ganache (6111) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 26, 2007
Have been holding on to this bottle since release day, figured it might be time to give it a try. BBB63’s right, it’s a big gusher, probably lost about 1/3 of the bottle, even though I was prepared for it. So, definitely open this around the sink. More importantly, I actually broke two corkscrews getting this sucker open - the cork is about twice the size of the neck it’s stuffed into and just does not want to budge. Anyway, pour is extremely noisy, a very aggressive carbonation that lasts for minutes though its head quickly depreciates. Pour is a pretty raspberry-strawberry red, opaquely cloudy. Does leave some nice legs. Aroma ranks among the best lambic-aromas I’ve encountered, including a few whammies in Belgium and France; potently sour and funky, noticeably acidic with generic tartness and specific raspberry. Induces salivation to the extreme! Taste is puckeringly sour and tart - this is an extreme beer! Lots and lots of raspberry, lesser cherry, a splash of strawberry and nice blending leather. Woody with a bit of nice, young brett. A bit overly carbonated for my taste, perhaps best to let it sit a bit. Malic acid as in Warheads? Fullish, acidic, slightly burning (from the acidity) palate, has a really wild and free feel. Refreshing and tasty but perhaps a bit too aggressive at this point. 1FastSTi (3358) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 23, 2007
GABF 2007. Many, many, many samples. The beer pours to a muddy strawberry colored lemonade with a thin white head. The aroma is very tart red raspberries. Nice balanced funk with tart acids. The flavor is extremely tart red raspberries with a nice sweet and sour red raspberry jam. Lactic leathers. Did I mention raspberries? The palate is full of lactic acid and a dry leathery palate. Awesome. MIBRomeo (2579) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 14, 2007
Cloudy off orange, hints of red participate, small bubbled head. Sweet & tart raspberry dominate the aroma, a touch of leather & oak. Big puckering palate. Super sour & tart, tons of raspberry finishes dry oaky w/ a hint of leather. Good stuff. BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 1, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2007 Rerate #2, Learned lesson from first bottle and took over 15 minutes to remove cork and not upset the beer too much. The mild funk is coming forward more now but the Raspberry is still vibrant and fresh. The palate is so wonderful, aggressive and yet oh so refreshing. I am increasing my Flavor score and palate +1 each. I will be opening my last bottle with some friends this weekend. I hope they enjoy it as much as I do. PLEASE CALEB, do this again! tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUL 22, 2006
Rating #1, First off, note that the cork will very difficult to remove. The brewery does know about it and does warn the buyer. It seems the wrong corks were put in the bottles of the Raspberry only. Upon removal I did notice that they are way too big. HAVE A GLASS READY UPON OPENING for there is no way to get the cork out without shaking up the bottle!
Now for the good news, this looks the part with a beautiful coppery rose hue topped by a fading but mostly lasting pink fizzy ring and some spotty lace. The aroma is also newsworthy with big sour raspberries vapours in addition to just a hint of sugar, nice oak, a hint of cheesy brett and other associated yeasty esters.
The taste starts with a sharp jab of raspberry and acidic overtones. There is indeed some noticeable brett like funk in the midsection before finishing with a slight oak and herbal quality. The mouth feel is sprite and refreshing, mouth watering through the tartness and a bit dry on the finish. All in all, a well crafted attempt at the style. I think in a blind tasting this would hold it’s own against many in the genre. GET YA SOME but be ready for a fight with the cork. Very limited distribution.
Smells like raspberries most of all! A fairly strong aroma, which was nice. The flavor is malty and sweet, sugary, with a good deal of raspberry but not too overwhelming. Some bitterness. Some hops which mostly come out at the end of the sip. One of the better fruit beers I’ve had recently.