ben4321 (5249) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 28, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Location: 12 oz bottle from Buy Rite - Jersey City, 4/28/11
Aroma: The nose is pretty much dominated by the raspberry, with a little bit of yeast as well
Appearance: A slightly hazy amber-orange color with a small white head and some decent lace
Flavor: The taste is fairly sweet, fruity and yeasty, much like the aroma would have suggested
Palate: The body is light-medium, it has a sticky feel, and leaves a cloying sweetness on the mouth
So, how to describe this one... Well, they can call it what they want, but this is a fruity beer. You know how it goes, a fruit beer by any name would taste as sweet. Anyway, this one wasn’t really my style, too one dimensionally sweet and fruity for my tastes.
kramer (5611) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy copper body with a one finger frothy white head. The nose is not all that bad, some wheat, lightly yeasty, and a fairly decent raspberry fruit. The flavor is not so good though. The raspberry flavor is a little too surupy and artificial tasting, and there’s no funkiness or farmhouse character that makes it past it. Some odd orange citrus notes under the raspberry that is a little weird as well. Medium bodied with a touch of clinginess and fizzy carbonation. This is just a weird beer. It’s a fail at a Saison and a Fruit Beer.
Arayaga2 (1982) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 22, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper colored with a cm of white head. Aroma is tart raspberry, with a citrusy/tropical layer beneath that. Taste is the same, and not too cloying, but pleasantly tart. The base strikes me as more of a wit than saison. $3/12oz
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Uh oh. Mad Elf sued Rude Elf. Now we got Space Monkey. Golden Monkey? Just kidding I hope. Not a bad brew overall. pleasant raspberry juice flavors with a sour backdrop create a decently balanced and flavorful saison. A bit wet for me though and a bit too much raspberry juice in the aroma. Too oily at the end.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 19, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750mL bottle, thanks to fata2683, thanks Keith! Pours hazy pink/orange, thin persistent white head, lacing is spotty to good. Nose is tart raspberry, wheat, white pepper, spice, very nice and soft and dry. I’m impressed that this REALLY smells like raspberries, and yet the Saison character underneath still manages to come through a bit, showing pepper and citrus notes. Flavours are tart, with nice berries and wheat, at the same time, redolently juicy, with raspberries, and lightly tart and dry towards the finish. Extremely pleasant, reminds me of the Unibroue Ephemere brews.
Cole (967) - , Alberta, CANADA - DEC 17, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours hazy red with no head. Strong rasberry aroma with strong sour notes of fruit and yeast. It tastes very nice and fruity bit it tastes like it is trying to be a saison. It’s not bad but a little stuck between styles. Sweet and sour. Not bad. Not great.
StefanSD (2246) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2010
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle courtesy of fata.. Thanks. Pours a hazy amber color with a big white head that soon recedes to 1/4 inch and holds. The aroma is big and bold with fresh raspberries. The taste is a bit of a let-down compared to the aroma, there are raspberries (however they are watered down) and some sour notes. The palate is a bit thin, the carbonation is lively. Finishes long with lingering chemical fruits. Overall: Nice aroma, but the flavor lacks the lushness that I expected.
reggiedunlop (3582) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2010
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours golden amber with a thick white head.
Decent lacing. Aroma has some pepper and raspberry
But not sweet...unique! Definite raspberry in the
Flavor but it dominates any other flavors.
Mouthfeel has some silkiness but thins out
In the finish.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 26, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
In short: A tart raspberry beer with a crisp wheat-like malt base. Sharp and refreshing.
How: Pre-BCTC 2010 warm-up tasting. Fresh bottle, consumed soon after the beer release
The look: Cloudy golden-orange body topped by a persistent small off-white head
In long: Nose has plenty of raspberries but it’s not like fresh juicy tart raspberries. It is more like raspberry seeds. Taste is very sharp, a bit too much so. Raspberry seeds, crackers, rustic yeast notes, acidity. Finish is acidic and tart. Feels a bit like a raspberry wheat beer. Very refreshing. Carbonation is a bit too strong. A fun beer even if a bit too aggressive for the style. Space monkeys are cool. I think we should train monkeys to fly planes so people would stop worrying about hijackers and terrorists because they’d be too worried about monkeys flying the plane.
malrubius (2320) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - OCT 8, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
BCTC. Thanks to whoever brought this. Orange with lasting head and lace. Straight up raspberry aroma. Raspberry jam and honey with mild tart dry finish. Pretty good.