beastiefan2k (4082) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2010
Shared by Matt, thanks. Cork "pops" as if the beer is dead but the pour is less dead. However, after it sits a little the beer becomes still. This beer smells just like my old sour cranberry cider. Its all sour and a piercing berry sourness. Flavor is heartburn going down, even for me this gets my throat churning. Its just a piercing sourness and nothing else, may double as a decent vinegar. There seems to be a lot of variability in these bottles since this was almost dead and others have been gushers, inconsistency from Lost Abbey, I don’t believe it. theisti (4205) - Kansas, USA - DEC 12, 2010
750 ml corked and caged bottle shared by mreusch. Pour is a hazed orange ruby with no head and a few bubbles clinging to the side of glass along with active bubbles flowing up the center of the glass. Aroma is sour cherry fruit, fruit skins, oak, and a soft lactic sour / tartness. Nice bright nose. Taste is just crazy sour off the bat, just completely mouth puckering tartness. Much more than I was expecting from the nose. Sour and funky, big sour cherries, with the oak coming out after the tart sour. Palate is medium, light spritzy carbonation, and a lingering sour finish. Thanks Matt, never thought I would get a taste of this one. mreusch (858) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - DEC 9, 2010
750ml bottle from a trade with craytonic over on BA. Fortunately no massive gusher on this one, and pours a murky reddish brown with a good sized off-white pinkish head. The initial nose is only a hint of how acidic this thing is. Nice notes of sour cherry, fresh orange, raspberry, and some mango and island fruits along with some light funk. Regardless, the overwhelming acid is front and center, and only continues to the taste. Almost an unbearable acidic hit regardless of how small a sip, with more tart cherry, fresh raspberry and other fruits, lesser barrel notes, and some funk. Definitely not for the faint of heart, and unfortunately lacking any subtlety or nuance I was hoping for. Thanks Matt! GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 5, 2010
GUSHER. Travlr (26091) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 5, 2010
750mL rating #1900 courtesy of beeranddogs. Huge carbonation that wants to explode and gush everywhere. Lost zero of the bottle allowing the beer to spray into the Westvleteren chalice at a relatively slow rate. The pour is opaque, muddy, pink and purple with a massive, light pink to whitish head that towers high and fizzes down abruptly leaving a fizzy, headless, effervescent liquid. The aroma is outstanding: similar to 3F Hommage there is massive amount of kriek and framboise funk, fruit yogurt, but there is so much more piling on here: sour mango yogurt, blood orange, ruby red grapefruit, fresh/unripe strawberries. As it warms there is an added complexity of caramel, pineapple, cotton candy, just the slightest hint of red wine vinegar. But overall, the aroma is much more wild, complex, and inviting than even 3F Hommage. The taste at first is more like a top notch Kriek such as Cantillon Lou Pepe. Massive amounts of strawberry and cherry yogurt pile on with a hugely lactic sour body. Never devolving into vinegar or acetic or hot/sharp sourness, it is from beginning to end an endlessly drinkable, quenching, easy to love red fruit and citrus yogurt cacophony. The palate is lactic and highly effervescent. As you drink this more there is a sort of numbing sensation that goes almost oily. It is quite an experience. The aftertaste is long, complex, and beautiful still making itself apparent even after drinking some NG Belgian Red.
We had this back to back with Framboise de Amorosa, which is apparently the large batch version of V006. Well, the FdA pours much darker almost brune in the glass with a much deeper pink head. Aroma is slightly metallic, phenolic, some band-aid. Taste is sour but just is laughably inferior to V006. There is really nothing similar between the two.
Bottle shared with tarheels86. It tried to stain my ceiling, but thanks to the warnings in other people’s ratings, we were prepared. Pours murky pink, massive pale red head. Huge fruit aroma, plus grapefruit and lemon. Taste is sour and funky, great body, and lot of different fruits - raspberries obviously, but lots of citrus as well. Slight bitterness in the finish. Very nice.
jredmond (8645) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 3, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2011 Bottle split with pat and Linh. Glad to see the bottle didn’t explode as mentioned in previous are reviews. Pours a thick and hazy Ruby red body with aggressive carbonation and lacing that lasts throughout. Aroma is probably the most sour thing I’ve ever smelt. Notes of fruit exploding. Mouthfeel is in your face tart - literally jaw puckering. Delicious and complex fruit notes - cherry, raspberry, grapes, apricots and peach. Also flavors of funk and oak. An amazing beer and one of the best out there. patrickfannon (1242) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2010
Bottle. 25.4 oz. Split with James and Linh just before The Antlers’ concert on December, 3 2010. Cork popped slowly with tons of fine mist streaming over the lip. The aroma immediately filled the air with notes of fresh peaches and raspberries. Pour is incredibly dense and hazy rosy orange with a one-finger, creamy, smooth, tightly-bubbled off-white head. Leaves a beautiful lace around the rim of the snifter for the entirity of the session. Aroma is full of fresh, ripe fruits; strawberries, peaches, raspberries, which follow through on notes of sour lemon zest, sharp, funky white cheddar cheese, oak, merlot grapes, slight vanilla and moist soil. Light, airy, fluffy, soft, mouthfeel; the beer nearly evaporates on the tongue, leaving an astonishing asortment of fresh fruity and oaky flavors, and a huge dose of sourness. There is not a single trace of alcohol in this brew. It is elegantly composed. Delicate, elusive, yet worth the chase. This may be the most nuanced, original ale I have ever tasted. Beautiful. HonusWagner (2226) - Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2013 Thanks Ryan for sharing at a very fun tasting!
Very, very acetic. Nice whiffs of raspberry and a slight oaky characteristic keep this beer from being horribly unbalanced. But what the hell is with the gushing on this one? We lost half of a bottle. I’m sorry, but I cannot in good conscience rate this beer the 4.2 or so that I believe it is when you cannot even get the carbonation remotely right; if I had paid money for this and consumed it on site, I would’ve demanded half my money back.
e: Slightly ticking this up because it’s a really good beer, still pissed about the gushing. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 12, 2010
- EXPLOSIVE GUSHER WARNING – EXPLOSIVE GUSHER WARNING –50belair (3682) - Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2010
In short: An extra-intense, acidic and very sharp successful woody red-fruit-lambic imitation. Great beer.
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed about 9 months after bottling. Split two-way by and with kramer. Huge mega-thanks Jason!!!
The look: Cloudy amber body topped by small beige head
In long: Superb intense nose of raspberries, grapefruits, cherries, funk and barrels. This thing smells like it’s gonna be sharp as a knife and dry as fuck. Taste is intense, really intense, this is a sipper. Mouth puckering tannins, extremely dry yet very fruity, very acidic, cherry skin, berries, lots of funk. This is sharp sharp sharp sharp and it is might be the closest thing I have had to a fruit lambic made outside Belgium. A very biting sharp acidic fruit lambic. I would compare this beast as a cross between a Rosé De Gambrinus and a Hanssens Kriek, both with a few years on them. I’m using these two as examples because they are among the sharpest well known red-fruit lambic I know. Anyway, that’s a great beer but it is really only aimed at those who like their fruit-lambic as sharp as possible. My drinking partner on that night didn’t like it as much as I did. This beer is not for everybody. Almost lives-up to the hype. That beer really gave me the scares. When we opened it literally exploded and made a huge mess. We lost half the bottle. Thankfully we were only splitting the bottle two-way so at the end all was fine. When that bottle exploded I was really surprised, worried and scared. Like that time the urinal auto-flushed while I was still pissing. Turns out it was a malfunction but for an instant I thought I had ceased to exist.
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2011 Bottle shared by Justin at LCBS 10. Oh man, the truth, or veritas, is this is one sour ass ale. In an epic line up of sour ales, this was by far the most bitter, no wait ass puckering, ale of them all. A frighteningly acidic and vinegary nose. The taste is so tart and acidic the only thing it could think, is where are the rolaids??