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RATINGS: 97   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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Brewed in February 2005; racked to oak barrels in May 2005. Fruited with black currants in August 2007. Bottled 2/2008


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2553) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2013
Pours juicy rose cherry in color with a small greyish head. Aroma brings sweet and tart cherries and wild yeast blending well in the nose. Flavor brings tart and dry cherries, not too dry with a nice zing, almost vinegar but not quite, at the end.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (5977) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 14, 2013
In short: A sharp, woody, acidic and very fruity purple ale. Good intense beer.
How: Bottle 750ml, corke & caged, age unknown. Bottle received from grownfool and consumed one year later, thanks a lot Brian.
The look: Muddy purple-amber body topped by a persistent beige head.
In long: Nose is musty, strong sour and tart fruits presence (although not particularly blackcurrant), dirty funk (farmhouse, smelly feet) and some acetic acid. Lots of cassos Taste is quite intense, blackcurrants, tart grapes, plenty of wood (sawdust + dusty old oak furniture sensation), medium sourness, assertive acidic bite, light vinegar notes. Full body with a lively carbonation. A very juicy-fruity attack transitioning into a very dusty-dry-woody-astringent finish. This is a bottle I drank a small sip at a time, too intense to do otherwise, but never did I grow sick of it. This beer is classified as a Lambic on ratebeer although many people argue that a Lambic by definition can only be made in the Senne valley area of Belgium, I find this debate as absorbing as a single square of single-ply generic-brand toilet paper after eating half a dozen spicy tacos.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SudsMcDuff (5806) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 2, 2013
750ml bottle .. . Pours a deep golden ruby .. . medium foam .. . Tart fruit, hay, and horse flavoured cat treats .. . mild mouth, awesome funk level .. . Good brew, quite complex .. . . In eleven days Iím as good as skewered! Ever take your clothes off and run backwards through a cornfield?

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sledutah (4392) - Utah, USA - FEB 26, 2013
750ml bottle at RBWG
Appearance: Hazy amber, no head or lacing
Aroma and flavors of tart fruit and vinegar, salty
Decent

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
GT2 (8352) - San Diego County, California, USA - FEB 24, 2013
750mL thanks to Maltzilla. Pours muddy purple, semi-dreg pour. Predicable acetic acid bomb in the aroma- big vinegar, pickles, saltwater, some phenolic currant. Taste is acetic, vinegary, salty, hot tamale. Will make you sweat. Salty, acetic all over. It doesnít bother me too much, just be prepared.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
crosamich (431) - Twin Falls, Idaho, USA - JUN 27, 2012
lots of fruit aromatics but much less in the mouth. Pretty clean (funkwise) for a lambic. Some harsh acidity. I think 10% of the bottle is murky sediment. pours a deep purple makes it thick.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6239) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Bottle:   That is one heavy purple beer, thick, some brownish hues... looks like a milkshake.   Dirty deep pink head, falls quickly, sparce lacing.   Strong cassis nose, also woody, very woody.   Hmmm, nice balance between sweetness and tartness on the tongue.   Cassis is there, soft, fairly dry on the backside.   Doesnít stay around for long, sweet cassis flavors and that tart dryness fade somewhat quickly.   Very clean, smooth, with some soft fruit skin on the backside.   Being so used to sours and other lambics this one doesnít sting as much.   Starts out mildly assertive but fades rather quickly.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Definitely more of a Lambic than a Fruit beer.   Remains tart on the finish.   Enjoyable.


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldMrCrow (1808) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 25, 2011
Bottle tasted at three years, 2/2011

Pink-copper pour, modest head. The aroma is oak and a lot of cassis perfume, a bit of cheese funk. Flavor, the cheese comes forward, the cassis retreats, extremely astringent like the other Iron Hill sours Iíve had, a strange bitter herb note, and the geranium that a previous reviewer noted. Somewhat undercarbonated. Itís alright, but not exceptional.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckeyeBoy (2672) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 16, 2011
Bottle 2008 vintage thanks to JohnGalt1. Pours out red/amber topped with a small sand head. Aroma was funk, black currants, berries, oak, some earth, and tart. Taste was led by the currants/berries, wood, vanilla, tart, and touch of floral. I wish I could say I didnít suck down the slug at the bottom but that would be a lie. They made me do it I tell you.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (10735) - Orange County, California, USA - NOV 24, 2010
A: The pour is a nice dark pink-purple-red sort of color with a minimal pink-white head forming that quickly dies away. S: A fairly funky as well as fruity nose. Good currant notes along with some sweet blueberries. A bit of musty funk and a strong aroma of funky blue cheese (good call on that, Javi). Some slightly spicy oak notes and a mild acetic character. T: The flavor is not quite as full and rich as I was expecting from the nose. Still plenty of fruitiness, though, mainly currants with a fair amount of sweet berries. The sourness is subdued here, and is mainly acetic, with a soft mustiness. M: The body is medium with a soft, smooth carbonation that is definitely appropriate for a lambic. D: Better than I recall the other Iron Hill lambics being (especially the fruited varities). Really nice nose, but the flavor does fall a bit short. That said, still easy to drink and enjoy.


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