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Southampton Black Raspberry Lambic

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A variation on a traditional Framboise. Aged in wine barrels for 21 months and blended to produce a classic profile.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
50belair (1850) - Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2012
Bottle shared by the Maltzilla at the pre-Huny tasting. Clear grape pour with no head. Raspberry nose. Sweet and delicious with beery, kool-aid, and artificial sweetener notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - MAR 12, 2012
Pour from a bottle thanks to a nice trade. Color is purple red in the glass with a modest white head. Aromas are fruit forward of dark berry with maybe just a touch of sweet funk. Flavors are full of black raspberry, grape and slight oak. The lactic tartness is moderate and not strong. Alcohol is well hidden. Long finish of the above flavors. Really good well balanced beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hbmason (1087) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 18, 2012
750 ml. bottle pour. Dark purple color with almost no head. Perfect tart, acidity, flavor and complexity. Great Lambic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftycarl21 (2134) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 14, 2012
Again, monster thanks to GT2 for this gem! What a guy. Gorgeous burgundy pour with a small bubbly head. Nose holds big raspberry, tart acetic vinegar, and lactic acid as well. Touches of vinous fruit, like fig and red grape, and a bit of tannic wood. Lovely sour brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
afksports (16) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 11, 2012
Call me a homer for this beer, but I could taste it in my mouth the day after I had it on tap at the release. I’ve since had it from the bottle, and it was exactly as I remembered. Acidic yet balanced with a perfect tart raspberry sweetness. Dark, but not so thick that you can’t enjoy a full pour of it. So - this is not blushing monk or framboise de amorosa. It’s also not framboise for a cure, which frankly in my mind lacked the funk or the complexity that this brew has. It stings, then it soothes, then it finishes clean. I have a few more of these and they are not for trade. Personal white whale right here. Markowski knocked it out the park on this bad boy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
egajdzis (5194) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2012
Purple color with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of wood, bacteria, brett, and lots of sweet juicy raspberries. Taste was woody, with light vanilla, lots of raspberry, and a lightly tart finish. Really a solid attempt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Slipstream (1932) - USA - FEB 6, 2012
On draft at Southampton release event. Now what is the difference between a blackberry and a black raspberry? This had a lovely light aroma of fresh raspberry and a black grape/magenta pour. The flavor though leans more toward a sour cider - this is not one of those jammy, sugary fruit brews. I did not detect the wine barrel aging so it must have been pretty subtle, but the overall experience was close to a wine. An enjoyable brew for sure, but I am still not totally sold on lambics - in most cases I would rather have a glass of wine or cider.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrChopin (2927) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 6, 2012
dark red-grape fruit color. Large bubbled puffy pink head drops to crater ring. Nose is seedy raspberry, lightest acetic. One-note Favor sweeter, bit seedy with light pepper, juicy sweet but short finish. Stinging body contrasts the sweet profile. Low sourness, bordering on NG raspberry tart. Like the flavor and seed, but too one-note.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oteyj (2127) - New Hampshire, USA - FEB 5, 2012
Garnet purple pour with a frothy pink head. Huge raspberry and lactic acid, hints of acetic acid, and vibrant funk. Flavor holds massive raspberry seed, cherry pit, and lactic acid. Super sour palate with ample carbonation and a puckering finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 5, 2012
Bottle courtesy of GT2, thanks! Very dark purple color, no head worth mentioning. Aroma of intense fruit. Taste is more fruit, moderately tart finish. Nice.

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