BATLMULLET (127) - Highland, Indiana, USA - MAY 12, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not nearly as over-the-top as the cherry variety. Still, quite good. Some dryness definitely helps to avoid any cloying raspberry sweetness. Not a big fan of fruit beers, but New Glarus is always worth a sip.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - MAY 11, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very nice dark cherry red color,small red head that faded slowly leaving little behind.Strong sweet raspberry aroma.Now this is a nice brew.It starts off almost like a nicely carbonated raspberry soda,sweet and full of fruit flavor,then in the middle it changes to a raspberry flavor with a little bit of a woodsy like taste a little acidic as well.Then it changes back to a nice flavor of raspberry soda again with a slight sweet and sour twist,with the sourness hanging on for awhile.Very nice brew and by far the best fruit beer iíve ever had.It makes me glad to know i have another one for a hot summer day.Thanks go to Jcapriotti for sending this very fine brew my way.
ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 26, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
absolutely marvelous, my friends. this stuff really whips a pit bull's ass. not as sweet as lindeman's, though definitely more tart. a deep, complex finish. this stuff has character. each sip finishes with a smile...
RugbyMike (14) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - APR 23, 2004
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The drive to Wisconsin is well worth the effort to get this full-bodied, lush framboise. The hoppiness is on the lighter side allowing the full raspberry flavor to shine through. Drink this with good friends who appreciate the style. It is lost on pilsner drinkers for the most part.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - APR 18, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 24, 2004 Insane! Just a crazy amount of fruit flavor - it's so full of raspberries, you'll think a tub of jam was dumped into your beer. Very sweet, yet moderately tart, too. A bit too much for me, as I could only handle one 4oz glass of this. But you've got to respect the artistry and craftsmanship. Most fruit beers suffer from a lack of ingredients, but this beer has an embarrassment of fruit riches. Very thick not beerlike in the least. Despite all the praise and respect, I would not buy this beer again as it was just wayyyy too tart for my taste.
rauchbier (3655) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle conditioned? Deep ruby red, thin pink head and good condition. Incredible raspberry aromas that seem to avoid being to sweet and cloying, with some background malt battling its way through. Huge explosion of fruit on the tongue, not too sweet or syrupy, with just a hint of nuttiness to give it balance. Superb long raspberry jam in the finish with a hint of citrus. Many thanks to whoever it was who brought this beer to the ZBF, and to MatW for sharing its delights.
MartinT (8492) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 10, 2004
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2014 Monolithic eruptions of the freshest raspberry life spurt from the permafruit, and our discovery buds are enveloped in pulsing raspberry seed fragments...Swimming through the thick warmth of this geothermal divinity, fantastic microscopic citrus fruit are seen eroding the pie crust rocks all around, as our buds do not want to go back home...The surrounding craters harbor plentiful dark raspberry bushes that even push their depth in flavor to reach that of sweet chocolate...This expedition into the most succulent essence of the raspberry proves to me, once again, that the otherworldly resides on our world...
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - APR 10, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tart raspberry aroma creamy rasrberry taste with a tartness and alittle sourness.
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Just an absolutely gorgeous beer. Beautiful red color, wonderful aroma and taste-might be in a league of its own. You can't really classify it in the conventional categories-since its neither belgian in character and too fruit dominated to be a "raspberry-wheat" type thing. But it is simply marvelous. I don't know how many raspberries goes into each bottle, but it seems a bargain @ $8 a bottle. Now if it was only avail in Illinois again. Truly a beer than anyone can enjoy, from the most inexperienced beer drinker to the well traveled beer geek.
Rastacouere (6159) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 4, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2005 Gorgeous.. wow.. gorgeous. An easy scored 5 for the appearance. Fully lasting full pink head over a fully opaque superbly dark body. Iím truly impressed, seduced, intrigued. Mostly sweet aroma, tempting, you canít tire of it, you canít get your nose out of that glass. I love raspberries and Iím all set for the cruise. This starts with a pure raspberries attack, will your defenses hold? You bet, keep them coming, hell yeah, I want more. After a few sniffs, you start to grasp the necessary subtlety for a perfect 10 in the aroma department. Vanilla accompanies these stellar fresh fruits and who says vanilla often says woody touch which is also true here. First beer that makes me say: "I know what Iím smelling for breakfast tomorrow". People are not kidding when they say you taste the seeds, you almost feel them between your teeths. Marvellously crafted fruit beer, perhaps even better than a personal favorite: Quelque Chose. I canít believe a beer to be so full-flavoured at 4% ABV. Unique creation which can only be rivalled by New Glarus Belgian Red and as MartinT points out, once youíre there, itís really only a matter of preferring cherries over raspberries or vice-versa. On parallel, I personally prefered the raspberry tart which seems to have more acidity (although it still could have used a bit more imo). This is the best single focus on one flavor Iíve encountered in my young life, this extreme sweetness never appears cloying, nor syrupy nor fake. Lots of stuff going on, eminently complex, crisp and contemplative. Superb mouth-filling body with enough carbonation to detract from the never cloying sweetness. A thousand thanks Nexxus for this fine pie! Hunt this out before I do!