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Atrial Rubicite

November, 2015
Judges Rating: 
23 / 24
6 / 6
38 / 40
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
19 / 20

A very evident raspberry aroma, mostly from the flesh of the fruit, and a pithy quality that comes across as slightly woody is first noted in this Wood-Aged Beer. Lambic-like wild yeast characteristics are detectable as well, predominantly barnyard and horse blanket aromas. The appearance is a brilliant ruby color with no hint of cloudiness coupled with a very faint ring of bubbles that just clings to the glass's edge. The flavor is intensely sour with some grapefruit and a lot of aspirin character. The raspberry fruit is still detectable and provides a very slight fruit flavor along with the perception of raspberry tartness. The mouthfeel of this beer is defined by the puckering sourness that carries well into the finish – and beyond. Enough carbonation is there, despite appearances, to provide some carbonic astringency as an added dimension. Overall, this is an excellent fruit lambic on par with some of the best fruit lambics from the Senne Valley in Belgium. If that is your thing, you would be remiss to pass up this excellent, American-brewed example.