balloonbuffoon (922) - - APR 10, 2018
12floz bottle, no date, $11/four-pack, tulip glass. Appears burgundy with a small tan head. Smells and tastes like candy - raspberry and rainier cherries. A sweet lambic, it's sparling fruit juice with alcohol. Definitely not an everyday beer, but it's wonderful on occasion. Nische (2869) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 7, 2018
Bottle from Niko, many thanks! Deep red with pinkish head. Smells like walking into a raspberry field. Super fresh tart raspberries. Raspberry candy. Raspberry raspberry raspberry. Wow. jmgreenuk (10864) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - APR 4, 2018
Bottle shared with the KL tasting crew. Poured a hazy medium brown with a thin broken off white head. The aroma is yeast, big raspberry citrus. The flavour is moderate to strong sweet with a crisp sweet, fake sugary, strong raspberry palate and a lingering almost sickly sweet finish. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Super rich and sweet, but a little over the top all round. The fruit and sugar are right in your face. superspak (6638) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - MAR 4, 2018
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 2/23/2018. Pours crystal clear deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense light pink head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lightly tart/tangy raspberries, fruit skin/seeds, lemon, red grape, peach, pear, red apple, melon, oak, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, light pepper/vanilla, and herbal/yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity raspberries, fruity/spicy yeast, oak, and dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lightly tart/tangy raspberries, fruit skin/seeds, lemon, red grape, peach, pear, red apple, melon, oak, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, light pepper/vanilla, and herbal/yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate yeast/oak spiciness and fruit tang/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/tangy raspberries, fruit skin/seeds, lemon, red grape, peach, pear, red apple, melon, oak, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, light pepper, and herbal/yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of raspberries, fruity/spicy yeast, oak, and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/tart/spiciness balance; and zero puckering flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from tart/spiciness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy/acidic/tangy, fairly crisp, and lightly tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4%. Overall this is an awesome fruit beer. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of raspberries, fruity/spicy yeast, oak, and dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink with the mellowly tart/spicy/drying finish. Great balance of fruit, yeast, oak, and malts. Lacking the enormous jammy fruit character of all of the other New Glarus fruit beers, but still really enjoyable. Ahuth (665) - Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2017
Bottled. Pours deep red. The palate is full body and sticky. Tartness to it. The taste is big raspberry. Like ur eating a handful of raspberries. Crazy good
Bitterbill (2104) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - NOV 1, 2017
From Jan 2008
From my notes last night:
I got this bottle in a trade with Joe1510. Thanks Joe!
I poured it from 750ml waxed bottle and it's a beautiful ruby red with a good but fast receding head of pinkish foam.
The smell is an awesome nose of raspberry and a faint dose of wheat.
The taste is just as the name implies. Great big raspberry flavour just on the tart side with wheat floating in the background and a bit of yeast and perhaps wood. It's medium mouthfeel makes it a very succlent brew to drink and the carbonation is pretty spritzy which adds to the enjoyment. Man, I love this stuff. It's been too long since my last sampling..
The finish is all raspberry for me and it lingers on with a long aftertaste. Boy, am I happy I was able to get this in a trade...thanks again, Joe!!! Ataraxia (590) - California, USA - OCT 2, 2017
Murky dark reddish brown color, quick dissipating beige head. Jammy aroma of raspberry with unfortunate metallic undertones. Moderately sweet like juice with no traces of alcohol. Moderate carb, light body, a little fruit stickiness, and a pleasant finish. Scipio (1368) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - SEP 28, 2017
Pours a dark red, almost purple, with a medium, light pink head. As expected, the nose brings heavy raspberry. This makes up most of the aroma, though I do get some grape. Its tart as well. The taste is acidic and is just subtly tart, which is very surprising. However, there is a delicious raspberry explosion upon drinking that makes up for the lack of tartness. Although the raspberry clearly dominates, there is some supporting spice, yeast, and oak. Heavy and long lasting raspberry finish. Light to medium in body, a little sticky in texture, and softer in carbonation. This is the rare fruit beer that I could drink all night and never get sick of. Exceptional! SG111 (2234) - New York, USA - SEP 25, 2017
Bottle. Pours very deep red, sort of like dark cranberry juice, raspberry-tinged red head. Aroma is lots of raspberry juice, cranberrry, lightly tart, very sweet. I don't know what to say other than that it's high-quality raspberry soda without being overly sweet. Flavor follows. Very sweet, but a lightly tart note that prevents it from being overly sweet. Last NG beer I had was Strawberry Rhubarb. This isn't on that level but this is quite good. Sweet but pleasantly tart. randy1969 (169) - Marengo, Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2017
Very tart and tasty. Raspberry all way through. The fruit tastes very fresh, It’s good stuff