Scopey (11356) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Churchillís, San Marcos. It pours deep purple, with a thin off-white head. The nose is chamomile, Granny Smith apple, raspberry, red grape, tart blackcurrant and lemon. The taste is tart raspberry, blackcurrant, red grape, grapefruit, grass, Granny Smith apple, lemon and lime, with a deliciously tart finish. Medium body and low carbonation. Utterly drinkable.
AdamChandler (4189) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 4, 2012
3.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Picked this up at Hunger Mountain Co-Op for about $12. Poured into an Ommegang glass. The beer was taken right out of the fridge. I purchased it a month ago. Bottle says Lotnr. B whatever that means.
A - ZERO cork pop at all. This is a bit scary. I expected a cork pop and didnít get one. Uh-Oh. Poured a beautiful ruby red / purple color. Exceptionally beautiful. The result is a nearly purple beer in the glass with minor black sediment flying around. The head was clear and about half a finger with extra large bubbles.
S - Extra tart / sweet lambic smell. The spontaneous fermenting yeast really flies out of the bottle even after opening just the cork. Lots of floral and earthy scent. The Blackcurrant scent is very strong and reminds me of a kid growing up with wild berries growing around.
T - Insanely bitter and almost spoiled. Itís not but the taste is very sour to the point of sour cheese or sour milk. Itís not very pleasant but itís not terrible either as the beer continues to taste great after each sip but I get an old cheese taste with spoiled blueberries.
M - Zero carbonation on a mouth swish. Extra tart linger and an explosion of sour after swallowing. Light bodied.
O - I just donít know how to place this. All of the aspects are there to make this great but maybe this 2008 bottled rare Hanssens that is very old and very rare has just been sitting around way too long and itís fallen off. The bottle is new to me but itís an old beer and possibly not kept well. The cork pop being the first sign followed by a solid black film of soot around the inside of the neck that has no smell or taste and followed then by the old cheese taste. Sigh. This beer had promise.
SanfordBrewer (1449) - Sanford, Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
hazy mahogany with a burgundy hue and no head. clingy medium body with very light carbonation.
aroma: sharp acidity, dark fruit (black cherry), and some caramel malt.
taste: wood, tart fruit (granny smith), toasted malt, and then lambic sourness.
the lambic acidity is not as overwhelming as it is in most other examples iíve had. if it had a more intense fruitiness, and even a hint of sweetness for balance, iíd like it even better.
JK (5563) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Where the Wild Beers Are, 2011. Typical of Hanssens, this beer is very sour. It is red in color, with a big barnyard aroma complimented by the fruit flavor. Palate is just a little heavier than most other Hanssens fruit lambics. It is very good, but I it is unlikely I will have it again at this price of $25 for 37cl.
decaturstevo (5743) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JAN 17, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cherry red with no head or lace. Arom is just cherry funk. Hard tart cherry dry and bitter/acidic. Medium body with no carbonation.
Jow (3189) - New York, USA - JAN 10, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
i havenít had a lot of lambics and donít really no where to start so i picked up this bottle at beer store to give it a go. pours a flat rusty red, like a dull cranberry juice. Nose is nice of tart berries. tastes of sour berry. with some lemon and earth and tobacco. there is flavor but i have tough time with lack of carbonation and its a little too watery for me.
changeup45 (1729) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
I got this from Knightly a while back. No pop at all when opening so itís not a big surprise that this pours nearly flat. Just a few bubbles surface and get pushed to the sides. Reddish color. The aroma is a bit funky with horse blanket, raspberry, blackberry, and a touch of old cheese. This is sweet but also quite sour with lots of berry fruit flavors. Tastes like a mixed wild berry puree; a cherry, raspberry, blackberry mash. But the lack of carbonation really detracts from the flavor. Sour, yeah, but it lacks crisp tartness. There are enough good things to prevent me from pouring it, and I could see how this might be good, but without carbonation I wasnít a fan. Hanssens Oude Geuze is much better.
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep red pour with no head. Low carbonation all around. Nose of tart cranberries and raspberries, with a touch of wood aromas too. Flavor is wonderfully sour, with the same flavors as the aroma.
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Completely flat. Iced tea / pomegranate orange-brown body. Very sharp aggressive lambic aroma, also some fruit. Completely flat. Sharp sourness. I have to say, on the whole, uncarbonated lambic just really doesnít do it for me. Second half of the bottle is tastier.
thewolf (11838) - Kolding, DENMARK - NOV 8, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. [thanks bu11seye]
Pours deep, murky red with a small, bubbly film head - fairly white, a bit pink. Aroma has Ribena, tartness, light vinegar, softly lactic with some lemony sourness as well. Low carbonation, oily and light dry mouthfeel. Flavour has soft fruity tartness, mild black currants, lactic and citric notes. Fairly tart overall, fairly nice as well.