gnoff (7663) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JUL 8, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared @ Timo’s/tkrjukoff’s CCB Day tasting on July 7, 2012.
Cloudy reddish brown color, smallish white to pink head. Sour, raspberry, acidic, lactic acid, a bit metallic, some sweetness, tart, fruit peel, fruity taste. tArt sour puckering fresh mouthfeel, very low bitterness, almost non existing. Raspberry, sweet, acidic, sour, stable scent, very nice! Aftertaste is tart, unripe red currants, berries.
hopscotch (8776) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 7, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2013 Update: Bottle... A bit more funk and sourness; a little less fruit. I’ll take that trade-off every time. Sample courtesy of GT2 at RBWGJAX2013! March 3, 2013
Bottle… Cajun Café on the Bayou Sour Festival 2012… This beer rocks!… Murky dark brown ale with red highlights and a small, creamy, pink head. Excellent retention. The aroma offers big-time horseblanket funk and loads of raspberry jam. Medium-bodied and creamy with especially soft carbonation. The flavor is funky and sour, but not quite as sour as I would have liked coming from an unblended lambic – the aged hops provide both flavor and moderate bitterness. Finishes tart, a touch astringent, mildly bitter and dry. As with most 3 Fonteinen beers, the yeasty bitterness and subsequent balance turns me off just a touch. From the geuezes, I expect this; but not from an unblended fruit lambic. Still, another world class effort from Armand! Original score = 4.0 on July 7, 2012.
tkrjukoff (4020) - SWEDEN - JUL 7, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bomber @ CCB Day. Pours murky red amber with a small pinkish head. Aroma is lovely raspberries sour stable cellar fruity sweet. Flavor is funky sour stable raspberries in start lovely tartness and bitterness adds on in the middle with good dry touch. Finishes longlived sour tart and fruity. Nicely balanced refreshing.
_angst_ (2556) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 7, 2012
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2012 750 ml bottle shared @ tkrjukoffs CCB Day tasting. Pours hazy ruby red with a small fizzy pinkish white head that quickly dissipates without leaving much trace. Smell is tiny sweet and sour with tons of raspberries, hay, lemon juice, grapefruit juice, lemon zest, gastric acid, lemon grass, wet soil, gooseberries, red currants, raspberry candy, orange zest, crackers, barnyard, grapes and like leaves. Taste is intensely sour with raspberries, wet hay, dry soil, horse blanket, lemon juice, barnyard, leather, gooseberries, unripe currants, grapefruit juice, lemon zest, crackers, green apples, dark grapes, wet soil, grape zest, plum zest, lime juice, lemon grass and like leaves. Mouthfeel is dry, tart and light to medium bodied. Finish is sour and tart with raspberries, gooseberries, currants, hay, horse blanket, barnyard, wet hay, dry soil, crackers and gastric acid. Possibly a bit young. Some hints of oxidation might balance it but that’s just speculation on my part.
rlgk (10044) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - JUL 7, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at CCB Day, Sätila 2012-07-07. Hazy reddish beerwith a pinkish head. Sourish raspberry aroma, rubber, leather, stable, fruity, sour, tart, berries, metal, seeds, grassy notes. Raspberry flavor, sour, lemon, citrus, metal, berries, seeds, fruity, bitter, sourish fruity, leather notes, some rubber, cherry, some stable, wonderful balance, sour and fruity at the se time. Sourish raspberry finish, seeds, leather, some grass and rubber. Lovely..
nimbleprop (4533) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 7, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Many thanks to GT2 for sharing this at a DC Local Tasting. The DC Ratebeer group is one of the best around. Pours a crystal clear, bright pink, slightly purple too with zero head. Nose is awesome, blue cheese, raspberry, bright cherry, horsey, grassy, musty. Very jammy in the nose. Flavor is big and bright, horsey, grassy, almost garlicky, bright raspberry, grapefruit zest, hay, band aid. Only mild acidity. Full bodied, tart finish.
radagast83 (4409) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 1, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sour tasting with a bunch of friends. Dudes, it gets better. Poured with pretty much absolutely no head to speak of. Oh sh*t... Halfway through this beer Tomme Arthur showed up. Sorry fellas, but most of these beers I’m about to review are going to include this fact. This was the last non-Lost Abbey beer we had at the tasting before Tomme made an appearance - this was pretty awesome, regardless of his appearance. Aroma was nice raspberries, flavor was tart, almost raspberry seed notes - pretty enjoyable.
cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 bottling thanks to Jason. Beautiful dark pink, with just a bit off pastel pink head that didn’t stick around. Fruity nose, with just a hint of must and hay. This thing is fruit all the way. Taste is a bit jammy and it is definitely young. Beautiful fruit, but wish it had a bit more acidity. Smooth mouthfeel, light carb, decent body. Overall a fantastic fruit lambic and I hope to get to try this again after it develops more.
Huhzubendah (2398) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 24, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
1999 and 2012 vintages served side by side.
The 1999 vintage is hazy / murky and appears a darker shade of red, with some brown tones. The 2012 version is a beautiful, radiant ruby hue with a half inch of lilac head.
The aromas of the two beers are quite different. While both offer prominent raspberries, the older vintage is funkier, with basement and oak tones. The newer batch is fruity and fresh, with a light sweetness from the fruit.
The flavor of the ’99 vintage is smooth, silky, funky. Lingering notes of oak. Slightly musty. A superb brew. The 2012 is a simpler fruit lambic, with raspberries shining through nicely atop classic Drie Fonteinen scents and flavors.
The ’99 is quite a bit more tart than the fresh batch. The 2012 is fruity, lightly sweet, with a gentle acetic finish, whereas the older Framboos has more tartness and kick in the finish.
Overall, both vintages were delightful. What a treat. I’m so grateful for the experience.
Dunt (281) - Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2010 bottling open by Jason at Epic Tres, thanks Jason! Poured into my Jackie O’s snifter. Framboos pours almost a fluorescent red in color and transparent in clarity. Not much head on the pour, but this might be a result of the glassware I selected. Nose is packed full of jammy raspberry goodness. It dominates the beer, it’s fantastic. There isn’t really any 3F funk, but it’ll come in time. Taste is dominated by raspberry as well, but there is a little more underlying funk present here. The mouthfeel is light, albeit almost a little oily? Light acidity, gentle carbonation, and has a nice, long finish. Incredible fruit lambic that will age gracefully for many years. Is there anything Armand can’t do?