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RATINGS: 114   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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This special ale is full bodied with an amber/ruby hue. The ruby color is achieved from using a 1/2lb. of fresh raspberries per gallon of beer. This seasonal has a rich malty character with balanced hop bitterness and finishes with a potent berry taste. At 9% v/v, this strong ale is overflowing with flavor.


2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Lubiere (9430) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2009 Reddish amber ale with a light white head. Light raspberry aroma with alcohol wafting through. Sweet corny alcohol in mouth, with raspberry extract. Unidimensional. Mondial 2005.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - SEP 13, 2005
Pours brown with a hint of purple giving you a thought that sourness is to come. Aroma is fruity raspberries and apples. Taste is one dimensional of over the top sour raspberries. This beer is unlike other "fruit" beers where you cant really taste the fruit, because the raspberries are certainly here. Good fruit beer, not too special overall however.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cletus (6329) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 22, 2005
Pours amber with an off white head. Smells of rasberries and butter. Taste is of rasberries with elements of cane sugar and a hint of raisins. Strong alcohol finish. One of the best offerings from this brewery to date.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUN 22, 2005
22 oz. bottle: Cloudy rusty red color, with a dish fomay white head. Aroma is rasperries on top of barnyard. Flavor is dominated, overly so, by tart raspberries, sourness grows with each sip.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 14, 2005
Raspberry jam and fresh cut grass in the somewhat medicinal (alcohol) and sugary sweet aroma. Cloudy, brown with blond tones. Low white head diminishes rapidly to ring. Strong raspberry flavour with lots of jam-like sweetness. Somewhat sour in the finish. Sticky, medium body with strong carbonation that is a bit forceful on the tongue. Moderate alcohol warming. Perhaps just a bit too sweet and cloying. Sampled at Mondial de la Bičre 2005.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUN 12, 2005
22 oz bottle. Rich amber color with an initially decent sized head. Aroma is alcohol and raspberries Taste is caramel and more raspberries but there’s a sourness that tastes like grapefruit. Mouthfell is smooth and the big abv is very warming.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 3, 2005
The Lure:
A medecinal raspberry syrup welcomes the nostrils with a frown. Cranberries and dry proclivities live within, purporting a lack of authenticity. The clinging head and colourful waves make up for the artificiality of the aroma.

The Festivities:
Domineering yeast and stale raspberry grenadine. Alcohol’s almost a no show thankfully in this medium-bodied, earthy, musty fruit field. Awkward, not particularly tasty, and moreover nowhere near the vivacity and brilliance of others of its ilk, such as the New Glarus Raspberry Tart and Dieu du Ciel Amourette. Having this Berkshire after the previous two certainly did not help it in the authenticity department.

Transcendence:
You know those crates of raspberries or strawberries where they put the nice ones on top, and then back home when you delve into it salivating, you find out that all the ones under are almost rotting?

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
MrRomero (1972) - Nolanville, USA - MAY 21, 2005
Poured clear orange with a small white head. Mild raspberry aroma, light paint thinner, big alcohol. Not sweet at all as I thought it would be. Light raspberry, lighter than any raspberry ale I have ever had. Sufficiently malty and hoppy. Decent.

2.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 11, 2005
Deep golden in color with a hazy reddish hue and a small white head. Aroma is of raspberries,tart and fruity. Flavor is of raspberries, alcohol, sweet and tart/tangy. Totally unbalanced and overdone, more like a fruit wine as the alcohol is over the top.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DYCSoccer17 (3226) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 26, 2005
Aroma is of raspberries with sour citric notes and a small barnyard funk. Not an overpowering fake aroma, though. Mostly transparent ruby color with a small fine delicate light tan head. Ooooooh...this is NOT your "typical" fruit beer. Finding atypical fruit beers is what makes the category my favorite. Fizzy sour astringent notes are noticed immediately followed by a perfect harmony of chocolate maltiness and raspberry flavor. Finishes bitter with notes of the darkest chocolate you can imagine. This is a raspberry and chocolate lover’s delight!!


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