Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JAN 30, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared this with jimmacko4 and Joeec5. Poured a dark rich burgaundy. The aroma was raspberyy, all the way. Small white hed. Man, all I can say is raspberry, raspberry, and raspberry. This was like Lindman’s Framboise, but had a tarter finssih. Very Nice.
csbosox (1225) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JAN 23, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2010 750ml bottle. 44°. Pretty bottle dipped in wax with just a bottle cap. Pours hazy crimson red, with a small off white head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is tart raspberry jam. The flavor is tart raspberry pretty much the whole way through and has a tart, flavorful aftertaste. Mouthfeel was nice. It reminds me a lot of the Bonny Doon Framboise. This is a very good beer, but, unlike their Apple Ale, none of the beer notes seem to really come through, this is certainly not a bad thing, just making an observation. My wife and I split the bottle during and after diner. She is not a beer lover (except for stouts?) but she really enjoyed this. Right or wrong, the overall score suffered because of the lack of beer flavor, not because of the lack of overall flavor or enjoyability. The beer was one-dimensional, but wonderfully done. Big thanks to JCapriotti for this wonderful beer. 8/4/8/3/16 3.9
Additional notes. I have had this beer numerous times and I love it everytime. The smell is delightful, the raspberry is ever present and presented in all its glory, the carbonation level leads to a full mouthfeel and the slight sweet/tart finish makes it easy to drink. What more could I ask for in this beer? Not much, raised my score.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 22, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Solid pink head. Strong sweet raspberry aroma. Body is a dark pink. Rich taste of raspberries with a solid balanced bitterness. Hints of earthiness. Body is very sticky and full. Finish could be a little longer. Still this is an awesome beer with big taste. Also very unique, never really tasted something like this.
zach8270 (3625) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JAN 3, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2008 [25 oz. bottle] Got this in a trade from robertsreality. Deep ruby red color with a thick and puffy pink head. Enormous aroma of raspberries. As soon as you get it near your nose, raspberries hit you and not much else. Very sweet and slightly tart raspberry flavor. Rolls around your tongue and leaves wonderful flavors all throughout your mouth. Awesome fruit beer. Thanks a million Rob.
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - DEC 24, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Facto for the bottle. Poured a very deep purple/red with a smallish pinkish head. Huge raspberry aroma and little else. A really nice fruity aroma. Flavor is mostly raspberry. Full bodied and juicy. Really a great fruit beer.
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 23, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was freakin amazing. I love fruit beers, especially of the raspberry variety, but this one was as close to perfect as it gets. Great purpl-ish red color with pinkish head. Rich raspberry flavor that wasn’t too sweet (which most tend to be). I was very impressed and way thankful to facto for sending it out.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2004
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2005 This poured a purple/brown color with a good pinkish head. The aroma is tart raspberry. The taste is tart raspberry. I suppose this is okay, but I prefer eating raspberries. I guess I still don’t get these fruit juice kind of drinks.
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Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 5, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Full raspberry and sweetness w/ hints of honey and musk. Thick red and purple colors w/ good head. Rich raspberry and honey sweetness in the mouth. Good effervesence and medium body.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 3, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks tannertavernboys for this fruity goodness. Pours a deep russet violet with a reddish head. Aromas of some malts but mostly just raspberries. No hops anywhere. Very sweet with a tartness to balance it out. Only complaints are that there is no bretta and this hardly resembles beer at all. Even considering that, this was very enjoyable.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 1, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Thanks to footbalm for this bottle (among many wonderful others). Great pour to it, thick, deep red raspberry appearance, unfiltered, with a small creamy beige-white head. Aroma of succulent sweet raspberries, pulpy, juicy and fresh. Flavor is tremendously full of raspberries. Like fresh raspberry jam, juice and whole berries. Sugary, thick and nearly full bodied. In the middle you get a bit of fruity acid notes, and some lactic notes, providing an ever so brief amount of relief from the heavy sweetness, and the finish shows some light wheat notes, more in texture than actual flavor. Very easy to compare to Lindemans, yet I found the underlying lambic qualities to be much fewer and farther between in this brew. There was a decent carbonation, a bit of yeast notes here and there, but overall, it was just pure fatiguing raspberry. Way too sweet and one-dimensional. I was really hoping for more beer quality in this and less fruit dominance.