ElManana (929) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - MAY 3, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2015 AVERAGING 2 RATES:
From barrel at Toer de Geuze 2015. Smell is very acid-like, vinegar, lemon. Very heavy acid, not easy on the stomache. Not very pleasant. Very weard I’ve had it before and then I apparently mentioned it needed more sourness. While this one was sour as hell. Total Score: 3.2
Earlier Rating: 12/12/2014 Total Score: 3.8
On tap at Kulminator. Pours dark orange. Nose is bread, citrus. Taste is little sour, tarty, grapes. Couldve benefited from more sourness.
Alengrin (3019) - BELGIUM - APR 26, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Offered as a surprise at ZBF, a rare treat indeed to taste this in its pure form. Came from a small plastic keg. Very slightly hazy light blonde colour and, as expected from an unblended lambic, no head whatsoever. The aroma and flavour have all the elegance, complexity and tartness you’d expect from an old lambic: tons of sour berries, leather, pineapple freshness, sour yoghurt, wood, basal wheat sourishness, dry white wine, old sherry, wet hay, apples; soft acidity, more ’easy’ lactic sourness than sharp citric sourness as you’d expect from an old lambic, very fruity, very wheaty, very quenching and very complex, with a noble woody tannins drought in the finish. Soft sourness is key here, this is extremely refreshing and easily among the best old lambic I’ve had so far. I remember how difficult it was to obtain this kind of beer when I started getting interested in it, more than a dozen years ago, but I am glad that the epitome of sour beer styles gains so much attention nowadays (thank you, American craft beer geeks...). Very nice way to kick off a tiring tasting session at ZBF. Too bad Timmermans is in the clutches of John Martin’s, I guess, but even they have apparently understood that it is worthwile to confront the beer festival visitor with the basic thing their ’commercial’ lambic are made of. John Martin’s "rises in my esteem", if I may litterally translate Dutch idiom...
kraddel (4495) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - OCT 29, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours unclear blonde .
Smell is funk , not intense .
Taste is sharp sour , bit metallic , Boiled vegetables . Ok
Rasmus40 (12921) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ De Heeren van Liedekercke. Let hazy yellow with a small off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty and barnyard. Flavor is medium sweet and moderate acidic. Dry and moderate acidic finish. 120714
VsXsV (2682) - Linköping, SWEDEN - JUN 19, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught. Hazy hay yellow liquid with small white head. Aroma of grain, apple skin, lemon and bread. Taste is dry and light sour with notes of apples and lemon. Medium bodied with very low carbonation. OK.
mcberko (8691) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 15, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Grote Dorst, pours a cloudy golden orange with a small bubbly head. Nose brings out light funk, feet, and lemony notes. Flavour is very citric, one of the most citric / lemony unblended lambic I’ve had, with very light funk. Intensely citric and tart, with a very puckering finish. Solid stuff - cool to try the base beer before Timmermans destroys it with sugar.
MJGG (952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Verre d’un cask au Café Red Rose (Brugge). Arômes assez puissants de vieux lambic. Pointe de vinaigre. Robe blonde et limpide, aucune effervescence ou mousse. En bouche, la présence acétique est un peu forte à mon goût, mais on retrouve également un beau caractère de vieille cave et d’agrumes. Acidité lactique et acétique d’intensité moyenne à forte. Intéressant!
bartlebier (2479) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - MAY 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask@NachtvdGrote Dorst, Eizeringen 25/04. Pours a dirty deep yellow. Fluid lemon and lime orgy, made palateable with a lieblich-oilier mouthfeel than usual. Citrus zest notes coming from the aged hops remain flavourfully distinguishable from the other acidic registers of funk.
jfb (4534) - Freising, GERMANY - APR 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(draught) pours a hazy deep golden colour with no head. aroma of bread dough, cherry stones, honey, some light yeast, earth, balsamic vinegar and lime. flavour is mostly bread dough and lemon juice, with a medium tartness, some grass and coconut milk. medium-bodied with very soft carbonation.
PriorL (2488) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at Nacht van de Grote Dorst, shared with Mathieu87.
APPEARANCE: clear blond beer, small unstable white head.
NOSE: little sweet, brett, wood, sour.
TASTE: sour, lactic, very dry, wood, amazing!