czar (4268) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 4, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle shared by tom10101, many thanks! pours hazy bright golden-orange-pinkish with a very nice white head, good retention and creamy lacing. fresh raspberries bringing lightly citric notes, lambic funk bringing some lactic/acetic, grass, wood, hint of dust and vanilla - white cake-ish, slightly perfumey, but never disturbing. moderate carbonation, light body - oily, tart, dry and fresh fruity finish. this stuff is way out there. i heard that next year it will be 50% sonambic-made ;) (okay, it’s in my dreams. excellent offering!
tom10101 (2702) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 3, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle (375 ml). 2013. From Chris, thanks! Orange/golden color with reddish reflects and a small white head who quickly become a small ring of white foam. Aroma is of bright raspberries (both sour and sweet) with light acetic notes, hints of malt, oak, wine, light lactic notes and vanilla. Taste is also dominated by a ton of fresh and shining raspberries along with moderate sourness, nice wine presence, oak, light vanilla and a nice malt backbone. Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation. Winey mouthfeel. Slightly dry finish. Nice sourness, good complexity and great fruitiness. One of my favorite raspberry sour so far and so much better than last year version. World class!
BoBoChamp (5394) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
38cl, Vintage 2013, new exclusive American brew, with raspberries, thx to John from bringing this over!, very complex sour fruit brew, sour/fruity and slightly woody/vinous, balanced, cloudy, small head, very good brew
arminjewell (6156) - Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA - JAN 24, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour out of 375 mL, orange red pour with white head, aroma brought notes of raspberry, seed, some tannic notes, nice oak, lemon, tart fruit. Taste is a mix of raspberry, tart fruit, hints of lemon, berry, finishing tart, slight vanilla. Very nice, but lacking in fruit compared to other years.
TheAlum (5672) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
375ml bottle acquired via trade on BA. Thanks. Pours a darker tangelo orange/cranberry mix. Gentle haziness, lively strong carbonation creates lots of streaming bubbles, cakey reddish tinged head atop stays as a cakey layer, sticks around well, laces suitably. Nice winter sunset glow, dulled and darker but pleasing. Aromas present a melange of fruit, big yogurty and sour pear, melon mix in. Citrus, white wine barrel and oak. Some vanillin, gentle funkiness and cobwebs. More fruit, some raspberry pulp works in slowly as it settles down, comes alive more. Pulpy raspberry and some cranberry as it warms, more yogurt, some nice lactic acidity starts to blossom. Nice stuff. Initial is lighter end of the fold, firmer yogurty and lactic sourness hits. Some bread, oak, white wine elements show gentle honeysuckle, crab apple and melon. White grape, raspberry skin and citrus. More sourness, twangy lactic sharpness, yogurt and some seedy raspberry as we start to work in, more citrus, some nice flashes of natural lemonade, raspberry skin and seedy fruit. Really nice stuff, lighter, fuzzy carbonation lifts this a bit. Good fruit complexity, firm to strong lactic presence. The Temptation part of the blend offers some good complexity, fruit and wine barrel. Subtle brett creeps in. The Beatification element really ups the sour component though, nice and citric and lactic elements, nothing overdone. The raspberries compliment well, but do seem to fall behind that Beatification smack. Finish shows some decent raspberry, a bit of a blend between skin and seedy fruit, lingering yogurt, house funk and cobwebs. Gentle cheesecloth, white wine. Tasty, complex stuff. Nose could use the ante upped a bit, but overall this is quite nice and a nice new take on the FFAC Yearly Blend. Two different beers really come together well, seem expertly blended.
Ernesto987 (3664) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 22, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow this is awesome, huge huge raspberry flavor and aroma. Tons of fruit and tartness, very nicely balanced
madmitch76 (14711) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
3rd January 2013
Mega tasting at Bruce’s pad. Thanks to the man himself for another Brucie bonus! Lightly hazy gold beer, small white head. Light palate, semi dry and crispy. Little peachy grapefruit! Mild tartness. Light dry finish. Nice peach! Shouldn’t I be tasting raspberries? Oh dear - mebbe I drunk to much by now!
Scopey (6669) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Off the menu offering from Bruce at that crazy mega tasting. Massive thanks to the host! It pours deep red-amber with a small white head. The nose is fresh raspberry, tart cranberry, tart green apple. sherbet goodness and wood. The taste is crisp, tart, sherbet, raspberry, hit of acidity, lemon, Granny smith apple, citrus peel and wood with a dry, tart finish. Medium body, moderate carbonation and foamy mouth-feel. Great balance. Pretty freaking delicious if truth be told!
SrSilligoose (3244) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JAN 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. initial aroma of jammy raspberries, some strawberries in greek yogurt. hint of apricot. simple, clean. taste is bright, moderate-heavy clean lemon juice and yogurt sourness. touch too much biting sourness without a sweet enough fruit presence to fully compensate. finishes with lemon yogurt unripened strawberry fruit. dry. this sonambic and high dose of lemon acidity? not much offered in the leathery funk department. clean, straightforward fruited lemon yogurt brew. preferred the more balanced FFAC with temptation base from previous years (without sonambic).
Theydon_Bois (8151) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at the ’Kenny - stop smashing Bruces table every 9 fucking minutes’ tasting, massive thanks to Bruce for digging this one out 03/01/14.
Hazed golden orange/amber with a moderate off white head.
Nose is tarte fruit, woody, dank must, tarte raspberry, berry fruit dipped straw, citric waft, lemon rind.
Taste comprises bitter raspberries, dank berry fruit skins, red grape notes, tarte cherry, light cobwebs, hay, light citric bitterness.
Medium boided, fine carbonation, massaging, top palate.
Excellent sour, well balanced and packed with tangy berry fruit flavour!