IMtheOptimator (1170) - 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 (2061) - 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 Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 22, 2005
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.
Solid pink head. Strong sweet raspberry aroma. Body is a dark pink. Rich taste of raspberries with a solid balanced bitterness. Hints of earthiness. Body is very sticky and full. Finish could be a little longer. Still this is an awesome beer with big taste. Also very unique, never really tasted something like this. zach8270 (4021) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JAN 3, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2008 [25 oz. bottle] Got this in a trade from robertsreality. Deep ruby red color with a thick and puffy pink head. Enormous aroma of raspberries. As soon as you get it near your nose, raspberries hit you and not much else. Very sweet and slightly tart raspberry flavor. Rolls around your tongue and leaves wonderful flavors all throughout your mouth. Awesome fruit beer. Thanks a million Rob. MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - DEC 24, 2004
Thanks to Facto for the bottle. Poured a very deep purple/red with a smallish pinkish head. Huge raspberry aroma and little else. A really nice fruity aroma. Flavor is mostly raspberry. Full bodied and juicy. Really a great fruit beer. LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 23, 2004
This was freakin amazing. I love fruit beers, especially of the raspberry variety, but this one was as close to perfect as it gets. Great purpl-ish red color with pinkish head. Rich raspberry flavor that wasn’t too sweet (which most tend to be). I was very impressed and way thankful to facto for sending it out.