boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - NOV 30, 2007
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Hazy deep caramel apple/rustic amber with raspberry puree hues. A thin creamy head is very stable. The nose is terribly obnoxious, as soon as the cap flies off the bottle. Sweet raspberry nectar and sugers pile out of the glass in overdrive. It’s offensive solely due to the fact that no matter how far away from the glass I am, the smell is still present. With my nose buried in the glass for a brave whiff the entirety of the aroma is not at all unpleasant and has a moderate and likeable hoppiness that actually derails the forcefulness of the raspberry and strives toward balance. This is strange indeed. The flavor is full of plasticized raspberry skin notes and mild bitterness from evident hops. Acidity is mild to medium and astringency is far too potent. The mouthfeel is well carbonated and seems smooth at first but gets stuck in the throat. The finish is full of raspberry and artificial sweetener, drying and astringent, mildly musty. Nothing seems inherently old about this beer and in fact it’s well before the stated "best by" date, but it is bordering on undrinkable. A dissapointing beer.
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2007
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Poured a murky ruby, brown. Aroma is redolent of raspberry liquer, maybe even that of the filled raspberry candies you find at Christmas. An odd mustiness is present that detracts. The flavor is almost devoid of any raspberry quality, but is not without merit. In fact, it is toasty with a bit of balancing acidity. Though it is only marginally better. Not my cup of tea.
Maltybones (62) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 17, 2007
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
341ml bottle. Thick pink foam head, mild carbonation and dark maroon in colour. No mistaking the raspberry in the aroma, overpowering everything else that might be in there. Taste is more complex, starting off very sweet but transitions into mild sweet malts with a tart, subtle hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is full and creamy due to the carbonation. Not a bad summer beer.
GRM (3305) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 16, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brown bottle in a tube, 341 ml, best before 31JAN08, savoured on November 16 2007; eye: grape juice, hazy, no effervescence, nice creamy pinkish head that lasts, lots of lacing; nose: raspberry, caramelized malt, lightly stale, caramel, light acidity; mouth: creamy, light malt, raspberry, start to become quite sweet but that is fortunately stopped by the acidity of the fruit, finale in malt where the raspberry is becoming more and more present, lighstly sweet and acidic, medium body, creamy but a bit thin of a texture, average carbonation; overall: correct
Bouteille brune dans un tube de carton, 341 ml, meilleure avant 31JAN08, savourée le 16 novembre 2007; œil : jus de raisin, voilée, pas d’effervescence, belle mousse rosée crémeuse qui perdure, beaucoup de dentelle; nez : framboise, malt caramélisé, légèrement éventée, caramel, légère acidité; bouche : crémeuse, légèrement malté, framboise, commence à devenir très sucrée mais l’acidité du fruit arrive juste à point pour contrer cette vague de sucre qui s’en venait, finale en malt mais où la framboise devient de plus en plus présente, légèrement sucrée et acide, corps moyen, texture crémeuse mais un peu mince, carbonatation moyenne; en résumé : correct
yarry (528) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 17, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Gorgeous tube packaging, 5% a/v from the LCBO
Pours a very deep ruby red colour with a nice pink head. The nose is obviously raspberry but also some other berry scent too. The taste is just fantastic with a nice raspberry jam flavour (trust me, it works better then it sounds) with a nice light body and a great palate with an excellently long reminder of the sweet beer you’ve just drank.
Ive always liked St Ambroise and this is definetly the best raspberry beer Ive ever had.
Bobsy (194) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from the LCBO in fancy and expensive packaging. I poured it into a champagne flute because I was feeling pretentious, and it looked fantastic! Rocky white head and a cloudy dark pink body underneath. The aroma definitely contained raspberries, but I also thought I smelled blackberries. Either way, it was exceedingly fresh. Thick raspberry taste, married to a light carbonated body. I imagine that this is very much a summer beer because of its freshness, and lack of complexity. A good thirst quencher and a good beer.
Slacks (615) - Bolton, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 29, 2007
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
341ml Bottle in a Sexy Tube: What tremendous packaging, you almost can’t help but purchase it! They figured out a way to make me buy another fruit beer after having swore off them. The pour was cloudy and a pinkish-red, low level of foamy head. The aroma is heavy in raspberry, which is good, with hints of yeast and some spicy elements. All downhill from here - this is heavily carbonated and thick in berries. I’d hoped they’d treat it more like their Apricot Wheat with some subtle fruit and decent hopping, but instead the fruit is more at the forefront with little to find elsewhere. Not my thing.
tomthompson89 (1934) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 27, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
nice beer, dark almost purple color, some decent foam but didn’t last long, nose is not overpowered by the fruit but well balanced with some good malt and some woody smells, not too thin has good berry flavor but also can taste some mild hops and decent malt, good beer.
Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 24, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Normally I wouldn’t bother giving a fruit beer a 2nd look, especially at 4 bucks. But for some reason I decided to give er a try and was not disspaointed. Not a sweet or sour beer by any means, there is a pleasant berry tartness that really quenches a thirst. Also, impressive deep red colour with short lasting head...mild berry aroma. Overpriced but a winner nonetheless.
pootzboy (1635) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 22, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2009 Bottle:
Murky dark copper-red with a small off-white cap...aromas of ripe berry fruit over the distinctive aromas of a dark ale....earthy-toasty-malty
Tastes pretty much like it smells. Richer ale base than any fruit beer I have encountered... intersting fruity-eartyiness with the toasty malts...nice dry tart finish with a metallic twang in the after taste.
Decent enough but over hyped and not worth 4 bucks a bottle.