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Brewed by Invercargill Brewery
Style: Fruit Beer
Invercargill, New Zealand
Serve in Flute, Shaker

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RATINGS: 52   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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A fruit beer with a uniquely New Zealand perspective. Weíve teamed boysenberry with a German style wheat beer to come up with a very berry beer thatís best served well chilled. ABV from 5.8% to 6.5%.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Davros (1806) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 3, 2011
Pours deep, dark mauve with a small purple head. Nose shows sour berries, sort of similar to cherries and raspberries. Has a lambic-esque character to it. Very appealing berry character. Similar flavours, sour at first before transitioning to sweet berries. Very short lasting finish, quickly fades away to nothing. Carbonation is way too high.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gam (3069) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 27, 2011
Pink frothy head very good carbonation rich ruby pour aroma hoppy fruit berry well noted yeast is strong flavour yeast boysenberry mild sour or tart taste no harm in fact a good flavour mild to medium ibu lemon like taste intersting ale not to be knocked finish hop and yeast goodness main frut tartness leave a smooth lasting decent flavour on the palate

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
matthewsmith (13) - NEW ZEALAND - FEB 4, 2011
Clear and bright red. Interesting beer. I havenít had alot of fruit beers but I enjoyed the dry finish as apposed to the sweeter finish of some fruit lambics ive had. Refreshing

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mjollnir (384) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JAN 30, 2011
330mL bottle, 2010, 6.5% ABV. Pours clear cherry red, brilliant against the light, with a thick and persistent pale pink head. Fruity, acidic and slightly earthy aroma, a bit of fusel. A nice mix of fruit flavours, mildly tart initially before allowing some bready malt flavour and light hops through, sweetness is low and doesnít intrude. Light-medium bodied, above average carbonation, fairly smooth and a dry, tart, warming finish.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hawthorne00 (2257) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 6, 2011
Bottle. Brownish red with a creamy pink head. Fresh berry aroma - smells more sweet than tart; could be blackcurrants (ie Ribena) rather than boysenberries - a little bread and lemon. Taste is much less sweet than suggested. Hard to tell whether the tartness is from the berries or both. Drying, slightly chewy finish with berry skins and some metal. The metal is a real flavour of the berries too. Too heavy on the berries for me, but itís a classy drop. Admired it a lot more than I liked it.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sdriessen (320) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 19, 2010
A 2009 bottle. Kind of a metallic scent in there :( some hops, and berry fruit - but mild. Nice flavours, distinctly boysenberry, well done. Kind of weak bodied but very pleasant nonetheless. Whiffs of alcohol in the nose with some clove-like spice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
snuffla (156) - Chch, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 16, 2010
Bottle, 2009 vintage. Lovely ruby character in the glass, low carbonation. Tart boysenberry and soft but fat malt provide a nice counterpoint to one another. Real drinkability to this, the fruit provides a tartness that keeps the finish brisk.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown! / Waikato, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 22, 2009
Bottle 2008. Pours reddish pink that reminds me of a framboise..as Highlandlad noted below. A surprisingly fresh aroma considering when bottled and the boysenberry really shines. A nice doughy malt backbone which is just enough to provide balance. The carbonation is lively and the berries linger for a refreshing finish. Honestly it comes across as a simple beer but thatís why it works well. Very nice. (RateBeer Sydney Xmas Gathering 2009 - cheers Yalnikim!)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
highlandlad (1402) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - DEC 20, 2009
Most fruit beers leave me unmoved but this unusual marriage really impressed. Framboise-red in appearance with a really intense burst of berry fruitiness, especially considering the vintage was last yearís. Spritzy body that complements the style. Good balance in the mouth supported by solid Malteser maltiness. Puckering berries before a dry, sweet-acidic finish. Very moreish and sessionable. The alcohol is prominent but integrated IMO. Great summer drinking. (Ratebeer Sydney Xmas gathering under the harbour bridge, 2009. Beer courtesy of Yalnikim - thanks buddy.)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (2977) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 19, 2009
Dark pink color. No head. Very pugenent, but wonderful boysenberry nose. A touch of dark chocolate in the mouth with lots of boysenberries. Spritzy. Well balanced. Enjoyable.


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