tmrmwel (1669) - Bergen, NORWAY - SEP 23, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, vintage 2015. Pours orangy red, with no head. Aroma is tart fruity notes with raspberries, lactic acid, some funky farmyard and wooden barrels, as well as tannins and leathery notes. Full body, with very soft carbonation. Flavour is sour with lactic acid, tart fruit peel and berries, wooden barrels and notes of musty and earthy bretty notes, as well as tannins and leathery notes. Lingering acidic finish, with tart bretty fruity notes. A bit too sour to balance out, but still nice and refreshing.
bleeng (1652) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - SEP 18, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Light red/pink color. Beautiful fruity raspberry nose. Taste is tart and very citric, with a mouth puckering palate. Goes down well when warm too.
A good drink.
Lilja (2574) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 14, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Flaska från SB. Smak och doft av jäst, hallon, vinäger, ladugård med toner av jordgubb, körsbär, trä och jord. Frisk, syrlig, fruktig, torr, fina smaker i bra balans. Fin syra och sötma som avrundas med trevlig beska.
thebeertourist (5170) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 5, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Hazy, pinkish red, no head to speak of. Nice sour raspberry aroma.Sour flavours, raspberry and lemons, dry finish with hints of wood. Fruity, tart and accomplished.
caesar (6430) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 23, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from de Molen, dated Febr 2014, large sample. Clear orange to amber color, short frothy head. Aroma of raspberry, sharpish tartness, funk, citric acid. Quite sour taste, quite fruity, citric acid. But sticky on the palate, but sharp raspberry sourness. Lacks a bit complexity and balance.
ClarkVV (5403) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 18, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, unsure of date, probably 2014 give or take a year, drunk 8/15/15.
Deep, black raspberry-colored body shows good clarity and a small, beige head with low retention.
Rich, fruity, acidic, sweet, black raspberry jam nose also allows some very light black pepper, a good dose of vanilla and some strong lactic acidity on the end reminiscent of cheese rind or grapefruit rind. Not exactly graceful, but the raspberries, though somewhat sweet, are pretty tough not to love. They’re quite authentic and just bursting forth out of the glass. No alcohol or flaws.
SOUR in the mouth. Holy crap, this stuff is pretty powerful. Heavy cider vinegar-like acidity does show the acetic acid (though I don’t think it’s particularly out-of-place) while the raspberry flavor is sweet, chewy and very fruity/tart. Pretty flavorful stuff here, but like noted in the aroma, is pretty forceful/overdone. Certainly can’t deny the delightful, real raspberry flavor, but that of itself does not a complete beer make. Full body for a lambic, on account of the sugars and carbonation with a slick mouthfeel and no alcohol noted in flavor.
Personally I don’t mind the intense beat-you-over-the-head sourness but I could do without the sweetness. It’s very possible that this stuff could age fantastically based on the huge fruit, sweetness and acidity, but I’m not going to up the score based on speculation. Hopefully I can try an aged bottle at some point.
Reynolds314 (3258) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 17, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear ruby red color with no head. Aroma is jammy raspberries, funk, vanilla, balsamic. Taste is very tart with moderate acedic acid but still balanced nicely by jammy fruit.
Turtles (1664) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 13, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
375ml bottle from Systembolaget. Hazy ruby red, no head except for a few small bubbles along the edges of the glass. Aroma has phenols, tart and fart. Dry and sour mouth feel, low carbonated, medium bodied. The taste is funky, sweet raspberry, oak, lemon, green apples, strawberries.
Cool_Bond (2237) - KUNG_AV_OL @ Instagram, SWEDEN - AUG 13, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good raspberry scent. Highly acidic raspberry flavor. Not so much bitterness but more acidity in the aftertaste that fills the mouth forever. Delicious sour beer. Follow me @ Kung av öl @ Facebook for more pictures and ratings.
Alengrin (4267) - BELGIUM - AUG 9, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
Apparently an unblended raspberry lambic, I guess with the intention of blending them afterwards to make a genuine framboise, something Hanssens does not have in their assortment yet. This unblended form forms practically no head, only with some forcing, a very thin and eventually dissolving rim of small, milky bubbles forms around the edge of the glass; the colour of the beer is a truly stunning vermillion red, lightly hazy but of course cloudy with deposit, with a few bubbles of gass here and there but no real carbonation, as is not to be expected from unblended lambic anyway, of course. Utterly fruity, funky aroma of raspberry vinegar, sharp lemon penetrating the nostrils and announcing a lot of acidity to come, stewed red berries but subtly so, wet wood, horse meat, lots of unsweetened yoghurt, a really striking resemblance to salted tomato, redcurrant, wet leather, fermenting hay, pomegranate; it has all the funkiness you’d expect from lambic drenched in raspberry aromas, but not really sweet fruits, rather a sharpish fruit acidity. Taste is puckering sourness all the way through, with a very sharp lemon and wine vinegar acidity attacking the tongue immediately, puckering in the cheeks even; it carries a subtle yet fragrant raspberry fruitiness with it, just a weak hint of fruit sugars, providing a little bit of softness against the burning acidity. The body is lean and smooth, not carbonated, with the expected bready barley and somewhat sourish wheat; drying wood effects play in the finish and further accentuate the dryness coming from the puckering acidity, so that this beer ends bone and bone dry, with a mouth watering effect to it. It leaves a wonderful, rich, juicy, ’horse meaty’, almost somewhat umami-like flavour of red berries, in this case tart red raspberry but also a bit reminiscent of salted tomatoes, behind in the mouth and throat. Fascinating fruit lambic but not easy to drink: as elegant as it may look, like some very red rosé wine, it sure bites and belongs to the most acidic beverages I ever tasted; it takes an advanced lambic drinker to enjoy this, I assume. It has all the qualities you’d want in a framboise lambic so if the idea is indeed to blend one with different ages of this, I’m sure it will be a fine example of the style, and the carbonation coming from the blending will make it more effervescent and easier to drink. I’m looking forward to it - but then I’m only guessing, so for now, we’ll have to do with this unblended form, and this one is not for the faint of heart.