AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JAN 26, 2003
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Ooh, boy. They really berried the shit out of this one, but despite the large quantities, it comes out more like sparkling wine than a rich lambic. Purplish-brown appearance with a light-purple head. I didn't get much other than berries in the flavor or aroma, except a little bit of maltiness toward the finish. Uhhhhhmmmmm....
Ernest (7032) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2003
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2005 Head is initially small, fizzy, light pink, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy dark red. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted light bread), lightly yeasty (dough), with notes of raspberry and ashes. Flavor is
moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is
lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Light to medium body,
watery texture, lively carbonation. Kind of a quaffing fruit beer, but rather harsh in both aroma and flavor.
Aggie80 (801) - Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice! Light foam. Nice brown color with a trace of red. Raspberries are pretty subtle, but a nice background. A bit on the sour side.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2002
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tastes kinda like an ESB with a tart raspberry finish. Not much fruit flavor though and it almost doesnít taste like beer either. Fizzy palate and weak malt presence leave a lot to be desired and make me wonder if Iím drinking a wine cooler. The flavor could also transition much smoother. Doesnít even come close to the New Glarus Raspberry Tart.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 1, 2002
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tasting this side-by-side with New Belgiumís Frambozen Ale, Iíd say this Great Divide brew isnít as good. Itís really just a glass of very fizzy beer that smells, but doesnít taste, like raspberries all that much. This underlying ale seems to be thin and uncomplicated and the berries need more steeping to better impart their flavor, otherwise weíre left with a semi-blank canvas of a picture - a beer that might have been.
awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 1, 2002
1.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
Yech, line this one up with the Arcadia Anglers Ale as some of the worst Iíve had.
NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - SEP 25, 2002
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
This reminds me of Leinieís Berry Weisse when I pour it, which isnít a good thing. I donít like the head on my beers to be purple-tinged (ok maybe on imperials). Amber body that looks like it has a shot of reddish syrup in it. A curious, sour, tea-like rapsberry aroma, not really of fresh berries like New Glarus, but not really artificial either. No, this just wonít do. Tastes of melted plastic, rather nasty aftertaste, no discernable íbeerí character. Whereís the malt? This one barely escaped the drain. Quick, someone send me some Weyerbacher Rapsberry Imperial!
beerguy101 (5340) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 24, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pronounced reddish color (Raspberry), Large head. No noticeable fruitiness in nose. Taste has a lot of raspberry flavor, but is not sweet. Nicely malty and hoppy. Little aftertaste
softale (188) - Michigan, USA - SEP 10, 2002
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
If I were blindfolded and had to tell the difference between this and Abita Purple Haze, Iíd be hard pressed to do it. Altough the raspberries are a bit more subtle in Purple Haze. I didnít like this one quite as well overall though. Maybe because purple haze at least looks like a wheat beer i.e. no red hue.
Andrew196 (1204) - Katy, Texas, USA - SEP 4, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
If I had a brewery and was making a girlie brew, it would be just like this...pinkish hue, very fruity, but still resembling a beer.