cpetrone84 (1011) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2011 Re-reviewed on 12/10.
A-pours hazy dark ruby red with notes of pink edges, tan colored head that is thin and bubbly fizzling away quickly leaving no lace.
S-the nose offers notes of dry oak and a touch of vanilla up front, there is a light leathery brett note as rather sour earthy raspberries come in behind. the aromas work nicely together and are very in your face.
T-the acidity is overpowering in this one. the oak is up front and dry, some sweet vanilla behind. slightly sour raspberries come in behind as the high acidity really bulls you over and slightly burns the back of your throat.
M-good full body with lots of carbonation and a prickly feel towards the back. syrupy and coats the mouth and fairly dry in the finish.
D-the nose offers a fair bit of balance and maybe a touch of funk. the flavors are great but the acidity is so strong detracts from those. still very ripe fruits give it the best attempt at balancing it out.
A-po hazy dark ruby red with notes of pink edges, tan colored head that is thin and bubbly fizzling away quickly leaving no lace.
S-very light oak notes with a ton of raspberry. just a hint of funk in the back with some light acidity.
T-huge sweet raspberry up front, huge sourness in the back. lots of acidity and tartness with just a hint of the oak towards the back.
M-good full body with lots of carbonation and a prickly feel towards the back. syrupy and coats the mouth.
D-this has a huge sourness and tons of raspberry flavors. the balance between the sweetness and the sourness is quite nice, both are huge.
JAXSON (520) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, enormous gusher. Lost about half the bottle. Nose is wrought with that really distinctive Lost Abbey wild yeast. Round, soft, mildly dry, and raspberry seeds. Dark crimson to maroon, thick and opaque. I thought it was initially almost pie-like on the first sip. Tons of raspberry flavors swirling about, ranging from a dry lambic to seeds in raspberry jam. Chewy. Not overly sour or dry as a whole, which is a nice change of pace from some of the harder framboise. A nice expression but rather singular and not particularly complex.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 10, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ Brouwerís Sour Fest; deep, dark red with thin tan head along the edges; creamy raspberry syrupy with a very faint sourness and mild prickly texture; light fizzy mouthfeel of cherry pie, raspberries and a touch of chocolate; quite nice and all about the cherries here; mild dry oak in the finish but mostly covered up by the strong fizzy raspberries; pretty nice overall but not nearly as complex and refined as ones like Red Poppy and Cuvee de Tomme
WeeHeavySD (3356) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - FEB 14, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Double Barreled version, Iím guessing a different version than the bottled version. This was certainly interesting and tasty, but a little muddled at this point. Pours cloudy red with a pink head. Nose has a huge kick of razz. Taste certainly has nice tart sour notes, but its some what brackish and thick right now, I get the feel of more than the berry, like some stem and something else, but itsnít bad by any means.
3fourths (7537) - Boulder, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2010 cloudy ruby red, the keg was mixed and sloshed for sure. bright and vibrant seedy/woody fresh raspberry nose. rich and frothy, if a little too yeasty, mucky and chewy. oak is strong as expected from lost abbey, but the heavy fruit tends to balance it more than in their other sours. the first half of the glass is better than the second, which actually *is* typical of their sours. still, hard to not enjoy this one.
Ratman197 (8532) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 1, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Avery Sour Fest poured a clear dark reddish amber with a small lingering garnet head. Aromas of raspberry, cocoa and light earthiness. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth with a lightly tart finish. Flavors of cocoa, raspberry and light earthiness with a smooth dry lingering tart raspberry finish.
BlackForestCO (961) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - MAY 3, 2010
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Poured a muddled reddish-brown color with a thin, pink hued head that faded to a ring. Aroma of bright, fresh raspberry flesh with light hints of funky yeast and a fresh woody character. Tart, crisp entry leads into a fresh raspberry flavor with some funky, chewy yeast that seemed to muddle the flavor some before giving way to a moderately dry woodiness that lingered with some sweet raspberry seediness. Moderate carbonation and chewy mouth feel (which could probably be contributed in part by the yeast). Overall, the freshness and richness of the raspberries was pretty refreshing, but the flavor seemed somewhat muddled and hazy. I guess I need to try it again.
nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 13, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
375ml bottle generously shared by chswimmer on BA. I was happy to tick this one off because it looks like itís probably headed for the top 100.
Gusher alert! Pours a clear reddish color with a one-finger off-white head that lasts.
Aroma is great intense raspberry and wild yeast.
Flavor is really good as well. Deep, hardcore (wait, I should keep it PG-rated here) raspberries, with just a little bit of nail polish detracting ever so slightly.
This is actually a little overcarbonated (typical Lost Abbey) with medium body, nice acidity, and a long tingly finish.
Hell of a beer overall. Another good sour from a brewery that can at least be counted on to get those right.
carruthm (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap at brouwerís for sour fest í10. very red colored with a cherry and sour apple aroma.
Sammy (7740) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 6, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours purple, after the great gush. Raspberry and sugar aroma. Lacey. Medium mouthfeel. Sour, but a very good drinker.