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Brewed by Swans Hotel (Buckerfield Brewery)
Style: Fruit Beer
Victoria, Canada
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RATINGS: 47   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.95   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
GarrettB (921) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 16, 2014
August 17th, 2012 - Sometimes we run across breweries and their whole line of beers, and they don’t "click." Maybe it’s the beer. Maybe it’s the brewery. But sometimes, out of a whole underwhelming line-up of beers there is at least one that stands out, shining and gleaming in a field of gray, soulless suds. And often enough for it to be an observable trend, this drinkable savior is a sweet brew - something that inspired the brewer. Is that the Swans Hotel’s Raspberry Ale? True, it is better than most of what’s being served, but it doesn’t come to the taster tray wearing a small cape and spandex. The aroma is pleasant, featuring strawberry notes, and the heavy luscious scent of dark, overripe raspberries, but the flavor is flimsy. Transparent, almost untouchable touches of strawberry appear here and there on the tongue, but even under the most serious sensory scrutiny, this ale doesn’t offer up much. This puts it ahead of the other Swan beers (so far) but it’s not enough to redemm the damage done in my tasting notes notebook.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
houblonchien (88) - CANADA - APR 15, 2014
Slight rose tint in the glass. Raspberry on the nose. Light hops. Little head. Pleasant but not a full bodied fruit beer. A patio sipper for a hot day.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
vadie (528) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 14, 2014
Rouge/cuivre avec une petite mousse beige. L’arôme des framboise et du malt anglais. Le goût est un peu du malt anglais et de la framboise. C’est un peu sucré et épais en bouche.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrymel (1450) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2013
Verbatim from notes 16JUL11 Raspberry Ale: Cherry pine ale with no head, no lace, brilliant clarity. Smells of sweet raspberry, natural. Hunts of biscuity malt. Raspberry is a little subdued compared to say, NG’s offerings, but I think this is not bad. Sweet bready malts hang out iwth the sapberry and have just a touch of sourness. Medium bodi with low carb. Dry finish. Would like a lot more carb. Overall, Not bad, the carb (lack thereof) takes a lot away from the overall impression of this beer. Serving type: on-tap 08-04-2011

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ferris (2042) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 5, 2013
Draft - Raspberry and light malts, a bit jammy. Light clear amber with a thin head. Malty raspberries, again tastes like jam as it smells. Not bad, but just not a fan.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (10100) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 15, 2013
Draft sample. Poured a clear reddish color with an average off-white fizzy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate tart berry and yeast aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture and soft carbonation. Medium berry flavor with a medium berry finish of moderate duration. Interesting beer.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - JUL 9, 2013
On tap at Swans in Victoria. Aroma and flavor of raspberry fruit beer. Very clean and crisp for the hottest days in BC (80s...come on). Still, a very refreshing and good beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
solidfunk (3022) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 5, 2013
Decently done for style - in the sense that it meets the average standards of a fruit beer. Tastes a bit sour like raspberry but who cares really. Pours reddish clear. Finishes a little sour. On tap at brewpub - thankfully my odyssey here is over.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Gerbeer (1500) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 7, 2012
On tap. Pours red like watery raspberry juice with no head.light aromas of berries and malt. Raspberry juice with medium/full malt body.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thb (662) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 24, 2011
Pretty nice drink! Deep red from the pub, minimal head. Aroma is brisk raspberries. Taste is mostly about the raspberries, which are delicious and taste real. Not syrupy like these beers can be - the raspberries here are about the sour. Enough of a beer background to give it depth and bitterness.


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