FlacoAlto (3884) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 15, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2004 Vintage Bottle, Sampled August 2007
Topped by a pale, pinkish tan colored head that starts out three fingers in height. The beer is quite hazy, but is still a striking red color. This is clearly a raspberry influenced beer as I can smell the raspberries as soon as I start to pour this brew into my tulip glass. Once I go in for a deeper draught of the aroma the raspberry dominance is confirmed; sweet raspberry aromatics, combined with woodier, raspberry skin notes as well as an almost chalky raspberry flesh note. The raspberry aromatics at times remind me of strawberries. Underneath the dominant raspberry aromas are some dusty grain notes, a wisp of ripe cheese and perhaps a hint of Brettanomyces funk. There is also a light sour aroma to this beer, which is a combination of raspberry notes and fermentation character (urea & lactic acid notes are noticeable).
Quite light bodied, but this beer still has quite a bit of sweetness left in it. Not overly tart for a Lambic, but still almost lip puckering. The acidity clearly says Lambic with Lactic acid notes being most noticeable. A backdrop of funk serves as a counterpoint to the dominant sweet fruity flavors here. Interestingly enough the flavor is not nearly as sweet or raspberry dominated as the aroma is, which is not surprising for a fruit Lambic. Fleshy, sort of pulpy, freshly picked, and sweetly ripe berry flavors as well as a hint of fruit tannins contribute to the flavor profile. It is interesting that the flavor almost is more berry like than distinctly raspberry in character. The beer is pretty well carbonated, which serves as a foil for the residual sweetness; it cleanses the palate and makes you ready for another sip. A slight woody, tannic note adds some structure and helps to foil the sweet fruitiness as well.
What about the funk, well it is here as well, it is just behind the up front fruit notes, but it is noticeable, especially if you look for it; musty, damp cotton notes, hints of cat piss, . While I would not say this is a super sweet beer (especially compared to the really fake Lambics out there), it is a bit sweeter than I would like. For me to get really excited, this should be quite a bit drier & quite a bit funkier; a lot of the funk is muted because of the residual sweetness. This is very drinkable, but I cantí quite shake the wish for something much funkier. I am quite happy drinking this, but canít help but feel a little disappointed.
Earlier Rating: 8/29/2003 Total Score: 2.8
Smells lightly funky with lots of sweet raspberry aromas. Lightly sweet with a bit of raspberry seed taste to go along with the raspberry fruit flavor. A bit of sour acidity as well as a faintly musty taste. Fairly simple for a lambic type beer. A light red color that shows brilliantly clear.
Beer5000 (5125) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 11, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2013 750 ml bottle @ Kristiansand Lambic festival. Aged for 7 years. Hazy red/orange body with a huge pink head. Moderate but very pleasant sweet, fruity and a bit ripe aroma. Flavor is moderate sweet with balanced acid. Fruity, but not particular raspberry. More a general berry fruitiness. Well matured, pleasant with a nice sourness in the finish.
UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - JUL 31, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet raspberry smell. Not as tart as the Lindemanís, which I like and donít at the same time. Nice funk and great refreshment.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - JUL 21, 2007
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Aroma of crushed raspberries and a hint of sourness. Pours murky light red. Dry raspberries on the palate. A hint of sourness. Lively carbonation. Could stand to have a tad more fruit influence.
emotv (353) - Izmir, TURKEY - JUL 20, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Well this beer style is not my style but very very fruity indeed. This is much taste like sweet fruit wines i tasted in Şirince. Strange for a beer but really sweet and fruity, like mouintoin fruits.
RoyceH (1197) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - JUL 15, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a cloudy strawberry colour with a thin white head that lasts well and laces. Nose is sour but not predominantly raspberry, some hay and some apple and citrus. Mouth is raspberry sweet, with an initial sour attack, then some cider vinegar aftertones. A big gulp reveals more fruit and some grassy tones, but not as big as the flavour probbaly should be. Vinegar fades to leave a nice lasting sweetness, and a bit of a fizzy palate. Quite good.
Earlier Rating: 10/26/2006 Total Score: 4.3
Vintage 2004, bottle from Luvians, St Andrews. Pours dark pink-cerise colour, thin white head. Complex nose, raspberry (obviously), sherbert, oak, pugent tanginess. Initially in the mouth, tart, tangy, then wow, fruit, lots of that raspberry, reminds me of Marks and Spencer Panna Cotta (thatíll only mean something to UK folk). Cream, double creamy raspberry. Palate is slightly too carbonated, sweet finish, but some tanginess still hinting away. Excellent.
anders37 (19545) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - JUL 14, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. 2007 vintage. Pours a clear reddish/brown color with a longlasting off-white head with some pink tones in it. Sweet fruity raspberry aroma. Sweet fruity raspberry flavor. Lots of raspberry in the flavor. Sweetish raspberry finish with some tart hints.
Earlier Rating: 12/12/2005 Total Score: 3.5
Deep red in colour with pinkish head. Huge raspberry aroma. Flavor is sweet raspberries, some tartness. Finish is dry and a little sour. Could be a little more sour.
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy red/amber with a moderate white head that leaves good lacing. Aroma of barnyard, acidity, and some raspberry. Taste is an excellent mixture of sweet and sour raspberries. Medium thin mouthfeel that finishes dry and not to sour. Delicious.
Papsoe (25073) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 7, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2010 Bottle 75 cl Vintage 1995. Previous known entry as "Boon Framboise Mariage Parfait" at 6.2% ABV.
200 grams of cherries for every liter leaves itís mark: nice pink colour with a white head, almost clear. Extremely fruity, berry-like nose. Perfectly balanced between the sweet and sour. Sometimes framboises can be an overly cloying affair, but never here. 040799
Bottle 37,5 cl Courtesy of Grovlam. Hazy reddish with an off-white head. Very fruity raspberry aroma. Medium body, sweetínísour notes with a very distinct raspberry flavour propelled by a fresh, light sourness. 7/2/7/3/13=3.2 290607
yngwie (15566) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 2, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2010 Bottle at KÝbenhavnske ōldage. 5% ABV. Orange, almost clear body with a small, pinkish white head. Raspberries, sweetness and sour notes in the aroma. The flavoris a bit boring and weak, yet quite good, with raspberries, sweetness and sourness. Weak, tart mouthfeel. I think itís too sweet, but definately drinkable. Rating: 6-3-7-3-14-3.3. 070512
Bottle, 75cl corked, vintage 2004, 6.2% ABV, the beer formerly known as Framboise Mariage Parfait. A hazy, reddish copper colored beer topped by a small white head. Berries, notes of almod and a pleasant funk level in the aroma. The flavor is mostly raspberries, but also a bit candyish. Some almond flavors, and a little touch of barnyard and sourness. Tart, medium body. Berries dominates the finish. A smooth beer, almost too easy drinkable. 100115