Beerdedone (2956) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy dark amber with a small white head. Aroma of raspberries, wood, straw and some funkiness. Flavor was tart with sour raspberries, oak/wood, earthy, musty and has a hint of brett. Alcohol was well masked with a medium body and a dry & tart finish. Decent sour ale
PilsnerPeter (3029) - Flushing, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared by Dickinsonbeer, thanks! Pours slightly hazy amber with a pinkish white film of head. The aroma has just a hint of brett, lemon rind, and lots of sweet raspberry preserves. The carbonation is a tad sticky, like many Weyerbacher offerings. Only a hint of sharpness is detectable in the flavor. A subtle leather note is detectable under all the sweet raspberry jam flavor. Some apparent alcohol comes through as well. The finish has some bitter fruit skin character. Not that bad, just very simple for the style without enough funk.
GodOfThunder (1248) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 28, 2008
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Thanks Hopscotch! I really didn’t enjoy this at all. It wasn’t really a fruit beer as much as it was a fruit syrup. It tasted like opening up a can of raspberries in heavy syrup. It was somewhat thick on the pallet and the wild notes didn’t really make it through all of the fruit.
daknole (10279) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 26, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2011 My last entry from the great Backus Backdoor Bash 2008. Pours a nice pinkish/red color and has a pretty nice aroma of fresh berries. Also a very tart aroma and that leads to a very sour ass beer. Just too sour for me.
Rerate---not too sour for me any longer. Pretty nice beer. Love the sourness now.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Courtesy hopscotch. Pours a hazy, ruby red grapefruit color with very little head or lacing. Thin, runny legging showed on the glass. The aroma is an odd one, showing notes of sour raspberry, medicinal cherry, tart citric acid, and hints of sour oak. Flavors followed the same course, medicinal overall, with notes of raspberry and pomegranate. I was expecting more of a sour intensity, but the sweetness from the sugary fruit elements just cuts right through the tartness. The body is substantial and syrupy, too heavy for the style in my opinion. I didn’t really get much of the dry, bretty character I was seeking. This one is too much like cough syrup for me. Not impressed.
dchmela (2822) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 25, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasting at the McBackus Backyard Bash. Cloudy reddish pour. Sour cherry aroma, funky. Smooth slightly sour taste, very cherry lambic like. Veyr nice sour, not overpowering bitter and puckering. Tasty.
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled @ Backus’s Backdoor Bash.Poured a nice pinkish color.Nose was of funky berries.Flavor to suit.A funky/tart berries and vinous cherries on the flavor.Finished of tart hiding the alcohol well.
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of the funess that was Backus’s Backdoor Bash ‘08. I will state I tend to be a fan of this brewer. What can I say. I like ’em! Very pretty pour of dark pink. Aromas of fresh picked raspberries. Flavor was a bit sweet up front, cherries and raspberries, but the finish was way too sour for me.
eaglefan538 (2939) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 12, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from SL, pulled this "red" brew to accompany the Phils game 2 NLCS game vs. the Dodgers. Pour was reddish-amber in color, off white to pink colored head, looked a little like Lindeman’s Frambroise. The aroma was raspberry and fresh cedar-oak sawdust. The flavor followed, slightly sour raspberries, which turned a bit sweeter with warmer temperatures (to the point of resembling a Lindeman’s Frambroise), either way firm raspberries all the way around, touches of vanilla, but firm highlights of oak sawdust throughout, balancing out a pretty nice brew. More bret would have been welcomed in this one (along with some leather), but it was enjoyable anyway (just a tad sweet). Soft fairly full mouthfeel. (After writing the review and getting ready to paste: WOW, 11% brew? Certainly no idea, quite well done w.r.t. alcohol heat!!!)
Ratman197 (11222) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 10, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle poured a cloudy pinkish amber with a lingering ring of off white foam. Aromas of sour raspberry, barnyard, straw and light leather. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a tart finish. Flavors of sour raspberry, barnyard, light leather and light spice with a smooth lingering tart finish.