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.
nilsas (1336) - 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 (8322) - 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 (7780) - 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.
MJGG (950) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bouteille de 750 ml. Arômes intenses de framboises assez fraîches, notes sauvages assez rustiques. Quelques notes vinaigrées également. Robe rose foncée et trouble, effervescence très faible et peu de mousse. En bouche, les framboises sont également bien présentes et se marient bien à un lambic assez intense et rustique (veille cave, yogourt, fromage). Finale très sèche et très acide (acétique, lactique citrique). Très intéressant, mais peut-être un peu trop intense pour être bu en grande quantité.
lusikka (6206) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 19, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle. Bottled 01/2009. Pours a dark hazy ruby red colour with a firm white head. Aroma of sweet raspberry pie, some deep herbal notes and pie crust. Flavour is very rich and acidic with tart raspberry juice, raspberry seeds, herbs, heavy acidic lemon peel, fig and quite heavy raspberry sweetness. Some mineral notes. Long, sour, acidic finish. When yeast is poured in, the flavour gets a lot smoother and the sourness steps aside a bit. Fizzy carbonation at first, but it settles down. A big sour beer. Heavy jam-like and juicy raspberry sweetness combined with almost throat burning sourness, still remaining a brilliant balance.
MartinT (7779) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
My Bottom Line:
Bursting raspberry juice evolves into citric acidity in this simple but superbly developed Fruit Lambic.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-There is no head of foam atop the raspberry red.
-Carbonation is really low, which is not much of a surprise.
-There must be tons of raspberries in this for the fruit flavor and aroma to be so clearly expressed over and within the lambic.
-Drinkability is quite high despite the important sourness.
-There isn’t much complexity here, but it is still a beautiful expression of the style.
aleigator (200) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - AUG 14, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Has a deep saturated reddish pink color, which is slightly hazy, with a small, fizzy head.
Incredible fruity aromas of ripe raspberries with only tart barnyard hints in it, adding to the fruity nose.
As the aromas already awoke the impression of putting ones nose into a raspberry field, the taste is defined by an intense raspberry fruitiness, with all its sweet and slightly sour facettes. Gentle tartness inherits only an amount of sourness, which is actually natural for that kind of fruit, resulting in a mild, fruit focused lambic, with tart hints of bretts. Has a perfect fitting carbonation, rather low, doesn’t distract from the lovely, warm fruit notes, while adding the neccesary sparkling freshness. The finish is slightly sour with bitter hints, and there are still a whole lot of sun-ripened raspberries on the palate. Dry, pleasant ending, with lots of tart acidity in it.
Alengrin (1238) - BELGIUM - AUG 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Truly traditional framboises are uncommon in lambic world because they are relatively expensive to make, so I welcome this one even though it is apparently unblended raspberry lambic and therefore not a ’real’ framboise (which should be a blend of raspberry lambics, like oude kriek is a blend of cherry lambics). So it has practically no head, only some light pink bubbles quickly disappearing; colour a deep fuchsia red, cloudy when the deposit is added. Tart and funky aroma with lots of fresh, genuine raspberries, yoghurt, tomato, meat stock, sweat, strawberries, wood; taste begins with a very powerful ’fresh’ fruitiness thanks to the high dosis of actual raspberries, quickly accompanied by a sweaty, lemony, wheaty and ’yoghurty’ lambic character, lots of lactic acid, hay and sherry, woody finish with citric acidity, long and dry. Interesting experience as bottled raspberry lambic in its unblended form is a true rarity.
Beersiveknown (2876) - NORTHERN IRELAND - AUG 11, 2014
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from belgiuminabox
hazy dark red brown which colour grab described as "firebrick". Temporary white lacing. Rich sourness, cherry skins and fruity raspberries. Medium carbonation, fruity, lightly tart, lemon juice, dry, jammy. Slightly woodsy Brett notes
olsvammel (3030) - Örebro, SWEDEN - AUG 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Dranken Geers in Belgium. Fruity and tart smell. Massive sour taste, fruity with berries and funky with barnyard. Long aftertaste. The sourness is different from similar beers.