Still, intense raspberry and cherry jammy notes on the nose, not as much on the palate. Nice bitterness from the tannins and toasted oak barrel, finish is clean and like cranberry juice. In my opinion may benefit from lots of age.
Yum! Rating #25.000!!
Pours unclear dark red. No real head. Smell is full, funky, sharp, woody. medium fruityness. Taste is full, intense, red fruits, mostly schaarbeekse. Very acidic back.
Bottle. Raspberry dominating the aroma, cherries prominent in the flavor. Vinous, vanilla, oak. Low on carbon.
The formidable toasted-barrel 'Schaarbeekse' cherry lambic in the Spelingen van het Lot series (so VIII.i, see there) blended with raspberry lambic; thanks to Didier Dieu and Ama Deke for sharing. Loose, bubbly, 'dirty' off-pinkish ring of a head, hazy ruby red robe with amberish tinge, a bit less intense red than the cherry-only VIII.ii, as can be expected. Aroma of strong red raspberry juice, raspberry wine, strong sour cherry as well but nowhere overpowering the perhaps more fragile raspberry, dusty old wooden boxes, raspberry vinegar, oloroso sherry, toasted almond, almost very vague vanilla faraway in the background, fried tomato peel, sour yoghurt, touch of chicken broth somewhere but not in an obnoxious way, rather adding to the overall complexity. Same in the mouth: a ton of drying fruit acidity right away, lemony but brimming with bright cherry and raspberry effects, again the raspberry, in an almost sweet tomato-like way, being a bit more prominent than the cherry (strangely); softish carb, smooth wheaty 'soil' drenched to the bone in sour fruitiness, with strong drying tannic effects in the end from wood, fruit skin and fruit seeds, long, a tad dusty and 'hayish' and very, very dry. This is an extremely classy fruit lambic, just like I was expecting, but as SinH4 points out below, strangely with more emphasis on the raspberry than on the cherry in spite of the name, which does it the other way around...
Bottle. Hazy purple color with white head. Aroma is raspberries, marzipan, cherry skin (but really more raspberries), yoghurt funk. Taste is raspberries, just a touch marzipan, leather, nice tannins in the back. Oily mouthfeel with medium carbonation. A very, very nice beer, but considering the name, I think there is too much Framboos and too little Schaarbeekse going on here.