Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle at Plan B. Vintage 2000. Red colour with a huge pink head. Light sweet raspberry acid aroma and taste. Medium to full body and a light sweet acid finish.
Earlier Rating: 11/11/2004 Total Score: 2.3
Bottle. Red-brown color with a big pink head. Grassy raspberrie aroma, light sweet sour dry taste, medium body, dry finish.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 4, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled on 6/27/03, 1995 Vintage: Pours a light pinkish copper brown color with virtually no head or carbonation. Aroma is of raspberries and sour malt. Wonderful balance in the body with the perfect amount of sweetness and sourness and a very smooth finish. Tastes like a cross between Liefmans and Lindemans. One of the best aged fruit lambics I’ve had.
Earlier Rating: 1/19/2003 Total Score: 3.9
Sampled on 1/19/03, fairly recent vintage: Pours a medium red with a thin layer of white bubbly head. Has a musty, sour aroma which makes it quite true to style. The flavor is a delicate balance between sweet and sour and finishes silky smooth without a trace of alcohol. Overall, light, complex, and very enjoyable.
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, USA - JUN 4, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Unclear red colored with a fluffy white/red head. Dominating raspberry aroma, sweet with a sour tone. Biding raspberry flavor, some sourness, but not tart as many other lambics. Very fruity with lemon notes. A good beginner lambic.
Earlier Rating: 6/3/2005 Total Score: 4.1
Pours a frothy disappearing light pink head on a deep pinkish body. Aroma is full of sour raspberry and oak - very delightful. Flavor is somewhat sweet at first glance but ends in a nice dry sourness. Lots of raspberries and wood. An excellent lambic, very full-bodied and complex.
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 3, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a corked 12oz bottle.
Pours a hazy brown with tinges of ruby. Thick frothy pinkish head that fades a bit but is persistent. Some lace. Smell is lightly sour, yeasty and tart raspberry.
Taste is tartup front, hints of funky sourness. The sourness really builds as it warms. The funkiness grows too. There’s some light sweetness but not much. Most everything is overwhelmed by the tart raspberry flavor. Lightly bitter and spicy in the finish, gingery. The mouth is a little thin but does not detract from the enjoyment. Tasty and tart, very easy to drink for the style. All in all a nice surprise and one I would not hesitate to pick up again.
MiP (13836) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUN 2, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2008 Bottle. Fruity, sour, raspberry aroma. Nice red colour. Sweet flavour, hint of sourness and bitterness. 6 3 6 3 12
Bottle at ZBF08. OK raspberry aroma. Cloudy red colour. Very small pink head. Good raspberry flavour. Slightly sour, slightly sweet. Some tea notes. 7 3 7 3 17
Bottle, 6.2%, 7 years old, at ÅBF08. Good citric aroma. Hazy red colour, small pink head. The flavour is nicely citric with a medium raspberry note. Sweet but with a very dry finish. 8 3 8 3 18
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - MAY 10, 2005
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Hazy, burnt red color with just a whisp of an off-white head. Sugary, fruit juice like aroma. Sweet raspberry taste. To tell the truth, this is pretty good as a drink but not so good for the style.
larsniclas (5783) - Billdal, SWEDEN - MAY 8, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Vintage 2002.
Hazy, chocolatebrown, no head.
Fine sweetness with a lot of berries in the aroma.
A bit sourish flavour but still rather sweet. Loads of raspeberries.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 5, 2005
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
1997 front label, 1996 back label, go figure. 750mL bottle shared with Bucknaked on 4/30/2005
Pour reveals a light pink-tinged yellow head that is initially quite full and thick, but rapidly dissipating. I’m just impressed that it poured a head at 8-9 years of age. Body is a deep magenta-amber-orange, growing somewhat dull purple as more sediment is added to the glass. And sediment there is, yeast or protein floaties and a black silt-like substance (raspberry seeds?). Aroma is just incredible for a fruit lambic of this age. I would not expect this much fresh, real raspberry purée smell from it. Thick, lightly sweet and ripe smelling, it smells of fresh red raspberries concentrated in to a luscious beer nose, with only slight, slight tannic notes in the background. A hint of caramel-like aroma, perhaps, as well. After the impressively fruity-sweet nose, I wasn’t too surprised to find the flavor going a bit overboard on the sweetness. Mind you the body is not syrupy, and is fairly on par with the aged MP gueuze I tried, that is to say, quite soft and not watery, but tingly and supportive of the flavors. But the flavor is just too much red raspberry preserves. Some smooth, rich vanilla bean flavors as well. I get very little tannins from this (though they are present to some extent), and I daresay, no real traces of any sour lacto, or pedio here, certainly nothing one would expect from a perfectly married lambic. But that is F. Boon, I guess. I appreciate that the fruit is real flavored, not some syrupy-sweet medicine, but comparing this to, say, Rose de Gambrinus or Lou Pepe Framboise it falls far, far short. Glad, as always, to try it though. For mouthfeel I’d give it near a 5, but the balance (all sweetness, for the most part) brings my palate score way down.
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - MAY 5, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2002 bottle poured a nice ruby color with small fizzy head.
Sweet raspberry aroma and flavor with just a bit of tart on the finish.
This was good stuff.
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 4, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2002 vintage bottle. Aroma was of fermented fruit. Dark amber to light brown color with the customary fizzy fruit beer white head. Had raspberry fruit sweet flavor with dry aftertaste of a wine on the palate. Good lambic.