3fourths (8801) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 8, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2013 750ml. Bottle-conditioned, unfiltered. Muddy purple-grey colored body with a small off-white head. In a burgundy glass the nose shows incredible depth with a nice balance found between the natural sweetness of the currant and the high acidity of the lambic. The result is a dense, deeply complex aroma of tannic currant skins along with a mild but noticeable natural berry sweetness balanced by the slightly acetic and woody lambic (not fatty/eggy at all). The sweetness balances what I thought was an excessively acidic yeast character in the unblended Iron Hill lambic, resulting in a wonderfully flavorful and complex fruit lambic, exceeding my expectations.
malrubius (2241) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - SEP 3, 2009
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Where the Wild Beers Are @ The Gate 8/30/09. Reddish amber with ring. Wood fruit and kitty litter aroma. Wood leather fruit honey with funky clean finish. Nice soft palate. Very good, but first time I’ve smelled kitty litter in a beer.
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 1, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at WTWBA. Nutty, bandaid, cherry, mild charcoal in the nose. The flavor is mildly cardboardy (already?!), a bit thin, with light, watery, minty notes. White wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar make up the sour component. A touch of raspberry aromatics, as opposed to cassis which I really don’t notice at all.
j12601 (8050) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the Where the Wild Beers are event. Pours a ruby brown with a thin white head. Light fruit, light vin. Crisp, spicy, malt, acid and fruit. Tangy and with some big vinegar on the finish.
PilsnerPeter (3032) - Flushing, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at Where the Wild Beers Are NYC 2009: Murky ruby with a pinkish off white head. Lots of cassis in the aroma. Some mild buttery oak, and vinous qualities- but mainly has that dark fruit sweetness. Creamy body with a flavor that is predominately buttery oak under a cassis/blackberry sweetness. Has a soft tartness and toasted oak notes as well. Mildly acidic- but mainly creamy and soft. Not bad, and not solvently like some other Iron Hill Lambics.
HonkeyBra (3849) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque, purple pour with thin pink head. Sweaty, barnyard aroma surrounding fruit skins. Flavor is tart, tangy berries, sweaty barnyard funk, light oak. Nice rush of tartness makes my mouth water. Pretty delicious beer, even though I’ve never been much of a fan of black currants, they work well with this style.
fordest (2135) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - AUG 4, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish pour with some tinted head. Aromas of fruity tart funk. Flavors were grape and cherry and more funk. Not too bad.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 4, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle courtesy of dkachur on 08/01/2009. Cloudy, murky red body with a large frothy light pink head. Bottle gushed a bit upon opening. Bretty, fruity, funky aroma with some sweet woody notes and some floral hints. Bretty, fruity, funky barnyard flavor with some woody notes and a touch of floral. Medium light body with fairly high carbonation. Very smooth and easy to drink.
Drake (11116) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2009 C&C 750 mL bottle courtesy of kramer. Thanks! Pours a thick, murky pinkish raspberry color with a thick, thick, very solid head. Lots of particles. It’s really more like sludge. Other pours from the same bottle seem fine. I got the second pour but the first after it started gushing. Big blast of currants and berries in the aroma. Lots of dry, musty funk as well. Also some notes of oak, sawdust and something vegetal. Taste is berries, currants, leafy vegetal notes, citrus and funk. Very smooth. Full bodied.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 19, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours red with a pinkish head. Smells of berries, funky and sugary. Tastes funky and tarte with some acidity on the finih coming from the berries.