phaleslu (8006) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 23, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle via local trade. I will protect the trader’s identity because if his girlfriend knew he traded one, she’d kill him. 2007 vintage. Pours a hazy ruby-red color with a small tinted head that doesn’t last long. Aroma of raspberries, floral notes, Belgian yeast, and cherry juice. Flavor of rich dark raspberries, Belgian yeast, floral notes, and sweet malts. Medium-bodied, with a vinous mouthfeel and low carbonation. Hell yes. This is even better than I thought it would be. I’d love to put one of these up to a Raspberry Tart because they seem equally awesome.
jrallen34 (3500) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2011
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
The beer is dark pink with a light pink head, pretty good lacing...The aroma is really sweet with raspberries and despiting know that they are real the smell comes offs as very generic candied rasperberries. A little tartness to it but not much going on...The taste is lacking a little bit. The raspberries are dominant sweet and tart but it doesn’t do a good job of hiding the alcohol, its very prominant, however its still very drinkable. The feel is ok, slightly warm but has a very distracting tart/bitter/alcohol finish.
Overall, this is ok but nothing special. Its not a true fruit beer to me, not enough fruit with too much alcohol. If you want to crush a 12% real quick and get slammed this might do the trick.
cpetrone84 (1776) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A-pours a cloudy dark ruby red color with a light pink head.
S-lots of vanilla and berries, not exactly raspberry but overly sweet. There are some light notes of oak and some christmas spice in the back.
T-the taste is pretty sharp, the fruit is somewhat artificial and the vanilla is very strong. the oak is light with some off putting medicinal notes in this towards the back. the flavor is slightly water and has a bit of acidity in the back.
M-creamy body to this, rather big especially in comparison to other sours at the tasting. slightly heavy, decent bit of carbonation and a light to semi dry finish.
D-this is very artificial and syrupy in the flavor, it is straight forward and simple, sweet and slightly bitter in the finish.
Leighton (15331) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from 2008 at the Funky 6. Pours a hazy, deep red with a medium, pinkish head. Holds a strong, sweet aroma dominated by raspberries. Flavor is fairly sweet with lots of berries, citric hoppiness, light acidic tartness. Medium to full in body with soft to average carbonation. Warming, sweet finish with lingering raspberries and slight tartness. Very nice beer.
alexsdad06 (7449) - Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours a dark ruby red color with a small pinkish head. The aroma is raspberries; sweet with some tartness. The flavor is more raspberries. I like that the sweetness is balanced by the tartness. Medium bodied at best; probably light medium. This falls under the category of only one glass because the alcohol is so well hidden. Absolutely no sign of 12.1%. I am a little bummed this is gone as it was much better than Rubaeus and their more recent fruit beers.
MrChopin (3810) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2010
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Dark transparent ruby, thin paper white head that lasts. Heavy vanilla and butter, raspberry comes over as syrupy and sweet. Ultra sweet flavor, way too sugary and syrupy through finish, a bit of heat up front. When compared to raspberry sours, lambics, and fruit beers, this fell way short on all accounts, particularly "drinkability".
GranvilleTim (1778) - Granville, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Dark reddish hued pour with a red tinged off-white head. Aroma is raspberries. Tste is tart raspberries. I find it to be nicely balanced. Lacing is plenty. Little dry in the aftertaste. Very tasty overall.
madvike (3135) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 28, 2010
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by StFun...thanks Josh! - Pours pink and rosy, with a bubbly off-white head. Tons of deep, overripe raspberries on the nose, though it’s lightly soapy and not too terribly sweet. The taste however, is the star here. The smooth overripe raspberry flesh is one of the most realistic I’ve tasted and reminds me a bit of the New Glarus Raspberry Tart. Pretty sweet, but has a decent amount of malt to offset it a bit. Syrupy and smooth, with great carbonation. This was a treat.
DalzAle (2012) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - OCT 22, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample thanks to StFun! Hazy dark red pour, average amount of carbonation and an aroma of slightly funky raspberries. Flavor is vibrant and tangy muddled raspberries and slightly sour on the aftertaste. I can’t believe this is 12% ABV, dangeroursly drinkable and delicious.
deyholla (8886) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 13, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by James, big thanks! Poured a hazy deep raspberry with a reddish off-white head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma was full of sweet and tart raspberries and a decent alcohol burn. Flavor was similar with tart and sweet raspberries somewhat balancing a pretty strong alcohol burn.