orangesol (451) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 2, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I brought this one to our post bottle share tasting. Batch #2.
A - Pours hazy bright red with a really nice one and a half finger tall white head leaving little to no lace down the glass. Goes pretty dead quickly, leaving only a thin white ring of head around the outside of the glass.
S - Smells of sharp raspberry sweetness, musty earth, light funk and some lactic sourness round things out. The raspberries are nice and fresh, very nice.
T - Starts off with plenty of fresh picked raspberries slowly giving way to hints of light funk, damp earth and some lactic sourness. The sweetness is balanced well with the funk, lingering on the pallet for some time.
M - Not overly sour or funky like other wilds. Smooth body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Still plenty of pucker with some dryness.
O - I really enjoyed this one. Temptation is one of my favorite wild’s from Russian River and it worked very well as the base for this beer. Awesome stuff for sure.
b3shine (2229) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 11, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375 ml bottle to snifter (thanks alexsdad06). Looks good; a semi-transparent raspberry with white lacing. Smells good too; tart and funky with a nice raspberry presence. Tastes like it smells with a nice, lively mouthfeel. Good beer!
Damico (1914) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours out so beautiful dark pink crystal in color with a nice white head. Aroma is so nice bring lightly sweetened raspberries blended nicely with a sour tart yeast. Flavor of the tart comes in right around the same time with the raspberries, tart overtaking the raspberries for sure. It is not as dry as Temptation, but still a bit dry for sure with the berries fading and the tartness lingering a bit longer.
DYCSoccer17 (3012) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 18, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2011 Vintage purchased at Ledger’s in Berkeley quite some time ago. Rating #3000. The aroma is very strong and quite pleasant. Dominant raspberry, but there is enough light tart musty acetic funk to make this more interesting. Really nice. Gorgeous moderately hazy candy-apple red body with a large, bubbly pink head that dissipates quickly, but then it maintains a nice head for a while afterwards. Absolutely stunningly beautiful beer. Starts with significant sour tartness. Light acetic notes. Some sour raspberry flavor comes through in the middle. It almost has a light medicinal flavor, though. Finishes with a dry, barnyardy tartness. This beer is badass.
argo0 (10338) - Washington DC, USA - APR 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
375ml bottle, thanks kmweaver. Clear dark pink body topped by medium light pink head. Aroma is medium sweet, raspberry, some funk, tart, light cherry, sour/vinegar, wood. Taste is medium sweet, tart, some sour/vinegar, raspberry, light funk. Light-medium body, some acidity.
Glouglouburp (5545) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 9, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
NOTE TO TICKERS: If you share one of these little 375ml bottles with three of your friends (or six of your Danish friends) make sure you turn the bottle upside down and rotate before pouring. Otherwise the first few samples will be disappointing. I didn’t care much for my first pour, it was a clear dark red and it was too much of an acidic raspberry juice. Then I poured the rest of the bottle, the beer became cloudy and grained a lot of complexity.
In short: A sharp, tart, acidic and moderately funky raspberry beer. Excellent.
How: Bottle 375ml corked & caged, 2011 vintage, consumed 1 year after release. Bottle from MatSciGuy, thanks a lot Levi.
The look: Slightly cloudy bright red body topped by a small pink head.
In long: Nose has plenty of tart raspberries, a good amount of lactic acid, a nice farmhouse funk. Taste is tart raspberries upfront, medium lactic acidity, some tart lemon & grapefruit juice, oaky vinous notes, some tannins. Tickling carbonation. Not very complex but somewhat easy to drink for the style because of its refreshing qualities, gains a few points for drinkability. This 2011 version (same as 2012) which uses the Temptation base is very different from the original 2010 version which used the Beatification base, not even worth doing a side-by-side taste like I did. It’s admirable that Russian River makes this beer every year and it is also awesome that some celebrities are brave enough to support a controversial issue like being against cancer.
Prufrockstar (200) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 9, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by kmweaver - thanks for this one! Beautiful pink/reddish pour with light pink head. Aroma is all raspberry. Lactic tartness, earthiness, some oak and then more raspberry. Lively carb, medium body, nicely coats my mouth with happiness. Reasonably dry. Solid, comes together well as all Russian River beers seem to do. Quite pleased to have had this.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
DesertDevil (186) - Arizona, USA - MAR 4, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012 bottle (thank you for sharing, daknole). Beautiful lactic and tart raspberry aroma with a strange, herby tang (almost like fresh wildflowers). Incredible clear rose color with a wisp of a tiny-bubbled head. Wow, very tart flavor with some sweet raspberry before the sourness bites hard at the back of the jaw. Well carbed, tart body. Awesome.
kraddel (840) - deurne, BELGIUM - FEB 27, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
thnx to 77 ships for the split!
pours pink, pink to white foam. smell is old raspberrys, taste is sour, fresh, rasdpberrys, big carbo, yet that doen’t bother in this beer. sugary/sour aftertaste. nice one
77ships (2154) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - FEB 26, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2013 Personal contribution @ ‘The Adam Jackson Tasting’. Obtained in a trade with Adam. 2012 Vintage. 375 ml bottle sampled. The label is rather fascinatingly bad – I sort of didn’t believe something like this would exist when I saw a picture first. I am intrigued. Bright pink, radiant, light red, little pink head. Nose is tart raspberry, bit simple, mellow sourness, tart, light dust, some lemon, bit easy. Taste is tart raspberry, pits, mellow tartness, very clean, lemon touch, bit easy but lovely, touch wild yeast, light fermenting raspberries, some dust, touch too light,… Quite easy and clean. Not as awesome as Consecration & Supplication but still not too bad – probably cherry > raspberries in sour / not per se as the pure fruit itself.
Sledutah (3190) - Utah, USA - FEB 26, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared on the RBWG bus
Appearance: Red with a pink head, no lacing
Aroma and flavors of raspberries, tart malts, light vinegar and woody
Very nice and tasty.