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RATINGS: 98   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
Brewed in February 2005; racked to oak barrels in May 2005. Fruited with black currants in August 2007. Bottled 2/2008

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lb4lb (2587) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 11, 2009
Bottle in trade from hopdog. Thanks! Pours a bright cranberry color with no lasting head. Smell is fruity with dark berries. Taste is cobweb like, tart, and fruity with berry and grape flavors. Medium body and normal carbonation. Thought this was nice enough.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 11, 2009
Thanks Ethan for sharing! Muddy maroon/purple pour with a thin ring of head. Strong acetic nose... very sharp and sour, though not unpleasant by any stretch. Currants and slight blackberry aromas. Lots of oak. Not incredibly complex, but tasty. Its tartness gets a bit tiresome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4613) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAR 6, 2009
Via trade. I was skeptical going into this one because of my experience with the Kriek and Framboise. This one did not, however, disappoint. Pours a nicely carbonated murky purple with a thin offwhite head. Nose shows cassis, very fruity, tart vinous characters coming through as well, some woodiness, yeasty, acidic, I think Jason (JCB) put his finger on blackberry as well. Flavor is fruity, dark fruits, tart and acidic, nice wood/barrel character, again blackberry and cassis. Palate is nice, tart and acidic. Poured the last bit of the bottle into the sink and found seeds in it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
theisti (3901) - Kansas, USA - MAR 5, 2009
750 ml corked and caged bottle from eaglefan538. Cork opens easy with a loud pop. Enjoyed in my Smokestack Chalice on the back porch on a pretty March day. Pour is cloudy / murky pinkish orange, with a noisy one inch whitish pink head. The bottle continued to gush after the initial pour, and that foam was deep pink purple sherbet. Lacing, as well as fruit pieces and yeast are spread across the glass. Aroma of sour fruit currants, oak woodiness and a pleasant musty earthiness. Sharp acidity also present. Taste is a nice blend of the tart sour sweet currant, the musty earthiness and oak wood. Acidity is fairly mild, near the back sprucing things up. Really nice integration of flavors. Palate is medium, spritzy carbonation and a pleasant lasting oaky acidic sour aftertaste. This was a tasty one, thanks for sending it to me Brian.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (4050) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 4, 2009
Bottle shared by the pootzmister. Very fruity and tart. Better and more well rounded than the bottled samples of the kriek and fremboise I had. Lots of red fruits more so in the flavor with notes of hay, rubber band, band-aid. Palate, as a little more toned down than the other two, but still plagued by a lingering aceto-character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 4, 2009
Bottle shared by emacgee - thanks, Ethan! Wow, what a world of difference between this IH lambic and the ones previously tried. Itís carbonated, yo! Strong and sharply oaky nose. A handsomely murky pour, with reddish hues poking through the dark berry color. The flavors are more subdued than the potent nose, but the finish is wickedly tart. Nice mouthfeel. I donít actually get too terribly much currant here, more like an indistinct kind of fruit pulp. But itís tasty and makes for a satisfying beer, even if it doesnít have the depth of the top notch lambics.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - MAR 2, 2009
Huge thanks to GMCC2181 for sending a bottle of this to the Carolyn Symmes tasting. I enjoyed the hell out of this. Pours a nice reddish purple with a thing swirling head, and lots of lacing. Aroma is dry and tart, with a full nose of blackberries and straw. Flavor is great, big rush of berry with a sweet/sour backbone. Hint of sugar. One of the more dry lambics. Just greatly balanced. This was awesome, thanks again Gabe.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - FEB 21, 2009
750 ml bottle. Pours murky purple/red. Big cheesy nose with some nice berries. Big flavors. Same as in the nose. Tongue blistering tartness. Medium body and bone dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (3587) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - FEB 15, 2009
Bottle from hopdog, thanks Steve-o. Pours with a beautiful purple-ish dark copper color. Its clear but rather dark. It also has a small but long lasting head. Aroma is a very earthy, dry, and full of fruit skins. There is some blackberry jam in there as well and a light and apparent aceto character. The aceto mixes with the black currents to make a a very cool, yet weird combo. The taste is also aceto; lightly vinegar black current. Its very one-dimensional with just aceto and black current jam. It seems to be missing any barnyard or funk, just aceto and black current, still cool but not what I was expecting. I would be more happy to call this a Sour ale versus a lambic. As I keep pouring it the color gets thicker and darker.
750mL cork and wire, Regenboog elongated tulip.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 6, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2010 Bottle I think thanks to Rciesla at a tasting last fall. Pours a hazy ruby almost violet color and a foamy fading head. Aroma is carrots, herbs, vegetal, black currants, very tart but also some weird tomato character. More vegetal tomato, acetobacter is apparent- sharp and spritzy, farmhouse funk- tart currant fruit and a weird herbal finish along with more tartness and sourness. Strange lambic.

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