Updated notes 01/05/23 (pictured)
2018 vintage, $11.99 from Gay’s in Angola, IN, a ridiculous find in the middle of nowhere all things considered. This bottle is marked as being BB 29/08/2021, so around 17 months past what the brewery considers its best, but that’s pretty subjective when it comes to beers like this one.
Carbonation is low – not zero, but low, and that’s a shame. If it had held up a little more, this would have been better. Tastes haven’t changed that much from the original notes below, with that sweet and sour note, and the predominant, authentic raspberry seed element. What has changed is the appearance, or perhaps just my appreciation for it. I’d bump this from a 2.5 to a 3.5 from the original score, or even a bit more.
Great beer, I’d always pick it up when I see it, but in the current, contemporary US climate that’s basically going to be ‘never’. Shame.
Original notes 02/22/09
355 mL bottle, Total Wine, Perimeter, Atlanta, GA, USA. $8.99 for the pleasure. Corked and caged. SB 59 on the cork. Best before 06.03.2012.
The look is NOT the strongest part of this beer. Poured into the l’Abbaye Brasserie des Rocs chalice, the fizziess is short lived and leaves absolutely no lace or head. The color is a murky, dirty, brownish magenta. Not that attracive at ALL, but it does seem to get more pink as it warms and less volume is present in the glass.
The nose offers some light raspberry but the oak seems to dominate.
The tastes are where this beer shines for me. A lovely combo of sweet and sour with the dominant flavor being the bitter, dry notes of raspberry seeds. Fruit is strong, but magnificently balanced with acidity. Again the raspberry seeds come through strong with some nice sourness.
This is a VERY approachable fruit lambic that gets away from sweetness and gives the drinker a real sense of what a genuine fruit lambic should do.
Lovely, a great beer to put into my regular rotation.