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RATINGS: 71   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Blonde Ale aged in Chardonnay barrels with brett, lacto, and pedio (base beer is Temptation). This sour barrel-aged blonde ale has 30 pounds per barrel of fresh raspberries to make a beautiful reddish/pink beer! Nicely balanced with sweet raspberry and tartness. This beer is made only once a year in conjunction with our month-long fundraiser for the Sutter Breast Care Center of Santa Rosa during Breast Cancer Awareness Month! 100% of the proceeds of this beer will be used to help men and women in our community in their fight against breast cancer!

2013 Info: This year’s base was 80% Temptation and 20% Sonambic blend. It was about 7 or 8 weeks on the fruit at around one pound/gallon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kermis (4976) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 12, 2013
Sampled at GABF 2013. Pours hazy orange golden with a pinkish head. Aroma of big tart raspberries and light funk. Flavour is heavy acidic. Medium bodied with light carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dogfish120love (939) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 12, 2013
Pours orange with pink hue. Notes of raspberries and vineager. Moderately tart, barely sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrHangover (2456) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - OCT 11, 2013
Sample @ GABF 13. Pours a clear pink beer with a thin layer of off white head on top. Aroma of raspberries, tart, oak and such. Flavour is in your face sour. Not much fruity influences going on. Dry, tart finish. Long lasting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Steve_0 (2624) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2013
Pour at GABF. Appearance is clear orangish-pink with a frothy white head and great lacing. Funky, bretty, woody, big raspberries, cranberries, and a hint of blueberry in the aroma. Taste is big oak, brett, a light hint of spice, cranberry, red wine vinegar, and tart raspberries with a lightly sour finish. Light body with high carbonation. Really nice stuff. I will definitely be seeking out some bottles of this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Iphonephan (3203) - McLean, Virginia, USA - OCT 10, 2013
On draft at the GABF 2013. Pours a clear copper with an off white finish. Barnyard nose. Flavors of tart fruit with only a hint if raspberry. Tart finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joeneugs (3208) - Livermore, California, USA - OCT 4, 2013
On tap at the brewpub. It pours a nice light pinkish color with a white/pink head. The aroma is bright and clean with a sharp tartness, hints of raspberries and salty leather. The flavor is similarly sharp and intensely sour but not vinegary or very funky. Super fresh tasting and mouthwatering with a great pucker. Minerals and more salty leather in the finish. The sonambic part of the blend takes over big time even though it’s only 20% of the beer. Raspberries are in balance and provides a nice accent without being the main attraction. I love it right now, but I’m curious how this will age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ineedbeer (714) - Oakland, California, USA - OCT 4, 2013
On tap at the brewpub. Aroma is full of bright ripe raspberries with a light funkiness and moderate acidity. Acidity adds a touch of a citrus character. Light funk reminds me of walking through a raspberry farm (yes I have done this). Pours a bright reddish pink with hints of orange. Medium light pink head that is moderately thick and has nice retention and lacing. Flavor is has a light tartness right away, but that is followed by a hint of sweet raspberries. The sweetness washes away and you get hit with lots of tart berry character. light citrus acidity notes and some medium light Brett character which should develop nicely with time. Brett adds hints of barnyard and pineapple. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Low acidic astringency and low alcohol warmth. Overall a very enjoyable framboise with lots of fresh, tart fruit. The acidity and Brett character is presently more of a background character, but has the potential to develop very nicely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bytemesis (3102) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 4, 2013
Tap @ Russian River, twice. Pours hazy neon hot pink with a small pink head that has decent retention and good lacing. Aroma is raspberries with obvious funky notes from the Beat. Quite nice. Flavor is funkier than last year, nice tartness and enough funk to be interesting but not overwhelm. Raspberries are present, but do not overwhelm. Body is medium, carbonation is good. Definite improvement over last year!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - OCT 4, 2013
On tap at the brewpub in Santa Rosa, CA. Smells of raspberries, of course. Tastes of sour raspberries, but no too overbearing on the sour. Nicely done. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - OCT 4, 2013
Multiples on tap at RR. Aroma is straight raspberries, some funk, definitely Beat-smelling. Flavor has a nice sour pucker to it...part Sonambic base with the Temptation this time. It really makes this version of the beer stand apart. Amazing beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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