Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 8, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to David for bringing the bottle, 2008 vintage! Poured hazy, deeper garnet with very little going on for head. The aroma was very assertive with sour currants, lemon seeds, and wet, older oak leading.. a touch salty as it warmed.. on the back it reminded me of picking blackberries as a kid. The flavor found sour currants, lemon, and oak the whole way.. wet, funky, and delicious the whole way through.. balance was nearly perfect.. loved it! Tart and acidic on the palate, near-bracing.. almost no carbonation evident.. the berries provided interesting character.. not especially complex, but it was certainly engaging.
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 8, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2008 vintage. Thanks Dave. The beer pours to a murky maroon lipstick colored body with no head. The aroma is really nice. Lots of black currants. Deep cereal grain. The flavor is dominated by sour black currants with sour generic sour. The pH must be about 2. Really damned sour. This beer is right up my alley! Heck yeah! Thanks for a great beer.
MartinT (9267) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 5, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
This flat Lambic develops plenty of barnyard humidity and grapey tartness for a juicy glass of another era.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-There is barely a head of foam to decorate the purplish dark red.
-This was much more interesting than the Experimental Raspberry.
-There is a sour twang in the end, but it is really not as gripping as their Kriekís.
-The black currant character can be mistaken for some types of black grapes.
-The nose predicted a lot of funk, but the flavor profile showed restraint.
nickd717 (4113) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 28, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
375ml bottle from K&L Redwood City. Pours hazy reddish-purple with a small off-white head. Cassis and funk comprise the aroma for the most part. Not too much complexity. The flavor is also a little one-dimensional. Cassis, funk, metal, and tartness. Tannic. Mildly sour, with carbonation a little too low but good acidity. Average more or less overall for the style.
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 25, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a light purple-red with an extremely fine and thin blush-colored head) nearly nonexistent). Sweet-tart aroma with dark berry jam notes from the black currants. The flavor is full and sour with a dark berry fruit element that finishes remarkably clean and fresh. Excellent body--but I do enjoy a bit more carbonation usually. A cool, fun, interesting beer nonetheless. Highly-enjoyable.
callmemickey (4216) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2012 2010:375ml opened late 2010
A: Beautiful, deep reddish-purple body. Only the slightest ring of bubbles which appears to have been more from the turbulence of the pour rather than from its actual carbonation. No lacing. Has the appearance of a nice shiraz.
S: Delicious sweet and tart currants. Nice vinous qualities as well as some oak. Nice musty funk.
T: Like the nose this one definitely has a nice funkiness to it. The currants are a little more subdued and the vinous qualities are a little more expressive here. Nice tartness.
M: Basically still. Has the feel of a nice bold wine, which while pleasant, isnít quite what Iíd like here. Nice tartness in the finish.
O: A very nice, and different lambic with the use of the currants. Not something Iíd revisit regularly, but certainly worth a taste every few months or so.
BMan1113VR (7916) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 18, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours with a hazy blood red hue with no head. Aroma of funk, horse, barnyard brett, light acidity, oak and currants. Vanilla. Taste is sour up front, acetic, berries, a bit vegital, vanilla from the oak. A lasting metallic flavor. Doesnít help that this is flat (like the Experimental Raspberry). Next to know carbonation. Feels flabby, but thin. The first part of the taste is nice, but the aftertaste is very vegital and it lasts. Not the biggest fan to be perfectly honest.
brokensail (15728) - Dublin, California, USA - SEP 10, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: The pour is a really fantastic looking dark purple color with a small ring of bubbles from a somewhat aggressive pour. The beer is quite flat, however.
S: The nose is of wood and dark fruit. The currants arenít overly expressive and somewhat sweet, despite the way Hanssens lambics usually are. A nice funk to this one of hay and barnyard.
T: A lightly acetic sourness accompanied by a decent lactic sourness, too. Overall, though, not overly sour. Quite woody and dry with some very nice currant flavor and some hints of blackberries.
M: The beer is slightly slick on the tongue, with a medium body and complete lack of carbonation.
D: This is certainly not overly tart or aggressive in any manor, and itís quite easy to drink because of that.
douglas88 (8317) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 5, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
At De Heeren van Liedekercke beerfest. Pours a cloudy purple color with almost no head. A sour vinegar nose, wood and only light fruit. The flavor is similar; very tart, currants are there but take a backseat to ripe tart wood and vinegar. Enjoyable.
bhensonb (13978) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 3, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375 c&c from South Bay Drug. Pours ruby so brilliant that it compares to my avatar. Head is essentially absent. Nice sour aroma. Could be kriek. Probably not. Medium body with almost no carbonation. Itís sleekly smooth. Itís smoothly sour. ?????? Cassis? Ok. Maybe cherry would be more sour. Itís just wonderful. Definitely astringent. Very good stuff.