GregClow (3012) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with the usual suspects - 1997 vintage. Courtesy of Dave. Hazy, dull brown with tons of floaties and a very wispy head. Fantastic aroma of overripe raspberries, funky yeast, wood and a bit of cheese. Flavour starts with a surprisingly fresh raspberry flavour, with is quickly joined by some must and funk, leading to a lingering tart & acidic finish. Mouthfeel is thick and sticky, obviously well aged. Very fine stuff - thanks for sharing, Dave!
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - JUL 2, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Vintage 2004. Graet deep-red color, copperisch and with a warm orange glow. Nice white, slight pinkish head leaving a fine lacing. Very fruity and expressive aroma with hints of sweet apple, red forrest berries, cherries, mullberries and overripe raspberries. It also has touches of musty tree bark, sous bois, some mint, old bourgundy wine, nectarine peaches and refreshing hops in the nose. The taste is fruity and keeps a good balance between sweet fruits (Berries, apples, and ripe stonefruits) the herbal bitters and the complex earthy accents. The afthertaste is very tastefull and the beer has a nice soury crispyness that counters the sweetness of the ripe red fruits and the refreshing herbalness of the well dosed hops. It has a great potential to age.
HogTownHarry (6322) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 1, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2006 Bottle (750ml 1997 vintage). Shared with GregClow, tupalev, DougShoemaker, mds, Radek and others. Poured murky deep amber-orange with a small drizzly off-white head, tons of black seed-like floaties. Oh gawd, what a lovely aroma - initially fresh creamy raspberries, richly yeasty, a little dusty and a hint of sourness creeping in with peppery yeast notes as it warmed - this is 9 years old? Wow. The taste was pretty much the same, fresh berries, a bit creamy and funky, very yeasty, a little sticky-sweet to start but it finishes with some bitterness. Has a thick, creamy, sticky, syrupy mouthfeel - a wonderful treat, thanks for the share of your last bottle from a long-hoarded case of í97, Dave S.
Earlier Rating: 1/31/2006 Total Score: 3.4
Bottle (355ml). Poured fizzy medium-deep clear pink-red with a very small white quick-diminishing head. Aroma of off-dry reisling, fresh tart raspberries, yeast and spices (cloves and cinnamon at least) - slightly funky, but mostly fruity. Tastes the same - thereís sweetness to it, but well balanced by the tartness - no detectable alcohol - nothing special but very nice. Mouthfeel is syrupy and lightly fizzy, not a complicated beer but enjoyable - another to add to the "patio" list. Wish it were more sour and yeasty.
OldMrCrow (2197) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 26, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle purchased 2005, sampled in June 2006.
Pours a deep raspberry red, elegant with a nice fine head.
The aroma is dominated by rich raspberry syrup as you might find over cheesecake at a first-rate restaurant. It also provides hints of vinegar and a definite twist of barnyard funk.
The raspberries come on strong on the front side of the taste, and the beer is initially sweet, flirting with too sweet before the flavor turns, bringing forth a tart and markedly dry, woody, and plenty of barnyard (never overwhelming). The mouthfeel is sparkling, refreshing, rich early, crisp late, all around very nice on a hot summerís day.
Thi s is really, really good. Itís maybe a mark too sweet for my personal preference, but itís a very fine beer.
Kinz (3530) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very happy to see this around again. Nice blend of fruit and barnyard pungence in the aroma. Russet color with a pretty good head. Syrupy raspberry sits atop some oaky barnyard funk, with a surprisingly bitter finish that borders on medicinal. Tasty, sort of a compromise between the bracing acidity of Cantillon and the syrupy fruit focus of Lindemanís.
RichardGretton (4447) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 15, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Muddy reddish beer with a mild head. The aroma is dulled strawberry and the flavour is initially vinous, then sour, then strawberry and then bitter. Overall a pleasant beer but not as good as I was expecting.
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 14, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2006 Bottle. 1997 vintage. Pours a murky dark orange with seeds and floaties abound and a small white head. The aroma has a crazy amount fruit substance - the juiciness/jamminess is astounding. The flavour has plenty of raspberry character as well considering the age...quite full and jammy with some grassy funkiness. Slightly sticky but generally balanced. (8-4-8-4-16)
Bottle. 2004 vintage. Murky red-brown with a small whitish ring of head. The aroma is ketchupy and there is a lot of raspberry substance with some juicy/syrupy sweetness. The sweetness in the flavour is apparent at first and is somewhat candyish but also has cereal and wheat elements. Lacks a true complexity. Good but not spectacular.
Sampled at the Weekend of Spontaneous Fermentation on May 28, 2006. (8-3-7-3-14)
eaglefan538 (2960) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 12, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Color was burgundy with some orange hues, very thin initial head, not much but a ring around the edges after the first minutes. The lacing was non-existent. The aroma was raspberries with some barnyard funk and leather. The flavor was leather, funky cheese, light rubber, and some citrus. This was a pretty enjoyable beer, definitely funky, but the raspberry was assertive, far more assertive than Cantillon, not nearly as tart, but a distance behind the marketted syrup lambics that the other Belgians brewers produce. A great example of the fruit lambic style without overwhelming the unsuspecting with tart and funk, shock and awe.... yet not sugared up, either!
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 11, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear red color with a thin white head. Sweet raspberry aroma. Light faspberry flavor, slightly sour with some light funk in the end.
starfireming (309) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 11, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Ruby-brown, lasting white head. Raspberry scent with grain. Raspberry flavour with sweat sock aftertones.