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RATINGS: 511   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gnoff (7839) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steve_0 (2652) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2012
On tap at Euclid Hall. Pour is clear crimson with a huge off-white head and decent lacing. Wood, tannin, cherry pit, raspberries, light herbal characteristics, and nail polish in the aroma. Taste is sweet raspberries and tannin upfront, leading to a well-balanced middle with notes of wood and blackberries, ending with a lingering sour fruit finish. Light body with soft carbonation. Pretty nice sour, but I definitely prefer its sister, Juliet.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
_angst_ (2772) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2012
Bomber bought @ The Bottle Shop Canterbury. Pours reddish golden with a very small pinkish white head that quickly dissipates without leaving any trace worth mentioning. Smell is slightly sour and fruity with raspberries, wild strawberries, crackers, hay, biscuits, peaches, lemon juice, red currants and dry soil. Taste is tiny sweet, sour and fruity with raspberries, crackers, hay, lemon juice, dry soil, red currants, barnyard, lemon zest, dry soil and black currants. Mouthfeel is slightly dry, slightly tart and medium bodied. Finish is tart and fruity with raspberries, red currants, hay, crackers, dry soil and biscuits. Quite nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rlgk (10514) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - OCT 6, 2012
Bottle at Bomber-o-rama, Göteborg. Copper/amber beer with a very small head. Fruity sourish raspberry aroma, berries, sour, red currant, rubber, leather, wild strawberries, woody, sweetish. Raspberry flavor, sour, berries, red currant, strawberries, woody, leather, barnyard, funky, sweetish, lemon, rhabarb, lemon, dry oaky. Really enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dbarnold (1126) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - SEP 30, 2012
Quality sour. Pours bright red with little to no head, moderate carbonation. It’s tart and sour raspberry, with a puckering finish that’s very dry. Funky yet drinkable fruit sour.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 28, 2012
Bottle: Rose hued amber, pinkish hued pour, thin sudsy white head, little lacing.   Somewhat of a fresh immature raspberry puree aroma, with a bit of woody white grape notes.   Tart on the tongue, young pre-ripened raspberry flavors.   Not terribly sour, but a bit puckering.   Enjoyable for sure, and thankfully doesn’t come across as artificial.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Soft finish, tart, a little puckering in that dry I ate that raspberry too early feeling.   Thanks for the bottle Jeff!


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chudwick (2144) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - SEP 22, 2012
Bottle - pours murky amber with off-white head and nice lacing. Nose is vinous, grape and woody. Flavor adds tarty fruit. Sour and sweet with a dry finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2012
22oz bottle from Armanetti’s. 2011 Vintage, bottled on date of 11/12/11. Pours a crystal clear, ruby tinted orange colored body with a thin, fizzy, pinkish white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a light lacing. Aroma is tart raspberries with a good amount of bretty funk. Some woody tannins, a light acidity, and just a touch of malt sweetness. Flavor is similar. Big bretty funk up front with a nice raspberry tartness. Touches of bready malts and vanilla with a nice woodiness. A few tannins and a light acidity as this finishes dry and tart with a good amount of funk. Some vinous notes mixing with the somewhat cheesy funk in a lengthy aftertaste. Light body with a lively carbonation. Overall, a pretty excellent sour. Dry and tart with a faint sweetness that drinks really easily. The funk has really come on nicely with a little aging and mixes very well with the tart raspberries. Great beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - SEP 20, 2012
22oz bottle from fear025. Slightly cloudy amber/red with a fizzy head that quickly fades to nothing. Aroma is musty barnyard, raspberries, red wine vinegar and oak. Flavor is tart/sour bugs and yeast with some acidic berry and vinous. Light to medium body with a really dry mouth feel. Nice beer, has a lot of wine character as well as being quite sour.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JStax (2980) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - SEP 17, 2012
Poured from a refrigerated bottle. 2011 vintage. Pours a brownish red with a head similar to a soda pop. No head retention at all. It just fizzles away in a matter of seconds. The aroma is that familiar tart fruitiness I do so love. I can’t say I can nail down the exact fruit, so that is a bit of a flaw in my book. The taste is all sourness until it warms and opens up. At this point I can tell there are raspberries involved. Up until this point, though, the only thing I can make out is a tart dryness. I do enjoy the sourness of this beer, but it could use a little more depth to accomplished capturing the true character of a raspberry.


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