hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - AUG 27, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap at BBD 07. Deep reddish purple with a pink head. Aroma is alot of fresh fruit, rasberries but don’t get much blueberry, some wheat also perceived in the background. Taste is a bit milder than the aroma, with mostly rasberry, and a hint of sour cherry. Relatively dry and tart, with wheat in the background. Light to medium bodied, finishes tart with some tannic qualities from the fruit. For an american fruit beer without wild yeast, this was pretty nice- especially considering how hot it was while I was drinking this.
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 13, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught tulip at the brewpub on 1/28/07
Strawberry-blonde and red beer with a small amount of pinkish-tinged white head that dosent stay much above a covering, but provides plenty of lacing. Light carbonation in the liquid, which shows a medium clarity.
Very juicy, lightly acidic nose puts out a lot of dry, tart cherry/raspberry aroma with a moderate wheat-like backbone (cream of wheat, vanillin) that softens the blow of the fruit somewhat. Some light plant-like/vegetal notes suggest the berries were thrown in seed and all (which is cool), but at this point, things are very muted in the yeast department and this seems like more of an American fruit beer than a Belgian one. Pure fruit aroma is a bit muted, overall, I would say, though what is there is natural and well-done. A bit of piquancy from the pomegranate, though I would never note it if I didnt know it was there.
It just seems like the dryness and only moderate amounts of tartness are getting in the way of the full expressiveness this beer could show. A bit biscuity/nutty and bland and I also think raspberries ferment out too easily, leaving not as much aroma/flavor behind as other fruits (cherries, for example). Not a huge fan of sour mashes, as I think they come off rather mediocre in acidity. The lactic notes are too muted and just muddle the fruit notes and contribute to the already very dry nature of the beer. But you can’t fault the brewer, this seems like it came off perfectly for what he intended (berries, tartness, dryness, lactic acid). Carbonation is firm as always in their beers, leading to a very Belgian-like mouthfeel, which is a good accomplishment for a draught beer. Medium-light body, but plenty of texture. Just a shade of brett in the flavor. If this gets infected with pediococcus and/or lactobacillus, I bet it would be fantastic in a year or two as it really needs much stronger acidity/sourness/tartness.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 3, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep red color with a pink head. Good aroma and flavor of fruits (including raspberries) with mild brettanomyces, it’s very fruity but not too sweet. Interesting.
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 26, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Robe rouge légèrement voilée surmontée d’une mousse blanche qui s’estompe. Arômes de framboises acidulées. Saveurs de framboises et d’agrumes.
VTHopHead (1389) - Barre, Vermont, USA - JAN 6, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at the brewpub - Poured a dark reddish brown in color with a light tan head. Aroma of tart fruits/berries.. Flavor is quite tart and full of fruit. Finish is clean and tart with lasting berry. OK, but not great... too tart for me...
chronictonic (463) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tart cherry aroma and flavor. Not overly sour, but enough to make the sourness outweigh the sweetness. Refreshing in a tangy sort of way. Aroma was of cherries and dark candied fruit.
Lubiere (9031) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2009 Cranberry red ale with no head. Light cranberry aroma. Diluted beer with cranberry juice, tart berries. Light bodied. Dec. 2004. 5-2-5-2-8
A red burgunday red ale with a thin cherry head. A pleasant aroma of raspberries and lactic points. In mouth, a restrained berry with simple acids, a bit short but interesting. On tap at brewpub, Nov. 29 2008, Alchemist’s 5th Anniversary. 7-4-7-3-13
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 21, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz glass at the brewpub. Translucent dark cherry, very little head...fresh, very sweet berry nose, with a bit of earth and pine quality developing. Tart, rather yeasty, a bit bretty, sour and rather astringent late; herbal qualities compete with light fruit sweetness. More complex and interesting than the typical over-sweet American brewpub fruit beer, though not outstanding.