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Review by emerge on 07/18/12  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 2 11 18 3 9 2010
08-26-2010
Opened two of these from the latest batch that just arrived in town. Not vintage dated. The first bottle was still, and sublime as always. Second bottle actually had a pop, some bubbles, and was monumentally funky.

Sulfur, washed rind cheese, horsehair, manure, just intensely, outrageously funky. Very polarizing to the group. After 10 minutes or so, the barnyard cloud lifted, and the gentle oaky sandalwood and green sour strawberry notes came through.

Strawberries were much more present in the taste than previous batches. Oak is big too, damp and musty wet wood. There was an inkling of carbonation, though the body has a fullness to it despite this. Unblended lambic is traditionally still anyway, as there is no young lambic or priming sugar used to carbonate (this is not a flaw or mistake, it's by design).

To me, this lambic is really out there, and something for those looking to explore the wild fringe of what's possible/acceptable in a lambic. Not for the faint of heart, try with an open mind and you'll be rewarded. After sampling a dozen or so bottles over the last few years, the batch/bottle variation is a fun part of the ride, and expected for an artisanal product.

09-18-2007
4/4/4/4.5/4.5 A- 4.1

Generously received in trade from JesseDaniel.
Black and white label, different than the one pictured with the strawberry plant illustration. Either this is a fresh bottle, or prior to the 2006 edition.

Poured into a Drie Fontienen Gueuze tumbler, the deep gold lambic retains a thin ring of foam for the duration of the glass. A second pour generates some larger bubbles, that seem to quickly dissipate, then cling to one side of the glass. Though lambic is traditionally flat, a few lazy streams of tiny bubbles are visible in the glass. The bottle is carefully decanted to leave the sediment.

Vague strawberry scent, musty wood, and a cheese note as the bottle is opened. As it sits, the sharpness is left, and the more subtle notes dissipate.

Sharp cheese, green underripe strawberry, lemon juice, yogurt, grapefruit. Dry woody aftertaste, oaky tannin lends alot of depth to the mouthfeel. Starts out juicy and fruity, and ends with the dry woody notes. Mellower than young lambic, actually moderate on the sour scale, when compared with Drie Fontienen and Cantillon.

Light acidity that gets the salivary glands working, not much carbonation, but not completely flat. Again, a woody fullness that enhances the overall mouthfeel score.

It's relative mellowness makes it more approachable on the sour scale, but it's not for the beginner/faint of heart/pregnant/weak stomach/acid reflux prone. One to sip and savor, for the sour lovers out there.

Notes: Two year old lambic (Blend of Boon and Girardin) matured for one year.

Price: $10.49 Served In: Pint Glass