Pours rather clear blonde. Smell is full, 3f funk, wood. Taste is very full, tart, very smooth, oak, 'buttery' mf , yet no diacetyl. More the silky, smooth, and very refined factor
Small glass, straight from the cask. Grapes and Noble rot Sauternes aroma. Citric and oaky. Cobblestones. Hint of chloride. Lovely!
from barrel at Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen & lambik-O-droom, Sweet, dry, wood, oak, tart, grapes, butter, not the greatest.
Spritzig säuerlicher, trocken getreidiger Beginn. Sauer bleibend, spritzig bitter, rund. Süffig, leicht bitter, rund. Würzig säuerlicher Abgang, Trauben, helles Holz. Gut. 10/11/11/12//12
Welcome pour at the source. Clear golden with no head. Sour grain, hay, parmesan, sweet grape edges, horseblanket, nutmeg. Light sweet, moderate bitter and sour. Medium body and no carbonation. Nice.
Jug at the source. Bit hazy darker golden with no head. Quite woody, soft hay, a touch of grapes, quite some tannic oak, lemon, light funk. Over medium sour, light bitter and sweet. Medium bodied.
The welcoming drink at Lambik-O-Droom during the second Bespelingen van het Lot event, young 3F lambic matured on Sauternes barrels apparently; sample straight from the cask as it ought to be. Bubbly, loose, snow white head that evidently disappears quickly, lightly hazy warm 'old gold' robe with pale orangey tinge. Lovely young lambic nose, colourful and powerful, old dried lemon peel, oxidized dry sherry, wet wood, dusty attic, sourdough, bread crumbs, dried grass, sour apples but also a distinct grape peel and almost spicy-herbal presence which I assume represents the Sauternes, even if Sauternes is sweet by nature and totally different from what I am getting here. Crisp, smooth flavour, full-fledged 3 F lambic, bit musty with a slick wheaty and bread crusty backbone dried by yoghurty lactic tartness and softly acidic old apple and lemon peel effects, leading to a bit 'dusty' finish with an astringent tannic effect and deeply situated, earthy bitterness, topped with again this grape peel and herbal effect, a hard to describe combination of retronasal aromas which must come from the Sauternes barrel. Ends dry and refreshingly bitter, with more depth and maturity than you usually find in young lambic; the microbes from the Sauternes barrels clearly got along very well with the lambic microflora it seems, and both worked together to shape and mold this beer into the beatiful beverage it has become. Impressive kick-off of an epic tasting, hopefully this Sauternes idea, even if Sauternes as such is hardly recognizable (distorted as it has become in the lambic fermentations), will be continued, because I am left wondering how this will age further, and which effects it may have in blended and bottled form...
Vat at Bespelingen van het Lot II 2019. Cheesy funk, definitely a vineous character there, not sure I would have got Sauternes. Taste is again lots of cheesy funk, earthy, a touch of burnt breadcrust, white wine. Oily mouthfeel with a touch of natural carbonation. Very tasty and drinkable, nice!