Rastacouere (6137) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 13, 2010
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Veiled pinkish red hue. If its white foam remains quite shy, its aroma is explosive, bursting with whole raspberries, seemingly fresh and most authentic. A dash of funk complement it, but it’s really as much about the fruit than a New Glarus can be. Gorgeous perfume, so attractive in fact that it is just shocking how acidic it is in mouth. Very, very intense, playing on many acid registries at the same time, feeling highly citric, acetic all the while showcasing what’s left of the raspberries (and sugar is not part of what’s left). So you have a dry, intensely sour and tannic ale whose finish lasts for minutes. As subtle as a punch in the face and frankly too intense for the beer drinker that I am today. You certainly can’t compliment it on drinkability, but it smells so good that you’d very much like to try it again and again.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at RBSG, courtesy of Drewbeerme, iirc. This was not a gushing bottle at all. Subtle hiss of the cork. Pours a ruddy red-brown with a pink head. Nose is full of raspberry jam, acid, a bit of vinegar. Very nice nose. On taste, very well balanced with plenty of sweetness still remaining to play kindly with the robust raspberry notes. Some cocoa in the background before the acidity takes over. Pretty fantastic stuff.
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 11, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My Bottom Line:
This Sour Ale’s enthralling raspberry aroma gives way to an intense and mouth-puckering union of sour bacteria, musty yeast and fruity sourness. If you love Cantillon and Hanssens products for their funky and brash nature, you will adore this.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the cloudy dark red.
-Carbonation is initially expansive, but the flavors are so bold that the intensity makes you drink slowly, thus letting the beer breathe and the carbonation soften.
-The raspberry perfume is just wonderful. You can even imagine yourself biting on some of its seeds.
-This is beautifully authentic throughout and, although it may not be as refined as some of Russian River’s own Sour Ales, it has to be lauded as one of the most impressive brews of this type made in the USA.
Beerman6686 (4704) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This poured a deep dark red to purple with a small pinkish beige head. Aroma was lots of sour raspberries , slight funk, and sour lemons. Flavor was very mouth puckering, lots of raspberries and blackberries, a and some funky barnyard in the finish. Pretty good but not quite up to par with supplication.
beastiefan2k (2525) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - AUG 4, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375mL bottle shared by mreusch. This was only a light gusher with a big-beautiful pink and purple head that fades to a surface covering lacing. Aroma is a strong candy, almost artificial but still real. Some light fruit-vinegar as well. Flavor is straight fruit vinegar. Spritzy and thick fruit in there as well. The beer evaporates quickly yet a nicely lively mouthfeel.
swoopjones (6214) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 2, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
BCTC 2010, courtesy of Dennis from Stone, raspberry brown pour. big berry aroma, medium tartness & sourness, acidity. berry acidic tartness in the flavor, bruin earthiness/ maltiness, caramel maltiness. Great beer
argo0 (11645) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 1, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
375ml bottle, thanks axilla. Large beige head atop murky red-brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, raspberry, some sourness, funk, caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, tart/sour raspberry, caramel, some funk. Medium body, some acidity.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2011 normal bottle at dak’s on 6/6/10 and later off of sparky’s hand as it was gushing down my sink.
muddy orange pour with a monster foamy head which is splattered with yeast particulate.
it smells like tart raspberries, red wine vinegar, wood, cinnamon, green leaves, pickles, burgundy red wine and chalk/minerals/sweet tarts.
the flavor is a nice balance of raspberry fruity sweetness and acetic acid with herbs/green leaves, wood and salt mixed in. it is not the most sour thing but it is a nice refreshing amount.
it is crisp and tart but full of slurry. 9/5/8/3/15/4.0
hapjydeuce (954) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 27, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, purchased and shared at Toronado San Diego. Deep burgundy color with an opaque center and a light amount of sedimentation. Beautiful head formation and lacing. Very well carbonated; a good change from some of the Abbey’s other bottled flat disasters (eg Angels Share 2008). Complex aroma sour yeast, lemon citrus and tart berry. Flavor follows suit with grainy biscuit on the front that transitions into a pleasant raspberry bite. Moderately sour throughout, with a lasting note of barnyard.
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had on tap at Stone Sour Fest 2010. Pours a reddish-brown with good off-white / pink head. Aroma is strong raspberry as would be expected with a bit of yeastiness and some sour acidity. Taste is wonderfully smooth. Lots of raspberries, sugar, very sweet and at the same time tart. Sweetness lingers through the finish. A very nice brew.