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 (2264) - 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 (207) - 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 (11712) - 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.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUN 3, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2012 Very nice raspberry puree and jam nose, just a touch of bandaid and sucrets. Very tart, fresh raspberry, light funk, a touch of grapefruit, cobwebs and very dusty yeast. Dry tannic finish with bitter seeds and citrus rinds.
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - JUN 3, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks GT! Blood red garnet pour with zero head formation. Pure raspberry seed and raspberry flesh. Hints of farmy funk. The flavor holds more raspberry flesh and seed with beautiful lactic acid and puckering acidity. Medium body for the style with a fruity but super dry finish. Delicious!
3fourths (8291) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 30, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2013 2011 (4.4)
early pour: mostly still deep red body. very bright nose, the raspberry pulp is very expressive, meaty, "hairy", overripe but tart. medium-high acid seems to suit dry body and low carbonation. fruit-forward but dry with mild to medium must (weíre talking about the early, clean pour here).
mid pour: more minerals and chalk with a light metallic note, giving it a mashed overripe raspberry and sweet tomato in an aluminum can quality. more assertive acid with some yeast mixed in, but more layered and fuller in mouthfeel than the early poor. mild whey and cheese rind must develops along with a perfumed floral rose petal / potpourri note. wondrously expressive fruit, though I still feel it will improve with a few years of yeast development.
late pour: opaque and rich deep brick red. more oak showing up, and the raspberries have more of a nutty / woody character. high mineral / basement must but doesnít overwhelm the fruit like I remember the small, turbid glass I was given at the Sour&Bitter release. compared to the early pour itís far more rustic and barnyard-like, thereís more of a cheese curd scent, while touches of wet wood and almost-moldy mashed raspberries play with bright acid and tempered, even carbonation. mid-pour seems to be preferred. still, minor complaints, and Iím a bit too far into critic-mode here.
750ml at Bier Circus in Brussels, May 2006 (7 years cellared)
Slightly cloudy dark red colored body with a small filmy white head. The nose is strong, pungent, seedy, woody raspberry mash. Sourness on the approach is quite intense, even a bit numbing, with an massively acidic puckering finish. One of the most sour beers Iíve had, rivaling what aged Cantillon Iíve had up to this point. Rich, flavorful, robust woody raspberry flavor, with the added must and funk of yeast wafting about notes of aged cheese and hay. The apparent acidity feels like it would corrode flesh. The age on this bottle I think is spectacular. I never thought that my highest rated lambic would be a framboise, but this one is amazing. Drinking this was one of the most amazing food and drink experiences Iíve ever had. 5.0 at first sip, and has always been. and Iím keeping the 1999 perfect score.