hopdog (13444) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2006
12.7oz bottle dated best before 25.01.2009. Poured a medium to dark reddish-orange color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of juicy raspberries (not overpowering though). I’ve said it before, raspberries are my favorite fruit beer flavor. Tastes of tart raspberries with some green apples. Has a nice tart and sweet balance to it. Fizzy and lively body. Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 16, 2006
Cheerful garnet pour loses its head swiftly. Candied raspberry/cherry juiciness round about the nostrils, revealing its sweet preferences over more traditional sourness. Absent lactic character. Centered around fleshy fruits that can’t help but leave a film of residual sugars coating the tongue despite the reasonably active carbonation. This last part I’m not a big fan of. To me there are only 2 ways of having a great sweet drink. 1) Breath-taking the drinker with an onslaught of complexity : The way of the barleywines, the grand Sauternes of this world, of the best trappists. 2) Making a statement in the shape of crafty precision and focus. This is every bit as hard to achieve. New Glarus does it imo, so does Dieu du Ciel at times. What we have here fits neither, it’s the type of beer to tear a rater apart: Through his valiant arguing, my pal Martin won this extra nuance: as a lambic, an abomination, as far as overall enjoyment in the shape of a dessert fruit beer (how many of those do we really need?), a success, but from my very personal opinion, Boon ought to brew less perfumed fruity sweet lambic and more pilsners. MartinT (10239) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 13, 2006
Any first impressions?BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 12, 2006
-A slight ring of head floats atop the boastful red.
-Fresh raspberry peel and sweet cherry fruitiness make an appealing aroma.
-The plump fruitiness of the aforementioned raspberries crushes most of the inherent lambic tartness.
-Carbonation’s active but soothing, fitting the beer’s purposes.
What if you dig deeper?
-The lack of funkiness and tartness will probably frustrate the Oud Beersel lover.
-The many berries take a little too much room in the flavor spectrum.
-The flavor carries through just fine, making it a tasty fruit beer.
-Fails as a lambic imho, but succeeds as a fruit beer.
On tap at The Publick House Brookline.
Hazy ruby colour with lots of head and great frothy lacing. Aroma is light with raspberries and some tartness. Flavour is sour at the front and then sweetens with the raspberry flavour and then ends with a sour note. Doesn’t over power with too much sweetness or sourness as do a lot of other lambics. Nuffield (4254) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2006
Slightly hazy, red-brown, with a white head. Faro-like aroma, light raspberry notes, musty, sweet. Somewhat thick palate from the sweetness, low carbonation. Drinkable and compelling for what it is, but not the greatness of the other Oud Beersel lambics.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2006
Bottle shared by Nuffield. Lots of cig smoke, mighty fruit, caramel, candy corn nose. Iced tea body with a medium ring of bubbles. Taste-berry, light sour, light brett. The brett characterisitcs that I love are washed out by the berry flavor. Interesting. aracauna (3745) - Georgia, USA - JAN 29, 2006
This poured a pretty ruby body topped with a good head. The aroma is full of fresh raspberries and a funky sourness. After my experience with the gueuze and kriek, I was surprised by how much sweeter this was. Still pretty tasty. redlight (2325) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2006
MMM the aroma is nice, nice raspberries, but not too sweet. It pours a dark pink, red. The flavor is great! Not too sweet, not too sour, just right. Very nice. Gusler (2652) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 29, 2006
The beer eructs for the 375ml green bottle into my snifter glass a limpid deep red with a decorous creamy light pinkish head that after its dematerialization leaves a fragile sheet of lace to enshroud the glass. Nose has a delicate sweet aroma of raspberries, with a nice tart background, a real foreshadowing of things to come; start is sweet, with a pleasant feel to the palate. Finish is sturdy in its acidity, the raspberries quite evident, and the aftertaste a tart dry that makes you pucker a bit, but what a treat, and to think at one time I disliked Lambic’s. bu11zeye (13288) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 22, 2006
(Bottle) Pours a clear ruby body with a small pinkish head. Aroma of mustiness and raspberry syrup. Flavor of raspberry tartiness with a dry, carbonated mouthfeel.