BBB63 (6200) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 6, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep reddish purple hue with a light pink head and good lace. Aroma is major raspberries of course but detected some wood, grain, and floral hops hints as well. Beautiful crisp tart taste with a sublime sweet undertone. The acidic nature stay with you long after the beer is gone. Mouthfeel is heavy for a fruit beer. Great brew but I still like the Red (cherry) beer better.
JorisPPattyn (8095) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 1, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep purple-red. No head. Deep-deep raspberry smell as a dressing made from real cooked raspberries. Good taste. Raspberry. Real ones. But STILL too sweet. Somehow they must do something to keep it sweet (enough) in the way they make their lousy kriek. Thick fruity mouthfeel, like a tart (=pastry) topping. Finish includes some acidburn all the same. Yeah - I can live with this. But is not yet going to beat the top fruitlambics.
3fourths (8293) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2012 RERATE NEEDED. Beautiful creamy dark red hue. Smells so thick that it resembles and raspberry steak sauce. Explosive on the palate, big time tartness in the finish. Excellent, but only in small amounts.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 21, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle: A thick guey black raspberry syrup oozes out of the bottle into the glass. . . The head takes on a life of its own as the sryup piles on itself: growing light red and rising out of the glass. . . Palpable aroma, bitter raspberry seeds and flesh; sticky, sugary and syrupy coating mouthfeel. Loads of raspberries, slightly metalic. A very tasty brew.
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 2, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sparkling ruby color, effervescent, dissipating head. Huge raspberry nose. Some sour tang to counteract the sweetness, from wheat and spontaneous fermentation bugs. This is made with great care and love of the product and is truely a unique beer.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2003
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2005 Crisp and bubbly like a sparkling wine. Sweet, too sweet for me to drink more than a flute of. Refreshing and different. My wife and her friends really liked it.
jsquire (3578) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - AUG 30, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Muddy red out of the bottle with a lasting head and good lace. Lots of raspberry in the nose, but also the hints of sour that I don't like in beer. Lots of Raspberry flavors, but like sour patch versions. More palatable than your average Belgian sour, but still not in my palate zone. May have been an old bottle. Will have to try again.
steview (1030) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 24, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2004 Damn good... This is your reward for a time of whatever you deserve. Very nice job. And I love raspberry. So, yeah... Can be too sweet though. UPDATE 7/15/04: light cannot encumber; light can only surround this deep raspberry body. the pink head vanishes in delight. what's left is for i to drink. and i do. delicious. raspberry fruit beer. just tart enough... (i may like the belgian red more)
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 23, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The name says it all, very tart. Deep red hue, almost the color of a good Merlot. A bit carbonated. Sweet fininsh.
BeerSlacker (34) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2003 Brown, with a red tinge. Sweet, rich raspberry nose with some tartness. Cidery-vinergary flavours greet you in the body as the tartness increases. The finish brings a gentle fall-off of the acidity into a sour end. This beer is bubbly, and alive on the tongue. An outstanding beer, truly a world-class American version of a Belgian classic style.