Madsnp (933) - DENMARK - APR 28, 2009
Bottle. 2004 vintage. Hazy deep ruby colored with a lively off white head. The aroma is of raspberries(a little artificial), a little musty, vinegar and wood. Flavour of unripe berries, sugar, mild acidity, wood and vinegar. iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - APR 28, 2009
750mL bottle, 2004 from cgarvieuk--thank you Craig! Clear pinkish red with a one finger slightly pink--though more white--head, fair retention. Lemon acidity with light vinegar notes, and both crushed raspberries and raspberry jam in the background. There is a little bit of hay as well. The flavor has slightly bitter raspberry skins, and doesn’t come off too sweet, even by the aroma’s standard (which wasn’t that sweet to begin with). Not too funky at all--dry finish with acidity peaking around a 3 or so. Very nice balance between the sweet and sour characteristics. Light carbonation with a light body. A very approachable lambic. Pinball (12063) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 9, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2012 37.5cl bottle 2007 vintage. tasted apr. 2009.
very nice fresh raspberry aroma, mixed with a nice sour/acid aroma.
clear red, thick pink head.
flavor is more acid and sour than fresh raspberry. also some dirt. and some strange bitterness into the end. quite dry, flavor actually reminds me a lot of champaigne. NomDeBeer (414) - Maryland, USA - APR 8, 2009
Based on the fact that my bottle had absolutely no carbonation at all, I’d have to say I had a bad bottle. This thing was totally flat and acrid. Horrible really. That1Guy (2236) - Colorado, USA - MAR 26, 2009
Crushed with Jakebra. Raspberries all around. Nice brew, with plenty of funky awesomeness along the way. Pretty awesome lambic.
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2009
12 oz/355 ml bottle pours cloudy ruby red color with white head. Initial aroma was intense sour acid that dies off in a few minutes. What’s left is more raspberry and oak smells. Has a very thin palate with not a lot of carbonation for the style. Flavor is way too sweet. Not enough funk. Not enough sour components. Would have been better if it focused more on the funk and sourness than the sweetness. Should be more carbonated to for my liking. Muggus69 (2438) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - MAR 9, 2009
Beer info: Bottled in green 750ml corked bottle 6.2% abv BB 18/12/2011
Served chilled in pilsner glass.
Dirty reddish-tawny coloured body with a creamy white head.
Nose is much more upfront, tart raspberry jam followed up by a hit of dirty, sweaty, horsy funk, getting more prominant and cheesy as it warms.
Once again palate is bit disappointed; smooth, somewhat syrupy, lively palate but a bit heavy going with the acidity a bit sudbued for me.
Dirty, sweaty funk makes a brief appearance at the start of the palate, followed by what is essentially an enslaught of raspberry jam. Dries out quite quickly as it warms with a hint of saltiness and citrus on the finish.
Better than the Kriek, possibly due to the developed funk, but still a sweet lambic overall. Needs more acid! BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 18, 2009
75cl, exclusive brew anno 2004, from De Hopduvel Gent, very complex fruit brew, balanced, hazy, good head, good brew, the best of the Boon-rangedonfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 13, 2009
Earlier Rating: 7/20/2008 Total Score: 3.4
38cl, brew anno 2006, from Geers Oostakker, complex, yet easy to drink, clear, small head, little sweet, good balance
750mL 2004 vintage bottle from Regional. Pours hazy deep red, with a fizzy off white head.
Fruit, fruit and more fruit on the nose. Obviously it is mainly raspberries, smells like a punnet freshly picked. Also a definite sour note reminiscent of Rodenbach.
I was expecting a sweet flavour from this, but instead my tongue received a beautifully balanced fruitiness and sourness. Surprisingly fruit isn’t the first thing you taste, but sourness. This is quickly backed up with subtly sweet raspberries. The flavour is bold, exciting and challenging. And I love it. The finish is somewhat sour and dry, would prefer more berries which are only barely detectable in the finish.
As one of my first lambic beers rated, it has set a very high bar for others to follow. Demise (57) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 13, 2009
Pours a cloudy pinkish brown with red hues and a white head. Smells strongly of raspberries, slightly sour. The flavour is also very sour, but not necessarily in a bad way. It is a very carbonated beer and raspberries dominate, as expected, but there is a touch of malt and an odd metallic taste near the finish - this could be the alcohol flavour mixing with the fruit. Although I am a fan of sour flavours when it comes to lambics, this could benefit from a touch of sweetness, perhaps just to mellow the intensity of flavour. On saying that hwever, the palate is left with a lingering berry sweetness that begs for another sip.