Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - NOV 3, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not a big fruit beer fan, I approached this with some trepidation. I just had a New Belgium Frambozen, which was just OK. I like this one a little bit better, as I enjoy the tart finish. The fruit is there but it is not overwhelming. It certainly makes the beer red, though. Sort of reminds me of the Duchesse, minus the balsamic vinegar (most of it anyway).
Allseeingeye (223) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2002
1.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 1/20
Cranberry juice look. Fizzy pink champagne head. Sour cherry FRA smell. Starts sweet, but turns sour with the quickness. Fruity spritzy flavor. You can taste the red ale underneath. Dry sour finish.
Oakes (11363) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 25, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2008 Fresh: Rich ruby colour. Acetic, lactic aroma with cherry candies. Oaky, fat, tangy, voluptuous. Port-like accents. Slightly candyish finish, with a hint of acetic acid.
Aged, Vichte Vera, rated November 22/08
Light brown. Hazy. Rich, almost malt vinegar nose. Wood and sweet fruits on the palate, only a little bit of sourness. Strange stuff, but this is also really old stuff so the fruit is muted and the weirdness accentuated. I rated this aged version 7-3-7-3-14 = 3.4
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 7, 2002
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Quite a high ABV for a Lambic. Crystal clear ruby red with a small short lasting light pink head. Some red ale character apparent on first approach. Cider sour, wood, yeast, port wine and plastic aroma. Use by date is still 12 months away but it tastes kinda mellow to stale. Medium light body. Winey and balsamic vinegar sour bitter start. Hardly any sweet and even less cherries. Bland sour sweet finish and aftertaste. Different but still uninspiring.