Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2005
1.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2005 Just when I thought I was beginning to get a taste for lambics.... This is a fruit lambic, but it tastes more like a gueuze gone bad, with few traces of the strawberries. From the bottle, this beer poured a deep yellow color with almost no carbonation and no head. The "aroma" was acrid, like stale urine in old straw on a hot summer day. I caught none of the sweetness that other raters write that they’ve tasted, only the sourness that I’d expected but with an additional intense bitterness. The folk at the Hop Leaf claimed that this was a fresh bottle, but I feel I’ve drunk something that the others didn’t.
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YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2005
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Foul. Hazy brown/orange without a head. Aroma was overly ripened strawberries, verging on rotting. The flavor wasn’t much of an improvement on that. Very sour and the strawberries take a back seat to that sourness and rancidity. Bad stuff.
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - MAR 18, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is great. Acidic and sweet. A perfect beer with so many aspects. Natural delicious strawberry taste, greatly combined with medium sourness. This is really a unique and perfect summer beer.
Kevin (2192) - New Mexico, USA - MAR 9, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks for picking this one out, Tad, pours orange tinted yellow. sour sweat aroma that is very dry and powdery. puckers you up it is so sour, yet so good. strawberry is discernible. the sweet body lingers with the sour in a delicate embrace. there is something vinelike and wild. so dry and powdery. wonderful.
Frank (4024) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2005
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a very clear, golden orange with no head at all--not what I’m looking for from a lambic. Nose is laden with brett--mostly hay, some earth, horseblanket and so on. Only mildly sour and lack of sediment leads me to believe they stopped fermentation on this and artificially carbonated it after sweetening. Strawberries are very there but not dominating by any means along with a earthy funk. Palate is very tame, almost flat. This is OK--halfway between dreck like Lindeman’s and the good stuff.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 18, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
hazy light red and orange appearance. No head. Naural, acidic, fruity and deep aroma of raspberries, cloudberries, earth, leather and hay. Acidic flavour of strawberries with a long aftertaste of leather. Good!
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 13, 2005
2.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
LE 2000 bottle: Slightly hazed medium golden hue with no head or lace. The aroma has that funky yeast character I expected with barnyard notes and soured fruit (the sweeter Strawberry aroma is subdued) and noticeable bretta. The taste is let down as the strawberry flavor do not mesh with the other lambic characteristics. It is only during the aftertaste that the beer displays the sharp and clean pucker factor I was hoping for. I wanted to like this but it was a big mess on my palate. Arrgh
fiulijn (19347) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 10, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Gold color; no head. Abricot jam aroma; light mold and wood. Sour with more residual sweetness than others. Ok, I like sour beers, but this one is odd… (a Gueuze plus some artificiality…)
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - FEB 6, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big barnyard acidic aroma. Slightly red gold with a small head. Sweet sugar start with some strawberry notes. Sour tart finish. Funky aftertaste. Nice!
sloth (2813) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - FEB 5, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2000 vintage, 375 ml. bottle- Pours with a small white head that drops off quickly leaving little to no lacing. Wild nose! Sour, fruity-strawberrys, apples along with notes of bubblegum and yeast. Faint mustiness, barnyardy, lots going on in the aroma dept.. Light/ medium body. Unfortunately the co2 level is seriously low as this beer could use a bit more tingle on the tongue. Strawberry flavors are surprisingly fresh and up front, fruity, peachy, musty and a bit juicy, mouthwatering. Medium sourness, medium acidity, nicely tangy. Finish is dry and fruity. Nice little beer!