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Rock Bottom Chicago Cuvee de Clarita

Rock Bottom Chicago Cuvee de Clarita
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RATINGS: 8   MEAN: 3.36/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Inspired by Mrs. Crolwey's love of Belgian sour ales, this rich, dark brew was aged for SEVEN months with raspberries in oak barrels. Dry, tart, and slightly sour with hints of vanilla and chocolate all combined with a refreshing raspberry flavor and aroma. VERY RARE!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JMerritt (1941) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2007
On tap at Rock Bottom Chicago. I was lucky enough to get one of the last pints of the batch, as they removed this from the beer listing as I was sitting at the bar. Jet black with a very small white head. Aroma was actually more cranberry than raspberry, really reminded me of cranberry cocktail, only slightly more sour. Light bodied, flavor is really "juiceish" - lightly fruity with some slight oakiness. Moderately carbonated with a slightly light palate. Interesting, but not spectacular. I would have preferred this to be much more sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2007
It doesn’t seem like too many people like this beer as much, but I thought it was great. It was a little watery...but I thought it is great to have more of a lighter oak aged beer. The raspberries were strong in this beer and a little sour. Well balanced, I might have had two :)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - NOV 12, 2007
On tap at FoBAB ’07. Dark brown with some red, no head. Cherry, strawberry aroma that is a little wild. Very fruity flavor, little sour, earthy. thin/watery. A little dissapointing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2007
On tap at FoBAB 2007. Reddish brown in color with a thin beige head. Sour notes all over with browning cherries and raspberries. Light watery flavors. But what is there is raspberries, bakers chocolate with a little bit of tartness and oak. Overall too watery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 5, 2007
On tap at FoBAB 5. Poured clear, deeper reddish-brown with a deep cap of beige head. The aroma picked up sweeter chocolates and raspberries with a very desserty appeal.. almost like cake (and I like a good chocolate and raspberry cake). The flavor had lots of deeper raspberry seeds and chocolates with even sweeter chocolate riding through the finish.. more raspberries at the back as well as some oak tartness.. solid. Medium-bodied with a nice tart appeal.. warm, but not overly boozy.. good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2007
on tap at FoBAB V: pours reddish brown. nose of raspberries. flavor is watery, slight funk to it but hints of chocolate. the fruit doesn’t have a fresh taste and this is pretty watery. not into this at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 24, 2007
Snifter. Dark brown body, minimal head. Served too cold! Leafy, viney hop aroma with an unripe raspberry bite to it; reminiscent of the raspberry bush not the sweet fruit. Big flavor - sweet caramelly brown ale base with a heavy JD barrel addition and tart raspberry. Somewhat dry finish with lots of wood char. Big flavors in this guy but they feel lumped together rather than well-blended. Perhaps a swing towards sweetness instead of tart/bitterness would have made the fruit and barrel work better together.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2007
Personal Milestone: Fruit Beer Rating #100 (out of 3579) !!!!! (Also - U.S.A. Rating #2222)
And what a dandy it is. Looking nearly black in the snifter, the dark brown body is capped by a creamy brown head. (Wish it lingered longer!) It has an aroma of lightly tart raspberries blended with milk chocolate and lightly roasted, sweet malts. Very creamy, soothing mouthfeel. The malty sweetness is cut by the tart fruit in the flavor and a bit of vanilla is stirred into the mix. The finish is dry, fruity, and mildly sour. Very nice beer.
Chicago folk - Get to the RB soon. This isn’t a big batch.

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