shadey (2079) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 31, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark purple color. Dark cream head with creamy lacing. Huge sweet raspberry aroma. Massive raspberry flavor. Sticky mouthfeel. Amazingly delicious and decadent.
Boutip (5898) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 17, 2005
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle: Poured a deep red color fruit beer with a nice bubbly pink head with minimal retention. Aroma of fresh sweet raspberries is just incredible and I could spend days just sniffing in my glass. Taste consisted of sweet fresh raspberry (not the chemical syrupy raspberry that are commonly used in fruit beers), slight tartness and a light acidic finish. Itís a shame that I cannot obtain this beer more regularly over here.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a bottle, most recent vintage. NG does a nice job with this, although I always find I enjoy the cherry more than the raspberry, perhaps because Door County cherries are exceptional. This poors the expected dark, cloudy, and opaque amber red. On the nose, notes of tart raspberries with a bit of lemon zest. On the palate, more of the same, with a few other fruit notes like dried apricot coming across. A fine drink indeed.
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - AUG 10, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 20, 2012 Sparkling ruby clear pour, with a light amount of rose colored head. Bright FRESH raspberries dominate the aroma. Intoxicating and enticingly fresh picked. Wow. Candy. Rich sugar sweet full of raspberries that taste like they just came from the bush. Flavor morphs with a touch of light sweet malt, a hint of dry hops, and then finishes with a fantastic warming flourish of Dom Perignon. Bubbly. You definately donít think youíre drinking beer. Very three tiered flavor presentation. Complex. Palate is sweet, clear and clean. Crisp. Light touch of alcohol. Hands down the best fruit beer Iíve ever put to my lips.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2005
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks Secret Santa! whoever you are. This is definately a great suprise. This pours a opaque red, with a tint of brown. Similar to tomato juice. Smell is nothing like tomatos, this is pure goodness. It fills the nostrils with a wild raspberry smell, like some elegent and freshly made candies. I really dont know what to say about this taste other than the name of the beer. It doesnít offer a real beer-like flavor at first, but there is a slight malt and wheat flavor that peaks out. The palate is generous in how smooth it ends up being. The palate is like fresh green apple peals right behind your teath with a heavy berry taste everywhere else. Great beer.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 25, 2005
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big time thanks for sharing this one jerc. Dark red pour, medium red dark red head. Freshly baked raspberry pie aroma - all real raspberry here, no artificialness at all. Tart raspberry taste over a medium mouthfeel. This is easily the best fruit beer I have ever tried because of its blend of incredible real fruit flavour with the characteristics of a beer - it never forgets its beer roots. You can taste some malt body to accompany the tart flavours; there is a nice lingering bitterness from the berries helped along by hops. Sure it is one dimensional, but what a dimension! Well done, a true treat.
jercraigs (9835) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 23, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark ruby body with a nice tan-pink head that defies an accurate colour description. Massive leafy raspberry aroma with green viney quality. Flavour and aroma are tart yet sweet in the depths. Flavour is richly raspberry with a pleasant moderate tartness throughout. My impression is that it lacks the complexity of the Belgian Red, but makes up for it in higher drinkability. Medium palate. Quite nice. Thanks again JPDIPSO. This brewery is rapidly gaining a permanent place in my heart.
GregClow (3185) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 23, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared with jerc and tupalev - courtesy of jerc. Deep, dark ruby colour with a small head the colour of pink cotton candy. HUGE aroma of fresh, tart raspberries. Flavour of the same, with some sweet malt lurking in the shadows doing its damnedest to balance the puckering tartness of the berries. A remarkable & truly unique beer, and a great choice to close our little Saturday afternoon tasting session.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUL 19, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark murky purple with only ring of bubbles for head. Huge sour and tart raspberry aroma and flavor. Flavor almost all sweet-tart like flavor, makes your mouth pucker. Medium palate but sweetness causes it to be heavy on the stomach.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JUL 12, 2005
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2005 Oooooooooooooooooooooh. Cloudy purple-red, no head. Pretty stuff. Beatific raspberry nose, tart and sharp, can almost smell the seeds. Flavor has some sweetness at first, then a huge kick of raspberries, tart and fruity. Just great stuff, love how it starts with mild sweetness then comes in with the huge genuine tartness.