rederic (3337) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 4, 2008
500ml bottle at the brewery, hazy reddish-orange-pinkyish hue, with no head, nice yeasty, funky, acidic, tart raspberry sourness nose, with a good musty, oakiness accent, within a sharp fruity aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a dazzling yeasty funkiness, with a tart fruity raspberry sourness character, reminiscent of a raspberry lambic, with a dry acidic raspberry fruity flavor, underlaying some wet oakiness, within a well hidden alcoholic content leading towards a raspberry fruity, acidic, dry finish. HogTownHarry (6925) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 21, 2008
Bottle. Shared by the brewer, Fred @ Hopfenstark himself - thankyouthankyou! - Great guy - go buy his beer!. Hazy peach-coloured pour with a small drizzly head - looks like a friggin lambic!! Wonderful aroma - goddamn this guy makes great beer - acidic and lemony raspberry sourness, funky and sweetly oaky, definite tannins in there. The taste follows but even more acidic - very fruity and sour, and the oak deftly complements the overall character rather than overwhelms it. Slick, still body, decidedly alcoholic but I was amazed that the malt and fruit carried right through to the long, tart finish without fading. No word of a lie, this is GOOD STUFF, complex, refreshing, smooth and subtle. Please make more - then send me some!! blankboy (7689) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 19, 2008
Bottle. Graciously shared by Fred of Hopfenstark during our weekend visit to Montreal. Thanks again Fred! Pours a hazy pink-orange-red with no head -- looks great! Aroma: Wow, that’s nice! Funky yeast, tart raspberries, light spices -- so fruity, it almost smells like a New Glarus Raspberry Tart, and that’s high praise indeed. Flavour: First thing to note is how balanced the oak is in this, which is always nice to see. Along with the oak there’s tart raspberries, some sweetness, light funk and the acidity is just right. Alcohol’s hidden. Medium bodied. This is simply fantastic!! Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 14, 2008
Bottle shared by the brewer, thank you Fred! Wonderful raspberry aroma, slightly tart. Hazy off orange body, slight head. Great taste - lovely tart raspberry, just the right amount of acidity, and lots of wood in finish. Really easy to drink, alcohol percentage is a surprise. A wonderful rare treat. GregClow (3402) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 12, 2008
Rating #2100! Bottle kindly shared by Fred of Hopfenstark during a visit to Montreal. Light pink-orange with a slight haze, small head, and very still looking body. Awesome aroma - fresh tart raspberries with a hint of oak and a great funky edge. Medium bodied. Flavour is bracingly tart and dry to start, with some sweet woodiness filling out the middle, and a nice level of acidity in the crisp finish. Very, VERY good - I’m glad I brought a couple of bottles home with me. Thanks very much, Fred!
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 28, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2009 In short: A somewhat funky raspberry beer. Original and excellent.Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 27, 2007
How: Bottle at the brewery. First issue, freshly bottled.
The look: Cloudy orange-red body topped by a little off-white ring of foam.
In long: As expected the nose is very fruity (raspberries mainly) but also surprisingly funky with some barrel notes. In mouth the barrel doesn’t show much, the funkiness of the nose turns into a Saison-ish feeling, the intense raspberry flavour also hints on strawberries and all that is supported by a nice taste of dry hay/wheat. The beer is very dry and packs in quite a bit of tartness, acidity and sourness. Very mouth drying. The carbonation is appropriately pickling. No alcohol presence at all. This is an intense and tasty wild fruit beer. Fruit beer as sometimes seen as "girly" but this one is about as girly as a pack of chewing tobacco and a spittoon.
Very special beer, lots of unique character. Opaque reddish pink with a departing head of slightly paler shade. An extremely phenolic offering which wears it nicely, but for the insistent plastic note that gives way solely because of the massive quantity of raspberries in there. The yeast has done a good job at attenuation because this would otherwise feel quite candy-like. Still, the palate is robust, medium-full, cerealic and hay-like. Perhaps its most astonishing feature remains the incredible drinkability – I could have believed that this is under 5%. Quevillon (3096) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 25, 2007
Bu le 24/11/07, en bouteille de 500ml à la brasserie pour leur premier anniversaire. Rosée efferversante, pas de collet. Arome de framboise très sûr et frais. Goût de framboises sûr mental, petite touche de blé malté et aucune sensation d’alcool. MartinT (9880) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 24, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2011 My Bottom Line:
The citrusy component of plump raspberries flourishes within the oak barrel’s inherent sagacity, as bubblegummy phenols colour this highly quenching and pleasantly tart Raspberry Saison.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam coers the cloudy pink red.
-Alcohol is absolutely absent in the flavor profile, so this can become a very treacherous beer; it is so drinkable!
-Cereal sweetness fits perfectly with the Fruit Loops-like yeast phenols.
-This one definitely shares affinities with some Jolly Pumpkin creations.
-The tartness and fruitiness are definitely reminiscent of Dieu du Ciel’s Solstice d’Été berliner weisse series. And that’s a good thing. ;)
-This is much more complex and even more enjoyable overall than their regular Framboise. The fact that there are 5 times as many raspberries as there are in their regular Framboise must help...
From the bottle and on tap at the brewery tasting room.