Oakes (12167) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 11, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Five bucks for this bottle, and all you get for this money is a muddled blend of raspberry syrup and bland, vague malts. Didnít notice the "sun-ripened hops", which makes sense because hops donít ripen and all hops are grown outside anyway. Whether they are merely trotting out their old raspberry beer in a pretentious package or not I donít know, but charging real money for this blend of bland is criminal. They better not do this with my oatmeal stout!
Lubiere (9752) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 27, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy dark reddish to purple ale, with an extra thick lacing pinkish head. Fresh raspberry aroma, with seeds, very pleasant. In mouth, a dry crisp malt with puckering fruits, rather refreshing, and not artificial, but this puppy loses points for being way too expansive! 5.39% a bottle, come on! I was expecting freaking Boon Framboise here.
Sammy (8359) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 8, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A fruity aroma in a mildly purple colour, nice soapy head, fresh from Montreal. A blond like characteristic, injected with the raspberry puree, not quite natural berries added right in but also not too synthetic. Nicve summer beverage.
BMan1113VR (7822) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle acquired a long time ago (best before February 28, 2013). Pours with a hazed, deep blood hued body with a foamy, slightly pink tinted head. Excellent lace and retention. Aromas are of jammy raspberry, really grainy, bready, wheat like, some grassy hop notes. Mostly toasted and fruity flavors. A touch of artificial sweetener like aroma (Iím not saying that was used, but it smells slightly sweet and chemically). Flavors are quite a bit more bitter than I was expecting. Some floral honey notes, toasty baked bread and of course raspberries. Decently dry and balanced and to be honest, not nearly as sweet or otherwise bad as I was expecting. Medium to fuller, slightly creamy carbonation. Decent body, a bit tannic. Overall bitter with a neutral finish.
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 8, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Any first impressions?
-Prosperous whipped cream of a head sits atop the pinkish regal red, drawing tons of lacing.
-Faint raspberries pierce the sturdy foam.
-The mild balance of raspberry sweetness and tartness whispers simple refreshment.
-The expansive carbonation provides a frothy, festive mouthfeel, increasing drinkability.
What if you dig deeper?
-Some bittering hop resins nicely dry out the back of the palate.
-Wooden hops shyly accompany the meek raspberries in the nose.
-The overall flavor spectrum is too restrictive and shy for flavor-seeking tastebuds.
-All in all, this is a well-crafted, boring recipe.
Bottle; no date.
jercraigs (7456) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Ruby body, with a small white-pink head and light lacing on the glass. Tart raspberry aroma with mild hints of cherry, touch muted at times. Overly sweet fruit flavour, raspberry jam, with a touch of green vine and tartness. Average to medium palate. This has a big fruit factor, and its sort of nice but it needs more complexity to make it drinkable in any kind of quantity.
DuffMan (6462) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 29, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, one of many I served over the course of our super-hot Medicine Hat summer, this was a mainstay in my beer fridge. Beautiful colour-- plum-red with brickish highlights, and a generous foamy oink head that shows excellent retention and leaves lovely lacy trails. Aroma is my dadís homemade raspberry jam (best in the world), sweet but authentic, a little seedy, and with hints of chocolate cookie. Sweet genuine raspberry fruit flavour, again quite jammy and a little seedy, with a well structured malt in support. If I had to guess, I think there is some crystal malt or chocolate malt in here. Despite the sweet body, it finishes dry and slightly bitter. I just never got tired of this. So good!
Radek Kliber (6368) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUL 24, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy, dark woody look, whit smallish top. Creamy nose, maltose, light aroma, citric, woody and vanilla. Medium bodied, berry like fruitiness, chewy texture. Smooth dark malty finish.
HogTownHarry (6042) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 18, 2006
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2006 Bottle (2x341ml). Shared with blankboy, GregClow, jerc, mds and tupalev, bottles from blankboy and tupalev. Deep clear ruby with a decent sized pink foamy head. I found the aroma a little light, slightly tart berryfruit, a hint of table cream, some sharp yeast character on warming, even more "real" raspberry (almost 8/10). The fruit character in the taste was a little less differentiated - I wrote "redfruit" - sticky sweet fruit with building pepper yeast sharpness building to a dry, oddly bitter finish. Decent body, sticky and dry, lightly syrupy mouthfeel - this smells really pleasing, but I canít help but think itís a bit of a miss - Iíd like it to have either more sourness or less dry bitterness. But I liked it well enough...
blankboy (5950) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2 bottles shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, jerc, mds & tupalev -- courtesy of myself & tupalev. Pours a slightly hazy dark ruby-pink with an average size light-pink head. Aroma of slightly tart raspberries, malt and yeast. Flavour of sweet raspberry syrup, yeast and malt with a light bitter finish. Medium bodied. Just good, not great, St. Ambroise is capable of better (especially at that ridiculous high cost per bottle!).