Ernest (7245) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 4, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (750mL, batch 3, 2014, bottle 1556).
Head is initially large, frothy/creamy, white, fully lasting.
Body is hazy dark yellow, bottle conditioned.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly hoppy (flowers), with light notes of lemon zest, oak, sour apple skin.
Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately to heavily acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately to heavily acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, velvety/watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
I wouldn’t really call this a lambik just as far as how it looks, smells, and tastes, but it’s an enjoyable sour ale nonetheless. Sadly, there’s not a lot of aroma, and it has a rather "fresh" quality that’s somewhere between a Belgian blond and a generic sour ale. In the mouth there’s a fair bit of bitterness to match the sourness, so it’s quite dry, but there’s just enough residual sugar to keep it drinkable. Big frothy, lasting head looks nothing like lambic, but I can’t deny it’s beautiful. Nice mouthfeel too, very velvety, not as fizzy/cracklin’ as most lambic. So, yeah...on the fence about this one. Quite nice, but not worth the price.
slowrunner77 (9640) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice brew, though quite expensive for "nice". notes of barnyard, lemons, and oak. Medium sour and fairly tangy and dry. A little high on the carbonation, but otherwise pretty dang good. 6.5% batch #2."
hopscotch (10557) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle... Pours cloudy and golden with a small, creamy, white head. Fantastic retention. The nose is citrusy, woody, funky and acidic with a lightly-spicy clove phenol. Medium-bodied with a mildly creamy mouthfeel and soft carbonation. The flavor is tart, citrusy and lightly spicy with a tongue-numbing finish. By "tongue-numbing," I’m not talking crazy-bitter or crazy-sour. I’m saying it numbs my tongue like a topical anesthetic. Bottle courtesy of biggsbowler!
VT (2527) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml bottle shared with the Quebec City crew. Pours a very cloudy orange with a resilient white head. Aroma is tart, fruity, oldish. Flavor is fruity, peach, pear. Finish is tart, unripe fruit. Medium body, overly carbonated.
callmemickey (4205) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy golden colored body, thin white head, and soapy lacing. Oak, lactic, floral funk, must, a bit soapy, toasted malt. Medium bodied, lively carbonation, lively acidity, lingering finish, fairly soapy/chemically in the back half.
PhillyCraft (5486) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at Ryan’s, pours Hazy golden, notes of chlorine, amaretto, biscuit, watery funk. I like the finish on this one. Ligh pucker. Light to medium in body.
666ale (82) - Edimburg, SCOTLAND - JUL 6, 2014
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very good oude gueuze from Italy. Complex aroma that introduces a nice sour taste with flowery and wild fruity notes.
OldMrCrow (2363) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle w/ Chris. Pours hazy yellow, at least as best as I can tell by way of the bit of blue lingering in the sky at 10:15 on this late-June Seattle night. Burnt rubber and medicinal aroma, lemon of course, wood. Not aggressively sour, just tart, almost sweet-tart, white grapefruit and lemon, again that rubber, sawdust. Tasty if not exception.
czar (7470) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 bottle (b1) shared by tom10101, many thanks dude. pours cloudy pale yellow with a surprising frothy white head, good retention and lacing. funky dust, wheat, nice fruitiness - citrus, apricots, bitter herbs, few soapy and (unfortunately) a disturbing chlorine presence. light acidity - relatively complex acidity profile. bright carbonation, light body - oily, astringent-tannic grassy-herbal finish. if chlorine is put aside, this would be a very nice attempt, if not a success, in lambic territory.
Minderbinder (3232) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 750ml [2013, b1]
Pours hazy blond with low white head. Nice lacing. Aroma is of rusticity, apricots, rubber, citrus. Taste is of rusticity, nice citrus, rubber, slight chlorine. Palate: Light body. Soft carbonation. Overall: Pretty good, but just a little something too weird here to be excellent.