pineypower (2660) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - JUL 11, 2010
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sediment in the bottle, so I stuck it in the freezer and as a precaution put it in a large freezer bag when slowly pulling out the cork. A few seconds go by and I think Iím in the clear, but then the gushing starts....Pours in the glass and looks like a melted raspberry daiquiri, fruit is sticking to the glass and a muddy reddish color with a light pink head. Very nice aroma of sweet and tart raspberry, this one smells amazing. Taste is a nice balance of tart and sweet, with a lingering raspberry flavor, some funk and hardly a tell of the 7%. Very tasty brew.
gkost (1710) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 11, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured brown with a reddish tint. Nose was funk, lactic sourness, sour fruit. Flavor was pleasing sour, muted fruit notes, funk. Real nice beer.
callmemickey (3385) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 A: Took forever to get the damn cork out. Eventually went to the corkscrew. Murky, muddy red-brown-purple body. Quite a bit of diversity in color depending upon the angle of the light. Bubbly head quickly receded. Spotty lacing.
S: Tart, lightly sweet raspberries. A bit of oak. Not as in your face as I was expecting.
T: Delicious. The raspberries here are sublime. A little sweet and a little tart. At no point do the flavors tip to one extreme or the other. Again , the oak is there in the backdrop adding some depth.
M: Velvety. Light-medium bodied. Good carbonation (did I really say that in relation to a LA beer?). Nice finish that lingers just a second or two, allowing the raspberry flavor to really be enjoyed.
O: After the first sip my initial thought was "I wish this was a 750ml." I really enjoyed this beer.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUL 9, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from bleeng.
Pours a rich, rosy red with an aroma of rotten and soured raspberries and cherry oak. Flavor is mouthpuckering raspberry and cherry, with tons of soured oak and sweet (sour) medely of fruits. Take your pick. This stuff could peel paint off a Norwegian barge. Syrupy mouthfeel. Awesome.
TheEpeeist (3462) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 9, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
12.7 oz bottle. Inch and a half of sediment in the bottom but i couldnít resist opening even with the forewarnings. Well chilled i removed the cork as slowly as possible and just when i expected a soft hiss the bottle gushed about a foot and into an awaiting bowl. The initial spew looked quite like vomit but smelled heavenly. Bowl into the fridge to settle, the remaining third of a bottle into a flute. Murky maroon brown with a thin head and lots of floaties. Nose is raspberry caramel and jam; subtler notes of vanilla and wood. Tart, sour nectar with a light tingle. Taste is raspberry, watermelon and toffee slowly souring to peach skin and green apple. Finishes bone dry with oak. Beautiful fruit character with a bracing pucker. Iíll probably re-rate from a better bottle, not that it could be much better. Thanks Lost Abbey for sending a replacment.
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 2, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
C&C 375 mL bottle courtesy of Bankhead. Thanks! Pours a slightly murky raspberry color with a medium tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of nice, fresh raspberries with a bit of a musty funky note. The taste is raspberry jam, sweet but with a tart mildly earthy note. Medium bodied. Tasty beer.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 25, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a 375mL Bottle. Pours a mostly cloudy, ruddy brown colored body with a tall head of fizzy, pink-hued foam. Relatively clean pour after chilling the bottle down to 33F, with most of the fruit pectin visibly left in the bottom 20% of the bottle. Moderate raspberry fruit aroma, with some earthy/seedy/leafy qualities. A bold acidity is also present in the nose, both tart lactic and sour acetic qualities. Some cherry-skin like brett funkiness and dark, raisiny caramel malt sweetness as well. Light bodied, heavily carbonated mouthfeel with a dry, acidic finish. The fruit character comes across boldy enough at first, although I found the combination of a seedy plant-like fruit flavor and bold acidity overwhelmed the "brightness" of the fruit in the end. After the first few sips, my initial impression was that the acidity was balanced more toward a complex lactic, almost lambic-like sourness, sharpened by a restrained acetic quality. However, the deeper I got into my glass, the more overwhelming the acetic qualities became, shifting the focus from big, bright, dry fruit onto a lingering, acetone driven impression of sweetness. The light raisin malt flavors contributed a pleasant almost vinous like complexity in the background of the fruit and acid. Dry finish, although the lingering acetic character imparts the sensation of a lingering sweetness. Overall, a pretty good first attempt at this concept - Iíd eagerly look forward to trying subsequent batches. Ultimately, the only disappointment was this beer left me desiring a brighter, more intense fruit flavor. After tasting the pectin left in the bottom of the bottle, my impression is that the seedy, plant-like fruit flavor could be related to the sheer amount of fruit matter that made it into the bottle, and less of the acetic qualities would also help keep my focus on the fruit.
smooch (238) - Sylvania, Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow..the nose is interesting a nice tart raspberry vibe. The flavor is so sour that it loses the raspberry for a me a bit when cold. Really nice even foam and highly carbonated. As expected, Iím picking up more raspberry flavor the warmer it gets. However, it is recommended to drink this at 45-50F which I donít understand because there is limited flavor at that temp. Just a real sour bomb in my opinion...I wanted more raspberry.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 22, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Well, a friend brought a bottle of this to the Brick Store and the word gusher doesnít do justice to what I witnessed. Based on this, I opened my bottle outside just in case. Thank God I did because once the cork popped 3/4 of the bottle proceeded to stream out of the bottle in roughly 3 seconds. So this review is from the remaining 3oz....
The body is a murky reddish amber with lots of little floaties underneath a light pink head which leaves delicate lacing.
The aroma is awesome and really reminds me of NG Raspberry Tart in that itís crazy sweet - fresh raspberries dipped in sugar. Only a very light sourness complementing the sugary sweetness.
The taste has a much more prevalent sourness up front and it is far less sugary sweet than the aroma. There is some raspberry flavor but more straight raspberries without the heavy sugar presence.
The mouthfeel is medium to full for the style with lots of carbonation (needless to say). Dry sour finish.
This is a fantastic beer from Lost Abbey though they seemingly still have some sort of carbonation issue as Iíve never lost this much beer in a gusher. However, unlike with the flatter beers from last year, the carbonation doesnít really take away from the quality of this beer.
blklab2007 (2068) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 20, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle through trade poured a murky raspberry brown in color with a nice cracking pinkish white head that came back with a swirl. boy was getting this cork out some effort but the carbonation is great and after chilling I had no foaming issues. aroma has thick raspberry puree, light funky yeast, medium acidity, and some pie sweetness. this is bright and chewy on the berries and I quite enjoy it. flavor brings on some unexpected pucker, nice acidity, dry but not too much so. the funk here is on an even balance with the acidity. I dig the big homemade pie thing but this is still plenty sour and acidic. The brewery may get knocked but this is a winner.