BOLTZ7555 (2999) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 12, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dirty chocolate/maroon pour with a small eggshell head that left quickly but would return with a swirl. Bright tart raspberry aroma with lemonzest, wood, and vinegar notes. Lots of acidity in the flavor along with some funk. Raspberry, cherry skin, and even a little raisin that adds a touch of sweetness for balance. Well carbonated and delicious!!! Great beer.
brokensail (14038) - San Leandro, California, USA - MAY 11, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: The pour is a very muddled brown color with plenty of red highlights and a short lived off-white head on top. Not particularly attractive in any sense.
S: A very pungent raspberry aroma, as you would expect, which provides a nice mix of tartness and acidity with a mild sweetness. There is a nice contribution from the oak as well, along with a very light funkiness, and plenty of lactic acidity and only slight vinegar notes.
T: The flavors mimic the nose quite well. The raspberries are certainly the star of the beer and work very nicely with a strong acidity and a minimal vinegar flavor. The oak and fruit skins provide a very nice dry and tannic quality.
M: A medium bodied beer with a puckering tartness, full carbonation, and a dry finish.
D: Iím usually not the hugest fan of the framboise variety of lambic/sour beers, but this was a really pleasant and refreshing take on it.
rio451 (4) - California, USA - MAY 11, 2010 does not count
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle @ home. From browsing I was anticipating a foam volcano, so i opened over my snifter in the sink. Even with a slow twist, must have fizz/ foamed for at least 20 seconds. Not a drop lost though. Pours hazy, pink red - the color of the label. No fruit chunks, lots of yeast floating. Aroma is sour, vinegary. Light body like Gooze, thin and still very carbonated. No raspberry flavor whatsoever. Just puckeringly sour. Overall, tastes like a pink Duck Duck.
bumpskier (33) - Sonoma, California, USA - MAY 10, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wonderfully aromatic as it pours from this beautiful bottle. With very tempting sweetness the fruit here beckons. But it is more than sweetness. There is a depth behind the sweet raspberry that brings the drinker into the cellar of an old farmhouse. It pours a partially cloudy mahogany red with a thick lasting pinkish head. Sourness is balanced with the tartness from the fruit. Ever so slight is the malt cowering in the background. Refreshingly dry with a bright carbonation which lends a subtle carbonic acidity that makes this beer absolutely a delight. It is so much more than I had hoped it would be. I am glad to have 2 more bottles to grope for as I fondle my way through my house cellar
GT2 (9410) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAY 10, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
375mL shared with SpencerDB. Not a gusher! Hurray! Poured into champagne flutes. Cork pops with good, powerful carbonation. FdA pours a super cloudy deep pink that almost creates a muddy mahogany color. Very thin, fizzy, white head. Looks pretty good. Aroma is a little balsamic, fresh raspberries, pithy/seedy raspberry preserves, big sour funk, oak, Cantillon Lou Pepe complexities, Flander red wild notes. Very rich and complex nose. Taste is an insane sour: massive lactic character. Some saltwalter, sour fruits, leather, oak, balsamic. Excellent coating mouthfeel. Really a nice treat. I think I was a bit disappointed because I wanted a true oud bruin base beer for this. Instead, this is a spot on framboise lambic base.
elihapa (1533) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - MAY 9, 2010
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap, brewery. Nose is mild, touch acidic fruit with a hint of metal. Flavor punches with tart cherry, pink lemonade, cranberry and sweet fruit punch. Woody notes complement nicely. Great intense flavors, reminds me of a more tart version of NGís raspberry tart. Finish moves effortlessly into hightened acetic and lactic acid. Long tart fruit finish. Very satisfying, the depth of fruit-tinged flavor through the middle is amazing.
KAME (160) - California, USA - MAY 9, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Damn, itís been a while since Iíve tried one of the recent Lost Abbey offerings. 375ml bottle shared with myself. Cork was damn near impossible to remove, but a very loud POP made me smile. I didnít feel like another Flat Abbey disappoint. Pours a nice reddish brown with a nice pinkish tan head. Aroma is quite good, with a nice earthy, leathery foundation to be found underneath the tart raspberries. Flavor isnít quite as impressive with some astringent flavors coming through. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy with enough carbonation to clear the palate. Not bad at all.
Getbetter (983) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - MAY 8, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From Tap,Red in color,cloudy,white head,sweet(raspberry) and sour,Great sour would recommend.
HonkeyBra (3849) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to Stefanje. Thanks man! Pours deep red with a thick pink head. Big, sour nose of raspberries, oak, slight funk. Starts off extremely sour on the nose but settles a bit and lets its complexity show a bit. Big, sour flavor. Nice lightly tart raspberries, a bit of cake like malt. Quite puckering. I feel bad for my stomach after this one. Absolutely excellent beer though.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAY 8, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2010 375ml, corked & caged bottle, from south bay. opened cold, but not too cold, and this one was no gusher. poured perfectly into a couple of tulips to split with LJ. pours a spectacular hazy, dark, reddish-purple with a thick, bubbly, rose-pink head that lasted through the entire experience. aroma is fantastic with very tart red raspberries, crushed berry seeds, vinegar, lemon rind, and light barrel funk initially that develops more complexity as the beer warms with sweeter aromas of oak, vanilla, floral soap, and wet, grassy, barnyard notes. flavor is absolutely wonderful as well with huge, ripe, freshly picked, SOUR raspberries paired with red wine vinegar and lemon pulp that pucker the mouth initially but are quickly balanced by sweet caramel cake, vanilla, and woody oak. i loved the way this beer truly opened up as it warmed slightly and while it remained sadistically sour it became more complex and balanced. palate is medium bodied, bright, crisp, and wickedly tart without being too dry and is nicely carbonated with a lingering, tart/sweet raspberry/oak finish. overall, another world class sour from lost abbey and iím damn glad to have another bottle sitting in the cellar.