MartinT (8351) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 3, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
Domineering yeast and stale raspberry grenadine. Alcoholís 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.
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?
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - MAY 21, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 11, 2005
2.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
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.
DYCSoccer17 (3446) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 26, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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 loverís delight!!
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 25, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Color is a pretty mix of orange and pink grapefruit with a full cream-colored head. No lacing. Smell is sour raspberry, pink grapefruit and cranberry.
Taste is citrus juice and red wine and wood smoke. Aftertaste reminds me of rhubarb pie
redmosquito (172) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - NOV 26, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber brown in color with an off white head of tiny bubbles that left very little lace. Initially a realy tart aroma replaced with heavy malt, and fruity yeast aromas, and a slight ketchup like odor and the faintest of barnyard aroma. There is a nice heavy malt flavor here with a good balance of sweet malt and tart yeast, that provides good body to go with the carbonation. I really like the subdued nature of the raspberries, itís a nice change from the pink beers you can find out there that bury any other flavors with fruit juice. This is well done in the Belgian style but overall I think it would be tough to drink this on a regular basis.
ClarkVV (3969) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 31, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2005 2004 bottle. Lovely dark ruby, deep red-raspberry appearance (maroon, chartreuse, merlot). Solid dark beige head. Aroma of stiff but fresh raspberries, plenty of caramel malt mixed with a strong sense of alcohol. The aroma seems powerful, yet very flavorful and intense. Flavor is full of fresh raspberry essence, lots of sticky sweetness, but cut nicely by the large dose of alcohol. Hops take the backburner, but this still tastes great. It does get pretty heavy with the alcohol. Good lingering tart fruitiness on the finish. Yeast and graininess in the palate; beer has a medium-full body. Good stuff.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 24, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a ruby, cherry-wood color with a thin, fast dissipating head. Sweet Chambord-like aroma with plenty of ripe raspberries and some caramel malt. Body has hints of tart raspberry, overcome by malty syrupiness and a powerfully alcoholic finish. A great idea for a beer, but could use a little more balance and masking of alcohol. Still has decent complexity and fruit flavor.
JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 2, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ruby red, small white head. Very similiar to New Glarus Raspberry, but not quite as raspberry, Fruity, but not like it has a wheat base, somewhat malt. Full bodied for what I was expecting. Sweet and slightly sticky finish.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 20, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap. Has a big raspberry and malt aroma. Tastes like a bitter with raspberry syrup. Alcohol well masked.