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RATINGS: 428   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 342   ABV: 11.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Over a year in the making, this American Wild Ale is fermented with Brettanomyces yeast and aged with red-raspberry puree in Oak barrels for over 1 year, then bottle conditioned in champagne bottles.

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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kbutler1 (1381) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 28, 2010
Bottle. 2010 bottle. Poured into a tulip glass a cloudy reddish color with a slight white collared head. Wow, just wow, the bottle even comes with a "warming" that this beer is exceptionally sour and they aren’t kidding. The nose is strong acetic with an underlying raspberry fruitiness. Sweet and sour, mouthpuckering and dry. Light mouthfeel. The fruit does come through nicely though. Very good.


3.2
closey22 (1945) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - APR 22, 2017
Cloudy brown with little rimming head aroma is sour fruity raspberry touch of funky yeast flava very tart lemony feels medium light slight fizz finishes tart

3.5
trapped (3147) - New York, TURKEY - APR 8, 2017
Bottle. Pours cloudy reddish amber with small foamy off-white head, funky raspberry aroma, high carbonation, tart berry taste with strong Brett and woodsy flavor, thin body, long tart finish. Complex and enjoyable.

3.9
drpimento (3634) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 28, 2017
Lots of natural raspberry here. Aroma’s raspberry of course burnt toast and a little perfume. Flavor’s like nose, massive raspberry fairly dry, more tart with just the barest hint of sweet and some bitter.

2.8
EvanFriend (593) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2017
Aroma is bad fruit. Taste is odd, there’s definitely raspberry flavor there, but without any of the brightness or sweetness one would associate with raspberries. There’s also an odd, almost garbage flavor, like produce that’s gone bad or something. Some tartness as well, as would be expected for the style. I don’t hate it, but I won’t buy it again.

3.7
kraddel (8110) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - OCT 23, 2016
2012 version. Pours dark amberred, no real foam. Smell is milksourbacteria, oak, fruityness. Taste is intense sour ( milksour) strog oak aspects. Rather intense fruityness. Nice and intense, but not a very complex selection of bacteria, nor a balanced sourness.

4
JaBier (7972) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2016
Bottle shared by a friend. Pours clear reddish amber with a thin off-white head. Nose consists of malt, raspberry and funk. Malty flavor giving way to sweet raspberry before a nicely sour finish.

3.9
floydslip (398) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 11, 2016
Slightly hazy burnt caramel colored beer with a distinct pinkish hue and a thin white head that is not much more than a surface film. Nose of sour raspberry, kandi sugar, and rose water. Flavor is quite a bit drier than the aroma with a puckering sourness overlaid with the essence of raspberry without any of the sweetness and a palate-coating wood resin that is hard to detect through the other bright flavors. I finished the entire glass in the time it took to write this which is a testament to how good this beer is.

4.2
superspak (5591) - Michigan, USA - JUL 16, 2016
750 ml bottle into tulip glass; 2015 vintage, bottled in 12/2015. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy ruby red/orange-ish color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of huge sour raspberry, cherry, cranberry, lemon, green apple, red wine, fruit skin, leather, hay, straw, musty funk, pepper, and toasted oak; with lighter notes of vanilla, brown/candi sugar, vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, raspberries, oak barrel, and light-moderate malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge sour raspberry, cherry, cranberry, lemon, green apple, red wine, fruit skin, leather, hay, straw, musty funk, pepper, and toasted oak; with lighter notes of vanilla, brown/candi sugar, vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Good amount of fruit/acidic sourness and yeast/tannic oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour raspberry, cherry, cranberry, lemon, green apple, red wine, fruit skin, leather, hay, straw, musty funk, pepper, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, raspberries, oak barrel, and light-moderate malt flavors; with nice malt/sour/spiciness balance, with no astringent flavors after the finish. Good dryness from acidity/spiciness as well. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, acidic/tannic, and lightly creamy/grainy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding fruited sour ale. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, raspberries, oak barrel, and light-moderate malt flavors; very smooth to sip on for the big ABV and acidity. This is nearly puckering on sourness, but has just enough malt character to keep it from getting astringent. A highly enjoyable offering.

4
jsporrer (1028) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2016
Pours a cloudy iced tea color with a thin off white head that dissipates quickly. Big bold tart raspberry aroma. Taste is very tart but not too sour to be unpleasant. Nice full mouth feel with lasting flavors. Hides the alcohol well. Light oaky flavor and a crisp fruity finish. Very enjoyable.

3.8
Whatup14 (2004) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 11, 2016
Bouteille 750ml au Mondial 2016. Couleur orange brûlé voilée, anneau de mousse beige. Arôme de framboise, boisé, champignon, levure sauvage. Goût de framboise, champignon, boisé, acidité très élevée. Carbonatation moyenne, corps moyen.


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