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RATINGS: 391   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 342   ABV: 11.4%
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Over a year in the making, this American Wild Ale is fermented with Brettanomyces yeast and aged with red-raspberry puree in Oak barrels for over 1 year, then bottle conditioned in champagne bottles.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fordest (2008) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - SEP 9, 2008
From a tasting at toncatcher’s house. Raspberry aromas and more raspberries on the flavor. Wood was there too, touches of oak on the front and back. Pretty darn tasty. The tart wasn’t too tart though.

2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dmac (4080) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 7, 2008
750 mls of big letdown. For starters I needed a pair of pliers to open up this sucker, one of the longest corks I have ever encountered simply stuck inside this flat lifeless bottle. Once the cork was pried out there wasn’t the slightest hint of carbonation blow back, nothing just a dead flat plop as the cork was finally freed. Poured a murky ugly cough syrup looking maroonish brown with zero, zip, zilch, nada amount of any head. Aroma of raspberry jam, wood, cough syrup, a slight undertone of funkiness and alcohol. The aroma really was a batle between a nice smelling raspberry lambic and a bottle of cough medicine. Medium bodied that is syrupy on the mouth with just the slightest hint of carbonation on the back of your throat. Flavor of raspberry and wood that finishes with a large dose of alcohol and a slight bit of funk from the Brett. I really wanted to llike this one and have tried it many times and this one seems to be the worst of all my samples. Of course it’s my biggest sample and there is no way I’m wasting 750 mls of expensive beer so it’s time for me to say hello to Mr. Cohiba to help me out with the rest of this bottle.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
endtro (1) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2008 does not count
Let me preface this review by saying sour beers are my favorite, and I have had a lot of ’em, I strive to taste as many as possible. Not sure what all the hype is about this beer.... Aroma is of raspberries, fusels alcohols, and candi sugar. Flavor is more of the same, hot fusel alcohols with raspberry syrup. Brett flavor and aroma are minimal, much too subtle. In the background is an understatment, not even on the stage. Seems like most of the sourness comes from the raspberries, but is overwhelmed by syrupy candy like flavor. Oak is minimal as well, and what’s there tastes like green oak - harsh and tannic. Overall tasted much like Dogfish Fort, not quite as hot, and with a *slight* wild yeast influence. I was really hoping for more, after reading some of the other reviews, but was motivated to write my first review due to the dissapointment.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 26, 2008
(750ml bottle) Pours a lightly hazy pinkish purple body with a small light pink head. Aroma of raspberry, oak, mustiness, and vanilla. Flavor of raspberry, earthiness, white grapes, and funky with a dry finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - AUG 26, 2008
750ml caged and corked. Aroma of raspberry puree crossed with Listerene. Hot alcohol and just a small hint of brett. Vanilla and some jammy sweetness. Perfumy. Pours a thick and unattractive maroon/brown with a thin white film on top. Flavor is like raspberry flavored mouthwash. Boozy and sweet with the oak hiding in the background. Slightly funky and sour, but the antiseptic note really distracts from the flavor. Some earthiness and brown sugar, but the raspberries and alcohol really dominate. Rather full bodied, not as cloying as I expected. Lovely carbonation with quite an acidic finish. I am not a Weyerbacher hater, and I really wanted to give this one a solid rating, but the high level of alcohol, coupled with the off putting medicinal flavor really killed this one for me. Thanks Todd!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiver29 (1035) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2008
Tasted at Cleveland tasting on 8-23-08. Thanks!! Pours a cloudy red color with off white head. Has a slight aroma to it of tart and funk. Has a medium body with a lot of carbonation. Taste is very tart and sour with some subtle cherries coming through in the finish. Overall just a descent brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - AUG 22, 2008
Courtesy TheCheeseMan. Poured a murky dark reddish-purple color with a slight brownish hue. A heavy murky sweet raspberry aroma, a little oak also. Taste is sweet raspberry jam, some musky funk, very light alcohol taste. Too much on the sweet side for me. Surprised to see the alcohol at 11%, it was well masked.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 20, 2008
Bottle shared by emacgee. Odd brown/purplish red pour with bubbly head. Muddy and thick looking. Big nose--tons of raspberry as well as oak and vanilla. Earthy, almost syrupy in its taste. As JCB noted, reminiscent of an Oud Bruin, but with load of raspberries added.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerman6686 (4419) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2009 Poured a nice ruby red color with a pinkish off white head. Aroma was of lots of sour raspberries, a little funk, tomato juice, and some alcohol. Flavor shows no sign of oak, but is rather mostly sour raspberries, and a strong alcohol finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 18, 2008
Shared by emacgee - thanks, Ethan! Absolutely massive raspberry nose on this one, very reminiscent of NGRT. Wow. I was worried it might be overpowering or one-dimensional, but the dusky brown, quite cloudy pour seemed at odds with the aroma. A bit of oak emerges quickly, and the beer drinks quite nicely. Ultimately I found it to be quite close to an oud bruin, nicely earthy.


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