nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Oak aged, vintage 2006, thanks to Todd from FiftyFifty. Cloudy deep red in color with a small pinkish head. Big fresh raspberry aroma, not much else other than maybe a touch of strawberries but let me just say the raspberries are INTENSE! Huge fresh raspberry flavor too. Mildly tart but not too much so. Medium bodied and somewhat tingly on he palate with lively carbonation. A pretty good raspberry beer. Different from others Iíve had.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 6, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
GABF 09. Pours a deep violet red with an off white- pink hued head. Aroma is fresh respberries along with some plastic like funk, barnyard- syrupy sweet- off solvent and some wood. Flavor is slick and solvent like with some off raspberries, sugary sweetness, sligth off acid- candy like and just not well rounded- off funkiness, no real good brett, oak seems harsh woody and astringent. Meh.
BuckeyeBoy (2324) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 6, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
2009 GABF Taster Pours out a red topped with a pink foam head. Aroma was light berries and light funk. Taste more of the berries a little sweetness shows threw the tart.
notalush (4456) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
GABF2009 - identical to the kriek my ass - I loved that beer, but this one doesnít have that lovely earthy funk that Upstream is usually able to produce in their beers (whether they intend to or not) - I taste raspberry puree and faint malt character - the raspberries are natural, earthy, fairly sweet - no real lambic character - like unsweetened raspberry juice.
tjthresh (1863) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - DEC 9, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle 7 of 238. Brewed in 04, bottled in 05.Pours like strawberry soda. Raspberry, tannic, and brett aromas. Very tart and tannic on the pallate. Fairly sweet. Bubbly and thin. Cartainly not worth the $20 price tag. Whatever.
arjoseph (634) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2005
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
750 ml bottle into tulip glass. 2004 brewing, bottled in Aug 2005 after oak aging. Looked good: glowing grapefruit ruby red color with an orangish pink head that foamed up nicely at first and settled into a persistent dusting. Not much lacing at all. Smelled nice too, lots of raspberry (although it seemed a bit cloying, like it was syrup and not the real thing) tempered by woody notes and brett. The brett was a good counterpoint to the taste too, and added a bit of complexity to this otherwise uninteresting beer. For something oak aged, I was expecting better. It was simple and one-dimensional all the way through. Flat (Iím not referring to the carbonation). Also, the body seemed funky; it was "mucky," if that makes any sense. Bleh; if youíre going to pay $20/bottle, get the tripel.
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2005
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
(750ml, bottle #88 of 238, 2004 vintage) Poured a glowing ruby body with a thin dusting of a pinkish-white head. Aroma starts off offensive (sausage and oak), causing a whip like effect with the first whiff, and then once it warms for about 45 minutes it improves to an oak dominated nose with raspberries. The flavor fails to entice due to the over abundance of oak, which removes the sourness that lambic lovers crave. Nonetheless, the flavor comes off watery kool-aid-like raspberry with some alcohol. The disturbing flavor seemed to linger on the rest of the evening. ....and it was a $19 bottle......