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Frambozen

December, 2016
Judges Rating: 
99
Aroma: 
23 / 24
Appearance: 
6 / 6
Flavor: 
40 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
10 / 10
Overall Impression: 
20 / 20

The aroma of this fruit lambic is a menagerie of olfactory delights: dominating raspberry, woody pith, hints of tartness, sweetness, and a little barnyard for good measure. The color is an interesting pale burnt orange/red with some haze and almost no head leftover from the outpouring of gaseous bubbles continually rising from the bottom of the glass. The flavor is strongly raspberry fruit and pithy/woody extractions from the seeds. Beyond the fruit, which is by no means overbearing, some interesting wild yeast funk can be found that has a lot more going on than your basic Brettanomyces strain. Acidity comes through in the finish, but those wonderful wild flavors combined with a fruity tartness in the midpoint are what drives the excitement that this beer brings to my palate. The mouthfeel is unsurprisingly dry, but the aforementioned acid provides a good balance. All told, this is an amazing beer that has no problem expressing the raspberry fruit along with the wild side of yeast that makes for an incredible explosion of flavors and aromas. Do you like anything sour? How about fruit? Or are you not sure? If you said yes on any of those, find this beer and give it a try. This one is a world class fruit lambic!

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