RATINGS: 58   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
A Straight Lambic--style ale. Barrel aged for 15 Months in oak barrels formerly used for red wine. Sour from the special addition of wild yeast and select bacteria. So...DRINK ALPINE ALE or GO TO BED!

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClarkVV (6963) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 19, 2009
Bomber shared by Adam at a Julios beer tasting in January 2009. Rather lifeless looking after settling, with a golden-tangerine color and sparse bubbles on the edges. Clear, seemingly filtered, with nothing left on the bottom of the bottle. Perhaps that is one reason why lots of diacetyl is present? Without the lees to reabsorb some of that, it seems it’s run a little rampant. In flavor and aroma, though probably more prominent in flavor. Certainly there are some proper acids; malic, acetic and lactic, but the acetic acid seems to take most of the spotlight, unfortunately. A bit of sourness to start, transitioning in to a punchy, tart red wine character and ending on lots of butteriness and soft, nutty tannins. Vanilla and honey show some underfermented maltiness, but it’s mostly dry, I guess. A little sloppy/rough around the edges and very lackluster in mouthfeel/aroma (slippery/slick/oily and somewhat watery). Not to mention the diacetyl and overeager acetic acid element. Interesting though and the red wine element is well-done and enjoyable. Definitely could do without the filtration and "lambic" moniker on the label.

Huhzubendah (3775) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 26, 2012
The beer is hazy and golden hued with virtually no head. The aroma offers some nail polish, barrels, citrus. Smells eh... The flavor and feel both bring a sharp, harsh, palate attacking acetic character. Virtually no carbonation with a lingering sharpness. Some vinegar as well. maybe not as appalling as I described, but I won’t be having this again.. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 06-09-2012

Thorpe429 (5122) - , Illinois, USA - JUN 9, 2012
Bottle courtesy of johndoe8. Served in a mini snifter. Pours a clear, still golden color with no head or lacing. Nose has a bit of acetone along with some lactic acidity. A bit of a stone fruit character in the background, though not all that much. Still with a strange acidity; not my favorite, though not a terrible first effort. I’d like to see if they can develop a program and improve on this.

Travlr (26431) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 9, 2012
Bottle. Cloudy golden yellow color, almost flat. Aroma of belly button sweat and feet. Taste is lemon and vinegar. Harsh.

GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 9, 2012
375mL thanks to johndoe8 on BA. 2007 bottle. Pours flat hazy peach. Nose is super acetic with saltwater and mega white wine vinaigrette. More like salt and vinegar potato chips. Taste is tangy, salt, mild pickle juice. Hot acetic finish. Not too salty. Some hints of yellow fruits. Mostly one note. Enjoyable. Much too acetic though. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - DEC 12, 2011
Pour from the tap at the pub. Gold in color with a slight copper look. The nose gives you a bit of wild yeast funk. Tart apple fruit flavors. Kind of thin in your mouth. Some acetic sourness as well. Not too bad.

SDalkoholic (2444) - Linda Vista, California, USA - NOV 19, 2011
Bottle acquired from the infamous South Bay Drugs. Viewed as a strawberry wine cooler color of pink with a fizzy layer of foam. Actually the entire brew is a wild and fizzy form of carbonation and bubbles. The nose was confused and debated whether the scent of fruit or malt and alcohol dominated more over the other but regardless an interesting aroma. Upon the first sip, I partially quivered because of tart the initial first taste was, although, further in the drink I became comfortable with the sourness and also became aware of how excited the carbonation levels were. Flavors range from a mixture of elements such as unripe partly green strawberry, stiff freshly picked red cherry, and a minor background of wine. No sign of the wood barrels involved but the wine was apparent and also tasted similar to a wine cooler beverage to some degree.

Snojerk321 (2984) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 11, 2011
Tap at the brew pub. Pours a clear straw yellow with zero head or carbonation. Nose holds lots of citrus, lemon dominant, with some dry oak in there as well. Light tartness in the finish. Not quite what i was hoping for but still tasty.

Rosebud butternuts (2398) - Denton, Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2010
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. poured yellow with no head at’all. aroma was lemon, cherry, and cheese. flavor was lemon and pepper. light body with dry carbonation.

ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 2, 2010
Bottle shared by... cquiroga? iowaherkeye? Regardless, it was tight. Color is fairly close to a legit lambic. Nose is that real nasty Ballast Point Hout Geueze scent of mustard, sweat, onion, tart yeast and acid. Flavor is much the same, but nicely aged with a subtle bright tart cherry character. Really good, IMO.

mar (5458) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2010
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. poured a murky yellow with a faint head. nose is sour, cherries, wood, and a great tartness. nice on the palate, flavor is not as tart as i was hoping, more like a bottle of duchess.

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