bartlebier (3496) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - APR 27, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tapped straight from the foeder in a sample row of 4 young-to-old foederbier versions - oldest, 18m old version @source, Rondje Roodbruin 2016-IV. - Deep grape bordeaux red pour, flat. - Rougher, less funky and balsamico-forward version of the Brussels version, offering mostly dry and fruit-estery renditions of lactic acid and berry, all delivered at once in a bit of a woody-tannic attack on the palate. Great to taste how well and delicately this roughish base lambiek is blended with caramel-forward young "ale" to form the sweet&sour Vander Ghinste Oud Bruin.
Martinus (4536) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - APR 5, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear reddish orange colour, diminishing white bubbly head. Fruity aroma, quite sour, lemon, malts. Sour flavour, red fruits, lemon, hint of sweetness. Bit astringent. Sour finish, citric acid, light wood. Nice.
(from draught @ ZBF 2014, Leuven. Served as Jacobins Foederbier)
Alengrin (4594) - BELGIUM - AUG 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The írawí lambic of which the Jacobins beers are made, not bottled nor otherwise commercialised, tasted at HOP Karakterbierweekend in Vichte in 2008. Off-white, very loose head, artificially created for serving purposes only and disappearing instantly. Bronze colour, aroma sour and estery, passion fruit, wine vinegar, medium dry sherry, lemon, brown sugar, sweetish onset in the mouth quickly drying up due to the sour basic taste, complex, yeasty, wood, long dry finish, smooth mouthfeel without carbonation. Quite different from the írealí lambics in the Brussels area but very interesting and complex.
tderoeck (8187) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 10, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
3/IV/14 - straight from the oaken foeders @ Bockor foederzaal (Bellegem) during TV recordings for Vlaanderen Vakantieland - BB: n/a (2014-326) Thanks to Alex for the sample!
Note: got to try two different versions of the foederbeer, a 4 month old and a 12 month old. The 4 month old Iím putting up as Jonge Lambik.
Clear orange beer, obviously without any head. More sour than the young version, fruity and lemony. MF: thinner texture than the young version, easier drinkable, with still a nice medium body to it. Taste: more sour, yet a very mellow sort of sourness. Also very fruity with notes of peaches. Aftertaste: very sour, some citric acidity, astringent. Very glad to have tried these beers straight from the foeders! Thanks a lot Vlaanderen Vakantieland for the free trip and Alex for the samples!
Brouwerij (959) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 6, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Backcountry. Pours still, clear yellow gold with no head or lacing. Looks similar to mead. Aroma is quite funky, barnyard, cheese, and big vinegar. Flavor is moderately tart, strong vinegar, acidic, with a tart, vinegar, mildly buttery oak aftertaste. Quite acidic and raw; unadulterated sour. Soft carbonation, medium body, with an astringent, mildly dry finish.
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - MAY 7, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
The beer is a very pale yellow color with minimal carbonation or head. Really a fairly bland nose to this. Some cereal sweetness, a hint of barnyard funk, and very minimal tartness or acidity. A very light note of tropical fruit. The flavor has a heavy mineral quality to it and tastes almost salty. Kind of watery without much body or flavor to it. Not a big fan.
djd07 (10500) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 29, 2012
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
On tap at Hay Merchant part of unblended flight. Pours a clear yellow gold wth no head. The aroma is sour fruit and tart. Thin mouthfeel with extreme sour flavor and tart finish. Really blown away by this. Wish I could have full pint of this. Very impressive stuff.
rougeau13 (2627) - Richmond, Texas, USA - APR 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Hay Merchant. Clear, pale yellow with a white head. Aroma of sour fruit, funk, and wood, and the taste is quite sour. Good stuff, though I see why they blend it. Not many people are going to have this twice.
TheAlum (6956) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft on tap at Fountainhead (Chicago, IL). A true treat. Pours a rich straw bright hue, bright yellow with big haziness. A rich frothy bright white head sits atop and films, laces ok overall. A great hue in the body. Aromas are puckering on the nose, rich lemons and crab apples mix with lactic acid, touches of oak, bretty funk. Firm sourness hits the nostrils with gentle yogurt, grapefruit, and a faint waft of grass. Mellow sweetness moves into firm and strong lactic and sour qualities. Initial is medium bodied, giving some life to the palate with a crushing sourness, not acidic, but rich sour lemons and green apples, crab apples, and gentle bready and dry malts. Rich lactic sourness, sweet tarts, and touches of oranges. More apple, pears, and faint kiss of banana. Wow. Middle is still sour, not giving way to any sort of sweet maltiness, but kicking in strong sour fruits and a good coating palate, not thin or anything. Rich sour fruits, nothing harsh or acidic but healthy puckering presence. Wow. Backend is sour and dry, lingering healthy strong lactic presence. Lemons, touches of gentle yogurt, more lemons, and really just a great flavor explosion. The way I describe this would turn some people off.. But really itís not harsh or acedic, itís an explosion of sourness that somehow works well. Well done.. Could be a touch harsh for some, but on my palate, itís enjoyed.. Yet still a slow go-er. It just appears Iím a big Unblended lambic fan looking at my ratings..
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 22, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap at papago 2/28/11 next to the jong.
clear version of the six month old stuff.
the nose is quite tart... cider vinegar, wood, wheat, lemon and calcium.
the flavor is super tart (it makes the la folie i had after taste sweet!) and puckering... honey, lactic sourness, cider vinegar, flowers, calcium, wood and umami notes fill the mouth.
crisp, super tart and very low carbonation. neat experiment! 7/4/8/4/16