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!
ClarkVV (3579) - 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 (1784) - 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.
Listigovers (273) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 4, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Strong slightly sour berry aroma. Ruby red mixed with brown. Kinda gorgeous. Fruit only in the dry aftertaste... very tart. Spoiled dirty musty aftertaste is very delicious for any wild ale fan. Would drink again! Not as pungent as a Belgian lambic but damn good.
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.
pootzboy (1484) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 1, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2004 Ceramic swing top .75 liter bottle...no date code or freshness best before date. The pour reveals a brilliant berry red liquid with amber shades.....leaves a rocky light pink head that reduces to a fine lace and ring that virtually disappear half way through the drink. Moderate carbonation...just right for this type of drink...carbonation does not detract from the flavor departures. Nose is of fresh crushed berrys which seem to dominate the aroma. Starts very fresh and tart filled with tart berry and mildly sweet malts... then the mouth feel becomes silky but very dry with just hints of malt and light hopping......the finish is crisp of medium duration where the berries slowly give way to a dry malty aftertaste mingling with the fruit acerbity...very nice summer drink for the patio with mixed company....or good for serving with desert. Once of the best fruit beers I’ve seen domestically.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - FEB 22, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice ruby color, decent head. Nose is simply amazing, smells like I took a handful of fresh raspberries and crushed them in my hand to release the scent, really lovely. Doesn't smell vaguely like beer, but the raspberry scent is just lovely. Expectedly very raspberry in the flavor, sharp, tart, and sour, but mostly in a fruit-sour sense rather than a lambic-sour sense. Does have a vague bit of lambic funk to it. Not overpowering in its sourness, a nice balance of punchy fruit with tartness. Very good. Word of warning--when opened it exploded obnoxiously out of the bottle.
Oakes (10941) - Savusavu, FIJI ISLANDS - JUL 20, 2001
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
An impressive fruit beer, packed with raspberry taste, a high degree of acidity, and more body than most.