caledonian (367) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 28, 2007
Held up to the light it’s a deep red, with a tall frothy head. Aroma is strong but pleasant raspberry. Smooth feel with a tart berry finish. The best fruit beer I’ve had to date. DuffMan (10664) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 29, 2011
Bottle, one of many I served over the course of our super-hot Medicine Hat summer, this was a mainstay in my beer fridge. Beautiful colour-- plum-red with brickish highlights, and a generous foamy oink head that shows excellent retention and leaves lovely lacy trails. Aroma is my dad’s homemade raspberry jam (best in the world), sweet but authentic, a little seedy, and with hints of chocolate cookie. Sweet genuine raspberry fruit flavour, again quite jammy and a little seedy, with a well structured malt in support. If I had to guess, I think there is some crystal malt or chocolate malt in here. Despite the sweet body, it finishes dry and slightly bitter. I just never got tired of this. So good! thorongil2 (3423) - , Ontario, CANADA - JUL 23, 2013
(bottle) hazy red colour with a tall pink head; aromas of raspberry, wheat; refreshing raspberry flavour, just the right balance of sweet/sour/bitter notes; very good Beardbeerman (343) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 28, 2014
341ml bottle (dated 2011) poured at 6 degrees in a St-Ambroise tasting glass:
Cloudy ruby pour with a nice density, showing off a pinkish finger of foam. Lacing is average and retention is minimal.
The nose is, as you might expect, all about the fruit with strong notes of raspberry jam, cassis and currants. The fruit dominates the mose so you won’t get many malts and/or hoppy features from it. I personnally would’ve liked to spot at least some hops to remind me I’m drinking a beer and not a summer cocktail. Kind of a downer if you ask me.
The taste is on target with lots fruitiness and tartness one would expect eating raspberry. Malts do come through on the tongue and give it an enjoyeable kick. The tartness stays around to give you a sharp bittery finish of raspberry jam.
This ale is a good choice for the ladies on a hot summer day and it does do the job of providing you with an accurate experience of the fruit overall. I wouldn’t pair this one with anything except maybe a salad (with raspberries) or a raspberry dessert. beergut111 (210) - Berlin, GERMANY - SEP 2, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2007 Dark red colour. Rapberry taste(not artificial) . I couldnt drink too many of these , but still good and very refreshing.
pootzboy (1802) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 22, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2009 Bottle:
Murky dark copper-red with a small off-white cap...aromas of ripe berry fruit over the distinctive aromas of a dark ale....earthy-toasty-malty
Tastes pretty much like it smells. Richer ale base than any fruit beer I have encountered... intersting fruity-eartyiness with the toasty malts...nice dry tart finish with a metallic twang in the after taste.
Decent enough but over hyped and not worth 4 bucks a bottle. rodenbach99 (4678) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 18, 2010
Bouteille de 341ml. Cette bière au concentré de jus de framboise est d’une robe orange-foncée et rouge. La mousse est épaisse et d’une belle couleur beige. Au nez elle est discrète et laisse percevoir quelques petites arômes de framboise. En bouche cette bière n’est pas légère, elle a une bonne amertume. Ce n’est pas du jus d’été. Metalchopz (3515) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 24, 2011
Originally rated July 2006. Bought at La Trappe À Fromage in Gatineau, Quebec. Comes in singles in a bottle-size box. Wow, very nice light pink head that is creamy, has very long retention and leaves great thick lacing all-around. Its colour is red with a touch of orange and even though clear, is hard to see through. Tiny carbonation is quite active, but tough to see. The nose is on the light side, with the raspberry and mild hops. The mouthfeel has a bit of stickiness, but is pretty crisp overall. The raspberries are present in the taste, but also too light, with some bitterness in the finish and grain malt. Not too sweet. The aftertaste is almost dry with not much lingering. A great refreshing summer brew from one of my favorite breweries. I just wish the aromas and flavours would be more dominant, and found it overpriced. whitecap (289) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 4, 2011
Bottle. Pours dark ruby red with a voluptuous and lasting beige head with a slight tint of pink to it with respectable lacing. sweet aroma of raspberry and malt but not much more? Taste is moderately sweet with strawberry and malt. minimal bitterness. bitterness that exists is mostly dry and non-sour. the raspberry flavour is not artificial however the overall taste is nothing special and falls into the generic category other than being real raspberry. Palate is syrupy with minimal carbonation. Noticing lots of complaints about the price. I got this one as a gift. Suppose I was lucky.