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RATINGS: 405   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10111) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 26, 2008
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2008
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dchmela (2784) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 25, 2008
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2008
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2008
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eaglefan538 (2925) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 12, 2008
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!!!)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (10830) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 10, 2008
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - OCT 1, 2008
Bottle shared by pepsican. Thanks! Poured a lovely murky orange-red color topped with a white head. Pleasant aroma of cherry, red wine vinegar, oak, and mixed berries. Medium bodied with mild acidity. Sweet and sour all at once. Quite a battle. Tasted of berries, red wine vinegar, and wood. Nice beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2008
Bottle from 08 Night of the Funk. Well, started off with a wonderful aroma of huge fruits, semi-tart, semi-sweet raspberries and strawberries. Flavor was little more than alcoholic fruits though. Grating on the tongue. There’s stuff here to appreciate, but it it didn’t come together very well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilBeerDoctor (3512) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2008
Bottle sampled on 09/26/08 at Night of the Funk. Pours a beautiful light red with a white head. Aroma of super super tart raspberry. Flavor has a nice raspberry presence with nice sour notes. Very full bodied. No alcohol presence, but this is pretty heavy and definitely could be overbearing in full portions. Still quite a tasty fruity sour ale!

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