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RATINGS: 512   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shrubber85 (7609) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAY 20, 2014
Bottle. Musty vinegar and barley malt aroma. Hazy amber with no head. Sweet-musty peach and barley malt flavor up front with a light vinegar finish. Very nicely blended. Excellent.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
PriorL (1779) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAY 19, 2014
Bottle at home, shared with Mathieu87. 4 year old sample APPEARANCE: light clouded red beer, no foam. NOSE: sour, fruity, cherries, wood. TASTE: sour, fruity, dry, nice, wood.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
john_henry (102) - - MAY 18, 2014
Beautifully balanced beer. Great introduction into sours for the unaniciated. Just wish I had more!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jw0406 (769) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 9, 2014
10 oz draft pours a light red color with a nice white head. Aromas of sour raspberry, light funk. Medium bodied, complex and delicious. Great beer

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
trujahwarrior (509) - Monroe, Washington, USA - MAY 8, 2014
On Tap, pours a clear reddish Amber color with a medium white head that leaves good lacing for a barrel aged sour. Smell of raspberry, oak, and wine grapes. Tastes of the same things in the smell. Mouthfeel is medium and oily with good carbonation and a dry finish. Great tasting barrel aged sour. Worth the price I paid. Nice raspberry and oak notes. Of course the sour funk is nice too.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 7, 2014
Draught at Clybourn, 4/18/14
Deep, black cherry pour with some brighter strawberry red tints and a small, ruddy colored head that shows moderate to low retention. High clarity. I liked that both of their draught sours (this and Halia) had a very high relative clarity for a barrel sour (signifying its in good condition, highly filtered, or really old, but in this case, the former).
Tons of very tart brett mixes with ultra tart, acidic raspberry notes to produce a very "sour" almost lambic-like aroma. Thereís some wood, for sure, adding a bit more dryness/sharpness and finally just a touch of softening maltiness on the very end, though it by no means balances. Still, Iím not too worried about the sour/sweet balance in the nose and the raspberry, brett and black pepper phenols are all quite delightful. Perhaps a touch of chalkiness in there as well, but that may just come from the wood character. For itís abv, I didnt get nearly any alcohol. Just a touch of phenolic warming.
The flavor mimics the nose pretty well, throwing tart raspberries across the palate and adding some sharp/scratchy phenolic spiciness from the seeds, as well as wood astringency. A vanilla-like chewiness that I donít even know that Iíd go as far as to call ísweetí is one of the few balancing characteristics here; this thing is a sour/tart monster. The flavors are quite delicious, for whatís there, however, and despite the relative lack of sweetness, the substantial mouthfeel does at least provide something for the sourness to sink in to. The brett character is well-developed/complex and though there certainly is a slight alcoholic edge to it, itís not too aggressive.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maxwelldeux (3667) - Everett, Washington, USA - MAY 1, 2014
Draught. Pours a reddish brown color with a moderate light tan head on there. Nose is very sour, with some refreshing dark fruity elements to it. Taste is very sour with a tough bite to it, though it ends up feeling fresh and refreshing. I like it.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
artmcd8 (1612) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2014
On tap at Clybourn. Pours a clear ruby red. Fruity sour aroma with a bit of raspberry. The taste isnít overly sour.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Dr_MedievAle (167) - Alabama, USA - APR 29, 2014
Caramel, brett on nose. Orange copper appearance. Very acidic. Tastes of hydrogen peroxide. Good debriding agent. Will never get you sour people.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jow (2159) - New York, USA - APR 26, 2014
Tap at spitzers corner and at $11 was happy my work was picking up tab. Pours lovely red and great nose of sour cherries raspberries and vinegar. Tastes quite similar of fresh raspberries, sour cherries, malt backbone, vinegar, vinous notes, and some wood. Pretty great brew.


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