GarrettB (1146) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 3, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
May 13th, 2011 - Well known for their dark beers and stouts, it’s rarer to find one of Samuel Smith’s fruit beers on the shelf. This is a somewhat sad state of affairs. Samuel Smith handles the fruit style with aplomb, demonstrating balance in skill and adaptability. The brew’s body is very dark purple and cloudy, almost magisterial, with slight hues of pink trailing from the beer and threaded throughout the foam. Fresh and flowery, the Organic Raspberries appear, though not as raspberries, but plying smells of thick strawberry jam and deep, ripe cherries. The mouthfeel is almost all carbonation and mineral water, and the fruit flavor makes me feel like I’m standing in the shallow end of the pool. This also reminds me Hansens’s soda, though not quite as unpleasant. The taste falls a little short, but after taking in the entire bottle, I think this is a satisfactory fruit beer, if a little light and ephemeral.
edsspoon (672) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - plum red with a light pink fizzy head. Okay retention and some weak lace. Aroma of raspberry juice, wild flowers, grass. Taste is of raspberries, grass, earth, light tartness and a little soil in the finish. Medium body, medium carbonation.
alexsdad06 (6438) - Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle at home. Pours a slightly hazy reddish purple color with a small pinkish head that doesn’t last. The aroma and flavor have raspberry jam, some tart character, light pale malts, not much else, just a bit more bang than the cherry version.
FestDecBeet (361) - - FEB 15, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Look: pours a deep red. White head with pink highlights. Very clear.
Smell: raspberries. Strawberries. Very fruity.
Taste: raspberries. Slight tartness. Sweet on the back.
Feel: dry. Medium carbonation.
Overall: not a bad beer. Like the fruitiness.
First drank: home 2/15/15
ansjelaah (1614) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - FEB 14, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @Dutchdrebus and Ansjelaahs Fruity Valentines tasting. Clear purple red color with a small pink head. Smells jumbo ranja framboos, raspberry, sweet. Tastes sweet, raspberry, sweet.
DutchDrebus (4473) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - FEB 14, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Dutchdrebus and Ansjelaahs Fruity Valentines tasting. Clear red colour with medium sized pink/purple foam that doesn’t last long. Smells sweet, raspberry, frambozenzuurtjes, nice. Tastes sourish, fruity, raspberry.. Again a pretty nice beer. Medium body, nice carbo.
toml219 (285) - California, USA - FEB 6, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy darkish red. The smell and taste is of ripe raspberry with a hint of grain
KoNrRiI (642) - Århus, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
0.355 bottle. Clear, dark crimson color and a small, reddish head. Aroma of raspberries, grass, citruses, and a hint of sugar. Taste is obviously very sweet and fruity though it has the sourness typical for raspberries too. Medium body, slick texture, and average carbonation. Finish seems very genuinely raspberry-like, kudos. Overall a standard but well-made fruit beer.
GuideDogSaint (652) - Xiamen, CHINA - JAN 10, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
550ml bottle at Beer Station, Xiamen. Pours hazy red brown with a dissipating white head. Can get the raspberry aroma from a mile off. Just immense raspberry with some sourness. Nice.
Theydon_Bois (11126) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at the Anchor Tap, 03/01/15.
Cherry red with a decent crimson covering.
Nose is raspberry syrup, light straw, faint smoke, light cherry and red berry notes.
Taste comprises raspberries, sweet notes, berry pulp.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, sweet close.
Decent enough fruit beer, better than I’d expected, if a little sweet overall!
radiomgb (2450) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
650ml bottle purchased at the LCBO in Peterborough, Ontario. Deep red in colour with a pinkish coloured head, good retention, excellent lacing. The aroma has lots of raspberries, white sugar sweetness, a bit tart. The flavour is quite sweet with lots of raspberries, jam and juice, tart as well. Sweet mouthfeel, light body, medium carbonation. Finishes long and sweet with more raspberries. The raspberry flavour in this is nice. Never syrupy, actually tastes like real fruit.