Shag (2981) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - OCT 23, 2005
Wow shocked to see the low ratings. I really enjoyed this one. A reddish pink appearance with a moderate head. The flavor was quite tart with plenty of raspberries showing up. There really isnt much else besides the raspberries that come out in the beer but thats ok with me. A slightly musky and funky feel to the beer. Not as sour as many of the fruit lambics Ive had, but for something more tame it works. And rating #1100! Woot! FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 10, 2005
This beer is served on tap, it sits with a frothy thin tan head in my tulip glass. It is pretty darn clear with a rich amber color; it is dark enough that I can barely see through it. The aroma is a fruity mix of raspberry pulp and skins, it is tart, but in a raspberry sort of way, not in the typical Lambic fashion, and the beer is hardly funky at all. As the beer warms up the aroma seems to pick up note that make me think of fermented prunes.ClarkVV (6635) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 6, 2005
The beer is served quite cold, but my first impressions is that the beer is tart and acidic, but quite a bit softer than a Cantillon product. Thankfully the beer is not sweet at all, this allows the raspberry flavor to be somewhat restrained and not so dominant. This is really a clean Lambic; tart sure thing, but it is missing that depth of complexity and funky barnyard / Farmhouse character that one expects in a good Lambic.
As the beer warms up the mouthfeel becomes fuller and more tannic (think raspberry skins). This is a nice quaffable fruit beer; not sweet either so none of that horrible sweet raspberry flavor is present. Definitely a good session beer. It does not reach contemplative though; a good Lambic, in my mind, is incredibly complex (this one isn’t), yet at the same time eminently quaffable and thirst quenching (this one is).
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UPDATED: JAN 12, 2014 On draught 9/3/2005 at Anam Cara. Blood red with a lighter, amber tinge to it. Ring of white bubbles is all that appears for a head and there is no lacing left behind. Transluscent clarity. Aroma of red raspberry jam, thick and sweet with vanilla and a touch of dryness. Light raspberry flesh/raspberry seeds. Tartness is fleeting and only faintly perceived. Flavor is quite sweet to start, granted itís authentic tasting raspberry sweetness. Not syrupy, but the raspberries just donít leave enough room for other (lambic) character. Actually, on the end, there is some light bacteria, but itís very faint. Some black pepper, raspberry seeds, celery and plant stalks. Invigorating mouthfeel, lots of tiny CO2 bubbles in there, very compact. Some beaujolais wine-like character and low to moderate acidity, but it seems to come from the raspberries, certainly not any bacteria. No sourness whatsoever. Pretty simple, not worthy of the name, IMHO. Great fruit beer though. . . .Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - SEP 5, 2005
375 mL bottle, best before 6/21/2015 drunk on 1/11/14
Pretty close to the above draft experience. I will reiterate that there is some real raspberry flavor in here, though there is certainly some sugar of some sort in here as well. And thatís fine, they make no promises on the label, simply calling it Framboise. Vegetal notes become pervasive in the aroma, as it breathes, and there is more than enough powdered sugar flavor on the finish. Still, a passable fruit beer. Keeping the numbers unchanged
Bottle: Nice rasberry aroma. The only problem is that itís all sweet raspberry with very little tartness that I like in lambics. Pours a transparent reddish-orange with a very small white head. Again the flavor is mostly sweet raspberry. Slightest hints of tartness come in the finish with some light bitterness and some hints of wood. Not bad, but not what I was hoping for. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 5, 2005
This beer was provided by Pailhead (thanks) after a quick run to Belmont Party Store on the Saturday of the Labor Day gathering. I was really looking forward to trying this but it was a let down and not near to the quality of the old Oud Beersel Kriek.
egajdzis (6499) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2005
Beautiful ruby hue with a small fizzy head and developed some pink lace. The aroma has raspberry (duh), horse blanket and musty yeast esters and a touch of lemongrass. The taste is fruity and yeasty with a pale malt background. It is sweeter than expected and a bit syrupy, mostly it is one-dimensional. Does not have the taste of fresh fruit the better examples of the genre possess. Be interesting to future ratings of this beer as it becomes more widely distributed.
Poured a ruby red color with a small, pinkish head that left no lacing on the glass. Aroma of raspberries, light oak, and hay as well. Taste of sweet raspberry, almost becomes syrupy, grape skin tartness, and finishes lightly sour.