3fourths (9015) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 23, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2011 750ml bottle consumed August 2007 (?). Pours a luminous dark red with a small white/pink head. Seriously seedy, fresh, juicy rapsberries in the nose, vibrant, sticky, hugely forward and intense in the aroma. Musty, sour seedy raspberries, and not just sour from the lambic yeast, but actual sourness from the raspberries, very much an under-ripe, seedy, hugely fruity and juicy. Amazingly complex, juicy, fruity, tart, sour, everything I want in framboise. (4.2)
2007 750ml bottle consumed March 2009. Clean first pour reveals cola-like carbonation that fizzles dead quickly on top of a clear and bright ruby red body. Lactic acid melds exquisitely with the raspberries, but this clean pour seems to lack depth and comes across as plain and subtle. Subsequent pours with some yeast mixed in reveals significantly more depth in the nose. Body is spritzy, there’s some medicinal notes in there, some aspirin, etc. Good but not mind-blowing. Decent balance of lactic acid and acetic acid (resembles Flemish red, actually) which seems to stem from the raspberries themselves. Nice, but somewhat underwhelming. Maybe this one truly does need a few more years, but I think it’s more to do with the base gueuze blend of 3F at the time they made this (look at 2006 and 2007 oude gueuze, it’s not exactly the best example of the beer they’ve made). (3.8)
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 22, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Belmont Station. Color is a darker pink with a bright cream head - fades fast. The star of the show is the aroma, which features a moldy berry nasty funk that could just stop a car. I find both flavor and aroma to be lacking in fruit, which is really only noticeable because of the fruit levels achieved in Schaerbaekse Kriek.
BBB63 (6526) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 20, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ruby red brew topped by pink fading head and minimal head. The nose is acidic sour fruits (raspberrty and cherry), oak, hint of brett funk and urine. The taste is more of the same, very sour fruit and light handed funk. The mouth feel is minerally and woody, sprite and lively. It was you expected, nothing more. Seems to be neither funky enough nor earthy enough, perhaps need more age. This bottle is only 1+ year old. No where near the complexity levels of the Scharebeerse Kriek IMO.
presario (4902) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 17, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with, and courtesy of MartinT. Red tinged brown. Dark super sour aroma. Flavour is dark sour red fruit with a hint of sourness. Sour is not screaming but sinks in and lingers on the tongue.
Enjoyit (3736) - Vadum, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Red amber of color with a small fast disappering off white head. An nice sour aroma with notes of red berries, raspberries, dry, no hops, no sweets, notes of horse. A flavor of wood, raspberries, sour redberries, horseback, no sweets nor hops, dry and clean taste. NICE!!
Ratman197 (12810) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml corked and caged bottle poured a clear garnet with a small disapating off white head. Aromas of raspberry, barnyard, leather and oak. Palate was light bodied and smooth with a dry lightly tart finish. Flavors of raspberry, oak, barnyard and light leather with a smooth dry lightly tart raspberry finish.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle from the Sam’s in Downers Grove, Illinois: It pours a slightly hazed ruby body with a brown tint and a modest pink hued head. It has an aroma of sweaty horse hide, damp wood, and overly ripe (and getting riper) berries and cherries. A couple of fresh raspberries were dropped into the flavor pool as well as some mild tartness. The finsih is dry and leaves a funky feeling in the mouth. Intersting drink that I kindasorta like, but I really don’t want to shop in the produce marts of those who found "fresh fruit" in this. [Insert winking emoticon here.]
ggaughan (100) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, LUXEMBOURG - MAR 1, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle purchased in the Netherlands. Beer poured a clear, deep red color with a slight pink head into my Cantillon glass. The head receeded quickly. The aroma was strong upon popping the cork, vibrant framboise, a bit funky and tart as well. The raspberry taste was lovely and fresh tasting. What you would expect for a true version of the style. Some oaky notes as well. Overall a well rounded and damn fine beer that I wish I had more often but it is to be savored.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 9, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Graciously sampled courtesy of the Indy crew, who brought it hard at Footie. 2007 bottle, with a huge vibrant pour, carbonation whipping up the pale pink body and releasing all the wonderfully complex aromas - woody, super dry fruits, champagne. Not much bite to it, as it’s surprisingly easy drinking. Lovely complexity, the kind of thing you could drink forever.
TaktikMTL (6943) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 9, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bouteille verte, avec bouchon de liège, de 750 ml partagée lors d’une dégustation Ratebeer Montréal chez MartinT. Arôme: Légère odeur de vinaigre à la framboise avec très légère pointe de caramel fruité. Apparence: La couleur est rougeâtre voilée. Présence d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de vinaigre aux frambosies. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture huileuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement vinaigré. (Rating #2202)