RichardGretton (4434) - 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 (2949) - 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.
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 8, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 2000 Vintage at Plan B, RBESG, August 2005. Nice clear pink colour. Plenty of fruit, with a farmyardy edge, on the nose. Quite fruity flavour, sweetish and not too sour. A pleasant, relatively easy drinking lambic.
ALLOVATE (2651) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 24, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another Lambic, another world of delights opened up. The style now has me hooked and more like this are truly welcome. Poured into a chalice glass. Head rose and fell in quick time leaving only a film of pink atop the beer. Medium red body, clear and sparkling in the lights with very little carbonation present. Aroma is incredibly funky, Iím sure it would turn off the average, indiscernible beer-drinker. Ripe and over-ripe raspberries burst out first before soggy, salted cheese, mushrooms and dank moss, water crackers and fresh ground pepper come in to liven it right up. Plump, juicy and ripe fruits in the mouth with the cheesy notes settling to the back off the mouth playing shortly in the aftertaste. Itís sour, tangy, sweet and fresh all at the same time showing incredible balance across the palate. Finish is a jumble of soft cheese, lactic acid, peppery fruits and hairy íhorse-blanketí that all lingers for some length. Was expecting this to be along the same lines as the sour, Cantillon Fruit lambics, but its sweet and juicy, and very refreshing whilst cold. As it warms it shows some acidic fruits that prickle the mid-palate and beyond, and manage to rise up into the olfactory glands to give them a tickle too. Body is medium-light, being full of flavour and rounded to give it the appearance of a bigger beer. Carbonation dissipates quickly and itís merely spritzy in the mouth. I liked it, got better as it warmed so my next trial will be at room temperature. A nice Framboise. Tasty!!! (37,5cL corked, 2003, Intíl Beer Shop, W. Leederville)
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - MAY 22, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a wonderful "true" lambic, not the fruity, syrupy Lindemanís (save for their Cuvee Renee) for the starter just tyring new lambics. While it doesnít have that "nut-check" in a bottle sensation like a Cantillon or Girardin, it still has the nice barnyard, funky cheese, acidic and tartness you look for in a lambic. There is an element of fruityness and sweetness with the raspberries but itís very soft, not overpowering in any way. The finish is SUPER dry and the fruit comes out a bit more going down. As I stated, this is a nice choice to introduce someone to a lambic. Very enjoyable!
bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - APR 18, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Amber and reddish in colour with a huge head. Slightly sour and woody in flavour. Very fruity and a little to sweet for my taste.
Aubrey (3490) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 15, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium ruby-red hue. Smelled like raspberry cheesecake. Slick texture with a sparkly carbonation. Vinous, like white wine infused with raspberry syrup. Warming alcohol in the back. Sugary, fruity sweetness. Some sourness and a pinch of bitterness; not quite enough, though. Overall, I found it tasty, but it was a tad too sweet for me. I also yearned for more prominent yeast elements.