TheBeerGod (6306) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 21, 2004
Bottled. Purchased at Hop Duvel in Gent. Vintage is 1999 and the label shows 25 MEI 1999. Pours a carbonated ruby tinged orange with a small blushing white head. Aroma is tart raspberries, woody notes, lighter wafts of barnyard or litterbox, wet paper and strong earth tones. Taste is tart berries, light sweetness, more of the wood, salty sweaty flavors, leather, and lighter earthiness. Body is tart and acidic with dryness around the edges. Finishes very dry with more sour berries, lemon peel, champagne and wine notes, old wood and sweat. Awesome stuff! Ungstrup (39286) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 13, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2007 [Vintage 1985-1987 bottle] The aroma is fantastic containing raspberries and great sourness. The color is dark amber (rather than red - could be the age) with some sediment floating around and it has a fine off-white head. The flavor is very powerful with notes of wood, lending it some dryness, raspberries, grapefruit and a sourness that draws out the mouthwater. The finish is dry and woody. A great beer that gives a flavor explosion in the mouth. Thanks a lot to Joris for this fantastic experience. Jeppe (2634) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - JUN 10, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2007 Vintage 1985-87 bottle.mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 1, 2004
Pours a frothy peach colored head on a deep copper colored body. Tart and sour aroma with plenty of raspberry and wood tones. Also tones of spices and earth. Very fruity and fresh and very unique, as mr_kimchee suggest "funky" is a good word to descripe it. Flavor is very odd, tart woody/oaky/corky with raspberries behind. Also notes of citrus, grapefruit and gunpowder (!). Biding on the back of my tongue. A very special and interesting beer!
Jacob Lövenlund, MartinKubert and (Jens) Ungstrup kindly shared this rare beer with me. They got it from the cellar of JorisPPattyn - Thanks to all!!
1986 bottling: hazy gold orange, noisy white head. super funky aroma of raspberries, cheese, leather, pepper and earth. I could not stop nosing this beer. the carbo is still sparkling like a champagne after 18 years, wow. raspberry vinegar, mineral, lemon, sour orange, lactic tartness. such a complex beer. unbelievable. thank you so much to martin and joris! Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - JUN 1, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2004 Bottle from 1986. Complex coloured, deep reddish, orange, amber with much sediment. Amazing raspberry aroma. Sweet and natural with some acidity in the background. Sour and acidic flavour with notes of black powder and raspberries. Very complex and special. Thanks Joris.
JeremyGray (1) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2004 does not count
Unbelievably amazing beer. Without doubt the best lambic/gueuze I have ever tasted. Massive raspberry aroma & flavour; this beer looks superb and tastes superb. If I can have one wish, it is that Armand starts to produce this masterpiece once more, as we can’t keep relying on Joris’s cellar to keep pumping this one out for ever!
MartinT (10239) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 24, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2007 A 375ml 1999 bottle at the Hop Duvel in Gent; a 750ml 1999 bottle courtesy of a very generous Lord Glouglouburp, and a 750ml 1986 bottle, courtesy of the very gracious JorisPPattyn; I am a lucky man to know such great people and have such great beer:Oakes (19711) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 24, 2004
An authentic, sweet raspberry perfume curtain is galantly raised from the bottleneck upon opening, citrusy velvet, herbal thyme, and musky softness glistening their monachal serenity and muscular splendor for all those who care to enjoy...The spectacle it reveals is an inner-peace-inducing discovery which establishes to prove that fraternity and communion are not just words of religion...Within bustles the most gorgeous interplay of pure raspberry fruitiness and wild, passion-driven lambic yeast...Barnyards of yore sharing their wise soils with adamantly rigid tartness...Funky children of a misunderstood world playing gleefully with upper-class-raised leathery dignitaries, their new brethren...No entity tries to dominate its neighbors...All is expressed with peaceful vigor and sovereign restraint in order to be sure that there is enough room for all populations to shine...And this is the uttermost beauty of this artistic revelation...No agression is necessary when there is such respect between all ingredients of life...Joris and Dany, your donations of this perfect image of the world were, just like the Framboos itself, some of those gestures from beyond...
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2015 2011-2012 vintage, aged a couple of years. Deep cherry red. No head. The aroma is deep raspberry, with woody elements, and some sugary sweetness. Very dry, quite woody, and it has a lot of berry character, leading to a long, dry finish.tiggmtl (4543) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 23, 2004
1986 Vintage, sampled May 2004
Orangey-amber colour. Funky aroma - stinky cheese, raspberry and earth. So well-integrated you can’t help nosing the beer over and over again. Slight acetic hint to the big acid body. Hugely complex - raspberries, nuts, leather and oak. Extremely well-balanced. Some sips you’re drinking a collection of great flavours, other sips you’re drinking just one great flavour. Drinking this is like peeling back layers of time as the beer slowly reveals itself. Outstanding. I gave this a 4.9, but fresh examples aren’t near that level.
Drie Fonteinen Framboos (1986). Label has worn away completely over the years and cage around the cork is rusted clear through in places and is impacted with soil. We were blessed not only with a fine lambic but also a little piece of Belgium. Year has been marked by hand in white on the side of the bottle. Cage and soil, once removed, reveal a wax plug sealing the top of the cork and apparently still intact. Pulling the cork resulted in a very satisfying pop and a mist of CO2 after all these years. Poured a very strong, pink-tinged head over a murky, red-brown body. Fantastic crisp lambic aroma. Raspberries are still there and strong - captured all those years ago and released at last. Barnyard, horse-blanket, musky sweat, mustard seed and leather all come out as it warms. Assertive sourness marries perfectly with explosion of raspberry flavour in the mouth. Wonderfully tart and noticably funky - a perfect complement to the fruit. Puckers the edges of the tongue very gently despite the strength of the sour, tart acidity. Acidic (lactic and acetic) without any burn. This is a gentle giant. Smooth, fresh palate. Incredible lasting carbonation. Medium body with lively mouthfeel after all these years. Head lasts throughout despite the fact that I lingered over this one. Long dry finish with raspberry that endures for minutes after the sip. Probably the most complex thing I have ever tasted. The only issue I took with this one is that even with the loitering pace, it was gone far too soon. The empty glass continues to provide new wonders in the aroma and the bottle the next day further still. There is truly nothing I can think of that would make this a finer beer. It got better with every sip. My first perfect five. If this one has any peer, I am looking forward to that discovery. Absolutely sensational.
Bottle given by JorisPPattyn to MartinT. Thankyou both for sharing this fantastic lambic (savoured with MartinT, mr_kimchee, Oakes and Rastacouere). Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 23, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2004 This is the drie fonteinen Framboos/Framboise enjoyed (thanks to JorisPPattyn and MartinT) with MartinT, kimchee, Oakes and Tiggmtl. As Joris points out, this is refermented in bottle. The vintage is 1986 and I swear this bottle is like 1 inch thick. The cork looks completely ravaged like in an horror movie. Apparent soil lie everywhere under the cage which is barely holding in place. There is no label on this bottle, the vintage is written with chalk, simply Despite its age, it opens up with a serious pop. A nice off-white to pink head forms over the top of the reddish, pinkish orange body. Such a head seems like a mirage from the past and scores an easy 5. The aroma is totally unique and exploding of raspberries. They hit the deep end of your nose and penetrate your brain and you know when it happens that the smell will haunt your memories for a while. It feels very dessert-like, wet, creamy. Some sweetness seems to come from the vanilla notes. It’s earthy, leafy with leathery peaks. Very complex lemon and citrus complement the lactic tartness and funky brettanomyces character. In mouth, it’s definitely the most lactic beer i’ve ever had. Extremely dry and fruity, dusty out-of-date yoghourt. Potent lemon juice with the wheaty acidity really coming out. With the slightest effort (and it’s really not that demanding actually), you grasp all the typical barnyardy and horsey characteristics. Aftertaste is long, tart, astringent, salivating, begging for more, but begging to let this moment be enjoyed for a while. Medium bodied, very dry and with medium to high carbonation which seems like a miracle. Once you’ll have tried it you’ll know, but it’s one of those beers that is such a labyrinth of flavors and at the same time keeps such a nice focus that it’s just adorable and deserves to be seeked out and tried to be believed. It's hard to paint in words all the nuances a brewer can attain when exploiting his full brewing art potential.