I've mentioned a few previous editions of Harpoon's 100 barrel series: their Union Street Revival Ale as well as the Maibock. The idea is a great one and I wish more brewers would take up the challenge of periodic signiture brews. Turns out this latest one, released last month but only seen by me a few weeks ago, is a lambic. This is what the brewery tells us about this ale:
Brewer: Scott ShirleyWow - the BAers really did not like this one. Great. I have yet to open it and my expectations are already dashed. One guy at the low end writes:
Style: Belgian-style fruit lambic
Alcohol by Volume: 5.3%
Original Gravity: 14
Framboise, French for "raspberry", is a Belgian-style fruit lambic. Made with more than 4,600 pounds of raspberries, 50% wheat at a gravity of 14°p it has all the makings of a great summer time beer. Highly carbonated, it produces a wonderfully pink, lacey head. The burgundy color foretells of intense raspberry aromas. A nice, sweet start finishing with a tart and acidic finish that is light and refreshing.
This beer is deliciously god-awful. Honestly though, I find this one very unappealing - to me, at least, it tastes like someone combined some non-descript unripe-berry juice with an under-carbonated macro-brewed light beer, and made it really, really sour...Dear God. That really sounds unattractive...
[Ed.: moments of suspense are passing...(suspense music plays)...]
Later: Wow again. The "wow" of how disappointing as in "wow, I could have had tea instead." How unlambic. The sour is not as far as I can tell from the souring of the beer so much as acid addition and maybe steely hops - not tangy so much as sharp. Thin and much like a pink under-carbonated macro-brewed light beer. Where'd I hear that before?