Bacterial (1200) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - AUG 9, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Maduro, pre-GTMW. Iím a sucker for fruit beers. This is a fun one and at nearly 8%, one that can cause trouble. Big raspberry nose and taste. Smooth, different and good. Some Belgian spice and malt comes through.
574deadzone (885) - North Central, Indiana, USA - JUL 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
At the Eccentric Cafe. Pours amber with a pinkish tint. Nose involves dusty yeast and plenty of citrus. Fairly sweet, lightly tart, and quite bitter. Well carbed, medium body, with a nice pucker factor on the end along with a dry, dusty bitterness. Pretty good stuff.
nuplastikk (4123) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Maduro pre-GTMW party 2013. Filtered copper-orange body, big foamy off-white head. Very mellow, delicate beer. Light cloudy raspberry Wit maybe, but has some interesting spicy yeast tones. Not unlike Rubeaus, with lots of real raspberry flavor. Comes off quite light to me after the BB 9000 I had before it. Clearly has some depth though. An OK beverage, but not such a phenomenal beer.
phaleslu (5867) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft pour at GTMW 2013. Pours a hazed amber with a small white head. Once again, my late-festival notes are shaky. "Good fruited Belgian." Thanks for that insight. Sweet malts, with the raspberry not as prominent as Iíd expected. Dry and malty, with medium carbonation and a medium-level mouthfeel. Good beer, fun concept.
NielsenRatings (8273) - 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.
Westmeister (1524) - 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.
Pailhead (4413) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUL 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap: The aroma consists of moderate raspberry, other fruits, a hint of lemon, and a touch of Belgian yeast. It pours and transparent amber with a small white head. The flavor starts with a quick dose of raspberry and other fruits. It finishes with some Belgian yeast, light spice, and some faint grass. Itís light-medium bodied with light-moderate carbonation.
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.
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.
TheAlum (5205) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft on tap at Maduro (Madison, WI). Pre GTMW 2013. Pours a nice deep orange glowing hue, firm haziness is pleasant, deep orange amber glow with a frothy whitish head atop. Dies to a filmy layer, laces ok. Aromas are gentle spice, grain and straw meet a bit of pulpy raspberry. Light juiciness, mellow earthy hops, bit of spice and cool malty sweetness. Initial is lighter end of the fold, well carbonated and effervescent with lively yeast, dryness, some raspberry skin. Some gentle pulpy sweetness, a touch seedy with firm bready malts, lively carbonation and gentle yeast. Bready malt, straw. Middle is gentle sweetness, touches of fruit. A firmer dry and carbonated backend, gentle spice, lingering berry. Clean yet a bit strong on the ABV. Some dryness, gentle spice and yeastiness. Mellow warmth is apparent. Like a raspberry stong Belgian, a bit warm but decent. Nose was nice.