Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2004
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thereís a precious, raspberry-red wax over the crown and down the neck of this beer, proper insurance of a finely crafted and properly presented product. How often do you see the like in a beer?
Snap! Fssh...and out wafts the incredible raspberry aroma! Letís get that in a glass and up to my lips, pronto!
Color pours out a devilishly dark, bloody red, with a head that starts fine, but swiftly dissipates. I search for associations with appearance and can only come up with candies, desserts, pies, liqueurs...all things sweet, delicious, and fruity!
Up in the nose, BAM! Raspberry Sorbet! Gorgeous! I used to work in an ice cream factory, and relished the time spent with fruit purees, before blending and freezing. This is exactly like that.
I donít even care if I never get to drink it, just to smell this all day long would be heaven!
A highly charged pounce upon the palate at first sip, a bracket of hops, a rush of carbonation.
So much lip-smacking going on throughout the drink...ooo,tart! oo, tart!, but still sweet and delicious.
Texture: phenomenal, body:full, finish: eternal!This beer has a flavor that never lags, or sags, or forgets itís business.
My only caveats are that the tart flavor can be too much at times, and though quite a delight, this is strictly a special occasion ale, best enjoyed after a perfect meal, among several friends, with plenty of time to loll back and marvel at the splendor!
Other than that, perfection!
ElGaucho (2263) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet raspberry extract aroma. Dark red color with cloudy interior. Nice lace. Very sweet raspberry flavor. It is named perfectly, because it is very tart. Good dessert beer. Would go well with either raspberry sherbet or french vanilla ice cream. Doesnít much taste like beer, although, with the exception of a pink head, looks like beer. Salty and tart mouthfeel. Takes some getting used to, and isnít for every beer drinker. But, served in the proper way and in the proper setting, is excellent.
Radek Kliber (6572) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - SEP 4, 2004
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Incredible Raspberry aroma, big, fresh, almost like it was just hand picked from Kobierno Forest back in the day. Totally remarkable, superb aroma. Dark bloody ruby red, stoic sound powerful color. Medium to full body, flavours were as sweet as some fruit beers are witch is good thing. Touch of earthy, mineral feel that ads the complexity. Very nice taste but the richness or aroma did not carry as well as Nose was promising. Still one of top Fruit beers made today.
zathrus13 (1728) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - AUG 31, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2006 Brownish-red color, with a pink head. Aroma is dominated by raspberries, but also has some spice. Taste starts out with sweet raspberries, but ends up a little tart and dry. Really good...how does NG make such great fruit beers?
legion242 (2299) - Richardson, Texas, USA - AUG 26, 2004
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep blood red, minimal head, sweet-tart raspberry aroma. Sickly sweet. Small spice at sides of mouth. Actual bite at the back of the throat as well- wierd.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 23, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Opaque rusty brown. Rocky brown-pink head w/ raspberry seed floating in the foam. Robust sweet & tart aroma of fresh raspberries. Syrupy feel. Complex sweet & tart flavour of fresh raspberries in cream & raspberry pie. Semi-sweet finish.
bu11zeye (12039) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 23, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2007 (750 ml bottle) Pours a rose color with a medium-sized pink head that dissipates quickly. Nose of candy-like red raspberries. Good sourness, but not as tart as a lambic. Refreshing brew!
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 22, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured beautiful red color with thin pink head...smelled like fresh raspberries, but the warmer it got I swear to god I smelled a fresh can of Spaghetti Oís...tasted quite sweet but it didnít really seem tart enough for me...had a crisp clean finish with a pleasant raspberry aftertaste...
wintermute11 (2) - Texas, USA - AUG 16, 2004 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
My favorite beer of all time. Head is thick but with fine bubbles. This is a berry bear, but with a perfect balance of sweet vs. tart. Even good berry beers seem to be a bit too sweet, but this is perfect. My only complaint is price and availability. Is seasonal and can sometimes be difficult to find even in Wisconsin.
IndianaRed (2672) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 12, 2004
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 22, 2005 750mlBottle Pours a deep cloudy crimson with a thick pale pink head that is maintained in the slender flute. Aroma is like raspberry jam or pancake syrup. Almost too strong. Very sweet with a bit of woody oak. First impression is the tart, dry very bold ras flavor. A quite sharp astringent tang, as the flavor fades. The long term finish quickly dissipates with not much of a reminder of what just happened. The ABV is nearly imperceptable and the dry finish is clean with a hint of he oak barrels trying to hang on. As it warms a bit the acidity and the oak comes through more. Excellent, and even though it tastes so good, my impuls is to slug it down, I try my best to savor every sip....was that realy 750ccs?..
Thanks to MrFacto for the trade !