The_Osprey (7812) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle share in Richmond as ’LoverBeer D’uvaBeer’, 8%, vintage 2010. Many thanks to Scopey for providing the goods. Hazy dark orange, small off-white cap. Aroma is apricot, vinegar and marmalade. Body is smooth and rounded, soft carbonation. Taste is apricot, a little buttery, refreshing sourness and light acidity. Just a very well balanced, tasty little number.
Leighton (20800) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at Casa Daniel - thanks to Paul. Vintage 2010. Pours mostly clear orange-gold with a light, creamy white head. The nose has a bit of leathery, acetic berries, hints of vinegar. Light sweet flavor with moderate acidity, some further leathery fruits, berries, light earth and leaves, lemon, tangerine. Light to medium bodied with average, spritzy carbonation. Clean finish, with some acidity, musty leather and earth, berries, hints of lemon and sweat. Drinking pretty good.
beer_est_deus (1271) - örebro, SWEDEN - JAN 1, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dimmig, bärnstens färgad, sort tydligt orange skum som faller snabbt. Doft: Körsbärs vin, hallon, sött vin, jord/funk, alkohol, persikogodis, honung. Smak: Lite citron syra, lite söt vinäger, malt, fruktkärnor, körsbär och körsbärskärnor, funk, jord, lite hö.
Pyrmir (5896) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at CBC15. Hazy amber with beige head. Aroma is bretty, sour, bready malt and fruit. Taste is bretty, barn, acetic, funky, apples, grapes, yeast and light fruit.
SirLimpsalot (4109) - SWEDEN - NOV 3, 2015
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
@ Moeder Lambic 15-10-30: En mycket lätt sour ale med en tunn bärighet och lite för blek generelt.
oliodnb (662) - ITALY - OCT 30, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Moeder Lambic, Bruxelles. Hazy amber, beautiful creamy off white head. Aroma is sourish with fruity and wine notes, taste is similar, not too sour, very complex and satisfying. Medium body, light carbonation.
tricksta_p (4309) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - OCT 28, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From tap at Moeder Lambic Fontainas, Brussel. Aroma of tart red fruits, some malt, toffee, vinegar, tart berries, red wine. Flavour is moderate to medium sour and light sweet. Body is medium. Tasty sourish red fruity ale.
Alengrin (5159) - BELGIUM - OCT 2, 2015
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2015 Another beer-wine hybrid from Italy: apparently the premise was a Belgian strong ale, to which must of Freisa (an Italian red wine grape variety) was added for refermentation. I had similar Italian experiments before and keep fond memories of them, so I expect a lot from this 2011 vintage bottle (to be consumed before end 2015, according to the back label). Pours a deep, warm and ’autumny’ coppery amber colour, lightly hazy with low sparkling, under a regularly shaped, lightly lacing, moussy egg-white head retaining well around the edges in the first instants, but quickly disappearing altogether, so that the content of the glass (especially in the oversized wine glass I’m using) eventually looks more like some wine-based apéritif than a beer. As more of the bottle is emptied in the glass, the overall looks become increasingly headless and murky. Strong aroma of rosé wine, FFF (freshly fermented farmland) but remaining elegant in some sort of way, old dry sherry, strawberry wine, elderberry syrup, ripe purple gooseberries, balsamico, pickled gherkins, candied orange, melting brown sugar, honey liqueur. Vividly fruity onset, blue grapes as expected, along with passion fruit, strong red raspberry and bittersweet prunes, soft carbo but still quite tingling seen this bottle’s age; supple, vinous mouthfeel, deep and restrainedly caramelly malt sweetish base supporting a sherryish and raspberry vinegar tartness which makes up the core of this beer and lending this a sour-sweet effect not unlike an ’oud bruin’ (Flemish sour ale). This ’sherry- and berry’-like fruitiness continues deep into the finish, drying the mouth cavity in a gentle but certain way, becoming even a slight bit lemony every now and then; oxidation is there, but is apparently very restrained even at four years of age and does not conflict with other flavours - it blends in nicely, as in a high quality oloroso sherry. Hops are nowhere to be seen; a liqueurish alcohol glow is there, but only subtly so and not becoming astringent. Bizarre, but it does have a theme: ever since Baladín introduced craft beer to wine-soaked Italy, this country has spawned an array of innovative craft brewers which, instead of reacting against their own ancient wine culture (which I have the impression Spain is doing now), have embraced it and made (still little exposed) cross-pollinations between both, of which this one is an excellent example. Especially with the head having left (grape pits are known for being counterproductive towards head formation - ask Cantillon), I almost felt like I was rating some fortified wine instead of a beer - but fortunately the old familiar malts weren’t that far away. Succulent late night sipper worth cellaring for some years. Va bene!
Turtles (2509) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 19, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle from Systembolaget. Hazy, amber. Great lacing, egg-white head. Brett aroma, stable, earthy and fermented cherries. Medium-bodied, light mouthfeel,very fizzy, you can taste and hear the fizzy bubbles on each sip. The taste is brett, mid-sour, mild funk, green apples, grapes, yeast, spice. Finish with earthy hops and cirtus.
superspak (5400) - Michigan, USA - AUG 24, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2010 vintage bottling. Pours hazy reddish orange color with a 1 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace that lingers. Minimal lacing on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of tart cherry, strawberry, raspberry, raisin, plum, currant, red grape, caramel, brown sugar, toasted oak, leather, light red wine vinegar, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, and yeast/oak earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, grapes, oak barrel, and dark malt notes; with good strength. Taste of tart cherry, strawberry, raspberry, raisin, plum, currant, red grape, caramel, brown sugar, toasted oak, leather, light red wine vinegar, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/acidic tartness and light oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of cherry, berry, raisin, currant, red grape, caramel, brown sugar, toasted oak, light vinegar, musty funk, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness, balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, grapes, oak barrel, and dark malt flavors; with a great malt/tartness/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, moderately acidic, and slightly slick/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice fruited wild ale style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, grapes, oak barrel, and dark malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on with the balanced acidity. A very enjoyable offering.