Arcadia Roggenberry
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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.17/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 9   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Roggenberry is Arcadia’s melding of two classic European traditions, reinterpreted into an innovative American combination. Namely, we add the unique spiciness of malted rye to a traditional ale base, then we pile on hundreds of pounds of Michigan blueberries. The rye rounds out and builds up the malt character while adding those gentle spice aromatics, picking up piney hops along the way. Michigan blueberries bring a bright purple-pink hue, their fresh fruity aromas, and a slight tartness to quench and refresh. Once the whole package is assembled, expect a lean body, fluffy off-white-pink head, and a touch of haze. Arcadia’s house yeast adds points to the corners of the flavor and aroma, with more notes of fruit and spice. Truly a unique work of the brewer’s art, a melding of new and old traditions into something just a bit off-center.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tmoney99 (13466) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 13, 2009
Draft sample at MBGF Summer 2009. Poured a clear dark reddish purple color with an average reddish frothy head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate dark fruit aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture and soft carbonation. Medium tart & sweet flavor with a smooth medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bu11zeye (12717) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2009
(Draught) Pours a hazy burgundy body with a small off-white head. Aroma of raspberries, blueberries, toasted grain, and caramel. Flavor of raspberries, rye, blueberries, and light smoke.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
deyholla (9997) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 25, 2009
Bottle. Poured red with an orange hue and a white head. Aroma was full of a sweet berry, somewhere between a blueberry and a raspberry. Flavor was quite sweet with berry flavor but lacking something to balance the sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
b3shine (8107) - Indiana, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Draft to taster at Arcadia in Kalamazoo. Looks solid; a hazy amberish orange with white lacing. Smells of yeast and blueberries. Tastes like it smells,but more balanced, and with a bit of rye as well. Pleasant on the palate. A solid fruit ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bullit (4444) - Burgos, SPAIN - NOV 21, 2009
Draft @ O’Duffy’s, Kalamazoo. Bordeax red colour, light pink head. Aroma of rye and blueberry. Flavour of blueberry, rye, sweet fruits. A bit watery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 12, 2013
On tap at HopCat Lansing. Hazy amber with a thin tan head. Aroma of mild blueberries, light rye and toasted malt. Taste is grainy with blueberries, fruit and malt. Okay.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
chibuck (3510) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2011
draft... murky light golden brown, not much of a head at all... the nose is very juicey, almost a bit generic but the blueberries show enough true character to shine through... what I liked about the taste is gone as all the blueberries are replaced with rye, interesting how different the aroma and taste are but a bit off on this attempt

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 9, 2010
5th Annual MBG Winter Beer Festival, Grand Rapids. Deep purple body, thin off-white head. Biting grassy, fruity nose. Grainy, grassy, spicy body, with firm, tart blueberry, although not very sweet. Light bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - AUG 9, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2014 Tap: Murky red-copper body with a burnt, gray tinted lazy layer of foam that muddles around on top. Aroma of vague mixed berry sweetness, a touch of dry rye notes & a faint medicinal, vitamin-like finish. Tastes of more light berry, grain, & rye with a heavy hand of super-toasted malt. Cereal grain finish with a light hint of moderate berries. Not getting the medicinal flavors, thankfully, but the berry just doesn’t "pop" or seem very authentic. This is what happens with blueberries.. .Very hard for them to hold their vibrant flavor, meaning it often produces a beer that’s "just okay" in the end. Such is life.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dnstone (2650) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 13, 2011
Raspberry-like aroma. Deep wine-like red color. Winey-juicy, framboise-esqu flavor. A bit like juicy-juice. Notes: On Cask

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