bwa5879 (819) - Portage, Michigan, USA - JUN 23, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark brownish red pour with white thin head and lots of lively bubbles rising. Aroma of sour belgian yeast, melon, lemon, tart berries. Surprisingly low carbonation, medium body, finishes pretty clean. The raspberry and sparkling ale are both evident in the flavor but it works well together too. The belgian yeasts are sour and taste bitter, making the tart of the raspberry ale more subtle. Somewhat astringent, cough drop like flavor on finish. Decent to have one every once in a while but not as good as the sum of its parts.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at GTMW 2013. Amber with a creamy tan head. Aroma of raspberries, yeast, sugar and sweet malt. Taste of fresh prickly raspberries, bready yeast and light alcohol.
HonkeyBra (3826) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draft at the GTMW2013 pre-party. It pours a hazy amberish color with a white head. Aroma of some belgian fruity esters, mild raspberry and alcohol. Flavor is sweet and tart, with some tart raspberry notes. Full bodied, lively carbonation. Overall, Itís fine but not really my bag.
olr1984 (1366) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 23, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at gabf. From my notes. pours a light brown with a fizzy head. blueberry raspberry and honey taste
nimbleprop (6160) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at GABF 2013. Pours a clear caramel amber with some white, foamy head. Nose is floral, rose petal, honey, breakfast cereal, berry. Flavor is very floral, rose water, berry, lemon, honey, melon. Fruity finish. Chick beer, but good.
Westmeister (2111) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at GABF. Smell is wheat with lite mixed berry. Frutiy blueberry (prominent) with other mixed berry. Sweet but not at all cloying. Light and crisp malty finish.
adnielsen (10145) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
GABF 2013. Pours a hazy orange appearance with a light tan head. Spritzy, raspberry, blackberry, lemon, honey aroma. Well carbonated. Juicy berry, raspberry, a bit spicy hoppy flavor. Super easy to drink. Fun beer.
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - OCT 9, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2014 Tap: Ruddy. rusty copper and dingy ruby-red with a haze all throughout; not as big of a head as expected for a tripel. Aroma includes clove, mint, white pepper, light fruit skins & esters - plenty of Belgian yeast. Raspberry addition is there, lightly sweet but also a little medicinal & chalky. A little contrived. Borderline tartness on the nostrils. The taste of the raspberry is much better than the aroma, a little more pure. A touch of tartness, good sweetness. Raspberry juice, light berry jam, backed with earthy esters, clove, pepper spice, and lots of phenol alcohol flavor. A touch of chalkiness in the aftertaste. Without that chalky aromatic note, this beer could be great. As it is, itís still pretty tasty, however.
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - OCT 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had on-tap at Bellís Eccentric Cafe.
From what Iíve read, this is simply a combination of their Sparkling Ale and Raspberry Ale. Looking at Bellís Draft List cam picture, it looks like this is 7 point something percent ABV. Iíve never had either of the aforementioned beers, so this whole thing was new to me. I found that cold out of the tap, this didnít have much of a fruity aroma. After it sat for a bit and warmed up, raspberry notes came out and it came apparent that there was a lot of fruit in this beer. Thereís really not much hop bitterness to speak of, but I wasnít expecting it, given the name. This also has a pretty decently high amount of carbonation, which makes sense, since the name is Sparkleberry. Overall, a pretty tasty beer, but not exactly my thing. Good enough to have again.
RespertFTW (521) - Michigan, USA - SEP 12, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Bellís 28th birthday party at Renoís East. Reddish orange in color. Taste is pretty much all malt and berry. Pleasant at first but can become overwhelming with sweetness