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 (3614) - 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 (1034) - Petaluma, 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.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 7, 2003
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2004 WOW! What a brew! This stuff has a nose that will fill the entire room. No joke, once you open the bottle the sweet scent of raspberries will fill the entire room. The colour is dark deep red with shades of pink in the thin head. Very sweet but not so 'tart.' Easy to drink and very rewarding. Too bad that N.G. has decided to pull out of Illinois.
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 24, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep, deep RED color with a nice pink head. No mistaking the raspberry juice aroma, either. It's a pleasant, not-too-sweet raspberry soda flavor, too. It has some fruit sour in the finish, as well. It's lovely and rich and well-rounded.
GermanBrews76 (679) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 24, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2003 pours like a red guinness on nitro. somewhat translucent, deep violet/ruby body with a thick rollingfoamy raspberry head. smells like a raspberry sorbet. Tart and sour, some cardboard. tons of raspberries, particularly on the finish. like a raspberrywine with cardboard and cobwebs.
argo0 (11822) - 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)