JK (6095) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 14, 2008
"Where the Wild Beers Are" 2008. Unusual purple color. Sweet fruit and cassis flavor. Not bad at all for a dessert beer. Lots of sugar. FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 14, 2008
June 2007 Bottle Date; Sampled September 2008bierkoning (13272) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - SEP 9, 2008
An average pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a two-finger thick, dirty, purple stained, cream colored head. The beer is quite dark and is a deep concentrated, purple color that shows a brilliantly clear, ruby hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of currant and concord grape jam as well as a green, almost woody sort of grape stem like thing. There is also an aromatic note that reminds me of children’s aspirin, plus there is something towards the finish that makes me think of a musty, damp cave.
The first sip is surprisingly tart, before it becomes sweet. The sweetness becomes more dominant than the tartness, but at least there is some sour character here to help offset the sweetness. Fruit flavors of concord grapes, cassis liquor, bitter-sour lemons towards the finish, some grape stem sort of thing again and a slight medicinal note are all noticeable. This has a bit of heft to it from the light sweetness, but still remains fairly drinkable, there is also a tannic heft to it and a lingering tannic astringency that sticks to the teeth and palate towards the finish.
While not a traditional interpretation of the style, there is at least a funky, sour base beer here that helps add a lot of complexity underneath the lightly sweet fruitiness. I am certainly enjoying this a bit more than I might normally because of the lame "spontaneously fermented" beer I had just before this.
Purchased: Papago Brewing, Scottsdale AZ
Bottle. Purple red color. Blackcurrant and wet leaves in the aroma. Blackcurrant flavor with some tannines in the sweet, but not overly sweet, slightly sour flavor. Limited dry out effect. Better as expected, quite drinkable even. tomer (3481) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - SEP 1, 2008
0.25L bottle, thick stable pinkish red head, that looks like candyfloss, clear extremely dark red colour, rich aroma of cassis. Taste dominated by powefull sourness with the cassis fruit in the back and just a touch of bitterness. Long sour aftertaste with just a touch of dryness creeping up your throat.
One of the best fruit lambics i have had so far. fonefan (48688) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 13, 2008
Bottle 25cl @ Home.
yespr (44807) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 7, 2008
Clear dark red color with a average to large, frothy, good lancing, mostly lasting, red head. Aroma is moderate black currant. Flavor is moderate sweet and light light acidic with a average duration. It is a syntetich berry alike. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft. (070608)
25 cL bottle. Pours deep dark red with a huge solid purple and creamy head. Blackberry aroma from the distance. Sweet and acidic and solid blackberry as it should be. Flavour is citric and of blackberries. Mainly like a juice than a fruitbeer. Citric and sweet at once. Lingering blackberry flavour into the far finish. JorisPPattyn (9928) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JUL 27, 2008
Very intense flamingo-red head, quite persistent, over nearly black purple beer. Fruity nose, cassis (that’s blackcurrant to you lot), for a short while, but then more currant leaf, parsley and pelargonium leaf. Not sweet smelling, however. Surprisingly neutral flavour first, fruity, even slightly tart, acidity even persisting! Not overly blackcurrant typed, however. Slight astringency, fruit-filled body, well- to overcarbonated. Surprised? Well, not me, not really anyway. Most important thing is, this is meant to be served chilled, frappée. Serve it "chambrée", don’t come complaining here. Whatever, cassis, OK, lambic it isn’t. Now I’ll hold my horses, because I’m starting to sound like Jeremy Clarkson, if slightly less witty. smith4498 (3641) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - JUL 15, 2008
Looks like grape soda with a lavender colored head. Aroma is weird minty grape. Flavor is sweet grape with some tartness. Medium body with average carbonation and a dry finish. Not one of my favorites. I won’t be having this again. Wim (3959) - Weelde, BELGIUM - JUN 28, 2008
dark red coloured body with a little pink head a sweet fruity candy aroma a sweet fruity little sourig taste with a sweet sourig bitter finish Yves (3033) - Turnhout, BELGIUM - JUN 28, 2008
Dark pink coloured beer with small pink coloured head. Sweet fruity aroma. Palate is fruity and sweet, some bitterness in background. Finish is sweet and fruity, sour aftertast lasts for a wile. A little dry too.