FlacoAlto (4133) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A vigorous pour only produces a ¼-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a pale amber / gold color that shows a brilliantly clear, paler version of the same hue when held up to the light. The aroma has a nutty, oxidized malt note to it up front that jumps out compared to the Beersel Mattina that I just had; it is quite the dominant note, and sort of has a metallic, iron like edge to it. Perhaps a hint of tartness, a sort of straw like note, and even a rich, whole grain character is noticeable under the dominant notes, especially as this beer warms up.
The note from the aroma is also in the flavor though not quite as dominant; definitely metallic, iron / blood character, oxidized, nutty malt notes, and a stale beery character are all here, but there is also a soft tartness, some musty notes, and perhaps a hint of musky-animal like character that comes through. A sort of herbal note, that suggests at menthol, notes of stinging nettle, and oxidized herbaceous hop notes. The body here is quite light, but doesn’t approach watery in character.
I definitely would love to see a lot more of these Saison / Lambic blends; they end up working quite well in these “modern” interpretations, and it almost has me wondering how much different these two styles were in a historical sense; regardless, this is quite tasty as well, though I certainly preferred the Beersel Mattina / Morning. The oxidation character here definitely is a bit much for the nose, but in the flavor is not quite so dominant such that it is quite a bit more enjoyable. Definitely an experience in the end.
davidezdonz (257) - Hong Kong, HONG KONG - JUN 23, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A 330ml bottle with a nice unique bottle shape and a best before date of April 2017, poured into a Cantillon ballon glass. It poured a nice clear golden colour with a one finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly but leaves nice lacing. Aromas are tart, lemon peel and oak with a hint of apple and funkiness. Tastes tart and funky with fruity lemon and apple. Not overly sour, and in fact I got a lightly sweet apple cider finish. Dry, light bodied with high spritzy carbonation. Overall this was nice and refreshing. I am lucky to have one more bottle, which is a good thing considering Birra del Borgo is now under AB InBev and seeing the lengths that Cantillon have gone to, it appear that, even if this beer is produced again, that it will NOT be with lambic from Cantillon. Therefore if you can still find this, it’s definitely worth a try, even possibly a last try!
oldrtybastrd (4914) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 18, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It was a gusher... Pours a hazy gold color. Aromas of tart fruit, bread, citrus, and yeasty. Flavor is malty/citrus. Leaves a yeasty orange aftertaste.
Whatup14 (1494) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 10, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bouteille au Mondial 2016. Couleur dorée trouble, mousse blanc cassé. Arôme de levure, léger funk, malt. Goût de levure, funk, bonne acidité, malt. Carbonatation élevée, corps moyen.
diabel (1678) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - MAY 27, 2016
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy blond body. Off-white head. Hoppy, lightly sour head. Moderately sour, lightly bitter beer. Nicely balanced.
Fashawn (583) - ITALY - APR 9, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good sour saison. Light aroma of basement, oak, some sweet fruits, barnyard, leaves. golden, hazy, frothy white head. First Sips shows the light sour soul of this beer. Some litchi, white grapes, suggestion of white wine. Also sweet fruits like peach, pear. Good bitterness at the end with Pit peach. Very good one
Hair6a11 (1462) - Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2016
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle : Well - the presentation is beautiful as far as beer bottles go. This one pours a hazy apricot, with a frothy pillow top into this glass - it retains fairly well - with heavy lace. This one is mineral water, heavy grasses, lemon, and baked bread. It begins crisp and lively - and quickly moves to soapy zest of lemon, with feint stone fruit presence, wrapping up with bready malts, and a touch of funk on a dry finish line. It’s not perfect by any means - but it’s a fun attempt.
Lunkie (1752) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - DEC 23, 2015
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sour herbal berry aroma. Murky yellow colour great head and lacing. Straw herbal glory flavour. Fizzy palate.
vanvenlo (1682) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - DEC 23, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Il Birrificio bottle(23-Dec-2015)Light sour herb berry aroma.Cloudy amber,nice head&curtain lace.Sour berry herb straw flavour.Light metallic,berry finish&sour berry floral aftertaste.
kraddel (5768) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - NOV 29, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted at Vinni,Birri,Ribelli 2015. Pours blonde, small white head. Smell is funky. Taste is mildly sweet. Soft funk. Bit dry.
77ships (7353) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - NOV 29, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled 330 ml. bottle @ “Vini Birre Ribelli 2015”. Hazy citrus, only some white bubbles. Nose is rotting, milky, weird lactic, spoiled milk & spoiled grapes. Taste is rotting milky, bad lactic, sugar, corn, weird barn, pepper,… Milky body. No this isn’t right, not the good kind of wild for nor very lambiek-like. I have been told that vintages vary heavily in quality, enjoy-ability & taste. So I must have lucked out.