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RATINGS: 1203   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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The voluminous raspberry bouquet will greet you long before your lips touch your glass. Serve this Wisconsin framboise very cold in a champagne flute. Then hold your glass to a light and enjoy the jewel-like sparkle of a very special ale. Oregon proudly shares their harvest of mouth-watering berries, which we ferment spontaneously in large oak vats. Then we employ Wisconsin farmed wheat and year old Hallertau hops to round out this extravaganza of flavor.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - JUL 1, 2004
Opague burgundy, medium mauve head. (What the hell is mauve?), aroma of tartness and papery stale hops. What can I say that hasnít been said before? The mouthfeel is lovely, aroma simplistic but savory, the taste let me down a bit, more a fucntion of the red raspberries used (which I donít like as much as the black kind), than any actual flaw of the beer. Thanks GrainBeltGuzzler!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 29, 2004
Dark purple with a purple head and some lacing. Aromas of tart raspberries and musky malts. Kind of surprised me with how good it was. Flavors. Oh yeah, good stuff. Sour and barnyard. Raspberries, brown sugar, and musky. Fluffy palate, thick body finishing tart and dry.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DomiNate (123) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 28, 2004
Nice purple head covered the dark crimson red pour. Beautiful lacing covered the glass. The head dissapated very quickly and just left the aroma of a raspberry pie. Just like grandma used to make, crust and all. This brew makes you want to grab a fork and eat it. Taste was very tart and very raspberry! Smell matched the taste perfectly and made this a wonderful brew. Thanks BŁck Dich! Happy Birthday!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUN 28, 2004
Thick bright ruby red with crimson edges. The head & lacing is like purple grenade, everywhere. The aroma is like sweet boysenberry syrup, raspberry, tart, one dimensional aroma but thatís what it said. The flavor is so good with sweet raspberry & light tart musky clean malt & raspberry. Good! Very sweet fruit beer but so much more present than usual. Thanks Slikwily!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - JUN 27, 2004
A very interesting "beer" that, in my taxonomic opinion, might be better served under a non-beer status. But as it is, this is a real pleasant beverage. There is no doubting the raspberry nature of this concoction. In fact, that is about all you can taste. The color is dark ruby red and looks very much like a wine. The aroma is raspberry and sweetness. The flavor, however, is quite sour (not shit itís called "tart") but not puckeringly so. Tastes like an unripe raspberry. This drink has a big reputation. And while I did enjoy it, it just tasted like expensive Purple Passion to me. Good, for what IT is, but what is IT and whereís the beer?

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JUN 27, 2004
Bottle. Really nice pour. Dark burgundy with a thin retentive pink head. Nose is sweet and of strong raspberry. The flavor notes are berry (of course), malt, and quite sweet. There is a slightly bitter taste that is very pleasant. There is almost no hint of alcohol. The finish is a little dry and bitter (in a very good way). There really isnít anything that I can say about this that has not already been said. It is definitely worthy of its high ranking and accolades and is a must try. Thanks to Kevin42 for bringing this back from Wisconsin.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Silphium (3179) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 20, 2004
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!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 11, 2004
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.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUN 9, 2004
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.

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 8, 2004
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.


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