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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - JAN 19, 2009
Opaque ruby red grapefruit pour with no head. Huge nose with sweet fruits and malt with some oak and earth. Flavor the same but a bit less complex and full and lively on the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 18, 2009
thanks to whomever brought this to the woodshop quad tasting. Usually I’m not a big fan of black currants, but this beer was really tasty. Great fruity flavor, it was a pleasant surprise

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilBeerDoctor (3772) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2009
Bottle courtesy of my secret santa! Pours a deep, cloudy red with hardly any head. Aroma of wood, sweettart candies, and mustiness. Flavor is super tart and sour initially with a woodsy and fruity (black currents, berries) finish. Some earthy notes too. Puckeringly sour (not as sour as Cantillon though). Hard to drink a lot of this, but it is quite good. 8/4/8/3/15 (3.8/5)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2009
Bottle. Aroma has some crazy funky notes up front, pineapple, sour milk/cheese, and the black currant really picks up all of these notes, somehow creating a black currant-sour beet effect. From that point on for me, there was a distinct borscht feel to the beer. In the background was a good deal of acidity and sour black currant, but something went wrong here for my tongue.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2009
750mL bottle, from Iron Hill Wilmington. Pours a translucent plum color, capped with a small off white head. Black current is the primary aroma, with oak, hay, vanilla, blueberry, and some wild yeast. Flavor is oak, vanilla, currants, leather, and barnyard, and black cherry. Finish is fairly acidic, with black currant flavor lingering on the palate. Really nice lambic; this is my favorite of the bottled Iron Hill fruit lambics.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2009 750ml bottle. thanks to the wolfman... dark ruby red pourwith a thin soapy white head... sour and funky aroma, must red fruit and best described as pissing out of the ass goodness... sweet red fruit character interspersed with tart sour fruit aspects. lively mouthfeel and really drinkable. wish i had another one of these to store away for awhile.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eaglefan538 (3032) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 15, 2008
Pour was burgundy to purpleish, some haze, thin head that is continually replenished with carbonation, thin though. The aroma was funky barnyard, citrus, currants. The flavor followed, very nice tart touches, highly drinkable and refreshing on this warmer winter night, while watching the Birdies whoop up - hopefully - on the Browns. Could have benefited from some strong malt flavors, but this thing was quite excellent and worth the wait. Actually with warmer temperatures this thing got bolder malty and then at the bottom of the bottle, tons of sedimentation filled out the mouthfeel - with plenty of tingly and stimulating carbonation. Original rating - not scored, read on - Bottle shared by GMCC2181, leaving me enough for a sampling in a recorked (for weeks) bottle. Surprisingly, this held out ok in storage after opening, slight notes of oxidation showing up but in a minor way under a beer that featured a lot more going on. Pour was violet in color, near nil head. The aroma was blackberries, blueberries, slight off funk. Flavor followed, not nearly as tart as I was expecting, somewhere between Lindemans and Cantillon in a pretty nice way. Mouthfeel was pretty full bodied for a lambic, definitely some depth there. Thanks, Gabe!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 14, 2008
750ml bottle. Pours cloudy magenta with a thin white head, specks of lace. Smells very vinegary and funky sour with just a hint of fruit. Tastes sour and vinegary with a good dose of fruit, currants I suppose. Finish is acidic, not much funk, lingering fruits and vinegar. Medium body, fizzy carbonation. Good, not great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2008
Bottle. Pours a dark maroon body with an eighth inch off white head. Sour funky brett characteristics, Currants, berries, light oak. Sweet with a lightly sour finish. I dig it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WeeHeavySD (3380) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 8, 2008
750ml bottle via hopdog, shared on the beach during sunset strong ale 08. Thanks Steve. Pours reddish with a pink head. Nose is sweet, rich with tons and tons of currant. Taste is sweet, very nice and big, currant and wow, all kinds of awesome!

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