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RATINGS: 520   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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You might think this is a Russian style girly beer (a little Nabokov for you), but instead it is a very sophisticated Raspberry Belgian Ale. Fermented with brettanomyces (the little guys who give us that tart zing) and fresh raspberries, this brew is bright yet deep with spices and edges of the fruits natural tart quality to give it a white wine kind of finish.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (6692) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 3, 2012
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours reddish brown with a tiny disappearing head and a slightly sour fruity aroma. There is a subtly sour fruity flavor that belies the Belgian ale base. The raspberries have facilitated the barrel aging process, resulting in a subdued but interesting flavor. Very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11382) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 3, 2012
Bomber from Liz. #1249 Pours ruddy copper with a transient head. Aroma of sour berries. Med body. Flavor is tart raspberry with a touch of vinosity. Sour fruity finish. it’s firmly on the sour side. Quite refreshing.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (7183) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2012
Bottle thanks to Jack at THE fruit sour tasting. It pours red with a tiny white head. The nose is raspberry, wood, light jam, yoghurt, subtle spice and hint of sulphur. The taste is juicy raspberry, jammy, sticky fruit, acidity, oak, earth and raspberry seed with a tart finish. Medium body and fine, prickly carbonation. Fairly acidic, but rather enjoyable is small measures.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
blklab2007 (1999) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Dated bottled 11/12/11 so this was bottled a year ago. Pour has a red orange color and a thin coating of white head. Aroma has raspberry, oak, light tartness, and some wine grapes. Mouth feel is light and there is medium carbonation that somewhat fell off with the fizzy pour. Flavor brings on the sour side, seedy tart raspberry, light wine grapes, some oak, yeasty pokes, and a hit of sweetness on the finish. I was afraid this could be a sweet berry mess but it is well done and has a nice play of tart and dry with sweet contrast.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AGAquino (661) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 16, 2012
22oz bottle from Binny’s Lakeview. Pours clear deep red amber with a small off white head. Aroma of bubblegum and sour berries. Flavor is nuanced sour raspberries and slight bitter. Dry aftertaste.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 27, 2012
Sampled at 10/13/2012 at GABF. This sour/wild ale pours a medium orange gold color from the tap. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is fruity, sweet, tart and raspberry. A medium to lighter bodied wild/sour ale. The malts are fruity and sweet. The hops are earthy. Nice fresh tart raspberry flavors. A touch of wood. Nice carbonation. Very nice beer. Like the fruit, tart and malt interaction. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly tart.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JK (4586) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 24, 2012
Where the Wild Beers Are, 2012. A red beer, lightly carbonated. Berry aroma and more beery in the flavor with some balsamic and sour yeast. Full flavored with both the fruit and the the sourness, very good.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (17215) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 23, 2012
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy pale reddish color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity sour raspberry aroma. Fruity sour tart raspberry flavor. Has a fruity sour tart raspberry finish.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Had on tap at Acre for lunch during Chicago Craft Beer Week. Served in an unbranded tulip glass. A: Pours a bright cherry red color with some dark orange hues mixed in around the edges when it catches the light. A frothy white heads forms on the pour and leaves some whispy lace behind is recedes to a thin collar for the remainder of the glass. S: Some tart raspberry with a sweet earthy berry and light cab barrel coming up at the back end. Mild oak, but the tart raspberries are the main attraction in the nose. T: The tart raspberry is up front and it’s followed by a mild sour puckering in the jowls akin to biting into an unripe raspberry. The barrel plays nicely with a hearty oak character and light toffee sweetness. The cab flavors finish out the taste with an earthy cherry pit and smooth, vinous berry skin flavor. M: Medium bodied. A little heavier than expected with a wild ale, but it had a nice zesty carbonation (possibly from being on tap?) that made it enjoyable. O: A very solid beer, although I’d like to see it a touch lighter in the body and the nose wasn’t near as complex as the taste. Would like to have again. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 05-26-2012

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gnoff (7954) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - OCT 14, 2012
Sampled at GABF on Saturday October 13, first session
Clear golden color white head. Sweet, acidic, sour scent. Sweet, sour taste. Medium mouthfeel, low bitterness.


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