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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.


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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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
raradel (341) - Atlanti Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2014
Awesome sour! Very funky but a little thin. Nice champagne mouth feel from the carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Braudog (5748) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - SEP 16, 2014
Bottle, to sooth my nerves ... I thought I’d had this before, and had no idea there were raspberries in it. Double bonus. Pours like a rusty champagne ... fizzy, without much body. This drinks with a tart, farmhousey quality ... did I mention tart? Oh, and it’s tart. I get the raspberries, now that I know they’re there. Probably adds up to the reddish hue, too. I’m a genius. Good strong beer, with a sweet and tart edge. (#5742, 9/16/2014)

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
baraciisch (1890) - USA - SEP 12, 2014
Peach orange red in color... Aroma of raspberry, funk, fruity tartness... Flavor is red wine, raspberry, tannins, vinegar acidity... Really nice beer ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kaser (2712) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 11, 2014
Super fruity. Like very super fruity. Draft pour at DryHop. Red clear pour with barely any head. Dry plumb and prune aroma - smells isn't inductive of the taste. Taste is a tart raspberry and slight grape powerful monster. I like it. Very tart and sour finish.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (2184) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 9, 2014
"Wish lister: Had after a relatively fresh peach sour. This was a little more understated, but he raspberry and the Belgian golden base really came through nicely in the nose. I’d go 9.5 there. It had a great upside, but perhaps two years old was a little much. It poured a little flat though I love the odd pinkish color. The feel was thicker yet somehow prickly though there were little to no bubbles. Flavor was a little more sweet raspberry than sour, but plenty of both with some light yeast and other fruit coming through as well. I the end, it had more upside than the other great sour, but more faults. Ends up about even."

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sarlacc83 (757) - Oregon, USA - SEP 8, 2014
Lo-li-ta. Humbert Humbert approves. Tap at Belmont. A: Pure red color with very little head. Lacing. N: Deep waft of raspberry, grape, grapefruit and lemon. Crystallized sugar and floorboards. T: Muddled mix of sweetness and tartness. Not particularly sour. M: Prickly carbonation. Washes over the mouth. Lighter body. Some alcohol presence. O: Not very good, especially given how far American Wild style has come. Wants to be fruity or complex; doesn’t get to either.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tsadich (5) - Missouri, USA - SEP 5, 2014 does not count
Color is perfect, very little smell or head. Perfect sour front with a nice easy not overwhelming finish. Great for a cool rainy evening in a comfy chair near a fire.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
trevor211 (1305) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 3, 2014
On tap at Brouwer’s for Migration Week. Candy red pour, like a cider. Big punch of raspberries on the nose. Flavor follows suit, with a slightly phenolic after. Not too shabby, but it could use some work. One-dimensional.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
radio_nowhere (826) - Maryland, USA - SEP 1, 2014
Bomber into tulip glass, cloudy rusty amber color with minimal off-white head. Aroma of tart raspberry jam, sour funk, vinous and faint musty wood. Taste adds notes of hay, grain, grapes, balsamic vinegar, vanilla, oak, faint spices and very light earthy hops. Light body, moderate-low carbonation, dry with some lingering tart funk on the finish. Very good complex sour wild ale, prefect for my 800th rating!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mathieuc (1326) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 10, 2014
Bottle thanks to myknewcraft, thanks a lot Joey! Pours a clear orange with red highlights, no head hence no lacing. Nose is really fruity with raspberries sticking out but there is also some unfortunate (but light) nail polish that I cannot appreciate. There is also some light vinegar but that I can live with and even enjoy. Taste is nicely tart and lactic, or at least the acetic is under control and it is really pleasing. Flavors are of a nice red wine and raspberries, really fruit forward. Mouthfeel is vinous and the acidity is never too much, really fun to drink. There is some alcohol to be felt but it isn’t necessarily bad. Body is medium, carbonation as well. Overall this was really nice, the raspberries felt real and the acidity really well dosed.


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