vtafro (2990) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 10, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ SDBF’09. Ruby reddish brownish pour with little carbonation. Very sour flavor, funky slightly acidic of black currants, and finishes nice. Nice beer
cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 10, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
375mL bottle shared by jw77. Pours a murky ruby with an off-white head. Tart currant, some funk and acetic acid hints. Fruity, tart puckering, more light acetic in the mouth, with a long dry finish.
henrikb (1258) - Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 8, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - Extremely beautiful deep deep black red body, with a very right big bubbled beautiful head; Extremely beautiful, very deep and clear nose, the very ripe sweet black currant notes mixes perfectly with the drier deeper baking yeast, dry oak notes, big and strict; Very very sour body, a strange mix that I have never experienced before, a strange mix of malic warm and tartaric acids, velvet soft textured and actually quite full, very interesting; The very long finish starts with this strange acid mix as well, here quite biting almost warm acetic and then not acetic at all, not the acid of sour currant either but properly an interesting mix of them all, the aromas lasts to and changes pleasantly from dry fresh oak to ink later with the ripe black currant added. Very interesting beer. Thanks!
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 7, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12.7oz bottle, courtesy of ryan (who trucked this all the way down to Costa Rica!). Thanks, dude. Pours a very murky, red-raspberry color with oddly white edges; small head formation. Lots of tart red fruits, acidic citrus, touches of vinegar in the nose; definitely shows fresh fruit notes. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: loads of vinegar, sour dark fruits, citric acid, and lemon juice; good fresh fruit, pitty and pulpy, but slightly odd and overly vinegary; reminiscent of DDC’s lambic experiments, but better.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I’m not quite sure what cassis tastes like because I have never had it before, which makes tasting a cassis brew a bit of a challenge. But then again, not really. What I taste will be what I taste which, ironically, may be very much like cassis. Until I get my hands on some unadulterated cassis though, aka blackcurrant, I shall simply have confidence in myself and in my palate.
I am smitten right off the bat. She glows softly with gentle white tips above a soft, rose tinged body with a gentle haze to keep the peepers out. As a lambic should be, there is no discernable head and little bubbly carbonation to speak of. In a lambic, lack of carbonation is compensated by naturally brisk acidity and a clean body. Before I am able to confirm her body though, I must first become intimately familiar with every curve of her sensuous aroma. Tart, freshly squeezed, grove picked pink grapefruit sports delicious acidity with flare while vanilla sprinkles atop blueberries and cream seduces. There is a hint of pie crust that mingles with a dry background that speaks of worn leather and wood. If this is cassis, then may I have some more, please. Is she all talk and no follow through? She thinks not. My first sup is brightly sour and mouth-puckering with fresh acidic delights. My mouth dries and waters at the same time; a blissful quandary of opposites attract. Blueberries and cream continue to soften her edge, further allowing pink grapefruits and berry skins to shine their brightest. As the top of my tongue tingles and tickles, supple support is provided by soft worn leather and old, porous wood. To summarize: her menagerie starts with tart, bright pink grapefruits and grape skin acidity while blueberries and cream atop a warm pie crust sweeps in for the main dish and supple leather and wood cleans up. Sup and repeat.
Again, I’ve never had cassis, but I really want to now considering how much I enjoyed the Experimental Cassis Lambic from Hanssens. Not overly complex, but bright, tart, tasty, and thirst-quenching. A lambic for all occasions, feel free to sup her on her lonesome or pair her with some creamy cheeses or garden fresh salad drizzled with homemade vinaigrette.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 4, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2011 Bottle on 04/03/2011 from Once Upon a Vine - South. Clear red amber body with a small creamy white head. Tart fruit, horseblanket, fruit and funky cheese aroma. Tart fruit flavor, light currants, horseblanket, and cheese flavor. Medium light body with moderately high carbonation. 8/4/8/4/17 - 4.1
Bottle courtesy of dkachur on 08/01/2009. Barnyard, horseblanket, dirt, fruit, and cheese aroma. Dry dirt, horseblanket, barnyard and cheese flavor. Medium light body with moderate carbonation. 8/4/8/4/16 - 4.0
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2009 Version 1 375 mL C&C bottle courtesy of jdubFL. 2000th rating! Huzzah! Pours a peach tinted copper color with a thin head. Aroma is tart currants, citrus, cheese, nutty and huge rustic funky notes. Taste is tart currant and berry notes. Dry citrus funk notes as well. Cheesy and funky. There’s a lot going on here. Low carbonation and very smooth.
beastiefan2k (2367) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JUL 28, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks Larry for being able to get this for me. I broke it out to celebrate my lady’s birthday. It pours with no head but a nice purple/pink/reddish color. Aroma is light apple, light acetone, and some cork and wood. It also seems like heat coming off, not alcohol but a warming spiciness in there. Flavor is more of a lambic with earthy sourness and a bretty backbone. No real berry flavor, just some in the burps I have. It has a pretty flat body akin to an unblended lambic almost. That weird part of the aroma definitely comes out at the end of the beer as well. If I were attribute something to the cassis in the flavor it would not be sweet but just an earthy, green, skin aspect.
375mL cork and wire, New Belgium round goblet glass.
BeerandBlues2 (9438) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 26, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours clear ruby with a spare, fizzy, white head, diminishing with spare lacing. Aroma is average malt (hay, bread), light hop (flowers), heavy yeast (horse blanket, barnyard) with bandage, medicine, currants, and cellar. Medium bodied, slick texture, light carbonation, and a tart-dry finish. Long duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity, and heavy sourness. This one seemed less tart and acidic than expected with heavy yeasty overtones.
yespr (30734) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
37.5 cL bottle, courtesy of KimJohansen. Pours dark red with a fully gone head. Smooth, acidic and cassic acidic aroma. Acidic and fruity cassic flavoured. Distinct sourish and yet crisp fruity flavoured into the far finish. Lovely acidic and berry fruity finish.