N&R - Shot In The Dark

 
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Formerly brewed at Neill & Ross
Style: Lambic Style - Fruit
Belfast, Northern Ireland

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RATINGS: 71   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Shot In The Dark is a fruit lambic that has been blended and matured in a freshly emptied 225 litre French Bordeaux wine barrel that has held Red wine for five seasons. 60kgs (133 pounds) of blackberries were added to Girardin lambic and left to ferment over the Autumn.

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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BVery (9935) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2013 Bottle shared by Bobby - holy crap this is awesome. Sour and tart, but in control. Rich and bold. Heck yeah this rules!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (10919) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 9, 2012
Reddish purple pour, light pink head. Lactic sour, Brett, blackberry, light lemon. Nice and sour with blackberry, cheesy funk, old barrel woodsy flavors. Awesome!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sebletitje (9556) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 12, 2012
Bottle sample @ 2nd RBBSG, August 11th 2012. Courtesy of Tderoeck. Holy hell this beer rocks. Couleur acajou, sur un col lgrement rostre. Arme toutes les qualits dun lambic fruit, ce trs agrable bouquet aigre fruit de mres, presque de framboise sauvages est un vrai rgal. Note ce ct barrique avec des notes boises qui laissent tout de mme la place aux mres pour se ressentir. Palais, sec avec un profond profile fruit/mres, notes de fruits frais/terreux, la manire dont les fruits sont prsents est phnomnal, cela se rajoute de subtiles notes de barrique et de bois, donnant une belle dimension de lambic mariant aigreur fruite et de barrique.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gEUS (1637) - Linden, BELGIUM - OCT 2, 2012
bottle sample at the epic beer tasting - thanks to BelgBeerGeek. Pours murcky red with a pinkish head. Aroma is cherries and blackberries. Light body with sour fruitiness in balance, very dry finish. Taste of cherries, grapefruit, and catpiss. Very nice beeer (better than Blabaer in my opinion)

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tom10101 (5689) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 27, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2013 Bottle (750 ml). Huge thanks to Pier-Luc and Julien for finding these bottles and to David for sharing it! Slightly hazy amber/pinkish with a medium off-white head and good lacing. Aroma is dicrete at first but the fruits and the red wine treatment slowly show up and finally give this beer a really interesting nose. Taste is moderately sour with blackberries, slight red wine presence and acetic notes. Mouthfeel is winey and slightly dry. Very good fruited lambic. Im glad I had the chance to try this one!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bursprak (2712) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 6, 2016
Bottle @ Ulfborg gueze tasting. Hazy orangish pour with a fluffy head. Lots of barrel character, grape skin, juicy berries, vinous, some oaky vanilla. Quite tasty! Held up well!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClarkVV (6090) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 28, 2016
Bottle shared on 10/8/16.
Very carbonated with a mountain of nectarine pulp-tinged white head that tops a deep golden body with strong violet-auburn hues. Good clarity.
Blackberries still quite apparent in the nose, but it mixes with loads of brett and lactic character from the Girardin. Things seem nicely attenuated, both lambic and fruit and the red wine isnt all that apparent, certainly not overdone. Woody, earthy and lightly-to-moderately funky notes are all mixed in with the nicely developed acids as the fruit accentuates, but does not dominate either. No alcohol or flaw.
The flavor is lovely as well, with a puckering sourness that is somewhat softened by wood tannin and just a touch of maltiness. The blackberries have eased off to the point of perfection, it seems, and add complexity without taking away from the lambic, which is sour, yet still round and moderately fruity, as is Girardin apt to be with age on it. Strong, yet tight carbonation and a supple texture put the finishing touches on quite a lovely creation here. Should be good for many years to come.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
levifunk (12) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 16, 2012
Smell is intensley funky. Rotting blackberry. Taste is fantastic. Dry minerally lambic. Fruit isnt as intense in the flavor, but comes through. Low carbonation. Overall this is very good. Very easy to drink. Dry, very funky, a bit fruity.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JorisPPattyn (9669) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JUL 28, 2012
Gushing to huge dirty-pink head, fluffy, over hazy red beer with an amber-brownish sheen. Pure lambic nose with putteke included, leather, lightly horseblanket, citrus and indeed purple berries. Little fruitiness, lots of (Girardin-recognisable) lambic. Hint at sweetness. Fruit: yes, blackberries: no. Tart, dry-out effect, lipsmacking sourness. Excellent. Might benefit from being a little stronger on the fruit, but if these are really blackberries - brambles - then Jean van Roy affirms they hardly colour/flavour beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yespr (41894) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2012
75 cL bottle. Pours clear and golden amber with a small white head. Aroma is fruity, tart and barnyard. Wooden, tart, fruity and dry bretty to almost wooden. Smooth fruity and tart into the finish.


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