Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 20, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I feel like Iím comparing a kumquat to durians rating this "beer"- its character is strongly dominated by delicious raspberries and not traditional barley or wheat malt or hops. In fact, I donít think I tasted anything but sparkling raspberry juice- but oh, how delicious this ale was. Iím not surprised by the low ABV- I believe I could easily slam this like a Budweiser. This is a must-try, even if it doesnít quite merit being called an "ale" IMO. Thanks Jason (JCapriotti) for the bottle!
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 11, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
What a nice looking beer. A fine collapsing pink head that sits atop a Dark red body. The aroma is a huge burst of fresh raspberry. Pure unadulterated raspberry. The flavor is absolutely brilliant for what it is, luxurious raspberries envelope the mild malt flavors. The palate is also very nice, medium with only a mild bit of sourness, or tartness if you will. This one rally pushes the limits of what a beer is. This is as close to fermented raspberries as tou can get, almost raspberry wine, but still a damn fine effort from a great brewery.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUN 9, 2004
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Much anticipated. Pours a beautiful deep ruby red with a brief but appealing pinkish head. Aroma was inticingly raspberry. Flavor was tart raspberry. The first few sips were wonderful but the more I drank the less satisfying it became. Damned if I know why.
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 8, 2004
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
God what a presentation. Fizzy, moderate fully red head, that lingers thin and white. Aroma of raspberries immediately that never goes away. Gorgeous clear deep garnet color (except late when I swirled in the yeast in glass #4). Full fruit raspberries (natch)and blackberries and citrus (grapefruit and orange). Sharp and acidic. Nothing late to mellow the bite. I would love to rate this higher, but lacks the complexity of itís Belgian counterparts. This may be a byproduct of its low alcohol. Could not detect any yeast character. Higher volume of wheat could help balance out the acidity...but thereís no way I could produce anything close to this beer.
DocLock (7854) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thank you to Nexxus for this one. Iíve been wanting to try this beer for ages, and I was not disappointed. As I opened it, my brother (who was sitting 10 yards away) said "Wow, I smell that already." The color was a deep reddish merlot color, with an awesome pink head. Huge raspberry aroma permeated every olfactory pore. I also noticed slight malt and hops in the aroma. The taste was incredible, with tons of raspberry goodness, in addition to some malt and hops. The finish was very tart and very smooth. Part of me feels bad rating a fruit beer this high, but I defy anyone to deny the absolute incredible taste, aroma, mouthfeel, and overall presence of this beer. Just incredible.
Kevin (2077) - New Mexico, USA - MAY 31, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thank you to the guys on this site that recommended i pick this up when i was in Wi. This is not the sort of beer i usually go for but i enjoyed it. beautiful deep red color with thick pinkish red head, enjoyable strong berry aroma. i expected it to be overly sweet but it is well balanced between the tart and sweetness. this might be the best breakfast beer made. very refreshing taste that keaves an enjoyable sweet taste on the tongue. i will definitely have my friends up north bring more down for me.
AlabastorJones (800) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 27, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Intense raspberry aroma, purple/red hue with fluffy magenta head, insanely carbonated, the flavor is of sweet raspberry extract with an alcohol bite, the carbonation/alcohol attacks my tongue on the finish, wow this is good, I was surprised by the low alcohol level though, thuper dank either way, I actually liked this more than the belgian red.
tomxcs (321) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 22, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2005 If given the choice between this and the Belgian Red, Iíd choose this. The flavor is much more fruity than sweet (although, after the initial tartness, quite sweet) and with a much better aroma. An excellent fruit beer. The key, as with the Belgian Red, is that the base beer is good on its own.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAY 21, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This pours nice and syrupy into the glass with a small pinkish purple head. Aroma is full of fruit and flowers. The appearance in the glass is almost a beaujolais, very nice. The taste is very tart for a moment and then sweet, with some buttered popcorn, and mustard seed, almost like biting into a McDonalds cheeseburger, call me weird but I got mustard out of this. Not bad.
JagerQueen (123) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAY 21, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep red jewel type color, is this a fruit beer or a lambic? Hmmm....Very strong, musky raspberry aroma, a little cloying to the nose. Incredibly drinkable, like an over the top raspberry smoothy. Tart and sweet and oh, so tasty.