Thorpe429 (5011) - , 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 (11653) - 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 (8238) - 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.
rvdoorn (13) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 30, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Had this beer for the first time at the SB event and for the second time last Sunday during a nice BBQ in the sun.
Look: the beer pours a dark red color with a small head that disappears fast.
Smell: wow, just after opening the bottle, the raspberry smell is all over the place. This indeed is a true raspberry explosion. The nose is nicely sour and funk, full of raspberries, but also other red fruits like cherries are present.
Taste: Funk raspberry juice. Absolutely stunning. Never had so much fruit is a lambic as in this one. The fruit in the beer is perfectly balanced with the sourness of the lambic, and a hint of cherry bitterness. The lambic is still quite young though. Dry but very smooth in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Both bottles had different levels of carbonation; Medium and Medium low.
Overal: A perfectly balanced beer. I noticed some differences in the level of carbonation between the two bottles. But besides that, this beer is stunning. Again, if you want a more complex taste, take a geuze or let the Framboos age for several years, but if you want to experience the best fresh fruit lambic ever made, drink it now!
CapnJazz (52) - Binghamton, New York, USA - MAY 29, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at Sour and Bitter! This event was at a perfect time for my wife and I, long story short, we worked it into a northern Europe trip which was the greatest beer experience of my life. ANYWAY. Poured a hazy red into the glass. Aroma is weird, funky raspberry fruit, jam, herbs, medicinal. Taste followed and was pretty raspberry like but kind of medicinal and strangely herbal. Dry, sour, citrus fruits and red berries. I enjoyed the funkiness but I would take a Drie Fonteinen Kreik over this and enjoyed many of the fruit lambics more. Maybe it needs time, I donít know, but it wasnít totally my thing.
ephemeral8 (67) - denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at Sour&Bitter 2012. This is NOT ready to drink. Believe the hype, but this lovely lady needs at least a couple of years, so keep it in your pants for now, geeks. Do you think Armand is drinking it this young?
Nose: fermenty tomato smell, very green and herbaceous, kind of like a spoiled caprese salad. Hints of melty plastic bag, mashed raspberry of course, with mild mustiness and whey.
Mouth: Not well integrated--everythingís all over the place. Bouncy in both good and bad ways, a little too in your face. Sourness level (too high) is not balanced with carbonation (too low), which is one of my pet peeves.
Fully expect this score to go up quite a bit. Shows great promise, but getting excited about drinking it right now seems pedophilic.
Marsiblursi (3028) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2012 (Bottle) Pours hazy/cloudy deep red with a small off-white/pink head. The aroma holds fresh raspberries up front with undertones of crackers, cheese, horse blanket, hay, rhubarb kissel,rose hip soup, frozen strawberries, citrus, mould and touch of spices. The nose is not super complex but nonetheless super yummy and juicy. The flavour is dry and heavily acidic with notes of raspberries, citrus, crackers, light horse alongside a whisper of wood and rhubarb. The mouthfeel is tart and light carbonated. Lingering citric and raspberry fruity finish. Light to medium bodied.