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RATINGS: 538   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   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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4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drtbrewster (40) - Arizona, USA - DEC 26, 2013
A great sour Belgian, robust and fruity with a great spark in aroma and taste, was very complex in flavor.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thomashall (211) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - MAR 12, 2015
Tap at Grizzley’s. Clear amber pour with minimal head. Strong vinegar sour smell maybe some cherry. Taste follows with with really nice dry finish. Really good!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
77ships (4687) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 9, 2015
“Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul.” I am honestly disappointed that this isn’t with cherries & raspberries instead (I am sick). “Don’t cry, I’m sorry to have deceived you so much, but that’s how life is.” 2011 Vintage. 650 ml. bottle @ home. “Our imagination flies -- we are its shadow on the earth.” The beer pours a deep orange amber light red fruit, strawberry jam hued, head fizzes away very quickly. “You can always count on a murderer for a fancy prose style.” Nose is puckering hugely American, typical almost aspirin & stomach acid sour with puckering wild raspberries and strawberries, bottled lemon juice. “We loved each other with a premature love, marked by a fierceness that so often destroys adult lives.” Taste is puckering, light dry plaster, puckering aspirin USA, bottle lemon juice, hugely USA in its profile, lots of standard bacteria, light mold, finish is wild raspberries & light wild strawberry sweetness, lots of puckering strawberry, finish carries some dry cardboard. “I think it is all a matter of love; the more you love a memory the stronger and stranger it becomes” Too American really for its own good but enjoyable still. “And presently I was driving through the drizzle of the dying day, with the windshield wipers in full action but unable to cope with my tears.” Carbonation is prickling, strong bottle lemon juice acidity & very dry, cardboard feel to it. “She was only the dead-leaf echo of the nymphet from long ago - but I loved her, this Lolita, pale and polluted and big with another man’s child.” Interestingly the fruits reminded me almost equally of wild raspberries & wild strawberries only way sourer than the real fruit ever is. “And the rest is rust and stardust.”

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arnold931 (727) - Iowa, USA - FEB 28, 2015
Bottle. Pours clear reddish copper with no head. Nose vinegar and a little funk. Nice sweetness in the taste. Maybe a little tart cherry. Good.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bg80 (43) - California, USA - FEB 14, 2015
Bottle. Berry tart aroma. Cloudy amber with some good fizz. No head or lacing. Wonderful combination of grapefruit bitterness, berry framboise, and deep sourness. Great balance, delicious finish. Stellar sour.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wedgie9 (2501) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 5, 2015
Tasted on 11/26/11 from a capped 22oz bomber bottle. Pours pink-tinted orange with a thin beige head that slowly disappears completely. The nose is fruity funk, vinous white wine vinegar, and fleshy lemon pith. The flavor is very dry and fruity with the same notes. The body is medium with some sticky tannin, light carbonation, and a long funky and fruity finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jandd1983 (2918) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - FEB 1, 2015
It poured a clear red color with a white head. The aroma was of raspberry, oak and grapes. The taste was similar to the aroma with nice carbonation and a dry finish. Very nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Countbeer (4962) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - JAN 22, 2015
Bottle: Vintage 2013: Split in two: Served in a Chouffe glass at 14 degrees Celsius Amberish without light, orange with light. No head, was gone with the pour. Aromas of wild yeast, wood, fruit, some sweet tones, oak, some sweet wood vinous tones. Nice. Flavours of some red fruits, wild yeast, light tart, wood, hint of fruity sweets, grapes, vinous , light bitter... Aftertaste is a mix of tart fruit and wild wooded yeasty tones. Low carbo, light watery tart mouthfeel, medium to full bodied.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
RickTStiles (813) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 14, 2015
Fresh, crisp aroma with strawberry notes. Big juicy tart berry taste well balanced by a strong malt presence. Finish is tart .

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrewje41 (964) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2015
Draft pour at mammoth. Pours a light pinkish red with no head. Fresh red raspberry and cherry aroma. Sour at first, but sweetens up. A bit of a sugary syrup sweet. Pretty good overall, but the competition is rough.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tcon25 (156) - Duvall, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2015
Draft pour at Mammoth in Seattle. Golden pour, heavy sour taste with a smooth finish, really good sour.


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