Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - FEB 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cherry pour at the brewery. Aroma is lots of the Flanders Red, some more acid and sourness form the lambicus is very evident, and a bit of sour cherry as well. Mouthfeel is a bit creamy, alcohol is not noticeable. Flavor is more sour than any other Portsmouth Lambic styles that I’ve had to date. Sour cherry, acetic acid, some red vinegar, Candy sweetness, fruit, a bit of funk at the finish. Pretty Sour, and a nice funky fruitiness. Yum
Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - MAR 13, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I had a couple of classes of this yesterday the last one I paired with my super. Tod came over and chuckled. It was a grilled chicken salad but hey I loved it so much I had to work in a second glass of the day. It was kind of hard seeing I drank two of the sour brune with the Lambicus the day before and was still paying for it. I thought I would include the official Description of this one in the review.
"We blended the remaining Flanders Red with the year old Sour Brune, Lambicus and some tart cherries to make a pseudo Kriek Lambic. Traditionally we would have to age the blend for at least a year to call it an official Lambic. But it is close enough for us American brewers here at Portsmouth. "
The color was a wonderful cherry red and it had a slight trail of bubble coming up the glass. The aromas of cherries and Lambicus hit your nose even with the glass on the table. The flavors followed the nose, I was surprised though. I had both the blended brews separate and they were both ok but together they were fantastic. Tart sour cherries and some funky bitter was a wonderful marriage in my mouth. Who would have known?
It’s a sour so drinkability is kind of a strange thing. One glass is enough but this one I wanted two LOL. I hope to see this one again some time in the summer