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 (9500) - 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
craftycarl21 (2285) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 12, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
HUGE thanks to GT2 for this whale! Opaque deep azalea pour with minimal head. Raspberry seed, a touch of oak, and beautiful barnyard funk work their way into the nose. The flavor is marked by extraordinary tart raspberry, and lingering oak. Gorgeous sour. Outstanding.
MrChopin (3474) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 9, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
near tepid murky red-brown pour. Nose is full raspberry, fleshy and seedy, singular but complete. Green fruit, sour unripe flavor, raspberry with slight arsenic in finish, more fruit skin sourness through end. Bit biting in short dry finish. Stickyness accents and not yet balanced, more fruit than sourness though still very good.
kazin (214) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - JUN 5, 2012
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2011 vinatge at the Sour & Bitter tasting. Aroma is full of fruit, and the taste does not disappoint. Very ripe and strong flavour.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 1999 vintage. Pour is much darker when compared with the 2011. Slightly-murky copper-red with a short head. Nose is musty raspberry and earth. Light-moderate acidity. So smooth and earthy. Really fantastic.
2011 vintage courtesy of GT2. Pours a moderately-cloudy light brown color with a pretty hefty pinkish-red hue. Short, tight head that recedes fairly quickly, leaving behind a thin collar. The nose has semi-ripe raspberries with mild acidity. Underneath that is a nice bit of earth and a touch of basement character. Lightly funky, though not nearly to the level of 3F geuze. Flavor has a light acidity carrying the raspberries past some underlying earth and a faint touch of bread. Body is medium with average carbonation and a dry, lightly-acidic finish. I prefer this to Gambrinus, but Iíd still take a straight 3F Oude Geuze if given the choice between the two.
Scores for 2011: 8 / 4 / 8 / 4 / 16
argo0 (11823) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
75cl bottle. Cloudy light amber body, medium off-white head that mostly dissipates. Aroma is medium sweet, raspberry, some funk. Taste is medium sweet, raspberry, some funk. Light-medium body, some acidity.
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JUN 3, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of GT. Intense raspberry aroma. Nice sweet jam and pie. Good tart flavor. Strong raspberry flavor. Good sour finish. Tart with a slight tannic note. Really nice beer and easy to drink.