RATINGS: 120   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
This special ale is full bodied with an amber/ruby hue. The ruby color is achieved from using a 1/2lb. of fresh raspberries per gallon of beer. This seasonal has a rich malty character with balanced hop bitterness and finishes with a potent berry taste. At 9% v/v, this strong ale is overflowing with flavor.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 14, 2005
Raspberry jam and fresh cut grass in the somewhat medicinal (alcohol) and sugary sweet aroma. Cloudy, brown with blond tones. Low white head diminishes rapidly to ring. Strong raspberry flavour with lots of jam-like sweetness. Somewhat sour in the finish. Sticky, medium body with strong carbonation that is a bit forceful on the tongue. Moderate alcohol warming. Perhaps just a bit too sweet and cloying. Sampled at Mondial de la Bire 2005.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUN 12, 2005
22 oz bottle. Rich amber color with an initially decent sized head. Aroma is alcohol and raspberries Taste is caramel and more raspberries but theres a sourness that tastes like grapefruit. Mouthfell is smooth and the big abv is very warming.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MartinT (9729) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 3, 2005
The Lure:
A medecinal raspberry syrup welcomes the nostrils with a frown. Cranberries and dry proclivities live within, purporting a lack of authenticity. The clinging head and colourful waves make up for the artificiality of the aroma.

The Festivities:
Domineering yeast and stale raspberry grenadine. Alcohols almost a no show thankfully in this medium-bodied, earthy, musty fruit field. Awkward, not particularly tasty, and moreover nowhere near the vivacity and brilliance of others of its ilk, such as the New Glarus Raspberry Tart and Dieu du Ciel Amourette. Having this Berkshire after the previous two certainly did not help it in the authenticity department.

You know those crates of raspberries or strawberries where they put the nice ones on top, and then back home when you delve into it salivating, you find out that all the ones under are almost rotting?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - MAY 21, 2005
Poured clear orange with a small white head. Mild raspberry aroma, light paint thinner, big alcohol. Not sweet at all as I thought it would be. Light raspberry, lighter than any raspberry ale I have ever had. Sufficiently malty and hoppy. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 11, 2005
Deep golden in color with a hazy reddish hue and a small white head. Aroma is of raspberries,tart and fruity. Flavor is of raspberries, alcohol, sweet and tart/tangy. Totally unbalanced and overdone, more like a fruit wine as the alcohol is over the top.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DYCSoccer17 (3683) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 26, 2005
Aroma is of raspberries with sour citric notes and a small barnyard funk. Not an overpowering fake aroma, though. Mostly transparent ruby color with a small fine delicate light tan head. Ooooooh...this is NOT your "typical" fruit beer. Finding atypical fruit beers is what makes the category my favorite. Fizzy sour astringent notes are noticed immediately followed by a perfect harmony of chocolate maltiness and raspberry flavor. Finishes bitter with notes of the darkest chocolate you can imagine. This is a raspberry and chocolate lovers delight!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 25, 2005
Bottle. Color is a pretty mix of orange and pink grapefruit with a full cream-colored head. No lacing. Smell is sour raspberry, pink grapefruit and cranberry. Taste is citrus juice and red wine and wood smoke. Aftertaste reminds me of rhubarb pie

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
redmosquito (172) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - NOV 26, 2004
Amber brown in color with an off white head of tiny bubbles that left very little lace. Initially a realy tart aroma replaced with heavy malt, and fruity yeast aromas, and a slight ketchup like odor and the faintest of barnyard aroma. There is a nice heavy malt flavor here with a good balance of sweet malt and tart yeast, that provides good body to go with the carbonation. I really like the subdued nature of the raspberries, its a nice change from the pink beers you can find out there that bury any other flavors with fruit juice. This is well done in the Belgian style but overall I think it would be tough to drink this on a regular basis.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (6400) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 31, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2005 2004 bottle. Lovely dark ruby, deep red-raspberry appearance (maroon, chartreuse, merlot). Solid dark beige head. Aroma of stiff but fresh raspberries, plenty of caramel malt mixed with a strong sense of alcohol. The aroma seems powerful, yet very flavorful and intense. Flavor is full of fresh raspberry essence, lots of sticky sweetness, but cut nicely by the large dose of alcohol. Hops take the backburner, but this still tastes great. It does get pretty heavy with the alcohol. Good lingering tart fruitiness on the finish. Yeast and graininess in the palate; beer has a medium-full body. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 24, 2004
Pours a ruby, cherry-wood color with a thin, fast dissipating head. Sweet Chambord-like aroma with plenty of ripe raspberries and some caramel malt. Body has hints of tart raspberry, overcome by malty syrupiness and a powerfully alcoholic finish. A great idea for a beer, but could use a little more balance and masking of alcohol. Still has decent complexity and fruit flavor.

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