Philym (1003) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUN 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Clear dark ruby with finger thick pinkish head.
Aroma: Cherry, toffee/caramel, marzipan, woody and acetic.
Taste: Medium sourness, low bitterness and sweetness.
Palate: Thick smooth texture, light body, low carbonation, lingering dry, slightly tart cherry finish.
Comments: Very good.
Vells (885) - Riga, LATVIA - MAY 31, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cute red lambic. Cherry dominating. I expected more acidic sour cherries, but this brew was quite subtle. Well balanced sweetness and light acidic sourness. Bit astringent. Quite intense sourness in finish. Decent brew
BBB63 (6368) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A head to head sour off between the Mikkeller Frederiksdal (MF) and the 3 Fonteinen Intense Red (IR) : Served a same temps and in same glasses.
Both display a beautiful crimson hue with mostly lasting but small pink head. The MF had a slight better head and slight deeper rose hue but really both are very pretty. Both get a 5 from me.
The aroma of the MF seems sweeter and has some Diacetyl undertones, more like a candied cherry with a bit of horseblanket and cheesy funk. The IR diplays even more wild yeast notes of farmyard and cat pee along with a more vibrant cherry vapour. Clear win for the IR, 9 to 6.
The taste of the MF is cherry, candi sugar, oak, earthiness and a moderate lactic acid. I really like the well stated oak character but wished the sourness would pop more. The IR is surprisingly tamer than expected, seem defiantly more Oude Lambic with a softer fruitiness, smoother oak and earthiness and some pity undertones. Whilest the MF does have than candied tone, it is a tad more expressive and complex. The IF could have use a bit more younger kriek in the blend. Slight edge to the MF 8 to 7.
Mouth feel: The MF is a touch sticky and a faintly noticeable alcohol/ band-aid finish. The IR is so smooth and rich tannins, almost too smooth for its own good considering it was suppose to be "intense". Still I would give the IR the upper hand due to the band-aid on the MF. IR=4, MF=3.
and finally overall judgement... I like both brews for their high points but felt letdown by the low points. More good than bad... perhaps the wild yeasties will clean up the Mikkeller Frederiksdal (15). The 3 Fonteinen Intense Red already seems past prime but only slightly so, it had a higher letdown factor and therefore a lower overall score (13) but the total win IR 3.8 and MF 3.7
stefannilssons (1513) - SWEDEN - MAY 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Det här var juste, mycket syra och mycket körsbär och en riktigt tjusig röd färg. Kroppen var helt okej men balansen satt inte helt på plats.
VictorStr (1564) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - MAY 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mycket körsbär i aromen. Fantastisk röd färg i rkoppen. Syrlig i smaken. Tack stefannilssons
Pyrmir (3864) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAY 17, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at mikkeller stefans. Dark red with no head. Aroma of cherries, cherry piths, marmalade and liquor. Sweet and nice. Taste is fairly sour, marmalade, cherries and bitter cherry pith notes. Very pleasant.
jeremyh70 (841) - Missouri, USA - MAY 17, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark purple/red beet color with a light mauve head with decent lacing. A moderate vinegar sourness in the aroma, along with fresh black cherries and some oak character. Taste is a combination of sour and sweet cherries with tannic oaky flavors and a slight underlying bit of funk. Finishes dry with lingering tartness. Mouthfeel is slick with a medium body and crisp carbonation. Moderately sour with big flavors of fresh cherry and oak. A really nice sour ale and change of pace.
Anova167 (304) - Manhattan Beach, California, USA - MAY 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark purple with a cool pink head. Aroma is obviously of cherries and bit of funk. The flavor is sweet and sour and like cherry pie. Nice beer and doesn’t seem as strong as it is
ansalon (1735) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - MAY 5, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Mikkeller Bar Viktoriagade, May 1st. Pours deep dark red with no head. Aroma is cherries, slight funk, red currant, bitter almond. Taste is cherries, red currant, bitter almond, slight funk. Mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied with low carbonation. Aftertaste is cherries, slight funk.
laiti (6567) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 3, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2014
Draught @ Mikkeller & Friends
Aroma has sour berry juice and blackcurrants. Flavour is tart with berries, juicy tones and tartness. Like homemade currant juice. Hides the ABV well.