sm89walt (1666) - Auckland, - OCT 21, 2007
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
I hadnít been looking forward to this one because of itís rather low rating but I cracked it open anyway. A deep amber colour and a quickly dissipating fizzy, off-white head begin this beer off. Even whilst pouring I can smell the rhubarb in this one. I find the aroma quite pleasant, although clearly artificial, and quite similar to the boiled sweets, which I also am fond of. Itís not what youíd expect from a beer but at this stage itís pleasant enough. Upon first tasting it comes across as fairly thin and not overly carbonated. The aromas carry on through to the taste and I donít view this as terrible. Thereís the rhubarb and vanilla on the tip of the tongue and also some hoppyness on the back of the tongue. A somewhat squat finish lets it down a touch. Sure, Iíve had better beers but this was in no way the worst either.
BlackHaddock (2902) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 10, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Feb 2008: This one of the íSerious Country Alesí themed beers from Greene King (owners of Ruddles name).
I once had a Gurkin flavoured beer which had a green hue to it and actually tasted of girkins, it was horrible. I am reviewing this as I drink it and I donít really want to taste nothing but rhubarb, so here goes.
Clear 500ml bottle, no best before date visible on the bottle.
Poured into my Batemanís straight pint glass.
Deep amber colour with a thin white head, looks OK but is no world beater in the appearance stakes.
The aroma is more towards custurd than rhubarb, there is however some rhubarb crumble smells too.
The taste is all rhubarb and sour rhubarb at that. The label doesnít lie, apart from the bit about rhubarb having a sweetness. If it does have a sweetness i think they have boiled it out. No way of telling Bramling Cross Hops have been used unless you read the neck label.
Different to anything Iíve ever had before and not all bad. I am not a huge rhubarb fan at the best of times but Iíve almost enjoyed this beer.
Will I have another? Most likely not. I have had to start eating chesses to help me finish the bottle and hide the taste.
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2011
1.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
Bottle. No best before date but Iíve been putting this off for a while. Amber coloured. Disgustingly sweet aroma with obvious rhubarb but more like rhubarb and custard sweets. Tastes as it smells but actually even worse and without the nice sugaryness that actual rhubarb and custard sweets would have. Beyond awful.
madmitch76 (12162) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
8th January 2008
Amber gold beer. Crisp palate. Pronounced Rhubarb that leads to a bone dry hoppy and rhubarb finish that lingers and lingers. Unusual but the palate makes it hard work.
ralphdot (967) - Billingham, Durham, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2009
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Light brown with a thin but lasting head, strong sweet fruity rhubarb aroma, flavour of rhubarb, vanilla and hops, dry and bitter, this is not a good idea for a beer, not nice at all. Nearly pored it down the drain and I could still taste this beer hours after drinking it.
thewolf (10538) - Kolding, DENMARK - OCT 3, 2008
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle @ Beer Exposed, September 2008.
Pours clear, golden amber with a small, creamy, film head. Aroma is sweet, clear rhubarb character and caramel. High carbonation and a little thin. Flavour is weird, some rhubarb, a touch of tartness, caramel and doughy malts. Very weird, but actually drinkable.
Beth101 (512) - West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 28, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet actually smells of rhubarb, good enough to eat. No head amber with a hint of pink. Looks pretty flat. Mmmm tastes like rhubarb too but with malt mixed in. Has a bitter taste to it but then again it is rhubarb Considering it looks flat it is quite fizzy in the mouth. Enjoyed this beer would buy it again would be good to drink with custard mmmmmmmmm.
johndoughty (3528) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 27, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. At one time many years ago Ruddles was a highly respected name in the real ale world. At one point it seemed to be the only real ale stocked for miles. How times have changed! This was a truly awful novelty type drink not to be taken seriously. All i could taste was heaven forbid Rhubarb.
As I love both beer and rhubarb it was a shock to taste both together. An experiment that hopefully will never be repeated again.
EFC1878 (315) - Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2008
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Bottle from Tesco. Truly awful. I shouldíve read some of the reviews on here before wasting my money. Never, ever again. Nasty, musty odour, revolting chemical taste. Christ, this may well be the worst beer Iíve ever drunk. I poured it away after a couple of gulps. Possibly used in trench warfare during World War 1.
SaintMatty (4281) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - AUG 11, 2008
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
500ml Bottle - Amber in colkour. Vanilla and rhubabe in the aroma. Sweet rhubarb taste with some vanilla notes and light malt. Has the potential to be good but this is rather sickly.
Pyobon (795) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 21, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Clear amber with plenty of off white head. Distinctive aroma, predominantly vanilla. medium body with plenty of carbonation. Flavour predominantly rhubarb and vanilla with slightly bitter fiinish. Interesting beer and very drinkable, altough the confectionary taste was rather unusual.