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Hopfenstark Framboise Forte Édition Spéciale (Oak Aged)
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Style: Fruit Beer/Radler
L’Assomption, Canada
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RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 3.64/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabel (5805) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 15, 2008
[1245-20080401] Bottle. Raspberry tart aroma with a funk sourness and mildly sweaty wood. Hazy, light red pink body with no head. Light sour ’funk’ flavour is like fruity raspberry sour juice from a barrel. Medium body, sour. Enjoyable.
(c/o a friend)

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8726) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 31, 2008
Limited edition enjoyed at Mondiale 2008. This is the raspberry juiced beer aged for 3 months in oak, . The aroma is of the oak. The woody taste dominates. Much more enjoyable than a fruit beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pyrozoid (361) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 31, 2008
(Dégusté avec french tickler au mondial) Biere de couleur rose-orangé avec un collet absent ou presque. Forte odeur de framboises, peches, sel, pemplemousse rose. Gout de pemplemousse et sel.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
french tickler (649) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 28, 2008
Bottle @ le mondial

App.: Orange/pink/amber poor with a tiny head, LOTS of sediments.

Aromas: Fresh raspberries, pink grapefruit, salty, cassis and cranberries.

Palate: Acid, bitterness hits you right off the bat, lightly salty, perfectly sweet

Flavors: Raspberries, grapefruit...

Notes: None

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
probstblueribbon (2944) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 7, 2008
500 ml bottle via Lubiere (merci!), served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass. Gushed slightly. Bottle labelled as 5% alc.

App.: A pretty violent shade of orange-pink (deeper than ruby red grapefruit juice), cloudy, a weak light pink head. Aroma: A Lambic/Saison-esque funk, lots of bright organic acids, white pepper, certainly some berries behind that (raspberries or power of suggestion...?), a touch of biscuit or some slightly more inviting malt aromas, a bit of buttery vanilla, light spicy lemon. Palate: Medium-thin body, slightly slick, absolutely no carbonation. Flav.: Much more raspberry than the nose, with the funk and acids taking a backseat, a wee bit more of the light malts and vanilla than the nose (or at least they can escape the tang); fairly tart, but not objectionable, leaves a light biscuit/cookie aftertaste; no alcohol whatsoever.

An interesting brew. I would like to drink it cold on a patio, except that I would be embarrassed by the colour.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (8510) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 3, 2008
Bottle. Bright red colour with a light pink moussey head. Aroma is very oaky and vanillaish with lots of buttery chardonnay-like character. As it warms there is a lovely light raspberry fruitiness that comes out. Light leathery aroma and a touch of lemony citrus on the back. Light acidity that accentuates the crisp dryness of this beer. It’s sort of like drinking prosecco, with the same level of drinkability. As it warms more of the raspberry aroma comes out of the glass. I would love to be able to get my hands on more of this stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - MAY 1, 2008
Same bottle as puzzl, shared by the brewer. Pink / orange pour. Aroma is woody, some leather, and citrus tartness as well. Noticed somewhat high carbonation in the mouthfeel. Flavor is tart citrus, maybe a hint of raspberry, some leather, and wood in the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
puzzl (3252) - New York, New York, USA - APR 30, 2008
Bottle from the brewer. Thanks, Fred! Tons of oak in the aroma, very buttery, chesnut, light yeast. Very pink pour. Flavor has more raspberry but less of everything else. Does not taste like fruit extract but is a bit thin. Needs a bit more body, but overall this is quite well done. Just needs more oomph.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
garthicus (2699) - Dublin, IRELAND - APR 2, 2008
UPDATED: APR 3, 2008 Shared with the TO ratebeerians : Pink in colour, slightly cloudy too, zero head. Sweet rasberry, pepper-oak aroma (quite comforting <I don’t know how to explain that!>) Flavour: Rasberries & blueberries, grapefruit too, quite sour and very very tasty. mmmmm

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (7921) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2008
UPDATED: APR 7, 2008 2008-04-01. Hazy pink grapefruit coloured body with very little head (3+). Lightly must aroma, interesting fruit character - tart, mild funk, mild raspberry, something that insists that it is pineapple but I don’t believe it. (7+) Pleasantly fruity flavour, less funky than implied by the aroma. Lightly tart sour undertones, refreshingly so. (7+) Average to light bodied palate seems to suit it. (3+) Solid. Rather nice. Bottle generously shared by a friend


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