Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 28, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Outrageously inconsistent, to my palate anyway but when itís on, itís on. Iíve tasted this lambic several times, including bottles approaching a decade old and fresh bottles at the brewery. For the most part I agree with the general consensus that the fruit addition could be a little more substancial and the sourness is a bit much. Iíve had bottles that were so dry and sour that they were bordering on unpleasant. But the past few experiences have been enjoyable and it seems like this has gotten increasingly more "fruit forward" the past year. The Rose I tasted a few weeks ago which came straight from Shelton Brothers was the best yet. My rating sums up an average of every experience I have had from this beer.
Earlier Rating: 1/9/2005 Total Score: 4
Hand bottled version. Beautiful dark magenta in color with a small light pink head of thinning foam. Vibrant, fruit forward (raspberry) aroma with the typical hints of dry maggot filled wood, horseblanket and lambic. Nice aroma overall. Compared to the Rose de Gambrinus, this has a much deeper raspberry fruitiness, although it is no where near as sour. Tasty. Thanks Dr. Bill.
Pailhead (4623) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - FEB 27, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Real nice tart raspberry aroma. Pours a hazy orangish-yellowish-pink with a white head that quickly fades to a ring. Very tart and sour raspberry. Seems to get even more tart in the finish. Thanks to Eyedrinkale.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - FEB 27, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Reddish-pink colored with a nice white head. Sour and tart aroma with lots of raspberry presence. Ultra tart flavors with hints of berry sweetness. Dry palate. Nice!!! Thanks Mike.
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 14, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A rather nice blonde leathery soomth drink with some slap in the face sourness to boot! Abundant raspberry, cherry, blackberry and other fermented fruits. Abounds with flavour. A tad vinous and very much saored. this peach/pink drink is divine!
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 3, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Murky red/orange with a thin head and good lacing. Nice sour and berry nose. Good and tart. I taste sour raspberry, barnyard/horse blanket and blue cheese. Would go great with a salad with raspberry vinaigrette on it. Very nice beer. Thanks to my friend Ty for this one!
Sammy (8398) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 19, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
OK I had it already, stop pushing the picture in my face. This was real fruit. How did I know? Its -14 celcius outside the bar, 10 yards that-a-way, and there were fruit flies buzzing around my glass. Darn good for its style, and gave taste and some smoothness to the medical level cleanup of my palate.
Frank (2763) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy orange. Big head thatís quickly diminishing. Big, sour horseblanket aroma with a tart berry undertone. Very light boded and effervescent but still a huge bretty hammer of sour power--not subtle but tasty.
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 17, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
cloudy golden/reddish orange in color, rapidly diminishing off white head. sour yeasty aroma, only slight cherry. nose has good hang time. sour flavor, mid carbonation. snappy tangy finish.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 17, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2007 Thanks Grover for sharing this bottle. Light ruby color with raspberry, raspberry seeds and light raspberry juice. Did I mention it tasted like light raspberries? Has the standard awesome Cantillon yeast flavor wit just the right bit of tartness. Nice cider finish leaving my tongue buckling for more.
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JAN 17, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pink/orange in color with a small pink head. Musty, sour aroma of tart cherries, wet leather and citrus. Flavor was nice and sour, just how I like it.
Tart cherry/raspberry flavor that was very dry and very refreshing.