GG (2323) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 10, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle -
The word that comes to mind after enjoying a bottle of this with my brother is simply put....stunning. This belongs to be mentioned in the same breath as some of the worldís greatest framboiseís and fruit beers, because of the fruit forward nature that Founderís has captured in this bottle.
A stunning, raspberry-heavy aroma with some light Granny Smith apple showing up. Flavor squarely punches you in the tastebuds with a stunning array of jammy raspberries, some seed astringency, Granny-Smith like tartness which really accentuates the sweetness and just an all-around fantastic combo of flavors. It really resonated with me and quite happy I had the chance to enjoy.
OldMrCrow (1912) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. I kept this one sitting around not so much in an attempt to age it as simply because Iím never in the mood to drink 22oz of 13% sweet fruit juice by myself. But Chris is here tonight and thatís more than enough excuse to finally crack this one.
Pours a brown tinged red with a pink head. Huge raspberry juice nose, even a bit of kool-aid powder. Initially very sweet, tons of fruit of course, much like juice, but through the middle thereís a nice dark toffee that doesnít come anywhere near the old KRE but might admit to aspirations of such. The close becomes more tart, like a really good pie, and that improves a great deal. Raspberries dominate the very long finish. Age doesnít seem to have hurt this one bit (and certainly has covered up the 13% admirably; itís thick and rich and intense but not at all hot).
All in all a pretty decent fruit beer -- it has certainly grown on me over the course of a glass and a half. But 22 oz is too much for a sitting; definitely one to share a few ways.
tl;dr summary: NG Raspberry Tart on roids.
Prufrockstar (1092) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 9, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks to Carl. Pours viscous clear ruby; ring of bubbles, spotty lacing; can I say this has nice legs? Yeah, Iím saying it. Aroma is basically New Glarus Raspberry Tart; cherry/berry pie filling, alcohol, no real hint of its age. Sweet and syrupy on the tongue, but before it becomes cloying it draws back with a cranberry juice-like tartness. Playing in between these two is toffee, maybe a hint of tootsie roll, some light floral notes (or at least the impression of flowers). Impressively shows no sign of age. Full body, sticky and mouth-coating the way the inside of a fruit pie can be; soft but appropriate carbonation. Overall: boozy fruit juice that plays right into my sweet tooth. Nice one to sip and share.
crossovert (7738) - Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Realizing that the non backstage version is now rateable as a different beer. When I had it I couldnít tell you the vintage but I preferred the freshness of the newer version on draft. This had much more oxidation and stale raspberry sweetness going on.
HonusWagner (1534) - Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shared at Diegoís place.
Excellent raspberry flavor throughout, light tartness, not an overbearing sweetness. Ideal for this sort of beer.
GT2 (8690) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUL 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
651mL 2008 ed thanks to ryan. Pours a clear deep cherry juice. Not inky blood purple like the 2011. White foam rather than pink. Low carbonation. Nose is fennel seed and caraway, sharper seedy spice, cherries. No raspberry jam like the 2011. Taste is sweet and tangy, oily, clean. Lactic, long, salty finish. Nice! 12%+ not apparent.
Travlr (13034) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 29, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Hazy purple maroon color, small pink head. Aroma of brandied chocolate covered cherries. Taste is sweet and sour cherries and Christmas fruitcake. Nice.
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JUL 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of ryan. Pours a clear, deep red with a slight haze. Lots of fresh raspberries on the nose. Very sweet. Sweet raspberry flavor. Maybe a touch of oak. Dissolves to a lightly tart, dry finish.
Huhzubendah (2637) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 22, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer appears a ruby red color. There is a small head that recedes rapidly, leaving virtually no lacing on the glass. Raspberry jam, raspberry pie, and just about anything raspberry. There is no shortage of raspberries here. The beer tastes very good. The alcohol is hidden very well behind an armada of pungent raspberries. Itís a bit too sweet to enjoy more than a few ounces. Iím glad I had the opportunity to try it. Iíd certainly have it again.
nuplastikk (4673) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 14, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Sugar Maple. Wow. Highly unique purple-red body with a pink-purple head. Intense raspberry aroma, noticeable from a few feet away. Big time raspberry beer, practically raspberry juice. Bold, but hides/masks the ABV well. There really arenít many classical beer traits. They mustve used a ton on Raspberries. Smooth backgrounds lets them shine. Somewhat mulled taste, I could sip on this snifter for hours. Reminiscent of Gluh-Kriek, Chelque Chose. Delicious, but lacks any qualities that make it beer-like. I donít get any trace of Belgian yesat. A cool "beer".