nimbleprop (4813) - 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 (4563) - 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 Iím 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 didnít 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 (2496) - 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 í99 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 í99 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. Iím so grateful for the experience.
Dunt (284) - 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 Oís 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, itís fantastic. There isnít really any 3F funk, but itíll 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 canít do?
zvikar (3372) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - JUN 22, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle sample at a sour tasting at Noamís office. Many Many thanks DSG. Pours a deep burgundy with a pinkish medium head, aroma of raspberry, brett, moderate sourness, leaves, persimmon skin, flavor is amazing with great acidity, leaves wetness, fruit of the forest, lemony, tangy, clean with a nice aftertaste, medium to full bodied, really great.
spdyfire83 (35) - 5280, Colorado, USA - JUN 22, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
75cl bottle enjoyed at the Sour & Bitter dinner in Copenhagen (the "Main Event" as it were...Millennium and Malvasia Rosso were just warm-up beers). Bottled: 31 May 2011. Dark ruby red - looks like raspberry purťe. Small white head disappears almost immediately. Smells like a fresh bucket of raspberries. Heavenly! Slight hint of oak, funk, and more raspberry. Touch of acidity as well, but again mostly just fresh raspberry. Taste follows smell with initial burst of raspberry explosion up-front. Lambic sourness balances this beer wonderfully and the overall execution is superb! Smooth, easy to drink, and just really enjoyable! The balance is just perfect. I was stoked to have had the opportunity to drink this beer at S&B while also purchasing a couple bottles for takeaway. Iím excited to see how this one ages as it is still quite young, but all in all a very enjoyable beer!
Drake (8339) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUN 20, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011 vintage courtesy of GT2. VERY glad to get to try this. Thank you GT2! And as an added bonus, this is the 100th rating of this beer! Pours a clear red color with a thin head that fades quickly. Aroma of tart berries, must, earth, honey, lemon, berry jam. The taste is intense berries, berry jam, earthy notes, tart vegetal notes. Medium bodied. Very nice.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 19, 2012
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2011 Bottle, at javitís house, and I have to admit I really didnít want to score it this high, and if anyone wants to come by and egg my house and punch my dog because Iím "tasting the Rare" Iíll understand. That said, the raspberries.... Oh God, the raspberries. First off, HUGE thanks to adam for splitting a whole bottle with me, it was a hell of a night! Sampled from 3 different glasses, each of which brought out different aspects of the beer: A Drie Fonteinen tumbler, a Cantillon tumbler, and a small Cantillon Zwanze 2011 glass. Pours a hazy/cloudy deep electric pink/red, with a purple hue. Head is pale pink, very thin, but very persistent. Aroma is remarkable - From the Cantillon tumbler, it is pulpy raspberries, very fresh and bright, something dusty or polleny here too, no green notes, only light dusty acid, and pulpy raspberries. From the Drie Fonteinen tumbler, the raspberries take off, this is the 10 on aroma glass - this is the whole raspberry - skin, seeds, juice, flesh, and stem - this is the most incredible raspberry aroma Iíve ever found in a beer. The depth of fruit is simply astounding. From the Zwanze glass, this shows a completely different aspect; here is the barnyard, with mushroom, musty straw, big moist earth, leather, and the berries are actually subdued, which is remarkable to me. Something here in the Zwanze nose that reminds me of fresh, new, paper. Flavours of bright zesty raspberry, nice acid, bright fruit, not aggressively sour, rather the sourness provides an unobtrusive counterpoint to the fruit, which is interesting. God are the raspberry notes are fantastic. This beer gets noticeably more sour on the second glass, which was from near the bottom of the bottle. God how I wish I wasnít contributing to the hype, but this is just ludicrously good.
drabmuh (194) - Maryland, USA - JUN 13, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
At the time of this review, this is #7 on the "Top Beers - Lambic - Fruit" list on beeradvocate.com. Served in two gueuze tumblers. 1999 and the 2011 version served side by side, I win beer.
1999: Brownish and hazy with a thin off white head of small bubbles, low retnetion, no lacing.
2011: Pinking and hazy with a bright white head of small bubbles, some lacing, moderate retention, heavy carbonatoin.
1999: Oaky and funky in the nose, almost no fruit present in the aroma. Very 3F aroma though, no oxidation. Very aggressive and strong, lactic, mild succinic and acetic acidic, citric too.
2011: Very fruit forward, strong raspberries, still citric and funky, with oak and the others, the tartness is lower and the fruit is much much higher.
1999: The fruit is still in the body, a thin beer very tart with a nice finish and funk, strong 3F character but the overall beer is subdued.
2011: Very fruit forward, strong on the palate and stingy with the tartness and oak funk. A very nice beer, not as funky as the 99 but very much more fruity.
It is hard for me to pick a winner but I guess I liked the newer one better. I think what makes the beer different from any other 3F sour is the fruit which was way way more forward in in the newer one. It would probably be better with a year or two on it but after more than a decade the 1999 is probably over the hill a little.
Serving type: bottle