notalush (4473) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 8, 2003
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is one for the lambic lovers. It shares many characteristics with the Belgian Red, but I like this one more, perhaps because it is less tart. The aroma is so huge and sweet, like a barrel of fresh-picked raspberries. My mouth waters out of control every time I smell it. The appearance is a perfectly clear, dark red, like a fine red wine, and it has a small, dark pink/light purple head - "spread this on toast?" - most certainly, it tastes like liquid raspberry preserves - extremely sweet, with just a tiny bit of tartness to cut it - the tartness lingers into the finish, getting your tongue ready for another wonderfully sweet sip - there is something about this that leaves a slightly thick feeling on the tongue as the beer is swallowed, which makes you wonder if you actually are eating raspberries - this is not for everyone, but in my opinion it is something worth seeking out and savoring.
JMerritt (1724) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep garnet in color, this unique beer is capped by a pink, frothy head that gradually falls to a thin film. The aroma is of concentrated raspberries, so pungent that it smells exactly like raspberry preserves. I want to dip a knife into this and spread it onto toast. Flavor is extremely delicate. The pungent aroma makes you expect a shockingly tart flavor, but this is not the case. Raspberry is still the (majorily) predominent factor in the flavor, but comes off as a mix of black and red raspberries, with a slightly "green" or unripened finish. After swallowing, you will be checking your teeth for raspberry seeds, it is that impressive. Very pleasant, and another great fruit-beer offering from New Glarus. Do not pass this up.
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - MAY 7, 2003
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
OK, a couple of disclaimers seem called for. First, my palate is rusty as hell. I haven't had a batch of new brews like this in a very long time. Second, I'm habitually baised against fruit beers, most of which I can't stand, though I'm not above my own experimentations in home brewed fruitiness. That said, this stuff rubbed me the wrong way - I was already thinking the Norski might be too sweet and this one rages with sweetness. And what tries to rein this outageous power in is not anything significantly beery (i.e. hops), but rather the natural, beautiful tartness of rasberries. What seems to have happened is that the significant malt (it does have a good round feel) causes a sweet accentuated by the berries. I admire the freshness and quality of the ingredients, but what they add up to is not a beer I like much.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I like this beer. It was the most different brew that I've ever had(the raspberry equivolent to the Belgian red). Very strong raspberry taste and aroma. Hints of malt and not a trace of hops. Great brew to have at the end of an evening,with or in lieu of a desert. Many Thanks to CaptainCougar for this gem.
Nuffield (3549) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 16, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2004 Very very nice--the kind of beer my wife loves to share with me. I loved the wax on the bottle neck and top--nice touch. Pours attractively with a vibrant raspberry-red head, just bursting with aroma. So fresh, so authentic. Perhaps a hint of raspberry sherbert there, but mostly raspberry puree. The flavor...more of the same! There are moments when it reminds you that it is a beer, but mostly this is an easy-drinking wine cooler / kool aid beverage. The initial sip (on a clean palate) struck at the jaw with a jolt of sour, but after that the "tart" was more in name than in palate--or perhaps, given the sweetness, a raspberry tart (i.e. pie-like dessert). For what it is, lovely. The beer to give a woman who says she "doesn't like beer" (fortunately, my wife likes stouts as well as fruit beers). original rating (8-4-8-4-16; 16 Apr 03) // Re-rate 20 Aug 04: Jam-quality, moderate acidity, needs more sourness to be really enjoyable to me, but that's just a preference. Still a beautiful appearance (8-5-8-4-15).
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - APR 10, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Oh my goodness...can we say raspberries...yes, i think we certainly can...a faint hint of cherries perhaps..but yeah, more raspberries on top of that. It pours a heavenly reddish color with a hint of velvet hiding within. Medium to high level of carbonation here with a definite bittersweet aspect of sweet fruits and souring fruitiness...confusingly complex is the best way i can possibly describe it. One of the most full bodied fruit flavors out there...just overflowing with tart fruits. I am very amazed to say the least.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 13, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Grape juice was the first thing I thought when seeing it in my glass. Definitely the dark raspberries, not the light ultra tart kind. Tart though, very rich and a top-notch fruit beer. Light frothy edging.
Dougal (130) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 10, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Raspberry, Raspberry, Raspbeery. Beautiful red coloring and a nose that lets you know that sweetness is what this guy is all about. Overiped raspberries in the nose and the palate. Enjoy with a nice chocolate cake.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - MAR 9, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This a truly special brew if you ask me. Pours a beautiful glowing red with a nose like a fresh raspberry danish. Sweet but not cloying. Full lush raspberry flavor with a slight acidity coming through in the middle. Another of the highlights from the fest.
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - MAR 9, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark red color. Small head. Aroma is raspberry and malts. A big bold raspberry flavor. Malty and slightly sweet. The raspberry flavor predominates this beer. Still beer like, despite all the fruit flavor. As usual with New Glarus its very smooth. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is sweet.