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RATINGS: 109   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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Brewed in February 2005; racked to oak barrels in May 2005. Fruited with raspberries in August 2007. Bottled 2/2008


0.8
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 1/20
lb4lb (2453) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 10, 2013
Horrendous. Sour musty bandaids. Couldnt even take a real sip. Just a funky rotten mess.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
50belair (2144) - Florida, USA - JUN 17, 2013
Bottle. Sour cherry aromas with some off notes. The taste follows suit. Bad mouthfeel. This is a big miss.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwalking05 (3627) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2013
Tasted in 2010 (backlog). Amber in color with bright ruby highlights and a thin white head. Aroma is tart, raspberries, pastry dough, light funk and oak. Taste is sour with raspberries and an oaky finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2013
I believe this was a pour from a bottle at the Iron Hill Belgium Comes to West Chester event. Hard to be sure given the pour methods. Pours a super muddy brownish color with some red highlights. Both the sample glass and full tulip were like this, so I don’t think it was a bottom of the bottle dregs issue. No real head or lacing. Quite ugly. The nose carries a good dose of raspberries as well as underlying earth. Moderate acidity. Flavor has moderate raspberry character. No underlying funk or anything other than acidity. Touch of breadiness. Body is medium and overall too heavy and chewy. Acidity is fairly strong. I’m not sure what happened to the appearance or feel on this one, but it was quite odd. Otherwise, raspberry was nice but there wasn’t any real depth to the beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (10419) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2013
Bottle at a ChrisO tasting, London - many thanks to Bill. Pours cloudy, red-gold with a fine, white cream head. Fresh, lightly tart raspberry aroma. Great flavor, lots of vinegar and tangy raspberries, big sourness overall. Light bodied with crisp carbonation. Big tart finish, good raspberry character, bracing tang, very moderate sugars and general sweetness. Solid stuff through and through.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mabel (5414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2012
[4724-20120818] Bottle. Fresh toasted cherry malt aroma. Hazy, red body with a very quick foamy off-white head. Tart cherries flavour follows with a swift sour kick in the teeth. Sour tart medium body. Delicious and fruity and sour. (9/3/10/4/18) 4.4
(@ Campground Brewdown 2012, Millmont, PA)

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Glouglouburp (5938) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 7, 2012
In short: A bright and very sharp funky tart raspberry attack. Excellent.
How: Bottle 750ml shared at Camping Brewdown 2012.
The look: Cloudy rusty-red body topped by a very small beige head.
In long: Nose is intensely raspberry, very bright and sharp with some funky notes. Taste is equally intense but somehow not too aggressive. Plenty of tart raspberries, crisp crackery malts, medium acidity, mild funky farmhouse character. Tartness and acidity make for a very low sweetness sensation. The beer is intense yet refreshing and relatively easy to drink. Either there are huge variations between bottles or this beer is seriously underrated, the bottle we shared was truly excellent. One of the best beer I had at Camping Brewdown 2012, and no matter how bad my hangovers were in the mornings, I consoled myself thiniking that someone out there had to clean the camping bathroom after I left.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (7904) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2012
Bottle at Chriso - 25/09/12. V cloudy reddish brown, as per the kriek reminded me a little of a watery looking bloody mary! Sour raspberries on the nose, vinegar, spicey tomato, a little piss. Great soured raspberries in the taste, farmy tones. Medium bodied with hardly any carbonation. Decent enough stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (6140) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2012
Bottle thanks to Bill at ChrisO. It pours cloudy deep red, with a thin bubbly film. The nose is jammy fruit, fresh raspberry, sticky fruit syrup and some light acidity. The taste is jam, light vinegar, sour raspberry, juicy fruit, sour berry, strawberry, zippy tart lemon and some yoghurt, with a tart, acidic finish. Medium body and fine/low carbonation. Flavoursome stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
riversideAK (5574) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - SEP 1, 2012
Nose of raspberries, wood, acetic notes, vinegar, waaaaayyyyy better than the other ones. Pours auburn, thin white ring of foam. Flavor of raspberries up front, tart but with light fresh sweetness, acetic vinegar is there but hidden by the decent flavors, some funk, some wood. Good raspberry finish. Still some acetic acid. Not bad at all.


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