donyboy (7) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2004 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wonderful new ale. The color is really NICE- a beautiful reddish brown that was almost crystal clear. I felt like I was drinking an exclusive edition of a new ale at the normal price of most american lagers. It's very raspberryey but without any sweetness and a rich maltiness.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - FEB 24, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
9/2003. Bottle. Pours dark brown with a reddish glow at the edges. The aroma is a blast of raspberry, like cracking a jam jar. Flavors are initially tart, berry like. The malts are quite hidden. The flavor turns sticky and sweet, like that jam I was talking about. I just don't like fruit beers, I guess...this one is no exception.
supermikeyb (43) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 19, 2004
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
What a cool beer! Pours a reddish brown with a slightly pink head. Raspberries dominate the aroma, but its not overly sweet in the nose. The palate is raspberries up front witha subtle brown ale finish. An excellent seasonal
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Best by 5/26/04 – Pours a reddish brown with a very nice looking pinkish rocky head. The body in the glass looks more ruby then on pour suggests. The aroma is raspberries with some other sweet malt aromas hanging around way in the back. Raspberries dominate. The flavor is sweet raspberries with a sour kick at the end. Body is medium with a lingering raspberry finish. A nice beer but it needs a bit more than just the raspberries to balance things out.
BarePaw (148) - Pullman, Washington, USA - FEB 11, 2004
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
It's not as good as other fruit beers I've tried. The rasperries are strong, but do not blend well with the beer. The flavor really makes you pucker, and not in a good hoppy sort of way. It's definately not the flavor you are expecting when you take your first sip.
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours clear deep red with a medium tan head. Raspberry aroma (surprise?). The deScription mentions an "exceptional depth of flavor" but I didn't quite find that- the pleasant raspberry flavor hides a touch of chocolate and finishes dry with just the right alcohol touch. Lighter flavor and body than some of the better fruit beers but still satisfying. Thanks hopsrus!
TheBeerGod (5757) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2004 Thnaks to TChrome for this one! Very dark brown with maroon mixed into it. Medium tan head. Nose is odd. It kind of malted and also has some wekaer fruit notes. Kind of disappointing. The flavor is much more interesting. Definite raspberry and other berry flavors. Some thin nut brown ale notes. Some sweet-sour notes for sure. Good beer, but this could have been a little better. Worth trying, though.
JCW (1277) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 29, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not quite the experience I had with the New Glarus Ras, but pretty decent never the less. Ruby red color, translusent, small white head. Aroma is a mix of nuts and raspberries. Flavor is mostly raspberry. Nut brown ale becomes almost nonexistent once you take a sip. Delicous never the less, but I think with a little more brown ale qualities it could be a classic. Sweet fruity finish.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 28, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
You cannot help to be knocked on your butt by the rasberry aroma. Pours big, light pink head with big bubbles that stuck around. First taste is chocolate covered rasberries. I doubt this is 7% but if it is, nicely done. Mellow fruity light finish. Nice lacing throughout.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 24, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2007 Had this on tap this year for the first time. Much stronger lambic raspberry flavor than in the bottle. Slightly over medicine taste, but cannot beat this for the price. UPDATE 12/2007: In the bottle at the 2007 Crescent Moon Holiday Beer Tasting. Nice raspberry aroma, tart chocolate taste, but nothing special this year. Was I on acid then I previously gave it a 4.2?