FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 10, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A vigorous pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces a one finger thick, somewhat large bubbled, pale, off-white colored head. The beer is a pale amber / gold color that shows a brilliantly clear, bright yellow / gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of lactic acid, urea, spicy / woody oak, vanillin, light notes of cider and pears, and touches of straw and pale malt. The nose isn’t overly complex, and in fact seems to die out after you start to drink this beer.
Bitingly sour, with an almost bracing edge to it; the beer is solidly lactic in its acidity and there is a lot of pucker accentuating oak tannins, especially in the finish, as well as a lightly effervescent carbonation. Flavors of yogurt acidity, woody mushroom musty notes, a rounded pale malt character (straw, touches of pale wheat crackers, and a hint of bread like character), touches of urea, . The body has a lactic slickness to it, as well as some woody / tannic structure, but is light and quaffable, at least if you like sour beers. The sourness here is quite nice, it has the sourness of a good Gueuze, though isn’t as hard as the most sour Lambics. There is an almost nutty quality to this from the intersection of oak and malt character; though this is certainly not like the toasted / roasted nuttiness that is often found in other beers. This beer is bone dry, even more so than many a Lambic actually; really it seems to not quite have the malt / grain complexity that a traditional Lambic has, as the grain character is pretty subdued here, though it does become more noticeable as the beer warms up.
This is a bit too clean to be considered a classic Gueuze; it has the bracing sourness, but lacks the funky complexity of a truly great example of the style, and it could certainly use a more lively carbonation. Having said that, this is far better than I was expecting; hopefully this will be a yearly offering, and I will be curious to see if this is continued to be dialed in. Hard enough for my stomach to recognize the acidity, but seems to avoid the acetic acid flaws that can sometimes be found in Lambics or other sours. A beer that doesn’t hold up to critical analysis, but is actually fairly enjoyable if you are just drinking it and otherwise distracted.
kathouse (917) - Nevada, USA - JUL 3, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light golden color with a firm white head. Sour Punk Lemon, grapefruit, and a strange wheat grass aroma. Flavor was light tartness without a heavy funk, but still enjoyably rancid. Light fruits, some acidity, a little sweetness with a zesty finish.
fiulijn (14298) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Viti, Vancouver
Hazy deep blond color with small head. Nice aroma, with a good degree of complexity; cellar, cheese rind, footy, a bit citrusy; deep. Semi-dry mouthfeel, quite high acidity, some acetone (this is not really Belgian or Lambic), lemony, some cellar flavor, astringent final. Thin, lemony, sour final.
Good somehow, but it shows like tradition is not acquired in a nighttime, and American breweries can’t just replicate Belgian Lambic.
cpetrone84 (1275) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour is transparent golden amber with a small amount of tight white head. Nose has a good bit of hay, light wheat notes, hints of lemon, lacto, notes of vinegar, and some off plastic notes. Taste has a bit more vinegar and a decent bit of lemon, faint wheat notes, fair amount of lactic acid, not the burn I was expecting from them. Moderate carbonation, lighter body, lingering musk.
Oakes (12167) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy, subtle lambicy aroma. Tart, wheaty, fruity. Tart, good balance, earthy woody character. Gueuze-like. I’d be happy to have made this.
emacgee (3958) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Soft golden pour with a thick crumbly white head that laces thinly. Very vinous aroma with some acetic notes and floral esters. Sweet fruit and tannins as well. Nice bright acidity with some acetic notes and tannin. Fruity esters. Dry and acidic with a light body.
Steve_0 (2532) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Ryan and Jodi’s with friends. Pour is clear orange with a small white head. Funky, citrusy, urine, biscuity, grassy, caramelly, and lemony aroma. Taste is sour lemons, funky, light urine, lime, light salt, doughy, white wine vinegar, and oak with a huge sour finish. Slick mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Very sour but nice funk notes.
GTAEgeek (1142) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Brick Store Pub at the 17th Anniversary. Pours hazy orange, with a big, creamy, white head. The aroma is apricots, chardonnay, musty attic, lemon juice and lots of funk. Light earthy and sugary sweetness, and big, puckering sourness. Medium body, chewy and very sticky, and astringent. Overall, this is a very aggressive, mouth puckering, palate ruining lambic. Undeniably delicious, but not very approachable.
olio (5856) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
75 cl bottle.
Pours somewhat hazy dark copper color with a small head. Some nettle and lemon on the nose, yeast, mild herbal notes and yeast. Very tart flavor, grape fruits, rowan berries and some gooseberries. Sour, but not overly so, tart pleasant and fruity. Well past my expectations.
lusikka (5955) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a dark golden colour with a small head. Aroma of rich white grapefruity notes, grass, some apricot and wood. Flavour of grapefruity tartness, wooden notes, mild toffee sweetness, apricot, rich herbal notes, white grapes, floral notes and grass. Medium bodied and dry mouthfeel. Nice lingering tartness. Really enjoyable. It’s really hard to say which lambic is present here, but I would guess it is Cantillon. Surprisingly nice tartness anyway.
50belair (2145) - Florida, USA - JUN 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear yellow pour with a white head. Mild lemon bouquet. Mild lemon, sour citrus, apricot highlights. Good body and mouthfeel. Not overly tart, but tasty.