BlackHaddock (4435) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Oct 2006: Found this bottle the morning after a Bavarian evening I hosted, someone obviously got lost in the beer shop, or couldn’t be arsed to find any German beer (as the invite insisted on).
Looked OK in a Belgian ’Verboden Vrucht’ glass, as I thought that would be fair to the beer. Amber colour with a good soild head, almost white. Sadly, it left the scene fairly swiftly, to leave a swisp of remains stuck to the side of the glass, joined by a few remaining strings of white.
Blackberry, Blackcurrent and Raspberries hit me straight away, but like the head, didn’t seem to stay to long, which was a shame, because I was begining to think this might be a great beer.
The taste also changed mid-beer, all fruits at first, with lemon taking over towards the end of the pint.
No great mouthfeel, taking on the Belgians with an ABV of only 4.6% for a fruit beer was very brave, unfortunately they were not brave enough in my opinion and have failed big time.
Nothing wrong with this beer, it just didn’t ’do it’ for me.
rozsoma (522) - HUNGARY - APR 12, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
It has a pale copper colour with small white head. Aroma of malts and berries. Slightly bitter finish and refreshing aftertaste. Medium-to-full body.
ALLOVATE (2522) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 4, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tried this one back in 2008 so from notes alone.
Radiant, fiery amber with fast and furious carbonation. Solid, whipped cream dollop atop laces the glass well. Awry aroma of tree sap and wood, vineclippings, musk and trodden old berry fruit. In the mouth the fruit is muddled under notes of sweet toffee, fruit mince and peat smoke. The body is bigger than anticipated, it’s smooth down the back and spritzy on the tip of the tongue. Sweetish, savoury fruit mince swallow lingers with just enough sugar. A light note of wood and the smoky peat is just enough to stop it being cloying. Lacks depth, but honestly wasn’t a bad drop. Just don’t get why ’fruit’ in a bitter. (50cL, BBE 12/08, Rose Hotel Bunbury)
FatPhil (9904) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 17, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
500ml clear glass bottle (K Kamppi, Helsinki)
Sweet jammy buttery aroma. Some grains makes me connfuse this for toast for breakfast. Adequate beeriness, and not spoilt too much by the juicy fruitiness. A touch of karpalo (cranberry) and black grape. Even some roastiness in laces. Simple and smooth, and a bit emasculated, but not as bad as I expected from the Greede Kerching stable. Looked good, but I fined them for the clear glass.
flying_pig (1059) - SCOTLAND - OCT 3, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle (500ml, £1.12 from Tesco):
Pale amber with a 2 finger white fluffy head that lasts throughout.
A mix of sweet butterscotc, summer fruits (raspberry, cherry) & faint floral hops aroma at the end.
Spicy hops & the fruit from the nose make up the taste. More of a bitter than fruit beer. There is also a malty, biscuit like taste around the middle & the finish is moderately bitter.
A smooth beer but the body was a little thin if anything & too light. The finish quite dry & bitter but not overly disappointing.
Not what I was expecting at all from this beer judging by the label, I naturally thought I’d be getting a fruit beer but at least this one was drinkable, if not good.rather than a bitter going by the name but I’m actually glad as some of the fruit beers I’ve tried in the past have been downright awful, this was at least drinkable.
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BeerBaboon (1674) - FINLAND - AUG 15, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Reddish copper colour. White head. Toffee, biscuit and berries. Slightly bitter finish. Medium full body.
rosenbergh (7787) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 31, 2011
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
500 ml bottle. Finland.
Clear deep golden colour with tiny off-white head.
Mild fruit and berry aroma with malt. It’s like müsli with red berries.
Some hoppy bitterness, sweet berry/fruity juice and grainy malt in flavour. Berries get just annoying.
Erasmus_ro (1630) - Alabama, USA - JUL 10, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours amber with a lot of bubbles inside and a large, white head. Aroma is strongly caramel, a hint of floral hops. Taste is caramel with some floral hops on the finish. Hints of strawberry and raspberry in the aftertaste. Palate is very carbonated and not too light. Alright, but nothing special. Surprisingly enjoyable and sessionable. Can’t really find the fruits of the name or the berries of the label in the aroma or taste though.
lusikka (6738) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 26, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
500 ml bottle. Rated @ 25.6.2011.
Pours a copper colour with a small foamy head. Aroma of raspberries, blackcurrant, hay and some malts. Flavour of malts, caramel, sweet raspberries, blackcurrant and cardboard. Medium bodied with rough carbonation and a finish of dry malts and some grass. Summery and it would be neat to try the cask version.
mile (3235) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 21, 2011
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle. Light amber, small and fully diminishing head. Light to moderate, caramel sweetish aroma, artificial berry fruitiness. Body is light to medium, sweetish flavor, caramel and toffee, sweet fruitiness. Finish is short to average, sweetish berry fruitiness, caramel and some toffee. Horrible…