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RATINGS: 527   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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 27, 2011
Bomber, bottled on 12/04/2010 and consumed nearly 6 months later. The pour yields a clear body that is a reddish-orange color, almost like a liquid watermelon Jolly Rancher. A small head of smooth beige foam is quickly fleeting, settling as a thin, swirly film, and later just a skinny edge. Suds slide down the glass and rejoin the body, leaving no hard lacing. The nose is quite a beauty, showing a striking citric acidity right off the bat. Bright with sharp raspberry, with a bit of a controlled, dusty brettanomyces edge, the ample acidity is assuaged by a delicate, fleshy berry sweetness that brings the aroma into a perfect 60/40 ratio of tart/sweet. There is a mild acetic character, but it stays well away from being vinegary. Wisps of lemon zest and low-toast oak are not out of reach. Damn nice first impression. Flavors mirror the nose, crisp and tart, downright sour at points, loaded with raspberry from start to finish. There is a tannic rosť character, along with notes of dusty barrel and dry brett. Hints of cherry, lemon, and maybe even some distant pineapple all move through. A very soft berry sweetness keeps the acidity in check. The palate is mostly dry, showing a medium body with summer-wine tendencies and fine, spritzy carbonation levels. Mighty fine stuff. This brew absolutely destroys the cherry-based Madame Rose, which I encountered just a few nights ago. Very reminiscent of Flossmoor Station De Wilde Zuidentrein Frambozenbier. Excellent stuff!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerman6686 (4709) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2011
This poured a cloudy orangish reddish color with a small pinkish head. Aroma was semi tart raspberries, very light bretty funky and some graininess too. Flavor was of raspberry seeds, light tart funk, seems to be from the barrel and fruit more than the bret, but overall a decent sour.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
efdejesus (93) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2011
Bomber poured into a tulip. Pours a bright raspberry color. A kinda shocking color for a beer. Not much head. Aromas of fruit and raspberries. A nice clean sweet taste followed by a lingering tartness that is not overpowering. Very drinkable. Body medium to light.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cheap (4209) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2011
Had this at the RB Pgh tasting at lithyís place 5/21/11. Oh yes oh yes oh yes, big thanks to Dan the Beerman for this big sour beer. Lovely Sweeter super friendly aroma. Pinkish in color. First it has a big bubbly head then it fades fast. A bit hazy I must say. Somewhat farmy olfactory in the background. On the first taste a little alky does show thru but not nearly as the 7% would indicate. Tart background mixed in with a hint of bitterness. Not a whole lotta co2 but what it does have it sizzles finely. Bitterness is not overwhelming nor in your face at all. Yes, overall experience is a little farmy. Tho quite wild, I have difficulty in identifying the fruit. Has a little medicinal thing going on during the finsh. Interesting beer experience and you would never know this is 7%. This beer ROCKS - thanks Dan!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2011
Red-orange, off white cover dissipates to nothing very quickly. Aroma is light funk, sweet fruity. Taste is seedy raspberry, light funk.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Suttree (5266) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 21, 2011
I had this at room temperature for a couple of reasons - one, I wanted to see if serving rather warm would open it up more an allow subtle flavors that would otherwise be muted by the cold to stand out more; and two, I forgot to put it in the fridge beforehand. So here we are. Reddish orange, no head. The aroma is something like a raspberry balsamic vinegar, I suppose, plus some oak. I liked it. Flavor is very tart, with the notes of raspberry being very...patient. Lemon, balsamic vinegar, oak, and some stoney, earthy flavors as well. Very good stuff. Thanks to Illinismitty for this one.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kbutler1 (1356) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 16, 2011
Draft. Served at Pracna on Main for the 2011 MN Craft Beer Week. Served in a snifter glass and pours a rosy, rust colored red with a slight head. Very raspberry fruity nose with some acetone type notes as well. Light mouthfeel. Raspberry sweetness upfront with a slight bitterness, almost like biting and tasting raspberry seeds. No booze notes at all to speak ok. Some mild acetone type sourness but not overly mouthpuckering by any means. I think this is a really decent beer right now but with time should develop further to increase its mediocre complexity.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 29, 2011
bottle shared at goose island...reddish amber pour with wispy head. aroma of tart raspberry, sour funk, and subtle sweetness. wonderful flavor of fresh raspberry puree and soda water..nice and tart, it finishes with a touch of funk and cheese rind...

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joeneugs (3496) - Livermore, California, USA - APR 27, 2011
Pours reddish amber with a small disappearing off white head. The aroma is strong with over ripe stone fruit, raspberries, hints of toasted coconut, vanilla, and caramel from the barrel aging, mild brett funk with some fecal qualities. Maybe even some tropical fruit. The flavor is very nice with raspberries, mangos, cherries, vanilla, caramel, and some bretty cobwebs and citric tartness in the finish. The wine barrel aging shows through a little strong with the coconut and vanilla flavors muddling the brightness of the fruit, but I really enjoyed this one.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
suprchunk (2343) - Crestview, Florida, USA - APR 22, 2011
A ruby amber color. Small white head with no lacing. Smells fruity, a fruity mixed with seeds. Strange, but thatís what it smells like. Woody. Sour. Tastes almost the same. A bit sweeter than the aroma. Very tart. Very dry. This is a very good beer. Very well balanced and nicely done. I donít get much of the wine from the barrels though. I didnít think I really would.


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