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Brewed by Swans Hotel (Buckerfield Brewery)
Style: Fruit Beer/Radler
Victoria, Canada
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RATINGS: 49   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.95   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GregClow (2912) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 2, 2008
Bottle (labelled as "Berry Ale") shared with jerc, mabel, blankboy & mds - my bottle. Ruby-orange colour with a small head. Very nice tart berry notes in the aroma, but also a strong malt backbone, making it obvious that this is a beer and not a fruity pseudo-cooler. Good mouthfeel, full without being heavy. Good flavour, with sweet malt in balance with the tart raspberry. Hides that 7% frighteningly well. A pleasant surprise.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (7030) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 19, 2008
Deep red-orange. Natural mashed raspberry and cherry aroma. Generously malty backbone with a nice balanced natural fruit character-- juicy, and not candyish in any way. The booze is very well hidden in this. Really great actually!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Trev (1962) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - APR 27, 2005
Draught (2005) Really enjoyed this. Toned down berry in flavor and aroma with hoppy undertones. Nice copper with a slight purple/redish tinge.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thb (707) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrymel (1503) - 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

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (8565) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 13, 2004
Slightly reddish colour, perfectly clear with a faint pink head. Great sweet raspberry aroma. Flavour is also prominantly raspberry, with an acidic twang following the initial fruitiness. Bitterness seems to come mostly from raspberry seeds (i.e. not hop-like). Very interesting and quite refreshing.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (6723) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2008
[1070-20080201] 650mL (c/o GregClow, w/ him, blankboy, jerc, mds; called "Berry Ale"). Berry sweet alcohol aroma. Clear, red amber body wih a long-lasting creamy white head. Flavour is sweet grainy leaf berries and an afterbreath of strawberry plant. Medium body is a little thin. Interesting berriness but something seems missing.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - JUL 6, 2008
Amber with an off white head. Aroma is light blackberry, malt, and caramel. Taste seems to be mainly blackberry, and boysenberry rather then raspberry, also has a caramel note but definantly some candy like fruitiness.

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

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 27, 2004
Dark amber with a fair bit of reddish. Malty raspberry flavour with some hoppyness in there. Raspberry flavour isn’t overly strong and fits in there nicely with the other flavours. Was torn between giving it a 13 and a 14.


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