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RATINGS: 378   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LinusStick (2823) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2009 Tried this again, great carbonation....perfect! ***Re-rate*** Origi AR9 AP3 F8 P1 OA15 Man I wanted to give this a 4+ rating so badly. Aroma was perfect. Strong funk, raspberry and earth that filled the nose. With a blindfold on I would have said this was a gueuze. Pour was a nice deep red with no head. Taste was very tart. Strong raspberry and oak with some smokiness coming in as it warms. The funk and wet blanket coupled with the sour make you think you are drinking a lambic. Very unique. Only problem is there was no carbonation whatsoever. Completely flat. Don’t know if it was supposed to be that way but that kept it from greatness. Imagine a gueuze with no carbonation and you are about there. Great taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mmmbeer (1235) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 4, 2008
(From 8-3-08 sampling, thanks hopsleeroy) Lightly faded ruby brown in appearance, non transparent and medium carbonation. Aromas of raspberries with lingering notes of brown sugar and earth. Hits the mouth with a tart body, malt is very light, tartness becomes sour and lasts after the finish, which has a dry aspect to it. Very nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - AUG 4, 2008
750ml split two ways. Deep red with purple highlights, murky with some rasberry floaters. Big off white and pink head. Alot of brett, rasberry, and funk in the aroma, with some caramel malts in the background. Taste is overall pretty nice, but doesn’t have as much sourness as I would have liked. Brett, rasberries, oak, light to moderately tart with a big caramel malt backbone. Touches of rubbery bandaid but held in check pretty well. Finishes lightly tart with rasberries, light alcohol, a touch of spice, and light funk. Overall pretty nice, and this should get better with age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lb4lb (2495) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 3, 2008
Very big thanks to hopsleeroy for sharing this bottle!
Pours a rich raspberry jam color with a light beige to pinkish head. Smell is nice and fruity and strongly of raspberries, and is mostly dry and tart. Taste is dry, oaky and fruity with a strong raspberry presence. Not cloying or syrupy at all despite the strong fruity smell and is mildly tart. A hint of alcohol in the flavor as it warms, but the dry fruitiness prevails making it a really enjoyable beer. One of the better Weyerbacher beers I’ve had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 2, 2008
750mL bottle. Pours a ruddy reddish orange with a short-lived pinkish head that leaves very little lacing on the way down. The smell is mostly raspberries, both sweet and sour, and a hint of funk lingering in the background. There is also a strong candied sugar aroma as well. The taste is much like the aroma but with two distinct stage. The first wave of flavor is sweetness, both raspberries and sugar. The second wave happens as the raspberry turns tart and the funk comes in subtly in the end but not overpoweringly so. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with strong carbonation and I was surprised by the big alcohol content as it’s not that noticeable. This is a very refreshing wild ale that is not overly sour and makes for a perfect summer brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3297) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2008
25.4 oz bottle. Clouded crimson with some pinkish froth. Nose is raspberry jam, lemon zest, oak and faint cinnamon. Muted sparkles, sticky, but short of syrupy. Taste is buttered toast with jam, bitter peel and soft yeast. Very tasty with a kick but maybe needs time to consolidate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JoeinEscazú (1325) - Ozark, Missouri, USA - JUL 26, 2008
Thanks Ken for sharing. Bottle pours murky grayish brown with maroon tint, grayish tight head. Big, warm raspberry nose is off-putting somehow, a bit savory like a sauce for red meat but not necessarily for drinking. Syrupy, cloyingly sweet, sticking in the throat with an odd savory edge. Barely saved by a lively, sparkling mouthfeel. Saccharine tang sticks to the throat. Warming with boozy finish. Damned interesting beer but hard to like.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DocLock (7743) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2008
Pours turbid magenta with dark brown highlights and 2-fingers of fluffy head. Nose is earthy peaty malt, freshly picked raspberries, some of that sour mashy Cantillon aroma. The taste is fresh raspberries with some tartness, loads of funk, earthy, and peaty notes, and some oaky undertones. The palate is smooth, velvety, a bit spicy late, and complex. This one is criminally underrated, and I have no doubt that it would fare well in a blind taste test against the worlds best sour/raspberry ales.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 22, 2008
A vigorous pours creates an oxidized-pink, dirty tan colored head that starts out two-fingers in height. The beer is a dark amber, slight plum color that shows a murky, hazed red color when held up to the light. The most noticeable aroma is that of raspberry flesh that has been lightly oxidized (not quite as bright as the fresh fruit pulp). Underneath the expressive fruit are some sour aromatics that even seem to have a touch of acetic acid to it as well, though this is very soft and maybe wholly imagined. A touch of barnyard funk just barely struggles through to be noticed. Really though this is so dominated by the raspberry flavors that it washes out anything else interesting that might be happening in the nose; for this reason the nose is a bit of a let down.

Tart tasting with a sour raspberry flavor that has a touch of pulpy sweetness to it. This finishes with a sharpness that doesn’t quite cut through the raspberry, but seems to be fairly phenolic and spicy. Pepper notes in the finish are joined by some dusty malt notes as well as some curing plastic phenolics and some lightly tongue numbing turpene-like notes. Pretty well carbonated with a nice fizzy texture that helps to offset the fuller mouthfeel of this beer; this beer remains pretty drinkable for its strength, though it is still more of a sipping beer. As the beer warms it becomes more sweet, more so than the raspberry-derived tartness, but this only serves to accentuate other aspects of the raspberry character. Perhaps a touch more funky phenolics come out in the finish at this warmer temperature, but it really doesn’t pick up the complexity much.

Interestingly enough for a beer this strong, the raspberry character makes this quite a simplistic brew. Hints of a funky beer complexity lurk underneath the surface but don’t quite make it out enough to make this really interesting much less balanced. Enjoyable if you like raspberries as the malt and most of the funky notes that I was hoping to find are just overwhelmed. Not bad tasting, just a bit of a let down.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 21, 2008
Bottle courtesy of hopdog. Pours a murky caramel with a thin white head, Smells sour and oaky. Tastes of sugar and caramel.

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