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RATINGS: 116   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   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.


2.3
   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 (3290) - 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!!

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 25, 2005
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

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
redmosquito (172) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - NOV 26, 2004
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, it’s 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (3891) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 31, 2004
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 24, 2004
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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 2, 2004
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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 20, 2003
On tap. Has a big raspberry and malt aroma. Tastes like a bitter with raspberry syrup. Alcohol well masked.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 23, 2003
Pours a dark murky orange with a small head. Sweet raspberry aroma that dominates. Starts and ends sweet, but as the beer warms the sweetness mellows out a bit. I can't picture this being an everyday drinker, but it is a nice beer when you want something different.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ericnixon (737) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 23, 2003
Holy frickin' raspberries! brownish/ruby-ish color with a lingering slickish head. HUGE raspberry taste...that and you can taste the alcohol. i think it would be better if it had a lower alcohol content.


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