cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 14, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: This one pours a brown/red color with a similar color head, just lighter. Smell is a tart. I note cherry in this one. The taste is pretty much the same, cherry, maybe a bit of apple taste as well, I get. This is only my second lambic, but I enjoy this one.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 12, 2007
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Translucent chocolaty amber in color with a mitigated amoeba in the center for the head. Charming aroma strives with chardonnay and red currant under cranberries and a brown sugared base. Christened, tart strawberry and kiwi are harkened by a distant mineral edge in the aromatic distance. Sharp flavor continues with straight up pinot grapes and a burgundy body. Broiled black cherries are stripped of caramel and sugar goop in order to present a black raspberry scone base. Dry water wafer crackers patrol with powdery essence of cranberries and unsweetened chocolate raspberry morsels. High effervescence with dry cocoa powder and cocoa nibs settling in with a mulberry sweetened tartness hanging on with a salty bitterness near the tip of the tongue. Sweet garden essence parleys with toasted oats and raspberry sauce held over the campfire for a second too long. A worthy experiment. Thanks for sharing, Blake!
BBB63 (5603) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 12, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Corked bottle and served in my New Belgium flute glass: Pours a deep reddish hue topped by a forever lasting off-white frothy head and outstanding lacing. The nose detects a heavy cherry, moderate Brettanomyces and barnyard yeast esters, fairly earthy as well with a light note of fresh oak. Smells the part if you ask me.
Leading up to the taste and after the aroma profile I had high hops for this fruit-lambic but was more worried about finding some over-sweet Plambic instead... Well, still not has crisp as some of the classics, this beer is more akin to the traditional style than most found outside Belgium. That said this beer is closer to a Flemish Sour Brown that a Fruit-Lambic...Well the earthy and barnyard yeast character is very noticeable along with an over ripened cherry and oaky dry finish. Already developing depth and I expect it to gain richness with ageing. Get some for yourself. (FYI, zero problem with the cork, maybe time has smoothed that issue as well)
bboeckl (142) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 7, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Aroma was of sour apple. Taste was sour, dry, sweet, dark-roasted malt and fruit. Very unique Lambic. Recommended. Cork is not as bad as people say it is.
ElGaucho (2117) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAY 5, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, courtesy of Sersdf. Sampled at Dark Lord Day 2007. Cherries o’plenty in the nose. Similar to New Glarus Belgian Red in that regard. Dark, brownish. Not as sweet as Belgian Red and more sour. Not bad at all. Quite dry.
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I picked this up at Murray’s based on the recommendation of the owner, and on my previous positive experience with Two Brothers beers; and I was fairly impressed with it - this is a very bold and grown-up fruit lambic.
It poured an opaque black with a thin but persistent white head. Aroma was of red wine grapes, slightly musty, with lots of sourness. Flavor was something like a kriek, but with some of that cherry bitterness replaced by a big grape fullness. It was quite fruity, but also quite dry. It my mouth pucker. There is a nice balance of both fruity sweetness and cherry sourness. Mouthfeel was full, carbonation was a bit flat (but not watery).
As an aside, I’d heard some horror stories about how difficult this beer was to open ("most difficult cork ever"). I torqued on it with a dish towel over my hand for a minute or two, and my patience was rewarded by the cork gradually coming loose. Based on this one experience, I’d recommend this approach and not trying to cut it, pry it, or getting out the power tools.
JoeMcPhee (8055) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 4, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to beastiefan2k for sharing. Very dark ruby/garnet colour. The aroma is lovely, soft leathery wildness, a bit of lactic tartness with a touch of cherry skin tannins. Sweet cherry juiciness backing it up as well. Underneath the wildness and soft cherry fruitiness there is a lovely soft chocolatey maltiness and a touch of toastiness as well. The flavour is nowhere near as tart as the aroma suggested, there is a nice chocolate malt and toasty complexity. Leathery Brettanomyces adds complexity to the malt. There is a light cherry flavour that really comes through as it warms. It’s not a great example but there is something about it that grows on me as I get through the glass.
npdempse (933) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy brown, with a small, off-white head. Quite a sour nose, with slight cherry notes, and oak. Somewhat watery, light cherry flavor, not very sour at all. Good start on the lambics for the Ebels, but a way to go.
beastiefan2k (2197) - 2nd City (formely NYC & KS), Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2010 Bottle courtesy of Headbanger, nice Larry. Split 3 ways, poured into DdB goblet glass. Pours a surprisingly dark color, akin to dark cola. No head and a bit of lacing. Cannot see through the beer and it is dark enough to make the clarity low with just a few light streaks. I was initially afraid this would turn out as too much of a fruit beer but those worries were quickly tamed as soon as my nose got a wiff. Great authentic sour aroma, acidic, funky. The fruit is a nice counterpart, not strong, seems the sweetness actual come from malt rather then the cherries. Aroma is a degree lower than an authentic Cantillon sourness. Taste is not as exciting. Really just not sour enough, but there is a lot of light chocolate maltiness. Finish is nicely acidic and tingles on the way down and leaves a light dryness. I would say 2 degrees lower than an authentic Canitillon. Maybe sitting in the bottle a bit longer may bring out more sourness (not sure if that goes against logical thinking) but a damn nice overall lambic.
Re-rate: Aged this all myself. Cork was still a pain in the ass. Still fruity and pitty with light wild aspects. Aging well enough but should not age any further and it was better fresh.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 26, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A difficult, but rather uneventful cork pull. Average brown color with a light tan head that does seem to have a hint of pink. Head settles to a covering and just a few isles of lace. A very dark kreik. Horseblankets and caramel seem to dominate the scents. Dark cherries and chocolate wander about underneath. Well, now that I have the niceties out of the way, lets talk about flavors. Fairly dry in the start, with light wood, cheery pits, bitter chocolate and touch of resin. Some dark caramel also seems to make its way in. Mild tartness does not last long with the fruit and the caramel. Quite soft and pleasant on the palate. Not muck of a kreik in my book. An interesting experiment, but more like a bruin with a little funk. Linger is light with just a touch of hearty toasted malt. When I keep thinking, interesting, I know something is a touch amiss. Looking at my numbers, I guess it is a generally decent brew.