Belgianloner (12) - Manchester, Lancashire, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle bought DEC/2015, consumed, JAN/2016: Dated 2014.
AROMA: Intense, subdued Brett,
APPEARANCE: Pinkish, pinkish head. Medium carbonation.
TASTE: With all due respect, for the money one would expect the utmost incredible beverage and I’m not saying it isn’t exceptional. However, I just felt that when you hold a beverage with such high regard it’s not easy to meet the expectations of the imbiber. OK, so it was like drinking raspberry jam, however quite sour.
PALATE: Imagine slightly watering down raspberry jam, thick consistency, cloying. Decadent.
OVERALL: Going to extremes does not a good brew make. Yes, I’m glad to have tried it but going mad and adding ridiculous amounts of fruit isn’t going to make things taste better, however I do get the feeling that there is a pressure on the brewery to go to such lengths. All fans of the brewery and style should certainly try it once though it’s not an something I will crave and I see why it’s so limited.
JohnnyJ (5188) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 18, 2016
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, 2011 and 2014 vintages. Deep purple pink pour, with a white pinkish head. Huge raspberry, sour, puckery, seedy raspberry jam, hay, barnyard funk, lemon, and yogurt. Good, but is this really the highest rated fruit lambic? I would like to try it again :)
SlovakSniper (4302) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 17, 2016
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Date de mise en bouteille: 18/06/2014). Rouge sans mousse. Nez très fruité, bien acide, très framboise. Goût très lambic, très et/ou trop acide, un tantinet de finesse aurait été bienvenu. Bouche sans bulles. Finale aigre à la puissance 10. Difficile à boire. Je ne comprends pas la folie qui entoure cette bière.
nickd717 (3855) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 9, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml, 2011 and 2014. Hazy deep reddish purple colour with a lasting white layer on top. Big raspberry aroma, funky, wild. Big sour flavor, loads of fruit, more so in the fresher one. Very bitingly tart. Medium bodied, biting, average carbonation. Really good shizz here.
bierkoning (11669) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JAN 3, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Corked Bottle, 2014 vintage. First time I had this beer since the mid 80’s. Pinkish red color. Raspberry and dominant oak in the aroma. Raspberry flavor. Sour. Oak. Carbonation is almost flat. Slightly disappointing, i must admit. Lacks the complexity of many other 3 Fonteinen beers.
spycow (21) - Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2015
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Unbelievable example of the classic blended lambic with fruit, in this case raspberries. The beer has been made in 3 different vintages. Im’ rating the 2001 vintage as I’ve also had the 1999 and 2014. The smell of sour lambic is perfect with the raspberry colored lightly carbonated was poured into an Fonteninen glass. Taste was strong raspberry flavors with that sour and bitter flavor profile. Quenching to the palate and overall one of the better beers I’ve ever had. Look forward to opening some up with friends in the near future. Cheers!
Sjohnh (586) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks Beer Gonzo for my Christmas Day beer. Wife got it spot on when she said it looks like sangria, just minus the fruit. Oodles of fruit on the nose, though, pushing the funky barnyard smells to the background. Carb is low but the palate explodes with sourness. The fruit blast in the mouth has raspberry, strawberry, blueberry, and goodness knows what else before an acetic finish. Gets better as it warms and the fruitiness occupies your mouth.
TheEpeeist (3661) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
25.4 oz bottle, 2014. Hazy magenta with a few bubbles. Nose is tart raspberries and jam, funky cheese and cow pasture. Medium body with a dull tingle; restrained sour. Taste is sour raspberries, oak, lemon and stony pips. On par with the Lou Pepe’s but not mind blowing.
bartlebier (2966) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - DEC 21, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
75cl 2014 Vintage (Lotnr. 18/06/2014) bb 07/2024 shared during Freiburg 2015 Jolly Cellar Clearing (Saison&Weird). - Dark pink, mauvish pour delicately alive with buried microbulles, no head. The chlorine-inflected (thaw water), young raspberry vinegar is strong in the aroma’s straighforward fruity funk. - Mostly naturally sour raspberry straight-up in flavour, along with a gentle pip bitterness, almond like. Not all that radiant in aroma as expected, compared to some Tilquin, Cantillon, Girardin I’ve had of late. Very sharp vinegary bite in the finish, acidic reflux after downing a decongealed bag of freezedried raspberries. Meh. - Just like Tilquin’s Mure, this feels very young and hence fruit-acidic and I do miss the depth, dryness and complexity of Oude Lambiek or their regular 3F Oude Geuze. The only thing I truly adore in this is its subtle, gentle, natural carbonation. Will revisit my 2nd cellared bottle in due years, maybe alongside with the 2011 grand vintage - if they don’t buy me a shed in the garden by then.
ebone1988 (764) - Taylor, Michigan, USA - DEC 11, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2015 Holy shit. 2014 vintage. At 4Elf Party, shared with koleminer20 and Gus. Aroma is raspberries, sweet yet tart, skins, funk, in a league of its own. Appearance is hazy red, was a white head, wow. Taste is wonderful, raspberry and funk, skins, sour with a vinegar bit. Mouthfeel is crisp, medium body and wonderful. Overall, my god. Never thought this would happen and I?m happy it did.