Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - FEB 28, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2005 Rich red color, with rose colored rocky head, which diminishes moderately quickly. Heavly carbonated, like champagne. Strong raspberry aroma that is a little overpowering, tartness provides a relief from the sweetness. Sweet and sour raspberry flavor. Heavily carbonated tickling mouthfeel. flemdawg (561) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2005
Deep ruby color witha pink head and some of the best lacing I have ever seen from a beer. Fresh raspberry aroma, but possibly more like raspberry jam and a slight hint of wood. Sour raspberry taste, but not as much as as I would have expected from the intense aroma. Also got that hint of wood in there too. Lush feeling in the mouth. This was good but I liked the Belgian red better. walleye (1099) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - FEB 25, 2005
thanks to flemdawg for bringing this home. from the bottle. poured what else but raspberry red with a pink head. aroma raspberries juice with carbination, caramel, hints of wood. flavor rasperries with a nice tartness, some sourness this was more like a wine cooler than a beer for me. but still liked this one. StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 21, 2005
Good, solid beer. Very similar with the Belgian Red as far as I can remember - just swap the tart cherries for tart raspberries. Sweet, tart raspberry combination with good hop quality. Carbonation decreased a little by the time I poured my second beer out of the bottle, but that’s to be expected when the bottle’s this big. Plus, my wife loved this beer. I can welcome this one into my home much more easily than Leine’s Berry Weiss. Well done, Dan and Deb. IMtheOptimator (1167) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - FEB 20, 2005
Thanks to Mr. Facto for this beer.
Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 6, 2005
Poured a deep reddish purple with minimal head, probably because it was served cold (as recommended on the bottle). Aroma is tart raspberry jam. Taste is reminiscent of Belgian Red, with a strong acidic tartness nestling against the flavor of sweet fresh raspberries. The taste is a little thicker and not quite as light and refresing as Belgian Red, but this is truly a world class beer. Damn, if only Wisonsin were closer, or if only New Glarus expanded their shipments.
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2008 Big thanks to Captain Cougar for this one, it became the end of shower beer. Deep purple red, OK pink head that faded away slowly. Aroma is a pure shot of raspberry, bordering on syrupy. Massive mouth of raspberry, with a depth of flavor that speaks of oak and a hint of chocolate. Elegant and fantastic. If it finished drier, I would be utterly enthralled. RERATE at VRBT 2008. Notes and scores identical. Pure raspberry delight. Enniskillen (2051) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 3, 2005
Raspberries, Chocolate. Purple body with a pink head. Taste is just like the name, almost like candy. A nice brew for sure. jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - FEB 1, 2005
Bottle from Flemdawg. Dark red color with a small pink head. Wow! What an incredible raspberry aroma. Flavor was
sweet/tart raspberry and not much else.
I could care less because the flavor was so intense and delicious. It would change from sweet to tart over and over in my mouth. I have to get more of this. Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JAN 30, 2005
Shared this with jimmacko4 and Joeec5. Poured a dark rich burgaundy. The aroma was raspberyy, all the way. Small white hed. Man, all I can say is raspberry, raspberry, and raspberry. This was like Lindman’s Framboise, but had a tarter finssih. Very Nice. csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JAN 23, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2010 750ml bottle. 44°. Pretty bottle dipped in wax with just a bottle cap. Pours hazy crimson red, with a small off white head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is tart raspberry jam. The flavor is tart raspberry pretty much the whole way through and has a tart, flavorful aftertaste. Mouthfeel was nice. It reminds me a lot of the Bonny Doon Framboise. This is a very good beer, but, unlike their Apple Ale, none of the beer notes seem to really come through, this is certainly not a bad thing, just making an observation. My wife and I split the bottle during and after diner. She is not a beer lover (except for stouts?) but she really enjoyed this. Right or wrong, the overall score suffered because of the lack of beer flavor, not because of the lack of overall flavor or enjoyability. The beer was one-dimensional, but wonderfully done. Big thanks to JCapriotti for this wonderful beer. 8/4/8/3/16 3.9
Additional notes. I have had this beer numerous times and I love it everytime. The smell is delightful, the raspberry is ever present and presented in all its glory, the carbonation level leads to a full mouthfeel and the slight sweet/tart finish makes it easy to drink. What more could I ask for in this beer? Not much, raised my score.