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Commercial Beers -- Blind Tasting Comments...
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Each beer was ranked
informal score of 1-10.
Fruit Lambic -- These spontaneously fermented beers, also known by the names framboise (raspberry), kriek (cherry), peche (peach), cassis (black currant), etc., are characterized by fruit flavors and aromas. The color reflects the choice of fruit. Fruit, sourness, and complex esters predominate the flavor profile. These flavored lambic beers may be very dry or mildly sweet (if pasteurized and sweetened with sugars) and range from a dry to a full-bodied mouthfeel. Versions of this beer made outside of the Brussels area of Belgium cannot be true Lambics.
Score: 3. Aroma: apricots, strawberry, almond, not complex, a bit earthy, soapy/detergent, floral.
Color: amber/bright brown, pale ale color, nice, slightly hazy.
Flavor: fruit is not identifiable, tastes artificial, bubble gum, slightly tart, not complex, needs more fruit and complexity, not oaky, not rich.
Score: 6. Aroma: fresh, almond, butter-like
Color: beautiful garnet, amber, glowing, clear.
Flavor: salty, slightly sour, sherry-like, slightly sugary, pleasant, not too complex, syrup-like, could be more sour, tastes sweetened.
Score: 2. Aroma: PEACH, PEACH, and more PEACH.
Color: clear, pilsener-like.
Flavor: dry, artificial peach flavor, peach syrup, sour/dry aftertaste, tastes like peach candy, no complexity, empty flavor, not three dimensional, not a pleasant aftertaste, nutra-sweet aftertaste.
Cuvee Rene 1994
Score: 7. Aroma: not much aroma, slight vinegar aroma.
Color: amber/cider color, slightly still, nice, promising.
Flavor: acidic, hardly any carbonation, vanilla, oak, sherry, not too intense, complexity is OK, authentic, perhaps a tiny bit too vinegar-like.
Mort Subite Cassis
Score: 4. Aroma: piney, astringent, solvent, no complexity, no earthy-horse blanket aromas.
Color: red, hazy, nice.
Flavor: too sweet, raspberry, soda-pop, syrupy, not complex, artificial tasting, tastes like a wine cooler, some acid - but not enough.
Mort Subite Kriek
Score: 6. Aroma: good grape aroma, cherry, plums, fruity, acidic, nice.
Color: ruby, Zinfandel-like, medium carbonation, nice brownish tinge.
Flavor: blackberry cobbler, cinnamon, too sweet, not three dimensional, very pleasant however, pie-like, tastes like a country fruit wine, very drinkable, medium body, we enjoyed this beer - but it is not really true to style.
Hanssens Oude Gueuze
Score: 8. Aroma: earthy, horsey, metallic, wonderfully true to style.
Color: clear, golden, straw.
Flavor: great, dry, tart, good body, figs, sherry-like, slightly sweet, not overwhelmingly tart, slightly cloying on back of tongue, not cardboard-like but well-aged.
Hanssens Oude Kriek
Score: 9. Aroma: earth, sour, acetic, not sharp, almond, horsey, good!
Color: ruby color, nice head, clarity is nice, looks like a bright sunset, beautiful.
Flavor: NICE, vanilla, fruit, wood, oak, nutty, complex, sour, acetic, nice lactic, wonderful, true to style, medium body, authentic and a joy to drink, a great beer.
Score: 2. Aroma: overwhelmingly sweet aroma, raspberry candy, cheesecake syrup, too much.
Color: red/pink foam, deep red beer.
Flavor: much too sweet, not to style at all, no balance, no acid, fruit and sugar flavors dominate, a fish-like aftertaste?, full bodied, tastes like a sugary dessert wine, way too thick and cloying with no complexity.
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