mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - DEC 9, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle from a trade with craytonic over on BA. Fortunately no massive gusher on this one, and pours a murky reddish brown with a good sized off-white pinkish head. The initial nose is only a hint of how acidic this thing is. Nice notes of sour cherry, fresh orange, raspberry, and some mango and island fruits along with some light funk. Regardless, the overwhelming acid is front and center, and only continues to the taste. Almost an unbearable acidic hit regardless of how small a sip, with more tart cherry, fresh raspberry and other fruits, lesser barrel notes, and some funk. Definitely not for the faint of heart, and unfortunately lacking any subtlety or nuance I was hoping for. Thanks Matt!
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - DEC 5, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL rating #1900 courtesy of beeranddogs. Huge carbonation that wants to explode and gush everywhere. Lost zero of the bottle allowing the beer to spray into the Westvleteren chalice at a relatively slow rate. The pour is opaque, muddy, pink and purple with a massive, light pink to whitish head that towers high and fizzes down abruptly leaving a fizzy, headless, effervescent liquid. The aroma is outstanding: similar to 3F Hommage there is massive amount of kriek and framboise funk, fruit yogurt, but there is so much more piling on here: sour mango yogurt, blood orange, ruby red grapefruit, fresh/unripe strawberries. As it warms there is an added complexity of caramel, pineapple, cotton candy, just the slightest hint of red wine vinegar. But overall, the aroma is much more wild, complex, and inviting than even 3F Hommage. The taste at first is more like a top notch Kriek such as Cantillon Lou Pepe. Massive amounts of strawberry and cherry yogurt pile on with a hugely lactic sour body. Never devolving into vinegar or acetic or hot/sharp sourness, it is from beginning to end an endlessly drinkable, quenching, easy to love red fruit and citrus yogurt cacophony. The palate is lactic and highly effervescent. As you drink this more there is a sort of numbing sensation that goes almost oily. It is quite an experience. The aftertaste is long, complex, and beautiful still making itself apparent even after drinking some NG Belgian Red.
We had this back to back with Framboise de Amorosa, which is apparently the large batch version of V006. Well, the FdA pours much darker almost brune in the glass with a much deeper pink head. Aroma is slightly metallic, phenolic, some band-aid. Taste is sour but just is laughably inferior to V006. There is really nothing similar between the two.
Travlr (21199) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 5, 2010
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with tarheels86. It tried to stain my ceiling, but thanks to the warnings in other peopleís ratings, we were prepared. Pours murky pink, massive pale red head. Huge fruit aroma, plus grapefruit and lemon. Taste is sour and funky, great body, and lot of different fruits - raspberries obviously, but lots of citrus as well. Slight bitterness in the finish. Very nice.
jredmond (7408) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 3, 2010
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2011 Bottle split with pat and Linh. Glad to see the bottle didnít explode as mentioned in previous are reviews. Pours a thick and hazy Ruby red body with aggressive carbonation and lacing that lasts throughout. Aroma is probably the most sour thing Iíve ever smelt. Notes of fruit exploding. Mouthfeel is in your face tart - literally jaw puckering. Delicious and complex fruit notes - cherry, raspberry, grapes, apricots and peach. Also flavors of funk and oak. An amazing beer and one of the best out there.
patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2010
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle. 25.4 oz. Split with James and Linh just before The Antlersí concert on December, 3 2010. Cork popped slowly with tons of fine mist streaming over the lip. The aroma immediately filled the air with notes of fresh peaches and raspberries. Pour is incredibly dense and hazy rosy orange with a one-finger, creamy, smooth, tightly-bubbled off-white head. Leaves a beautiful lace around the rim of the snifter for the entirity of the session. Aroma is full of fresh, ripe fruits; strawberries, peaches, raspberries, which follow through on notes of sour lemon zest, sharp, funky white cheddar cheese, oak, merlot grapes, slight vanilla and moist soil. Light, airy, fluffy, soft, mouthfeel; the beer nearly evaporates on the tongue, leaving an astonishing asortment of fresh fruity and oaky flavors, and a huge dose of sourness. There is not a single trace of alcohol in this brew. It is elegantly composed. Delicate, elusive, yet worth the chase. This may be the most nuanced, original ale I have ever tasted. Beautiful.
HonusWagner (2072) - Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2013 Thanks Ryan for sharing at a very fun tasting!
Very, very acetic. Nice whiffs of raspberry and a slight oaky characteristic keep this beer from being horribly unbalanced. But what the hell is with the gushing on this one? We lost half of a bottle. Iím sorry, but I cannot in good conscience rate this beer the 4.2 or so that I believe it is when you cannot even get the carbonation remotely right; if I had paid money for this and consumed it on site, I wouldíve demanded half my money back.
e: Slightly ticking this up because itís a really good beer, still pissed about the gushing.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 12, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
- EXPLOSIVE GUSHER WARNING Ė EXPLOSIVE GUSHER WARNING Ė
In short: An extra-intense, acidic and very sharp successful woody red-fruit-lambic imitation. Great beer.
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed about 9 months after bottling. Split two-way by and with kramer. Huge mega-thanks Jason!!!
The look: Cloudy amber body topped by small beige head
In long: Superb intense nose of raspberries, grapefruits, cherries, funk and barrels. This thing smells like itís gonna be sharp as a knife and dry as fuck. Taste is intense, really intense, this is a sipper. Mouth puckering tannins, extremely dry yet very fruity, very acidic, cherry skin, berries, lots of funk. This is sharp sharp sharp sharp and it is might be the closest thing I have had to a fruit lambic made outside Belgium. A very biting sharp acidic fruit lambic. I would compare this beast as a cross between a Rosť De Gambrinus and a Hanssens Kriek, both with a few years on them. Iím using these two as examples because they are among the sharpest well known red-fruit lambic I know. Anyway, thatís a great beer but it is really only aimed at those who like their fruit-lambic as sharp as possible. My drinking partner on that night didnít like it as much as I did. This beer is not for everybody. Almost lives-up to the hype. That beer really gave me the scares. When we opened it literally exploded and made a huge mess. We lost half the bottle. Thankfully we were only splitting the bottle two-way so at the end all was fine. When that bottle exploded I was really surprised, worried and scared. Like that time the urinal auto-flushed while I was still pissing. Turns out it was a malfunction but for an instant I thought I had ceased to exist.
50belair (3341) - Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2011 Bottle shared by Justin at LCBS 10. Oh man, the truth, or veritas, is this is one sour ass ale. In an epic line up of sour ales, this was by far the most bitter, no wait ass puckering, ale of them all. A frighteningly acidic and vinegary nose. The taste is so tart and acidic the only thing it could think, is where are the rolaids??
emacgee (4593) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 7, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared by OSCF. Pours a murky pink with no head. Nose is acetic and vinegary with lots of fruit, cherry skins, mild spice, and barnyard. Flavor is tart fruit forward with cherry skins and a mild sweetness, nice yeasty funk. Palate is tart and acidic with a crisp carbonation.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 31, 2010
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
750ml bottle, courtesy cquiroga. Holy hell, this beer is so ridiculously good, starting out with the beautiful, other-worldly appearance. Pouring cloudy as hell, with a swirly dark orange-amber color, the body is crowned with a fluffy head of lasting beige foam, suspended yeast floaties and all. Thick, wet arches slowly shrink to hard splotches of lace. In short, this bad boy looks the part. It just has a menacing, wild aura about it.
Aromas simply explode from the glass. Monstrously citric and acetic notes of juicy blood orange, star ruby grapefruit, tart cherry, peach and tangerine are all distinctly identifiable, lending a "sour fruit punch" feel to the nose. Viogner grapes lend a fruity forward, vinous sweetness, further pushing the "sangria" theme. Bold, lactic funk and uncontrollably wild, soured oak serve to dry things out to a near-lambic degree. Overall, the aroma is as shockingly good as Cuvee de Castleton Batch 1, which is a bold, bold statement.
Expecting at least a little bit of a letdown, the flavor manages to nearly match the all-world nose in terms of intensity and depth. A first wave is strikingly sour, assaulting the palate with an acetic, citric intensity that initially causes the tongue to curl, the eyes to squint, and the lips to pucker! Somehow, seemingly impossibly, the acidity is reigned in to manageable levels. Sour cherry, sharp grapefruit, lemon rind, and puckering Seville orange all shine through, but the aforementioned tempering comes in the form of sweet blood orange, ripe tangerine, and perhaps even a touch of peach. Funky, bretty oak notes are present, serving more as a drying conditioner than a dominant flavor element. This one is all about the deep and varied fruits. Awesome, heavy duty stuff.
What would make for a more perfect pair for the intensity of this super-sour, funky, insanely deep and fruity brew than a chameleon-like palate that manages to show tendencies of both crushing dryness and balancing residual sugars? Thatís exactly what we have here, namely, a moderate to substantive body with drying, tingly carbonation and just a touch of sour-cutting, residual fruity sweetness. You get that initial sour punch in the mouth, but then it soothes the pain away with a softly sweet dryness.
Mmmmmmmmmmm! I canít say enough about this beer. Gorgeous. Intense. Complex. Bold. Subtle. There are a million descriptors that fit here. One thing is for sure, sour rookies need not apply. Lambic lovers, sourheads, and especially those who are (as I was) desperately seeking a blood orange application, this stuff is not to be missed. One of the best beers on planet Earth, period.