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Southampton Black Raspberry Lambic

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RATINGS: 108   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A variation on a traditional Framboise. Aged in wine barrels for 21 months and blended to produce a classic profile.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 18, 2013
In short: An intensely fruity and intensely sour purple ale. Excellent but really intense.
How: Bottle 750ml, shared at post-Friday HF Harvest VIP 2012 party.
The look: Cloudy purple body topped by a tiny ring of foam.
In long: Nose is quite intense, loads of fruits (not particularly raspberries) and sourness jumping out of the glass. Taste is loaded with fruits, I noted blackberries, dark cherries, raspberries. blueberries, blackcurrant. Suffice to say this is a very fruity beer but I didn’t think raspberry flavors dominated although it is the only fruit used. A little sweet on attack but the sweetness is quickly overwhelmed by the intense sourness that felt part lactic and unfortunately also part acetic. Light farmhouse character overall. Thick heavy body that could have used a little more carbonation. Intense stuff here, an excellent beer that could have been even better if dialled down a notch or two. The speed at which I pull out my glass when a good beer is being passed around makes me the Clint Eastwood of beer tasting.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jcartamdg (2357) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2013
Pours a dark purple red with no head. Aroma of berries, Oak and slight vinegar. Taste is berries oak and slight vinegar. Pretty amazing. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Minderbinder (2412) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 5, 2013
Bottle 750ml. Pours dirty ripe cherry/dark purple with no head. Aroma is of raspberries, sweetness. Taste is of raspberries, intense sourness, sweet, tart. Palate: ligth body. Overall: OK. Unidimensionnal. I’m not impressed, but i’d say it’s a good effort. I was expecting more because of the high ratings.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (17487) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2013
23rd November 2012
THE Fruit Sour tasting. Thanks Jack for this rarity. Cloudy purple red beer, tiny pink head. Blackberry jam nose. Palate is crisp and dry. Sour white wine, blackberry. A little lemon. Dry finish. It’s fine - not too aggressive.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Damico (2799) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Pours cloudy ruby red red with frothy pinkish head, that head is much smaller than it was a year ago. Aroma brings more funk now, but has plenty of juicy berry notes as well. The flavor brings big juicy berry notes as well, which have calmed down just a tad and body has dried out a bit as well. It got even more sour with a nice tart ending.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerGolem (741) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 3, 2013
Bouteille 750 ml. Robe rouge rubarbe. Arôme de vin rouge et de framboise. En bouche, bonne acidité vineuse. Je me serais attendu à ce que la framboise soit plus présente. Texture sirupeuse. Mince en bouche. Excellente bière malgré tout.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tom10101 (3678) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 30, 2012
Bottle (750 ml). Traded by j12601, thanks Jay! Burgundy/dark purple with a small quickly and completely diminishing white head (purple) reflects and no lacing. Aroma is vinous with lots of raspberries and sourness/tartness. Taste is even more vinous than aroma, lots of sourness and loads of raspberries and others fruits (blackberries, cherries?, etc.). Mouthfeel is winey and acidic. One of the most vinous beer I’ve drank so far. Except for the barnyard that wasn’t present in this one, this beer reminds me of Cantillon St-Lamvinus. Very good and complex brew. I really like this kind of Sour Ale.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (13576) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2012
Bottle at The Fruit Sour Tasting, London - huge thanks to Jack for procuring this one. Pours rich ruby with a very fine, white film of a head. Lovely, fresh raspberry aroma. Light sweet flavor with clean and fresh raspberry, lots of dryness, and a well and sour character. Light bodied with average, massaging carbonation. Dry finish with plenty of tart raspberry, light salt, light acidity, a bit of lip-quiver. Great.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdamJackson (3432) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 8, 2012
Thanks Adam for sending me this. Enjoyed on my GF’s birthday on a day of many whalez. White wine glass and served at 55 Degrees F.

A - Cork pop was minimal, absolutely still on the pour with a tiny and almost unnoticeable line of white bubbles around the edge of the glass. Looks like fresh squeezed blackberry juice.

S - Nose is a minor band-aid aroma with rodenbach flanders red nose. Just a hint of cider vinegar and cherries. Blackberry and blueberry but maybe I’m just smelling things that aren’t there. The last two are probably just in my head.

T - Lacto tartness in the middle, up front is cherries and raspberries with a hint of watermelon. Very "juicy" and sweet. The finish is an acidic vinegar note that contains the glorious grape skins and earthiness you’d get while swishing around a Pinot Grigio. Fruity, tart, sour, vinegar, funky and sweet.

M - Light body and almost no carbonation. Flat, dry and almost an apple cider texture of slick, dry and coyingly sweet. Wish it had a bit more carbonation

O - How does it fair against other wilds? There’s no dominant vinegar that overpowers everything which, for an American Wild is a nice surprise. The fruit balance is exquisite and it was blended in a pleasant way. Not in line with the hype but still an enjoyable wild.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jackl (5489) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2012
Rating #1700. Bottle @ THE Sour Fruit Tasting. The pour’s deep reddish purple with a small off-white head. The nose is super jammy blackberry and raspberry.. Sugary jam, crushed meaty berry. Great vitality, fresh aromas. The taste is big, sweet meaty blackberry and raspberry. Wonderful, buoyant fruits flavors. The sweetness is balanced by a mildly acetic woody tang. Wonderfully balanced and easy to drink. The flavors are bright, fresh, clean. Soft carbonation. Overall, I could drink this every day. An amazing fruit sour. Probably the best American sour I’ve ever had.


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