Dfonorow (2250) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2016
Bottle share at RBB. Pour is ruby/orange with a minimal white head. Aroma and flavor of raspberry jam, funky sour mash, lemon zest, and dry acidic notes. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2016
750ml pour at the Penrose Technical Tour (Geneva, IL). Thanks Levi! Pours a deep crimson red wine color, big glowing cranberry glow or macerated fresh pulpy raspberries. A good haziness, frothy pinkish ring atop is a nice enough thicker ring that laces nice enough. Deep colors in the body are quite striking. Aromas are potent and sour, wet wood, sour cherries and big raspberry and cranberry appeal, seedy and sour with lactic pop, some seedy appeal, earth and a bit of vanillin. Earth, gentle funk asserts itself a bit more as we let it settle. Jabs of red wine, lush and deep aromas with that deep sour and pulpy raspberry and cranberry appeal. Really nice stuff. Initial is lighter bodied, a touch of body with nice pulpy fruit, raspberries and a bit of cherry. Earthy, a bit tannic and dry as some nice cleaner body as opposed to a fruit bomb or abrasive sour element. Nice fruity presence is light enough to put down easily, nothing holding you down, but also quite punchy, deep and dark. Some nice tannic appeal, an enjoyable funky brett life, subtle barnyard and cobwebs into the backend add some nice complexity. Subtle oak, really on point fruit presence. A bit tannic, good raspberry skin presence as we finish up. Really lovely stuff. Nothing to heavy but still flavorful, fairly complex, every element flowing and working together. A lovely pour and nose, good flavors, great balance. Just lovely. LancerUWM (6) - - MAR 14, 2016 does not count
This is the best fruited lambic I’ve ever had. Perfectly bright pink/red color and the aroma was extremely satisfying. You can taste the raspberries immediately and it finishes with a subtle dryness. Highly recommend! Thanks for sharing Kraig Jordan! Sourcrusher (3) - - MAR 14, 2016 does not count
This beer is something special. Pours the most beautiful shade of purple that I’ve ever seen in a beer. As rich as the color is, you’d expect it to be overly fruited, or one dimensional, but it’s not. It’s so complex. The way the fruit highlights the funk instead of masking it is amazing. The juiciest of raspberries and that house funk we have all began to crave. If there is one funk factory beer to seek out, I vote it’s this. Do yourself a favor and get one! CobiiWI (2) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 14, 2016 does not count
Shout #notalambic all you want, this is another close to perfect attempt by Levi at the lambic style, and is better than most lambics from Belgium aside from the obvious heavy hitters. I’d say "trade for it" , but good luck getting us WI people to let go of a bottle from an already low bottle count and allotment.
Aroma is rich with deep jammy raspberry, which overpowers the funk you’d usually get with a plain lambic. Makes you want to stick your nose in the glass for a few seconds before every taste
Appearance - A beautiful beer. Somewhere between fuchsia and the deep purple of the raspberries. Surprising head retention for the style, wtih some of the color bleeding into the head as well with a good pour.
Taste - Close to perfect as the aroma and appearance, but a little less jammy raspberry flavor (marginally) than the aroma lets on. Rich fruit flavor still takes over in a tart and funky raspberry way as expected, without being overly acidic.
Palate - clean and refreshing. A little on the dry side. light to medium body, with average to soft carbonation.
madvike (3290) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 6, 2016
Bottle - Pours purple with a filmy tan head. Nose is seedy raspberry, light lemony tartness, a little plastic note, and more sweet jammy fruit. Taste is the same--really jammy with lemony tartness and a quenching acetic finish. Smooth, fluffy carbonation and a soft finish. So, so good. brokensail (16633) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 28, 2016
Bottle @ RBWG 2016. Turbid reddish beer with a white head. Tart raspberry and a touch of jam. A bit on the seedy side with some tannic fruit skins. A little bit of funk. Somewhat oaky and has a nice dry, sour finish. Has an almost perfumey floral character to the nose. Pretty juicy. Nice stuff. DSG (15119) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 12, 2016
[1/30/16] Bottle sample at the Encomium bottle share, after RateBeer Best awards ceremony at Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel in Santa Rosa. Thanks everyone who shared bottles! Murky red. Sour berries, funk, lacto. Sour, juicy. Mark000 (1) - - FEB 8, 2016 does not count
This stood out among many great Funk Factory and other beers throughout the evening. I really enjoy the balance. There are way too many AWAs that are all about the pucker factor. This isn’t one of them. Well done! beerandbourbon (7) - - FEB 7, 2016 does not count
After sitting down with a few of their bottles, I’m blown away by what these guys are doing. Full fruit flavor on a bed of funk with a nice dry finish. Truly an outstanding beer that could compete with the best Belgian versions.