry notes, and underneath this some funky phenolics that lean towards musky and plastic / cleaner like notes, but still, tart, juicy, raspberry notes throughout.
Tart, and fairly dry up front, but still has a pervasive raspberry flavor to it; the beer is almost thick with raspberry flavors up front and in the middle, yet it doesn’t get cloying or overwhelmed by the raspberry notes. The finish has a sort of grassy, definitely funky, phenolic, musky animal like character that lingers on the palate in the long finish. Tart, freshly pressed raspberry juice, even some cherry flavors, with lots of tannic skin notes and even some seed flavors to round things out. The body is fairly light, there is a light effervescence to this beer, but it definitely still has some palate presence; a tannic astringency adds some texture, and there seems to be a fruity / lactic fullness here that keeps this from being overly light. This is definitely quite sour, it isn’t on the level of being “hard”, but it is a bit puckering; the raspberries provide a fair amount of acidity on top of the typical Lambic lactic character.
This has a really juicy raspberry character to it, this is by far the dominant character to this beer, but I also like that there is some funky Lambic notes noticeable underneath this. Raspberries really aren’t my favorite Lambic fruit, so this certainly gets a bit of a hit for that reason. This is much more intensely fruited than Hommage (even when it was fresh), and it isn’t quite so phenolic in character; both of these qualities mean this is a better beer for me. I do wonder how this will age, but on the other hand, this one take so much effort to track down that there are other, better Lambics that I would expend my effort on getting, so I will likely not find out. In the end this is quite an enjoyable brew, and one that I feel quite lucky to have tried.