gorditoabd (629) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 13, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
MrBunn (2573) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Rastacouere (6159) - 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 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.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - 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 (8550) - 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 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.
Beerman6686 (5323) - 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 (2830) - 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 (6909) - 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 (12118) - 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 Łber 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 dakís on 6/6/10 and later off of sparkyís 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