argo0 (11349) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 24, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2005 (12-6-05, bottle) Nothing to add to the comments below, except that this is so damned good. Sweet raspberry goodness, fresh and flavorful. No other raspberry fruit beer can compare. (8/4/9/4/17)
(7-24-03, bottle) Small creamy violet foam atop a deep violet body. Aroma is fairly sweet raspberry. Sweet and tart raspberry taste. Medium body, slightly sticky. Think soda, and you have a good idea of what to expect. Still, it’s a very good soda. (8/4/8/4/16)
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of fresh raspberries, deep, almost purple colour, with a slim magenta head. Raspberries are in every mouthful of this nectar. Sweet, and at times tart. A really bold version!
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2004 Hello raspberries, welcome to my mouth. Wow, what a nice little refresher of raspberry surprise. Another 1pint 9oz fancy green bottle from New Glarus with the neck dipped in red wax, very cool, unique, classy, and makes for a good conversational piece.
Color of this pours out of dark ruby red and settles to be very opaque but glowing deep of rich raspberry colors. No head or lace produced, not all that necessary, but a slight disappointment.
Quite a bouquet of prefumey raspberry joy, both red and black varieties, very dark and deep, super lucsious and just plain fresh like just picked from the bushes. Taste is just as lusciously fresh, a raspberry delight, I detect more black raspberries then red. Moderately tart and sweet, souring a bit, taken in fairly easily but the sour can get the lips a puckering if you drink to much to fast or at once. Its a sipper to settle down with, makes for a great dessert or capper. Feel is medium with lots of tartness in front and goes tangy and sweetly smooth to a raspberry drying much like the fruit itself would do, just take out those tiny yellow seeds that get stuck in your teeth, which they've already done for you here, so your set.
The tartness may be a little much for some but seems to fit perfect for what this brew is after. Yum! Yum, again!
hopscotch (8848) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 15, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2003 This beer rocks!
Deep, incredibly dark crimson brew. Medium-sized rose-colored head. Quickly and entirely dissipating.
Smells like raspberry pie with buttery crust.
Tastes like raspberry pie with buttery crust.
Full-bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel and soft carbonation.
Long, tart finish. Hey, it even finishes like raspberry pie with buttery crust! What's not to like? Thanks go out to CaptainCougar for this excellent brew!
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 8, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark, dark burgundy with a pink lacing around the sides of the glass. Highly interesting "beer" - very good, and perfect, fresh rasberry flavor. Not too heavy, especially that the alcohol is so low, but it is a very enjoyable experience. Sweet and tart in a perfect balance. Wish I had some gourmet food of sorts to go with this. I'm not so sure cheese would work.
notalush (4788) - 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 (1770) - 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 (3665) - 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).