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 (2911) - 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 (10446) - 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.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - OCT 1, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2008
3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
LilBeerDoctor (3507) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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!
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Overpowering sour cherry aroma (maybe raspberry, now that I read the description, but I’m sticking with my original notes). Drier flavor dominated by cherry skins. Rather rough on the finish.
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 15, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a light ruby with brown highlights. Not a whole lot of head at all on the pour, but very good amount of carbonation. Smell is dark fruits, mainly raspberry and some funk. Taste is more of the raspberry, but a good amount of brett and some tart funkyness. This was a bit of a shocker. I enjoyed this much more than I had aniticipated. Would like to get another bottle of this to try in the near future.
BeerandBlues2 (10386) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 15, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 mL bottle received via Secret Santa July 2008. Pours hazy ruby with a small, fizzy, off-white head, mostly diminishing with spare lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, bread, caramel), average hops (flowers), average yeast (earth) with notes of raspberry and wood. Full bodied, slick texture, average carbonation, and an astringent finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness, heavy acidity and bitterness.
haukur (1345) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - SEP 11, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml. berry aroma, obvious raspberry with a hint of dough/yeast. Taste is very yeasty, berries obvious again but not that sour. Clove, mudd, a bit thick and nice. Super tartiness. Incredibly masked. Special and nice