Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 31, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a murky purpleish brown with floaters and an initial 2 finger off-white head that faded to a constant topper. The nose is light vinegar, raspberry skin and brackish water. The taste is raspberry, tart unripe raspberry skin, light funk and vinegar with a nice long-lasting sour finish. Medium prickly mouthfeel. Very tasty!
hopscotch (9064) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 31, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle... This beer rocks!… Murky brown ale with a large, fluffy, off-white/pinkish head. Nice fruity, raspberry bouquet - very acidic, a touch acetic and a smidge funky. Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and jazzy carbonation. The flavor is fruity and very tart with yeasty, aged hop bitterness. Lots of raspberries overlying some very nice funk. Tart, lightly bitter, drying finish. World class beer courtesy of giarcsr!
sebletitje (6624) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAY 31, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
cheers to tpd975 for the share.
pours cloudy mahogany/ruby red, thin off-white head.
aroma, definitely a lot of raspberry in there, some oak and fruit tartness, possibly some chocolate malts?
flavors, lots of raspberry leaving a nice prickly tart and sour for a light vinegary mouthfeel with mild presence of oak. Fizzy yeasty (champagne?) palate and faint addition of some chocolate and caramel malts.
MeadMe (1300) - Riverview, Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: Pours a ruddy amber with an above average off white head. No retention or lace. noted.
S: Aromas of very tart raspberries, sort of earthy like the pits have been ground into this one. Light yeast but not much else.
T: Very very bold raspberry. More tart than sour, but there is a bit of sweetness as well. Hints of red wine, and very very mild oak. One dimensional all raspberry, but very good.
M: Medium in body, smooth, nice zippy carbonation.
thirdeye11 (5536) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 29, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(375ml bottle thanks to bu11zeye) opaque ruby red with light tan head. Nose of huge raspberry, web barrel, funky. Taste with tons of raspberries, maple, alcohol, wood, tobacco with a tart fruit finish. Astringently tart, with a soft carbonation and huge fruit linger. One of the best fruit sours I’ve had!
SrSilligoose (3244) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 29, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
tap at brouwers during sourfest. pours a deep red with a small pink tattered head. aroma of medicinal raspberries.light eathy funkiness. boat load of fruit up in this. also some wood and light cocoa dough that mixes in with the raspberries. moderate sourness. pretty good beer, but didn’t blow me away. like mixing a cantillon with a rodenbock grand cru and adding a boat load of slightly stale raspberries. great beer, but faced some stiff competition at sour fest.
1FastSTi (3334) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 28, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks a bunch for sharing this Jason! The beer pours to a murky red body with a thin whitish head. The aroma is huge. Red raspberries, deep sweet caramelized malts, and cloud berry preserves. Perhaps some leafy rhubarb components. The flavor is rich in the red raspberries, but has a nice rich malty complexity. Seemingly they know what they are doing on this brew. The palate is really rich and sour/tart but still has a significant residual sweetness. Ultra complex flavors and textures. Heavily carbonated, but seemingly it works well.
Ughsmash (7122) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 28, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375mL bottle, and after all precautions were taken, it didn’t gush! Poured murky reddish-brown, with more particulate toward the bottom of the bottle.. nice tight-bubbled pinkish-beige head stuck around. The aroma picked up sour raspberry seeds and jam paired with wet vinegar and lemony notes.. really sour and acidic, and entirely enticing.. Cantillon-like.. excellent! The flavor opened with sour raspberries that rolled all the way through, scorching the taste buds with their acidity (and amplified by huge carbonation).. more vinegar (on the balsamic side) and wet oak as well.. raspberry jam stuck on the finish, leaving a seedy, sour resin. Medium-bodied with way too much carbonation on the palate.. sourness was puckering and thorough, and the fruit was well-integrated.. really well done, but pricey.
HopMasterG (11) - , Washington, USA - MAY 28, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Brouwer’s for sour fest 2010. Amazing color and look - rasberry red with pink head. Smell of raspberry with a strong yeast backbone. taste was expectedly sour with chewy fruit - live raspberry and slight citrus. tart and fruit beginning to end. a treat and maybe the star of the fest.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fresh 375ml. Prepared for a gusher, I wisely pointed the bottle away from me as I unwound the cage. Good thing I did, as the cork shot off like a rocket before I got to the final twist. Thankfully, there was no gush, as it seemed more the fault of an improperly positioned cork than anything else. Once poured, the beer is exceedingly beautiful. A deep ruby to plum colored body looks dense and cloudy, while an impossibly thick head of rocky, dusty rose foam sits omnipresent at the head. Garnet tinted yeast floaties pepper the foam like mini chocolate chips in ice cream, and they join the thick, broken sheets of lacing in drying hard to the glass. The nose strikes excellent balance between funky and fruity, booming with juicy raspberry tartness and ample yeasty, dry, woody barrel notes. There are hints of cherries, blackberries, and other sweet-tart fruits mixed in, though things are primarily driven by raspberries and the sharp, dusty yeast. Citric acidity brings everything into acute focus, completing the delectable aroma. Flavors are similarly structured, again hitting the tongue with serious, acidic berry tartness, yet sufficiently juicy and fruit forward. The barrel imparts a sharp, woody funk without being overly loaded with vanilla. Each sip strips the palate down and builds it right back up, lively carbonation and crisp, refreshing acidity doing their respective jobs well. All too quickly, my glass is empty. This stuff is like a hybrid of New Glarus’ classic Raspberry Tart and an old world Belgian framboise lambic, and that, to me, is a beautiful thing. Lost Abbey has a real winner on their hands.