FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Jan 2009 Bottle Date
A steady pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces a one finger thick, pink tinged head. The beer is a nice red-amber color that shows a lightly hazed, pink-red tinged, copper color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of floral raspberries, children’s aspirin, musty phenolics, woody raspberry seeds and a touch of oak character up front. If you really dig for it, the phenolic character starts to get a bit plastic like, and there is perhaps a touch of dried, grassy, grain character.
Nicely tart, but not hard, this accentuates a floral, fruity, but dry raspberry flavor. The finish has a light touch of children’s aspirin, some oak like woodiness, a hint of astringency (seeds and wood perhaps), but really it is the raspberries and the associated children’s aspirin flavor that really lingers on the palate. The carbonation is quite light, there is a soft prickly carbonation here though (this is by no means still), and the body is quite light, but does have a touch of texture / viscous character such that it is not watery. As my palate adjusts to this beer it does have a touch of soft, fruity sweetness to it; much of this is accentuated by the floral raspberry flavors. The acidity here is mostly lactic in character, but the raspberries certainly contribute to the acidity, and the is a complexity boost from notes of urea. Phenolic, musky, musty, and plastic like notes come out more as the beer warms up.
This has a really nice raspberry flavor to it. The underlying lambic doesn’t come across as being the most complex in the world, but it serves the purpose quite well. This is quite light, and as long as you like funky, it really is quite refreshing. I am a sucker for this beer since it is a Lambic, but objectively it is not quite where I would want it to be.
olio (6211) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
75 cl bottle (label says 37,5 cl). Bottled 01/2009.
Pours beautiful red color with no head, no carbonation at all either. Very tart and sour aroma of raspberries, rowan berries and gooseberries, yeast, wooden notes. Very dry and tart palate, sour raspberries, weird salty notes even, leathery and earthy. The salt here is quite weird, very sour aftertaste too, leaves a tart oily coat in your mouth. I wouldn’t get through this bottle alone, not the most quaffable of beers. Interesting anyway.
tiong (3771) - Espoo, FINLAND - SEP 20, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle, 2009 vintage
Pours dark reddish with no head. Aroma of aggressively tart raspberries, heavy sourness and earthy notes. Taste is quite extreme with mouth drying sourness, juicy tart raspberries and earthiness. Finish is very dry, sour and slightly juicy with raspberries, salty leather and funky yeastiness. Quite a slow sipper, but still pretty tasty.
laiti (5695) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
75 cl bottle @ home, bottled 01/2009, BBE 01/2019
Label says 37,5cl, wtf?
Totally flat – no CO2 at all in this bottle. Aroma has sour and tart raspberry juice. Also some earthy notes and faint traces of metal. Very tart flavour with salt(!), tart raspberries, milky tones, lactic acid and gastric acid. Also some grapefruit. Very aggressive and unusual, the milky tones disturb a bit. The tartness and acidness makes this even difficult to swallow. Burning sourness indeed.
Adding the yeast (there’s a lot of it) rounds this much. It is perhaps not a bad thing.
Ionlyrate5s (86) - New York, USA - SEP 10, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Another outstanding fruit lambic. Very tart lemon and raspberrys aroma. Flavor right up there with some oak that added dimension. Finished dry and tart, super tang to finish this A+ brew out.
Dedollewaitor (13923) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 6, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. 75cl. Trade with 77ships. Cheers. Pours deep blood red with a pinkish off white head. Nose is funk, oak and berries. Flavor is funk, barnyard, wood and intense fresh raspberries. Wauuw - really delicious.
yngwie (13575) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 31, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 375ml corked, at Kristiansand Ølfestival. A gusher, producing an unlcear, intense red body under a small, pinkish off-white head. It has a funky farmhouse aroma with a good dash of raspberries and a little lemon touch. It’s tart and medium bodied, with a nice carbonation level. Lots of raspberries in the flavor, with some funky farmhouse notes and a touch of lemon juice. Lasting funky raspberry finish. It’s a wonderful and easy drinkable beer I’d love to have again. 140823
Meilby (7616) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 750ml @ Kristiansand Ølfestival 2014
Pours hazy red with a pink head. Aroma has notes of malt and sour raspberries and gooseberries. Taste is light sweet and medium to heavy sour with a long sour fruity finish. Body is medium, texture is thin to oily, carbonation is soft.
nilsas (1411) - Bryne, NORWAY - AUG 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fin rød kirsebærfarge. Tynt lag skum. Frisk syrlig duft av kirsebær. Frisk syrlig smak av kirsebær med en anelse bringebær som sitter. KØL2014
Drake (8563) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 22, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2009 bottle shared by Travlr at the DC Summer Saison & Sour Tasting, 7/12/14. Gusher. Pours a hazy red color with fine floating particles. Large fizzy tan head. Fair head retention. Aroma of tart jammy fruits, peppery and acetic funk, mild candied citrus. The taste is jammy fruits, berries, mild funk, intensely sour finish. Medium bodied, lingering tartness.
gnoff (7844) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - AUG 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to _angst_! Sampled on August 21, 2014.
Label state 37.5 cl, 6% ABV and bottled Jan. 2009, though it is a 75 cl bottle.
Cloudy copper to brown color, fizzy raspberry red/pink head. Raspberry, light acidic, berry, fresh scent. Mineral, berry, sour, fizzy, red currant taste. Fizzy mouthfeel, very low to non existent bitterness. Acidic, berry aftertaste.