wedgie9 (2513) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 29, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted on 2/8/14 from a corked and caged 750mL bottle at the RBWG Grand Tasting, big thanks to jackl for allowing me to finally taste this white whale. Pours cloudy dark red with an average off-white head that leaves a thin collar of lace. The nose is super intense sour raspberry with tons of signature 3F funk, and an intensity that almost reminds me of briny black olive. The flavor is not quite as sour as I expected with most of the sourness coming from the raspberry, but very funky and complex with some barrel treatment, and just a light hint of that olive up front. The body is medium with some light tannin, lively, nearly sparkling, carbonation, and a long complex raspberry, sour, and barrel treatment finish.
Simonsen (897) - NORWAY - OCT 3, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Flaske 2014 Śrgang. RÝd uklar farge. Nesten uten skum og kullsyre. Smaker sitrus og BRINGEB∆R med stor B . Meget god. Mye bringebśrsmak
bursprak (1492) - Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 28, 2015
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle @ Dangerous Bottleshare +1. í11 vintage. Dirty reddish pour with a frothy head. Nose is jammy, raspberry, cranberries and some tannins. Taste is super jammy raspberries, leather, tannins, oak and some funkiness. Pretty good!
Art (2410) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2014 bottle shared by Charule. Pours a pretty still slightly cloudy purplish red. Aromas of raspberry jam, slight musty basement, barnyardy funk. Very complex aroma. Taste is more sour than I expected. Would make a nice raspberry vinaigrette. Acidity makes the beer feel a tad thicker than it would normally, especially since it lacks carbonation.
Pyrmir (4353) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sample from 750 ml bottle at SBWF15. Hazy pink color with pinkish head. Aroma is tart, sour, wild bretty notes, raspberry. Complex and deep smell. Taste is sour, sharp, lactic, raspberries, wood, some astringent notes and wild bretty notes. Complex and very pleasant
charule (1733) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from trade. Thanks! Poured slightly cloudy red orange with no head, bubbles on side of glass. Aroma juicy crushed raspberries with tart funk. Min carb med bod. Taste a little more tart then expected plenty of berries backend with that classic basement and spiders.
ClarkVV (4414) - 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 (842) - 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 (1304) - 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 (9261) - 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 (1048) - 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.