Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - SEP 1, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2005 Could be the coolest bottle I have ever seen, wow. Pours murky brown with a light pinkish head. Full on rasberries in the nose along with a sour apple tartness. The taste is of course rasberries, tart, sweet, sour and bitter all at once. The flavor gets a bit more pronounced once it warms a bit but this is one fantastic beer for sure. I’d love a bottle 2 years old.
chainman (104) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 10, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
341ml Bottle - Pours Kool-Aid red (hmm), with a decent frothy head - better than I was expecting, actually. Aroma is all sugar and raspberry, which is enticing. Mouthfeel is substantial...the taste is immediately raspberry, and a very clean taste at that. A bit of malts on the lower end of the palate, but the fruit dominates this one. Sharp tartness in the finish covers the high alc/vol perfectly. Powerful taste, but not overpowering. As most people say, it’s not something I could have a lot of, but for a seasonal, this is a real treat. Another winner from Amsterdam! I would definitely recommend this to the adventurous beer drinker. Thanks to the Amsterdam fellow who passed the sample bottle on to me - you guys are great!
olost (18) - - JUL 26, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sour taste With a raspberry flavor. Soft and fresh, good for summer time a barbecue parties.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Hidden_Pooch (410) - Stratford, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - SEP 19, 2014
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Probably my highest rated fruit beer yet. Pours a beautiful ruby red with a pinkish head. Aroma is amazing, basically just real strawberries. Tastes of raspberries, wheat, and some hops as well. Has a medium highly carbonated body. It is tart and sour but has a very refreshing natural raspberry aftertaste. Would love more of this brew.
ClarkVV (4430) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 26, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005 bottle, I assume big thanks to Sammy for the trade. Had this 7/10/2005. Highly unfiltered, this beer pours a deep red-raspberry jam color with caramel undertones. Pinkish yellow head is lasting and creates sheets of lace. Plenty of raspberry seeds at the bottom of the bottle. I seem to say this often, but this one has an incredibly fresh, authentic raspberry aroma. One of the best raspberry fruit beers of which I can think. Lightly tart and with a hint of light brown bread and acidity on the end. Flavor is a expertly integrated mix of brown malts, raspberries, delicious vanilla and caramel sweetness. A fresh acidity washes over the palate on the end. Natural, moderate carbonation adds just enough zest to make it refreshing. Lightly dry yeast on the end. Really pleasing on the tongue, hitting the sour and sweet receptors almost simultaneously. Having just had Founders Rubaeus, I must say that I like the added malt on this one, you can taste light caramel and some earthy, brown-bread dough which really provides more substance. Caramelized sugar with light raspberry creme brulee comes to mind. Less tartness, but still refreshing and drinkable. I also like that this brewer does not make any pretenses with the name and simply calls it framboise. The whole raspberries really make a difference. A wonderful fruit beer, and I’d like some more.
Metalchopz (2665) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 6, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2012 Originally rated August 2005. Thanks to Ms. Sénécal for this one, bought a year ago at the LCBO in Ottawa, Ontario. Comes in an awesome off-white ceramic 750ml bottle. Pours a crazy-crazy-crazy tanned head that stays long enough. Lacing is mighty fine. Colour is red-purple. The beautiful nose is of raspberry purée. The mouthfeel is slightly tarty with a sourness found in the finish. The raspberry fruit in the mouth is quite mild though. Quite refreshing and not too sweet. Overall, a good fruit beer, and surprised it comes from Amsterdam Brewing.
Strange Brew (157) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 9, 2001
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Vivid raspberry aroma and flavour. An enjoyable and drinkable strong brew.
BrewGoblin (585) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - JUL 10, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I don’t really like fruit beers all that much, they can surely be enjoyable but seem more like a novelty. This Fruit Beer from Amsterdam is just a great beer, fruit-flavoured or otherwise. The aroma is not overly pungent of raspberry, just a nice hint mixed with wheat and honey. She is a beautiful crimson with a bubbly off-white head. Taste is definitely of raspberries but not to a sickening degree. Backed by some hardy caramel malts and citrus hops, it’s not even close to the cloyingly sweet raspberry/strawberry brews that hail from Belgium. A great summer beer but welcomed anytime as it tastes like a real beer with raspberries along for the ride.
Randy4Beer (382) - - AUG 12, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours ruby red, with light carbonation and light head that dissipates fairly rapidly.
Aromas are very much raspberry, and very pleasantly so. Maybe a bit of light biscuit in the background.
Mouthfeel is quite surprising in its creaminess.
Tastes are of raspberry, red grapes, and maybe a hint of wine.
This might be too sweet for most, and I couldn’t see myself drinking more than one, but splitting a 650ml bomber with my wife, is going down pretty easily. This is a nice seasonal from Amsterdam.
JustinBathurst (134) - Corner Brook, Newfoundland, CANADA - MAY 24, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bought a couple of these in 341 mL bottles straight from the brewery.
Pours a nice brownish-red with a lightly pink head of pearls. Aroma has that raspberry beer tart with cough syrup and sour apple.
Body is nice and crisp, with a slight slick on the tongue. Good carbonation here.
Taste is just a bit sweet (not too much at all) and mostly citrus, some bitterness on the finish. A bit of an earthy tone in the aftertaste that lingers--the only really unpleasant note. Doesn’t bash you over the head like Belle Vue (something more likely attributed to Amsterdam’s more natural approach). Instead it has a pleasant and enjoyable taste that could allow you to drink more than one. Nice.