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N&R - Shot In The Dark

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Formerly brewed at Neill & Ross
Style: Lambic Style - Fruit
Belfast, Northern Ireland

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RATINGS: 60   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Shot In The Dark is a fruit lambic that has been blended and matured in a freshly emptied 225 litre French Bordeaux wine barrel that has held Red wine for five seasons. 60kg’s (133 pounds) of blackberries were added to Girardin lambic and left to ferment over the Autumn.


4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
JK (4603) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - AUG 18, 2013
RBSG 2013, thanks to Bobby for sharing this one. Light red color. Sour acidic aroma. Flavor is very sour as well, with lots of berry flavor. Girardin sourness and flavor accentuated by the wine and fruit. Excellent beer. This was probably the best beer of the weekend.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
77ships (4255) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 23, 2012
Thx. to Tim // saw this one announced a while back but than I saw the number of bottles and distribution.... // luckily I got to try this, yay // unlabeled bottle only number (somewhere in early 200’s I think) written on cap // dark red berry coloured with little white head // mmm. nose is full of berries, rich, tad sweet berries with some nice barnyard funk, hay, enjoyable sourness, delicious lemon lambic // lightly bitter, naturally sour berries, good quality younger Girardin lambic, lemon, tart, hay, nice horse blanket goodness, berries well integrated, tad disolved, zesty, light wood, light wine touches, more towards end // high, enjoyable carb. yummy

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JulienHuxley (3458) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - OCT 30, 2012
Bottle thanks to TRApissed. This rating is unfortunately a rush rating for a bottle that was opened and reclosed by a customs agent. I guess I can stil say thanks for letting it by. Rather dark purple pour with a few bubbles of white head, light carbonation has survived which bodes well for protection against oxidisation. Aroma is quite fruity, fresh raspberry aroma, slightly reminiscent of Cantillon’s rose de gambrinus, light woody notes as well, funk is really tame, light lemony aroma. Taste is tart, lots of berry tartness, strong grapefruit flavor, cranberry also, woody finish. Broad spectrum of fruity flavors. Palate is fairly dry, no real residual fruit sweetness, carbonation is low, but that was expected under the circumstances. Overall, a very tasty fruit lambic. The blackberry doesn’t stand out so much on it’s own, but the blend is good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhillyCraft (3433) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2012
Super rare whale bottle compliments of Frank, Pours cloudy hazy cranberry with fizzy white head, lots of carbontation, little lacing. Nose is like a framboise with a light sourness, a touch of blackberry, strong brett, light medicinal qualities, raspberries, red grape skins and vinous oak. Finish is bitter and grainy. Not as dry as I expected, kind of juicy. Very good.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beersiveknown (3236) - NORTHERN IRELAND - NOV 18, 2011
Lemon and lactic horse blanket nose. Sweet blackberry start (subtle fruit) mouth. Sour and bretty finish.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tom10101 (3074) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 27, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2013 Bottle (750 ml). Huge thanks to Pier-Luc and Julien for finding these bottles and to David for sharing it! Slightly hazy amber/pinkish with a medium off-white head and good lacing. Aroma is dicrete at first but the fruits and the red wine treatment slowly show up and finally give this beer a really interesting nose. Taste is moderately sour with blackberries, slight red wine presence and acetic notes. Mouthfeel is winey and slightly dry. Very good fruited lambic. I’m glad I had the chance to try this one!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Martinus (3049) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - AUG 30, 2012
Clear bright red colour, white head. Aroma of brett, quite sour, light fruity, light tart, overripe fruit, light red wine, quite some candy notes. Sour flavour, blackberry (braam), red wine, quite astringent. Fruity finish, quite sour blackberries and other berries, noticeable raspberry.
Very lovely, great lambic!
(From 75cL unlabeled bottle, number written on the cap. @ RBBSG II, Wilrijk. Courtesy of tderoeck. Thanks Tim!)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
callmemickey (3005) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2013 Dark hazy orange-amber body, thin off-white head, spotty lacing. Nose shows mild funky oak, must, blackberry, lemon and tannic red wine. Flavor carries these notes forward, presenting a bold, deep, and well-integrated flavor profile that shows a nice balance between the assertive blackberry and lemon notes, and the mild funky oak, must, earth, and wet hay. Medium to light bodied, good acidity, sourness, and gentle carbonation. A nice tannic-dry finish solidifies this as an excellent fruit lambic. Hopefully these guys have another project in the works--I am all in.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bart (2939) - Brussels, BELGIUM - SEP 30, 2012
75cl Bottle @ RBBSG, courtesy of tderoeck. Light amber coloured beer with no carbonation and a small off white head. Fruity sour short grainy hinted aroma. Full light sprankling sour fruity palate. Finish is light fruity sour balanced with a longer frouty sour ending, not to expressive but very enjoyable.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jmagnus87 (2732) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2013
Bottle sampled at RBSG. From notes. Super fruity with loads of funk. Barnyard, horse blanket and leather. One of my highlights of the night.


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