GRM (2990) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 26, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown bottle, 25 cl, gift-pack from the brother-in-law, best before date: 26.12.02; eye: golden with stained with black currant, nice lasting whith head, nice effervescence, clear, nice and surprisingly thick lacing; nose: black currant, rasperry, sugar candy; mouth: black currant, cherry, sugar candy, finale in black currant with a hint of cherry and a big blanket of sugar candy, mildly acidic, lightly sour, medium body, rather thin and sticky, quite carbonated; overall: quite enjoyable
Bouteille brune, 25 cl, coffret-cadeau Mort Subite offert par le beau-frère, meilleure avant le 26.12.02; oeil : dorée teintée de cassis, belle mousse blanche persistante, belle effervescence, claire, dentelle surprenamment imposante; nez : cassis, framboise, sucre candi; bouche : cassis, cerise, sucre candi, finale en cassis avec une pointe de cerise et une grosse couverte de sucre candi, moyennement acide, assez sucrée, légèrement aigre, corps moyen, texture mince et collante, très carbonatée; en résumé : bien aimé
Stew41 (1736) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - AUG 25, 2006
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dirty light brown with a reddish tinge. Expressive noise with very clean cassis and ribena fruits, lots of lift. Much fainter to taste and I would think a the fact the beer is 10 months beyong the BB date is a big contributor. Notwithstanding this is a pleasant drink and a very complete beer for a fruit style. More ribena notes but faint and plenty of fizz. Going ok given the age.
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 8, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cloudy red brown with a purple tinge and a frothy lasting head. Smells like ribena, but that’s probably to be expected. Quite sugary and lolly-like, with fairly aggressive acidity (probably from the added ascorbic acid!). Easy drinking though, with a full body. The aroma is quite perfume-like, and seems quite volatile in the mouth. It warms the gut, but that’s probably more the acid than the alcohol.
Quevillon (2509) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 23, 2006
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Je ne peux pas dire que c’est un bon goût de cassis, car ce n’est pas l’un des fruits que j’aime. À par de celà, elle est O.K.
SimonLarsen (210) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 15, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lovely light smell of black currant, has some sweetness with tart raspberry overtones. Not artificial cordial smelling. Massive white head over a slightly dull copper body, not cloudy but slightly opaque. Flavour does seem to be dominated by raspberry / cherry flavours with just a hint of black currant (note that I don’t recall ever having eaten a black currant so ribena is my idea of black currant; this is probably wrong). To me this works very well as a flavour combo. I like this one quite a bit, probably the best fruit beer I have had so far I think. This is not a realm I have tried much of though. Oh yeah and a great big chunk of sourness that comes dropping on through.
highlandlad (1416) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - AUG 25, 2005
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Sugary Belgian cherry lambic. Looked good in the glass - a murky plum colour with a tall head that left legs. The rich sherbety aroma is dominated by tart blackcurrant, sugary sweetness and a hint of the barn. But it lacked true lambic funkiness. It’s quite thick and chewy in the mouth and spoiled by a granular sugary texture. The flavour palette again shows blackcurrant, with the obvious cherries. It’s too sweet initially before a late lambic sourness in the finish. Disappointing - it’s ages since I had a decent lambic. (25cl bottle, IBS, Perth)
HogTownHarry (6108) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle (250ml). At Smokeless Joe. Poured a nice ruby with a biggish pink tinged lasting head. Aroma pretty much just natural smelling tart black currant with sugary maltiness and a hint of alcohol and spice - very nice, not like ribena. Flavour is cassis somewhat artificially sweetened, some very weak lambic tartness - a bit too sweet. Mouthfeel is acidic, juicy and sticky - has some body, but very little beer flavour. Refreshing but I was happy to let my wife drink the lion’s share - not my thing.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 4, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Huge pink head with a lightly hazed amber- ruby body. Tart malt mingles with the currant and mild fruity aromas. Light sweet flavors hit and are taken back by only a small amount of tartness. An unassuming lambic. A cross between a fruit beer and a lambic.
sayravai (4674) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 28, 2005
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2005 (Bottled) Nice, slightly hazy deep red color with a smallish but quite firm head. Very strong, sweetish but quite natural cassis aroma. Sweetish cassis flavor with no trace of lambic sourness. Light to medium-bodied palate with lemonadey carbonation. Not that bad, but truly a "girls’ beer".
TBone (12548) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 27, 2005
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottled (BB 10/2005)
Hazy brown, nut brown, creamy head. Strong cassis aroma. Sweet, juice, sugary flavor, also some dry woody flavors (cassis grains). Quite artificial.