ClarkVV (4591) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 23, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2014 bottle, shared with Dogfish120love at Zwanze Day 9/19/15, Lord Hobo.
Seems like almost a good deal for $85 at a bar....yikes. But Iím more than happy to pay that at least once to try probably my favorite fruit lambic producer in the world.
The damned bartender poured the thing for us and just basically pointed the bottle downwards getting lots of sediment stir-up. As soon as he picked it up, I almost and should have just said, Iíll pour it myself, thanks. But I always feel awkward/assholeish/incredibly beer geeky when doing that. That being said, I canít stand when the bartenders/servers pour the bottle for you at a beer bar. Almost all places donít, but of course Lord Hobo had to this instance....sigh. Anyhow, resulting pours show a clear glass and a hazy glass (the very first pour being unaffected). Thankfully, trying both the unsedimented and sedimented showed very little difference (probably just raspberry sediment and little/no yeast, as there was no dirtiness/metal/blandness that I would normally associate with heavily yeast sedimented beers). Head was small and pink and immediately fizzled away to a cover of light bubbles. The liquid itself a deep auburn with magenta and violet hues, as well.
Juicy, wonderfully fruity nose shows the characterful brett brightness I associate with 3F, as well. Itís a great mix of lambic and fruit character and pretty well-homogenized at only a year of age. No flaw whatsoever, no alcohol and no tannin or oak to get in the way of the beer/fruit character (not that Iíd expect that from 3F). Really nice, sniffable, balanced nose.
The flavors abound with raspberry, deep and juicy with plentiful acidity that crescendos to the finish with a very acidic, palate-cleansing, tooth-cleaning end. Very soft texture with low but more than ample carbonation. No, itís not flat, no the carbonation is not problematic, no Armand did not release this prematurely for some compromising commercial gain. As usual, people not understanding/appreciating lambics with little basis in reality and they immediately scream "MY BEERíS FLAT". No, itís not, youíre a moron. Go try some other lambics instead of just the few rare whales youíve had in your beer bro campaign ;)
Overall, just true, clean authentic lambic funk mixed with plentiful raspberry acids and juiciness. Most of the real lambic producers get very high ratings, almost universally, for their beers. Some point at this and call it bias. But I donít think so. Rather, these beers and others like them are just on a whole different level. Itís not that they have some magical flavor to them that you taste and immediately crap your pants because of. What they do is present a well-homogenized flavor with an artful balance of various acids, generally very low in acetic, with little/no oakiness nor any astringent tannin. There are rarely, if ever off-flavors/flaws and they are amazingly quite delicious both young and aged. Not to mention Iíve never had an under or overattenuated 3F or Cantillon.
Most other sour beers fail at one or more of these categories and only the really, truly special ones nail them all, like a true lambic.
Klimaet (970) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - SEP 23, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011 thanks to Phredrik! Big want. Pours reddish/brown with a medium pinkish head. Aroma is out of this world-jammy, tart raspberries, vinegar, funky stable notes, oaky notes. Taste is once again jammy, funky, tannic, stable, oaky, vinegary and has a lot of tart raspberry pits to back up the sweetness.
tdtm82 (1389) - Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2015
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2014. Drunk at Julioís liquor store tasting (MA) with Morse.
Loads of raspberries Some good acid and funk. Felt it needed another six months or so. Aroma was stunning. Pure raspberry juice. Such a shame this is so special and hard-to-get as it really is an outstanding lambic. I love raspberries, one of my favourite fruits. If you could bottle the aroma for perfume it would be awesome.
shrubber85 (9454) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - SEP 20, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Yeast, raspberry malt, and musty hay aroma. Cloudy ruby red with minimal head. Sharp sour vinegat, light raspberry, malt, and musty hay/straw flavor. Very nice balance.
dogfish120love (1053) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 19, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a murky red rust, with an around the rim white lacing. The aroma is bright raspberries, vinegar, grape. Highly tart and acidic.
weihenweizen (2475) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - SEP 19, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Holy Grale, bottled on June 18, 2014. Translucent red with very small white head. Aroma is rich raspberry, medium body, low carbonation, and very little lacing.
RobertDale (4550) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - SEP 17, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml. shared bottle. Pours a nice red with basically no head at all. Aroma of tart fruit, raspberries, and funk. Taste is raspberries, tart fruit, and barnyard. Glad I finally got to enjoy this one.
bhensonb (12951) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 10, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 c&c from a favored source not to be named. Poured into my heavy duty Stella tulip. Pours translucently ruddy with some whitish bubbles. Aroma of tart/sour raspberry. Med body or so. Flavor is tart, tending towards sour, with a good dose of raspberry. Quite astringent. Drying. Gets tart/sour raspberry finish. Thereís something else, which could be wood, leather, etc., but Iím thinking itís just the tart/sour way this is. Excellent.
Pinky77 (140) - - SEP 9, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
wooooow.... in bottiglia. Aspra asciutta, citrica e lamponi a gogo....
buona buona buona
beechner224 (977) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. 2015. Holy fucken sour. Nose is super acidic. Light lemon. Some citrus orange. Taste is initially obnoxiously sour with modest fruitiness. Fruitiness comes through more with more sips but sourness takes down. Still more sour than fruit. Although it is nearly still it is still good.