marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - SEP 24, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the cask at Bier Circus in Brussels. Not carbonated, sour ciderish aromas and flavors with some citrus. Very nice, drinkable, and refreshing. This one was listed as an Oude Lambik on the menu.
thomashall (115) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - OCT 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared at Darkness day. Pours golden clear no head. Some funk and fruit. Taste some fruit. Different than normal lambic of course. Okay.
Luk_ (202) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On cask at Grote Dorst. Clear blond with some bubbles. Aroma is fresh wheat, oak, caramel and nuts. Taste is green apple, citric tartness, caramel malt. Light bodied and moderate carbonation. Well made, drinks amazing.
Prufrockstar (1067) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 10, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Catching up on beers from August. It was a fun trip, and I had a great time meeting all you Minnesota RBians. Thanks to Caleb for sharing this. Anyway, from notes, which read: "Amber, cherry, cheese -- nutty, totally like an aged Gouda. Tastes the same. Sweet, salty, cheesy. Slick, oily medium body. 3.3" Turns out my notes suck. This rating will stand until the next time somebody shows up with a 10L bag of lambic to share, and I can do this properly.
vipinvelp (2314) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - SEP 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear orange. Fresh apple like aroma, bit weak. Taste is not outspoken, small cider like green apple taste. little sour. Good. (Antwerpen 201409)
hackobock (1548) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
August 3. Cask at Grote Dorst.
Pours clear golden/amber with small, quickly dissipating, white bubbles on top. Aroma is tart apples, barnyard, grain, oak, black pepper, Taste is tart and fruity, dry woody earthy notes. Finish is light/medium bitter, oak and fruit. Smooth oily medium bodied with almost no carbonation.
JK (4585) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From Calebís bag. yes, this beer came from a bag. A little yeast in the aroma. Smells like an aged gouda, and tastes like a salty cheese as well. Dry, but probably the least sour lambic I have ever had. This is actually very disappointing. Caleb suggested they might not use the best available beer for the Belgium in a box sales.
Beerconnaiseur (100) - BELGIUM - SEP 5, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Older 37,5cl bottle - on cork till 2012. Murky unfiltered haze dark gold. Beautiful airy head. Lactic tart, sour, old lemon, soft brett. Round full body, low carbonation, soft soft soft. Amazing aging process happened here, on a relatively small amount of time (4 years?).
Bacterial (1669) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - AUG 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear golden amber pour - thanks CLevar! Cheesy and slightly fruity nose. Low carbonation. Slightly bitter and funky finish.
BVery (6813) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample shared by Caleb from a 10 L bag. Clear orange pour with no head (uncarbonated). Cheesy and light fruit aroma. Lactic. Somewhat drying. Some cereal grains. Nice.
LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - JUL 1, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wanted to get down some notes on this...
Pour from a bag-in-a-box (Thanks Levi!) is a very clear, surprisingly dark amber pour with no head. No lacing to speak of. Aroma is wet wood notes, with the oak being more prominent than I would have thought, especially when itís pointed out. Very "funky" smelling, in a cheesy, wet dog, sweaty sock sort of way, without becoming overpowering or off putting. A bit of the lactic and citric tartness for which Girardin Black Label is known pushes through and really brightens up the experience. The pineapple and grapefruit is there, but quite subdued. Taste is a fair bit of that same funk, more tart than the aroma lets on. The malt profile is surprisingly present, with a fair bit of caramel character, and quite a bit of that Cheerio/cracker character on the finish that I have often gotten in some young bottled home-brewed sours (And often attribute to priming sugar/residual extract). Caramel malt character. A vegetal note that I attribute to hops, though without the bitterness/pithyness that we have gotten in some of our beers brewed with aged hops...better source/older hops? Finish is fairly drying, with the classic Girardin sour elements of citrus fruit and bright acidity. Still quite a bit of body for a sour beer, and a flat one at that. Overall, a very unique experience that has made me think a lot about the state of some of our "young" sour projects. Very fun to see where some of Girardinís beer starts...a really interesting and surprising experience to be sure.