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RATINGS: 542   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Sour Brown with raspberries.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckeyeBoy (3531) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 7, 2010
Bottle thanks to ditmier. Pours out dark amber/red topped with a small tan head. Aroma was of berries mostly raspberry, sour, funk, oak, and yeast. Taste was more of the raspberries along with the sour/funk and some candy sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 2, 2010
375ml bottle, enjoyed during the JCB family reunion in SF. Rock on! Faintly cloudy reddish-brown pour, with a thin scrim of bubbles. Lovely nose, combining extremely fresh berry with a tart, faintly oaky bruin aroma that almost cups the fresh fruit. Moderate carbonation and a hint of slickness as it lingers on the tongue, before a medium dry finish that has just the right touch of acidity. In some ways, I want more of the oud bruin to come through; thatíll likely happen with age. Nice stuff.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr (15613) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 29, 2010
12.7 ounce bottle at DC local tasting, courtesy of noodleuser - thank you sir! Cloudy reddish brown. Aroma is sour citrus and raspberry. Taste has decent funk, tart, acidic, musty, with plenty of fruit. Top beer of the session.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 18, 2010
Pure, ripe raspberry fruit aroma. The flavor, though, is quite dry and bracingly tart.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (13817) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2010
Bottle at Beerwarming Party. Pours opaque ruby with a light, white head. Tart raspberry and cherry aroma, some acidity and vinegar. Extremely sour flavor, mildly sweet, some acid with hints of bread. Light to medium bodied with super-fine, heavily effervescent carbonation. Finishes with lip-puckering sourness and some lingering raspberry sweetness, and quite dry. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gorditoabd (629) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 13, 2010
Bottle shared with mrbunn. Pours a VERY murky raspberry and tomato juice color, with a lasting 1/10 of an inch pinkish white head. Aroma is of raspberries and tomato juice as well, with lots of sediment obviously floating in the glass. Taste is a blast of raspberry, followed by a blast of sour, followed by more raspberry, followed by a gradual raspberry mellowing. Lots and lots of of sour on the 2nd sip as well. Flat on the tongue is all raspberry, around the sides is a wild sour fest. Both are good, hell, wildly unique even, but very different depending on where you let it go to be tasted. This is one of the most unique, interesting beers I have tasted. Excellent, wild, untamed beers I have tasted. Now, thatís with only 315 ratings under my belt, but itís really, really good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrBunn (2560) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2010
Bottle generously shared by gorditoabd. Pours a murky and muddy looking brown with a slightly pinkish hue. Head is surprisingly moderate... I was warned that this might gush, but no such unfortune was had here. Aromas are pretty standard... lots of sour and a little raspberry (which becomes much more pronounced on a deep inhale). Flavor is wildly heavy with raspberry... for about one second before it gives way to a sour blast and then finishes with a raspberry seed finish that leaves a lingering sour and fruit presence on the palate. This is really interesting stuff... Depending on how it slides across the palate it is either a raspberry joyfest or a sour puckering punch in the face. As far as complexity has it... this is amazing. As far as a decent incorporation of raspberry goes... outstanding.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6159) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 13, 2010
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 itís 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 whatís left of the raspberries (and sugar is not part of whatís 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 canít compliment it on drinkability, but it smells so good that youíd very much like to try it again and again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2010
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (8492) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 11, 2010
My Bottom Line:
This Sour Aleís 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 Riverís own Sour Ales, it has to be lauded as one of the most impressive brews of this type made in the USA.


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