N&R - Shot In The Dark

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%
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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Savvy1982 (1706) - Lethbridge, Alberta, - NOV 12, 2012
Bottle at my 30th Birthday tasting, from a 3 Fonteinen tumbler. Thanks Adam! Pours hazy deep pinkish red, thick dark pink head. Great lacing. Nose is blackberries, raspberries, pencil lead/graphite, big gentle leather. Im stunned by how feminine this is, reminds me more of Framboos than anything else. Flavours of berries - lots of berries: Blueberry, blackberry, raspberry, and maybe just a hint of currant. Funk is present and correct, but not overwhelming. Spectacular balance. Loved this one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClarkVV (6542) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (16244) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 9, 2016
Etched bottle thanks to Adam - shared at Grana Padano share 2016 - pours rose white head - nose/taste of blackberry, oak, funk and vinous funky wine - medium body

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kermis (12759) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 27, 2016
Bottle shared at A Day To Sink All Sea Shepards tasting. Hazy amber with an off white head. Aroma of mineral notes, citrus, light funk, light lactic notes and dustiness. Flavour is above moderate sour. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. [17-09-2016]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kraddel (7715) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - SEP 17, 2016
@ A day to sink all seasheppards. Thnx for sharing, everyone !! Pours clear amber, small white head. Smell is very metallic, mild funk. Dry. Taste is sour, dry, sharp fruit (cherry ) very dry ending.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rouhlas (3520) - GREECE - JUL 15, 2016
750 ml bottle at Gueuze tasting 2016, Ulfborg. Thanjks Alex! Light hayz amber orange color with off white head. Yeasty aroma, barnyard, dusty, grassy, tart citrusy fruity, berries, vinous, wood. Sweet and acidic acetic fruity taste. Medium oily body with almost fizzy carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bursprak (3092) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vestergaard (2086) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - JUN 24, 2016
From Bottle @fonefan gueuze tasting Ulfborg, thanks to nightfall - june 24th 2016. Ratebeer deleted my rating, so ill have to do this from memory... Orangy yellow, hazy, small white head. Aroma has mold, berries, funk, oak. Taste is sour, dry, tart citric, funky and with a light bitterness. High carbonation and a rather light body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrOrla (3044) - Odense C, DENMARK - JUN 24, 2016
Bottle. Pours golden with a white head. aroma of barn, leathery, funky, grapes. Sour berries, funk,dark fruits, light leather, and some ligjht phenoloc hints(plastic), light vinegar, , a touch of vinegar, a touch of fruits.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Klimaet (2522) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - JUN 24, 2016
Bottle @ Ulfborg Gueuze Tasting thanks to Nightfall! Pours reddish hazy orange with a big offwhite head. Aromas of funk, berries, citrus, vinous. Taste has vinous notes, oak, lactic tartness, subtle vinegar, berries.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ctipping (1850) - Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2016
750 mL unlabeled bottle. Deep orange and a bit reddish. Huge off-white head. Thick collar. Lots of wisps. Smell is very musty. Yeasty. Lots of funk and some tart musty berry. Kinda woody with some dried grass. Taste has musty blackberry. More distinct blackberry. Kind of a wine-like grape flavor. Some oak. Pleasant tartness, but not that sour. Just a lot of yeastiness. High carbonation. Medium light body. I understand this is Girardin lambic, but it doesnt have that intense acetic sourness that Girardin typically has. Much more fruit and wood.

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