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.
BuckeyeSammy (599) - Palo Alto, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thinner than I expected. Raspberry undertones, some sour notes. Liking it more and more with each sip.
HippyHop (594) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 10, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Really not quite sure what to make of this beer. Also not sure I can top maneliquor’s review of this (about 3-4 down). "Frambozen" made my day for some reason.
Anyhoo....pour is brownish red, or reddish brown, like canned cranberry sauce. Head is virtually nonexistent, ditto retention and lacing. Nose is almost entirely raspberry, but there is a sort of....thing in the background. One minute I want to say rotting apple, the next cooked beets, maybe boiled cabbage, now I feel it’s kind of a fruit roll-up quality (and as most of these things smell different, maybe it’s ALL of them). Taste is nicely tart and, again, raspberries + rotten apple/beet/cabbage/fruit roll-up. The more I drink the more I want to add prune juice to the weird list above. The "hop character" listed in the description is noticeably absent, though the finish is dryish. Carbonation is really high, too, which makes this taste like some weird raspberry spritzer. And despite the claim of "fresh raspberries" in the blurb above, the ingredients list only "red raspberry juice concentrate", which sounds suspiciously different from fresh raspberries. Also, do raspberries come in colours other than red? St-Ambroise is the first company I’ve ever seen that felt compelled to specify the colour of their raspberries, like angry hordes of people were calling them, disapppointed that their beer wasn’t Slush Puppie blue (why the hell is a raspberry-flavoured Slush Puppie blue?) Ok I digress, several times.
Anyway this stuff is kind of shyte, but I’d assume it’s nice on a hot summer day (as it’s a cold night in fall, I’m hypothesizing).
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.
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.
Thylacine (526) - Tasmania, AUSTRALIA - FEB 23, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - Murky dark pink/brown. Pale pink head. Thin to medium body. Medium carbonation. Raspberries not overly dominant. Some bitterness.
wolffish (501) - Saint-Donat, Quebec, CANADA - APR 28, 2013
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Un peu trop vieile je crois... L’arrière-goût est différent de ce dont je me souviens de dégustations antérieures. Meilleure chance la prochaine fois ;-)
herrbrown1974 (427) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark red almost purple. Foamy pink head. Aroma is raspberry jam, sour candy, sour milk, slightly soapy. Oily and light. The sour overripe fruit favours overshadow much else. Not very complex but quite refreshing.
Roli (405) - laval, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 13, 2006
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 12/20
Big brown head, brown/red color. Strong raspberry aroma. Wheaty at the beginning, then heavy raspberry taste comes in that feels like syrup. Too sweet. Medium body. And well, the raspberry is there for the finish too.
Hoser (372) - Cowtown, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 4, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 10, 2007 A nice package and not a whole lot of raspberries and yes it was a unique summer ( okay fall ) time treat. Page 290 of Michael Jackson’s Great Beer Guide and only 199 of his 500 Classic Brews to go.