stangger (615) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from The Beer Store in Southampton, PA. Might be flat - no pop at all when uncorking. Cloudy golden/orange pour. funky yeast aroma. Taste is sour warheads, extreme mouth-puckering tartness; raspberry is quite understated. A sour explosion.
caesar (5824) - 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 (4346) - 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. Theyíre 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 donít think itís 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 canít 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 donít mind the intense beat-you-over-the-head sourness but I could do without the sweetness. Itís very possible that this stuff could age fantastically based on the huge fruit, sweetness and acidity, but Iím not going to up the score based on speculation. Hopefully I can try an aged bottle at some point.
Reynolds314 (2880) - 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 (613) - 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 (2039) - 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 Ųl @ Facebook for more pictures and ratings.
Alengrin (3396) - 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 youíd 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, íhorse meatyí, 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 rosť 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 youíd want in a framboise lambic so if the idea is indeed to blend one with different ages of this, Iím 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. Iím looking forward to it - but then Iím only guessing, so for now, weíll have to do with this unblended form, and this one is not for the faint of heart.
murran (408) - - AUG 8, 2015
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a redish body with no head. Very sour aroma, almost like vinaeger. Taste is very sour but a nice fruity end.
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Aniela (4155) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 3, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
From my backlogg:
Bottle. A bit hazy reddish beer with an offwhite head. Fruity sourish raspberry, citrus cherries, tart aroma. Sourish raspberry citrus rubber grassy leather tart flavour. My kind of beer :-)
popery (1677) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 29, 2015
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The beer is light brown shaded over with a pinkish hue. Itís fairly hazy, could be bottle handling. No head formed when I poured my glass, just some bubbles, and it looked pretty much flat. The aroma has tons of jammy jam raspberry character. Itís very fruity. Farmerís market stand in berry season fruity. Some acetic character. A little vinegar creep. Maybe, even a touch of nail polish remover. Little funk. Some oak. Taste is quite sour. Too much acidity for me. It blocks out all of the funk and most of the fruit. It just kills a lot of the delicacy that I like in lambics. Thatís fairly harsh, and the beer is still enjoyable. Itís not as sour as many American hype monsters. Anywho, thereís a solid kick of oak. Fairly dry. Lots of pucker. Low carbonation.
olsvammel (4237) - ÷rebro, SWEDEN - JUL 29, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Systembolaget (or maybe it was a bottle shop in Belgium, I canít remember). Tart and fruity smell with rasberries. Similar taste. Very sour, actually almost too sour, but I liked it. Very nice!