Silphium (3179) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 4, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by badnewsbeers. Murky, pulpy red body with a thick pink to cream head. This bottle was a gusher, so we had to recover some of its contents from the bowl we opened it in. Wonderful, sweet raspberry nose, grassy and soapy, somewhat tart but not too sour. The huge sourness in the body took me off guard after experiencing the sweet aroma. The sip is puckering sourness, with hints of brie cheese rind and notes of raspberry and wet grass. Very well done!
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 3, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2011 Draught. Clear, bright rosy red with a fine, light pink head. Quite a beautiful, sensual beer. Tart, fresh raspberries are immediately apparent on the nose along with bright lacto fermentation and barrel-aged characteristics. The flavor of the raspberries is preserved very well and comes across quite fresh in the beer. There is a lovely faint toasted malt lift in the finish just as the sourness fades. The multi-layered flavor profile delivers a great impression of depth. This leads into a a superbly balanced body that conveys both strength and delicacy. Not sweet, not dry, this beer strikes the perfect balance between fruitiness and sour complexity.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAY 3, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12.7oz bottle, from Sinners membership. Pours a deep, murky, pulpy, dark-burgundy color (hugely dense, pulpy raspberry juice); hazy; significant, light-tan to off-pink head: textured, foamy, beautifully retained, with lasting lacing; a flawless pour on this. Having cracked a much colder bottle of this a week ago, thereís sort of a tradeoff in temperature here: the warmer bottles are more likely to gush, but chilling them down heavily really affects some of the aromatic qualities and presence in the mouth. This bottle has simply an amazing bright, pulpy, pitty, and slightly tart red-raspberry character first and foremost: highly reminiscent of (I was going to say "something like NG Raspberry Tart", but there really is nothing else like that beer...) NG Raspberry Tart!: hugely aromatic, luscious, just tarted up a bit more here; no cloying sweetness, the bruin character underneath is quiet compared to the fruit; some touches of vanilla and oakiness; this just smells fantastic... Medium body; lively carbonation, definitely a highly effervescent brew, but doesnít come across as at all fizzy; no obvious alcohol at moderate temps; following the aroma, there as just a ton of red raspberries in this beer: lush, pitty, pulpy, ripe, lightly tannic, moderately tart; thereís a citrusy / lemony soured element present as well; moderate to moderately-high levels of acidity; unlike beers like the Sinners 08 and Russian River Consecration, while there are significant tannins present in this beer, the presentation overall still opens up: the tartness, acidity, and astringency (quite low) are tempered, and some of that soft, toasty, vanilla-tinged oak can still be enjoyed amidst all the tart fruit goodness; a pretty excellent beer, all told, and despite the fact that Iím evidently totally incapable of writing a review tonight without ten million linked adjectives. Lasting finish of raspberry seeds, tart citrus, and very modest tannins.
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - MAY 3, 2010
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Poured a muddled reddish-brown color with a thin, pink hued head that faded to a ring. Aroma of bright, fresh raspberry flesh with light hints of funky yeast and a fresh woody character. Tart, crisp entry leads into a fresh raspberry flavor with some funky, chewy yeast that seemed to muddle the flavor some before giving way to a moderately dry woodiness that lingered with some sweet raspberry seediness. Moderate carbonation and chewy mouth feel (which could probably be contributed in part by the yeast). Overall, the freshness and richness of the raspberries was pretty refreshing, but the flavor seemed somewhat muddled and hazy. I guess I need to try it again.
cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle as part of epic sour tasting with callmemimckey. 2009 375 mL bottle pours brown ruby color, with big off-pink head. Aroma was exceptional with some earth and honey, but raspberries blow everything else out of the water. Made me think I was picking them fresh from the bush. Taste had some nice sourness, along with the huge sweet raspberry flavor. This was incredibly drinkable and undoubtedly the best raspberry beer Iíve ever had.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAY 1, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to whomever brought this to elnadeauís tasting today.
Nice tart raspberry flavor in a very drinkable beer.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - MAY 1, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375ml bottle. Pours a dirty reddish brown with a moderate pink-white fizzy head that lingers. Aroma is lovely - tart and fresh fruits, some dusty funk, pureed fresh and overripe raspberries, and oak. Flavor is gushing with raspberry goodness, more tart and funk, and oak. Nicely balanced between the excellent raspberries, dusty funk and oak notes. Great stuff!
djtimeless (222) - Colorado, USA - MAY 1, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours out redish brown with tons of fizz. Smell is tart and fruity. Taste is sour raspberries with some sweetness. Flavors of lemons, vinegar, wood, funk and lots of raspberries. Some what acidic but not over done.Very tart with lasting sour finish, good stuff.
LilBeerDoctor (3505) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (no gushing). Pours a cloudy reddish brown with a thick tan head. Aroma of raspberry, sour malt, light funk. Flavor of tart raspberries with a sour malt, bready finish. Sour and acidic mouthfeel. Pretty tasty overall.
daknole (9437) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 1, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice red pour with a pink tinged head. Aroma has amazing berry and lemon with lactic sourness and vinegar notes. Flavor is awesome. Ripe and tart raspberries, lemon, vinegar, wood, light yeast. The fruitiness is outstanding. The sourness is outstanding. The whole beer kicks ass.