dankitydancer (58) - Arizona, USA - OCT 21, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
i love it the perfect combination of brown ale and fruit beer..plus the higer alcohol content is well hidden the dark abemr red colour is amazingly clean and the taste is smooth and fruity crisp and heady best served cool but not cold to taste the true brown ale cheers
beerguy101 (5250) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 19, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium brown color. Small head. Aroma is raspberry and slightly malty. A medium bodied fruit beer. The raspberry flavor is fairly pronounced. There is also a very slight lambic like quality to this beer. The berry flavor really dominates and it a mix of fruit sweetness and a lambic like tartness to it as well. The brown ale qualities are present as well, but they are far in the background. Malts are nutty and sweet. Hops are slightly spicy. It’s a interesting beer, but it a little to sweet for my tastes. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is sweet.
thegreenrooster (3052) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 8, 2003
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2005 Sweet and syrupy. This is one of those beers you have to twist the bottle to get the beer to pour. Nice color and aroma though. Raspberrys were used out the wazoo on this beer. The first sniff and taste is raspberrys. Like old gradmas jam. Overall haveing one,just one, of these on a cold evening is not all bad. This beer would suit anyone who likes a really sweet wine.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - SEP 5, 2003
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Oh the horror, I did not like this one at all. If you like sugary sweet, oily yet, syrupy fruity beers, then this one is for you. Way to heavy on the raspberry, tastes like flavored, overly buttered movie popcorn.
jzzbassman (1456) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - SEP 5, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I thought this had some very complex flavors at the beginning, like a fine port. First frambroze I've had so I have nothing to compare it to, but I can't wait for it to be available again. Too bad Oklahoma won't allow New Belgium!!
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 4, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Without reading the description I already knew this had brown ale qualities to it. The aroma is slightly buttery with notes of raspberry, nutty popcorn aroma as well. Flavor is slightly sweet and salty with a malty background. Finish is fruity but subtle. This isn't too bad.
weusebio (69) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 3, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
While I have to say this is the best beer I've sampled from New Belgium, I was still not overly impressed. Another instance where Old Belgium beats New Belgium hands down. Leave the framboise to the Trappists...
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
What a wonderful little brew with an exceptionally looking color with its dark syrupy brown with deep raspberry red tints and glowing even deeper when up to the light. Small off-white that fades fast and there isn't any real lace being left, which is fine by me cuz the glowing reddish quality is superb to see. Like looking into the heart of a raspberry jelly jar. Speaking of which, thats the smell of this delightful treat, fresh raspberry jam, albiet a bit subdued, but its there and freshly so. Some alcoholic hints and malts find there way past the raspberry jam aroma making this smell like a raspberry popsicle dipped in a alcoholic punch. Taste is exactly like the smell, a good amount of raspberry jam, somewhat lightly flavored and easier then I was hoping. Its not the raspberry tart of the New Glarus variety, not by a long shot, but this about being more calm and subdued, or at least it comes across that way. One dimensional in its character with easy fruity tang of raspberry jam all over the place, a touch of the alcohol pokes through along with a pleasant little orange flavor and finishes lightly of banana and sweet malts. Feel has a creamy start with a little fizz in the midway point with light carbonation and finishes with a tingley little raspberry zip and slight fruity dryness. Super drinkable and a nice little treat, would make for a great after meal dessert drink. Finished it no time and wanting more.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - JUL 1, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2003 BB27Apr03: Evil,red,beer with a milky,white,head. Leaves ring,decent retention. Very big,malty(nutty,sweet)/raspberry aroma.Also a musty basement smell. Mouthfeel is thick and well carbonated.Medium body. Sweet raspberry juices start,followed by sweet,malt and more berry. The malts are very defined and rule.The raspberry is well balanced with the big malts. Finish has a last raspberry flavor,and lingering bready/nutty malt flavors.This beer lasts way past it's expiration date.It even tastes like it could just now be in it's prime.
Smacky (71) - San Clemente, California, USA - JUN 23, 2003
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
color was beautiful, a crimson colored nectar that I
could smell even at full arm's length. The nose was of
rich, jammy berries with a perfect background of
bready malt. The flavors danced in my mouth: a rich
yet perfectly acidic effervescence accompanied flavors
of sweet, ripe berries and a perfectly balanced
caramel-malt richness. Icredible.