stravale (2430) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - SEP 17, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Sainsbury’s, Nairn.
Light pink amber, bit of haze, thin white head with a little lacing.
Aroma of berry fruits, hint of watermelon, light lager malts.
Taste of light berry fruit, some light bitter lager hops, light malt.
Thin body, medium carb. Not much of a finish, bit of fruit and light bitter hop.
Overall - I haven’t tasted a tayberry, but I got a mixture of raspberry, melon and gooseberry. The fruit flavour is quite subtle with a lager-like beer. The finish is rather dull. Quite a nice beer, would be better cask, but a bit bland. I expected more flavour.
BoBoChamp (5758) - Gent, BELGIUM - SEP 12, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
50cl, Scottish brew, with tayberries, from Bierzwerg Greven, complex fruit brew, malty/fruity and slightly sour/bitter, balanced, clear, good head, nice brew
AshtonMcCobb (3682) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 6, 2011
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
50cl bottle. Pours like Rose Champagne (well one of the Roses that is orangey). There is a decent head which mostly falls away. The nose has raspberry (as I’m not sure what Tayberry tastes like)and cream.
The taste has some more of the tayberry, but it really is very drying, in fact, astringent. The palate has a tightness in structure and texture and a very dry finish. However, after a period, you get use to this astringency. At this point, it’s possible to think of it as being in some way similar to a fruit lambic, at least in some parts of its palate. Overall, this didn’t start well, but it grew on me to the extent that I really started to enjoy it.
NordicV (1324) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - JUL 29, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Orangegul med rosa nyanser från bären. Bären är boysenbär, vilket är en korsning mellan hallon och björnbär. Smaken är inte sött bärig utan snarare omogna bär, lite åt rönnbärshållet.
berkshirejohn (5033) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 21, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
50cl bottle from the Home Brew Shop, Aldershot. Straw with a fast fading white head and some light carbonation; the fruit is immediately obvious on the aroma; but the taste is more subtle - the fruit is there but it doesn’t overpower the malts and hops; the body is rather thin and the finish is somewhat lacking, but there are some good hops in support.
flying_pig (1103) - SCOTLAND - JUL 10, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (500ml) from Sainsburys supermarket poured into a pint shaker.
Raspberry & blackberry on the nose, sweet smelling & similar to a blonde ale.
Pinkish amber colour that is quite light and transparent with a finger sized, foamy white head with great retention & nice lacing.
Strong taste of raspberry & slight watery one too. Sweet & fruity with the blackberry too & a mild bitter finish.
Medium bodied despite the watery taste. High carbonation & slight tang. Refreshing & drinkable.
A nice flavoured beer that is pretty nice to drink & looks pretty good despite being pink.
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Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 8, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
In bottle. The colour is a light orange with a pink hue. The head is white and although quite lively when poured, settles quickly. The beer smells like strawberrys although the flavour is more of a mixed berry sweetness with some pleasant but subtle sourness. The hops round this out nicely. My favourite of the Williams Bros. range.
Chiswick (159) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
williams has done a good job. there are a lot of beers out there that are sold as "berry/fruit beers" but taste more like overly sweet cider that has some beer mixed into it. roisin is a special exception. it is A BEER that has a berry side to it. it has the hoppy taste and aroma with good malt, but has a balanced berry twist to it. honestly im a bit surprised of what the score for this beer is since i think it’s a classic and exceptionally good beer in its league. im not a fan of beers that have fruit/berries mixed into it, but after roisin i know why. they are made of sh*t. i like the approach to this beer because it is strong with the beer and introduces the berry taste very gently and in a balanced way. id say this is a must-taste for anyone who is looking for a beer that has this aspect to it, or for someone who wants to know how one should make one. the only problem is that, it would need to be much stronger in every aspect to get higher in my list. i dont seriously know if this kind of beer could ever do that, but hey.. just speculating. i need more from the aroma, the taste, and the character. appearance was good with a little bit of haziness and a refreshing amber colour and thin foamy head. the palate is well balanced with the overall giveaway of the tastes. a good and balanced beer for what it is, and a first to show me how these types of beers should be done.
lusikka (6984) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 25, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500 ml bottle.
Pours an amber colour with a white head. Aroma of strawberries, mild spices and cassis. Flavour of sourish berries with some citrus notes. Light/medium bodied with a slick mouthfeel and a fruity finish. Interesting but almost too easy.
imdownthepub (11197) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled, 500ml from Oddbins, Summertown, Oxon. Red brown with white head. Sweetish malty beer similar to the Williams Red in body, but with a slightly fruity fructose note. Quite interesting initially, but loses impact by half way point. Just a little dull overall.