Rose Cassis - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room

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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 17.86%
Wants: 18
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: orbitalr0x on 12-13-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed on July 12th and bottled on September 8th, 2005. I used locally grown black currants to give this beer an intense berry flavor. Made with love, reverence and respect for the great beers of Belgium.
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Photo of RoyalT
2.76/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – This one came out a thick and super cloudy dark reddish-orange in color. It was wonderfully muddy looking with a light, foamy head.

Smell – This has a very sharp aroma of rotten oranges and grapefruits (not the hoppy kind of grapefruit) with some off currents or something like that in there.

Taste – There are more rotten oranges and currents at the taste along with some harsh potato vodka.

Mouthfeel – This is in between light and medium-bodied and spritzy in the mouth.

Sinkability – With so many other good beers to drink on the night I just had to sink the rest of this rancid bottle.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Per the label: Brewed on July 12th and bottled on September 8, 2005. Local grown black currants were used in the brew.

Pours from the bottle a deep cloudy dark purple/violet color with a nice creamy two finger pinkish/purple head on top. The creamy violet color of this brew is really quite cool and stunningly unique. Aromas are a melding of light malty spiciness with a fresh sweet/tart black currant aroma. Mellow notes of cloves and pepper linger behind a fresh yeasty aroma. A bit on the subdued side.

First sip brings an intense berrylicious black currant flavor that carries a nice helping of tartness. Underneath lies a spicy light maltiness that's quite peppery with a hint of clove and big bready yeasty flavors. Sweetness and tartness battle it out in this one as it hits the back of the palate with a tart vengance. A touch of alcohol sneaks in and melds itself well with the overall flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good active carbonation. Slightly creamy..I enjoy the body on this fruity brew. It's really flavorful and not anywhere near cloying. Fresh berry flavors make it easy to drink. I could see myself easily having a few in a sitting. Cheers to Alan and the Hair of the Dog crew for another interesting brew.

Photo of ADR
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2005 special release. Thick opaque alizarin crimson-tinged brown pour, small-bubbled head is good but merges into the base of the liquid. Nice thin slipping sheets of laces. Pleasant fruity aroma, unripe blackberries, and yes, a real current sense. Mouthfeel is shy of medium with decently active carbonation. Unique flavor, dark fruit elements, some gravelly chocolate and baked bread underpinnings with the berry sense floating on top. Finishes with more astringency but without leaving the initial impression behind. Seems interesting and unusual and it works for me. Thankfully not sticky and saccharine in tone, this one's got some deeper character.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.27/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a muddy brown body with a hint of purple color in what looks like a odd milkshake. There is a light tan head that has the same muddy purple hue as the beer. The head last a good while as a thin film.

S- This beer has a faint currant note with a dry earthiness with hints of green plant matter and white raisins.

T- This beer has a faint smooth malty note with a vinous flavor and a slight alcohol bite in the finish. There is a sharp currant bitterness in the finish aswell.

M- This beer has a medium full mouthfeel like a milkshake or a really thick Weizen.

D- This beer has a appearance only a mother could love but it didn't taste to bad. It was very creative but I was hoping the taste would be much better. There was nice currant flavors but it needed more beer flavors to support it.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on Sept. 8, 2005. Bought at the brewery October 2007. Pouring right now.

The color is something you're going to love or hate. Murky, muddy pale pink meets swampy watered-down chocolate milk. Years ago I read a science fiction novel where the main character was trying to process colors he was seeing for the very first time, colors that don't exist on Earth. This is like that, as I've ever seen any color like it. The head begins big and soapy but dies quickly, leaving a ring of foam and not much lace.

Aroma is blackberry, chocolate soy milk and rosewater, with a musty, yeasty background presence.

Flavor is...nearly indescribable. Alcohol heat flares up briefly, while the tongue wrestles with rosewater, milk chocolate, sour cherry, lemon and black currant (of course). A curious flavor comes through, reminding of leather, probably from the yeast. Fittingly tart finish concludes each sip. The hint of milk chocolate helps balance out the more sour fruit flavors.

Something special and unique, to savor and sip slowly...and it won't be to everyone's taste. And certainly no one's everyday go-to beer. This has the daring, rawer feel of various fruit beers we had in Belgium, made by local pubs in small batches...the kind of fruit beers that make even fruit beer pessimists smack their lips. Good stuff, and one of the most daring experiments from HOTD.

Photo of Sammy
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

3rd cassis in 5 days. This aged bottle had vegatable flavour in it. Poured very cloudy fruit mixture, with Caesar head. Emits a refreshing fruit, with grapefruit notes. The mouthfeel is creamy with an acidic element. Outside of the veggie aspect, there is a mostly green grape and raisin flavour. A good tart berry? Only in those last little residue drops.

Photo of emerge077
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Decanted carefully off the yeast, it pours an amberish brown, but gets murky in the glass. More like a purplish red mud puddle. A finger of foam rises and vanishes. There's a white ring around the edge, and it's glassy still in the center. A swirl rekindles the skim momentarily.

Big wine must aroma, juicy berry/currant, yeasty sourdough, it shows it's age a bit, but still is pleasant.

Grape jelly minus the sweetness, tart currant, tannic bitterness, full bodied and savory, mellow carbonation. Dry herbal bitterness and oak in the aftertaste, sort of musty. Probably wouldn't hang on to this any longer, drink 'em if ya got 'em.

Thanks to Jason for sending this some time ago, it held up over 5 years...

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.59/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz purchased at the brewery.... Alan hooked me up big time.. I was surprised to see these available... '05 Rose Cassis.. Poured into my Chimay goblet... shared some with brenda..

Almost no head... the brew is a murky brown/amber.. very murky.. the cloudiness never drops...

The aroma is everything I was expecting... vinous.. and woody and mild tannic.. the nose reminds me sorta of Beaujolais Nouveau with oak... one of the most fragrant beers I've ever had.. blackberry and strawberry ... oak.

The flavor is hugely interesting.. tons of berry fruitiness.. Brenda says it reminds her of rhubarb.. blackberry and traces of chocolate... oaky tannic components could easily be mistaken for berry skin (or vice versus) Amazing amounts of complexity.. that my feeble palate is getting overloaded on... sour and sweet.. fruity and oaky.. thick and thin.. The "Belgian" qualities show as the brew warms... a little bit of spice... some phenols.. but the fruits also blossom.

There is definitely some minor carbonation.. but I swear the turbidity in the brew squashes it.. big body certainly for the style.. but the lower carbonation does actually help a bunch..

I had Rose years ago when we could still get HotD in Boise... but never with the Cassis.. I am not going to pretend to understand how the age and barrels work magic down near the tracks.. but seriously.. This is an Epic brew.... Don't look for the lace and strict style guidelines... Just enjoy a work of art.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes

muddy and rustic brownish red with a huge off white head and a huge amount of lace.

Smell is a strong dark fruits, mixed with licorice, with hints of caramel and rasberry dark plums and figs as well. The taste is very very sweet. Deep flavors of licorice and candy, is that dark cherry I taste.then the currants and figs come through with a touch of spice and a nice well rounded finish, very nicely put together

Photo of mwilbur
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle into cervoise. According to the bottle it was brewed July 12, 2005 and bottled on September 8, 2005.
A: Pours a densely cloudy purplish tan hue. Minimal head that quickly dissipates.
S: Definite cassis and a sour undertone.
T: Hints of blackberry and rhubarb. Also a quality similar to a vegetable smoothie (not sure which ones, but this beer has a thick, chunky quality with vege notes). Not a lot of cassis.
M: Very thick with particles, yeast. No lingering of taste. Dry, tart, and acidic finish.
D: Hmmmm...this is definitely an interesting beer. As for being a good beer...not so much. I'm glad I tried this, but not sure I'll go back for another.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mday for opening this bottle. Served in a snifter.

Pours near purple and it is quite cloudy. No real head or lacing. Maybe a bubble or two on top. The nose is a bit herbal and fruity with a bit of the fruit coming through. The taste is slightly sweet with a bit of an astringency. The fruit doesn't really come through. The finish is really quite dry on a fairly-light body for what it is. Slight vitamin character on the finish. Overall, decent enough but I'm guessing this has seen better days.

Photo of TastyTaste
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A very odd looking concoction. Dark purple color, yet has a creamy white suspension to it. Head is large, very large, about 2".

Smell: Fruity berry smell, wour, with alcohol sharpness.

Taste: Sour and very sharp. Alcohol is very perceptable. Aftertaste is sour and somewhat displeasing. I am not sure I like this beer that much.

Drinkability: An ok beer, it has some aspects of a lambic, but falls short. I like the other HoTD beers better (except Doggie Claws).

Photo of objectivemonkey
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a wierd mix of pink, brown, and purple with minimal initial head and a ring of thin, bubbly head around the edge. Streaky lacing

Smell is a little funky, though subdued, with the black currant smell in the forefront and a bit raw, with cloves and a mild yeastiness. So far as the taste goes, my first impression was as such; "F**k!!" (I actually reached for a different glass and poured it without knowing which beer it was, and wasn't paying attention to the color or smell, i.e. I was caught off-gaurd) Then after gathering my wits and understanding what I was drinking, came off much better. I discovered it tastes much better when warmer, and much different than anything I've tasted, and distinct from other fruit beers I've had.. yet still astringent. Notably, it doesn't have a wickedly fruity aftertaste, but is more 'beer-y', a nice departure from other fruit beers. Starts with a tart blackberry taste thats actually quite nice, and has an almost hidden maltiness thats also verging on spicy. Its really quite quite odd, but it took time to 'warm up' to this beer, and it really grew into a lovely beer. I'm enjoying this. But, I wouldn't really call it a 'drinkable' beer. I'd drink it, but its not something I'd have more than once a year, at least. One of those really cool experiments that you enjoy through exploration.

Photo of PDXHops
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. The hiss upon popping the cap suggests that plenty of carbonation remains after 5+ years, and that indeed is the case. A steady stream of visual bubbles continually replenishes the modest head. What lies underneath is frankly a little odd, though; it sort of looks like a purplish mud puddle.

Thankfully it smells better than it looks, reminiscent of mixed berry jam. Tastes even better. Sweetness comes in the form of spiced french toast. A general berry fruitiness up front gradually evolves into tart currant midswallow and into the finish. A nice soft feel that seems to gently usher the Belgian aspects of the base beer into the mix. Banana bread and a gentle clove character reveal themselves as it warms. Perhaps a touch of white chocolate. A little must.

Overall impression: Not much to look at, but otherwise quite enjoyable.

Photo of HopHead84
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased by largadeer at the brewery.

Poured into my snifter. The beer looks like extra cloudy grapefruit juice.

The aroma is of cassis and wood with some light cherry notes. Oxidation imparts some sherry character. The taste is of black currants and berries (no specific variety). Light acetic acid notes blend with sherry-like oxidation and wood notes.

The beer is light bodied with low carbonation. I've never had anything quite like this beer and I'm glad I was able to try it.

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to JohnGalt1 for this brew.

2005 Vintage

Poured into a chalice a very cloudy milky purple color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger fizzy/creamy head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, very slight yeast note, lots of black currant notes, with some caramel. The taste is kinda sweet, malty, bitter, fruity, nice little carbonated punch. Medium body. Drinkable, a pretty tasty brew, glad to have gotten a chance to try it.

Photo of Arbitrator
1.97/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Chilled bottle into a glass. A gift courtesy of ramnuts.

A: The pour captured a surprising amount of sediment, resulting in a murky brown body, the color of watered-down chocolate milk, with a finger of lightly pink head. Retention is about a minute, and the cap recedes to a pretty substantial collar on the drink but leaves no lacing behind.

S: Black currants and earth. Moderately pungent, and kind of one-dimensional.

T: Black currant, chocolate, and tannins. Weakly tart and just slightly dry -- I feel like the beer would be much improved if it had been more tart and dry.

M: Light-bodied, low carbonation. ABV was well hidden. It honestly felt like drinking a cherry soda.

D: A surprising disappointment from an otherwise stellar brewery. And I suspect ramnuts was playing a prank with this one...

Photo of BlindPig
4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Thick light pink off white head on a murky orange brown?
S- Big sweet tart black current with hints of alcohol.
T- Very interesting when take the first sip. A big triple manages to push its way through the black currents. The bananas come through quite nicley along with some alcohol, yeast flavors, hints of bread, maybe some grass hops?, medium bitterness on tip of tongue, and of course black currents. Get a light warming for the alcohol.
M- Full body with medium/low carbonation.
D- I think it is actually really good. I think with the age on it it let the fruits mellow out a bit. It is just a very different beer so I am not sure how to rate it. I really like it but at same time it is kind of questionable. I would buy more of this if I could find it though.

Photo of gford217
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle courtesy of josephselander poured into a tulip.

Pours a bizarre-looking opaque milky brown with hints purple and a pinkish white head that hangs around as a solid collar for a while and leaves no lacing. Looks like grapefruit juice with a shot of coffee added - seriously.

The smell is dominated by currants - a big sweetness with additional fruits thrown in, maybe blackberries and cherries. There is also a bit of dry woodiness and hints of tartness.

The taste is extremely powerful and has a heavy black currant sweetness with lots of sugar in the background and the finish has a slight tart fruity character. There is a solid yeast presence in the middle before the vinous finish.

The mouthfeel is also extremely interesting as it feels almost like pureed fruit, with a thickness that I'm not accustomed to. It's not a heavy mouthfeel, but it's like there's sediment coming through on every sip. The carbonation is very subtle and soft.

This is one of the more unique beers I've ever tasted. I'm not going to say it's a great beer, but it's not like I've got a lot to compare it to. The sweetness definitely starts to build up over time and I wouldn't want to drink more than one bottle of it. That said, a tasty experiment from HotD.

Photo of ccrida
4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my large St. Feuillien goblet, Rose Cassis (2005) is a ruddy cider color, very murky, with an off-white head that settles to a long lasting skim but leaving almost no lace. The sediment was well compacted, and while it looked hazy, there was no sediment at the bottom of the glass, which I sipped slowly.

Smell is super strong. As I poured this from the bottle, it hit me like a ton of bricks, and I have to admit, I was scared. Big time black currant, sweet alcohol, a little earthy. I really like it though, and am super impressed how robust it is considering it's age.

Taste is also heavy on the currants and super tannic, way oaky, with a tart, dry finish.

Mouthfeel is pretty creamy, medium body. Did I mention how tannic this is???

Drinkability is ok, interesting, and better then I thought - for some reason I had pretty low expectations for this. A tasty, rich beer, not one I need more then one of in one sitting, but a nice desert beer. Probably will continue to age for a while, of course the fruit will fade, but has held up awfully well so far, going on 4 years.

Photo of msubulldog25
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A 12 oz. bottle, poured to the La Rulles 25cL tasting glass. I've had this on several occasions, always merely tastes at the brewery. This is a full bottle made in 2005; the label tells exactly when it was brewed (July 12th) and bottled (September 8th). Purchased on a brewery visit in October 2007.

A: Awful looking or extremely pretty, depending on your point of view. A turbid murkiness, sort of lavender, sort of amber, capped with a 1/2" of tightly fizzy tainted whiteness. Lots of bottle conditioned funk in the base of the bottle, and a fair amount in the glass. I remember one time unstopping the bathroom sink; the water that pooled in the bucket after I removed the elbow looked similarly gross. But then again, there is beauty in the depths: subtle rosiness has some warmth, small carbonation rises to a neatly clinging ring. Creamy sheets of slippery lace tip this one, points-wise, to a better than 'average' score. Does 'curious' warrant a '4.0 - good' score? Because that's what I'm awarding it...

S: Black currants give a boozy vinous aroma and there seems to be an element of wood-aging. Belgian sugars, traces of yeast - this still retains notable traits of the 'Rose' tripel; though the slightly tart, acidic fruitiness wins in the end.

T: Not-so-subtle berry juice tartness hits upfront, with sugars and a lot of yeastiness developing in the middle. Acidic and 'wild' in the finish, with grainy notes and pureed fruit trailing and fleeting floral-ness. As in the nose, a little woody oak to go with that tart and vinous berry/raisin flavor; astringent, something like a young, fruity white wine. Unusual flavors, but pretty enjoyable.

M: Carbonation can't be seen but it's definitely there, producing a creamy, mellow mouthfeel. Body is rather light; texture is just as it appears it should be by the appearance: murky - a bit grainy, fruity and yeasty sediments all over the mouth. What lingers is a weirdly warm, almost buttery, coating - fruity and subtly sweet. Strength (8% abv) stays well-concealed. It takes some time, but ultimately I like how this comes together.

D: This is tough. I really do like tasting this one, but it is tough to drink more than a few ounces. The astringent fruit, the miniscule carbonation, the pasty mouthfeel...all work in small amounts, but don't hold up through a full bottle. Though this is an interesting and 'unique' beer style-wise, it's such an odd flavor, more of a 'curiosity' than anything else. The brewer recently told me that this brew (as well as the 'regular' Rose) have been discontinued; there simply wasn't enough demand. Not surprising. It's one I'm happy to have tasted a few times but won't necessarily miss, especially if it means more (and better) of Hair of the Dog's other brews.

Photo of SacoDeToro
2/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The beer poured a murky pastel pink with a dense pink head.

The aroma of the beer was of tart fruits, I would have assumed cherries had I been doing this blind. Some other indistinct funk was present.

The flavor of the beer was tart, yeasty, and somewhat chalky. The flavors were a muddy mess.

The carbonation was good, but so what. The mouthfeel was OK, but again...

This beer was nasty. Like the next guy, I don't want to feel like a chump when trying a beer from a renowned brewery such as HOTD, but let's be honest, many of there beers are hit or miss. This beer was pretty bad.

Photo of Floydster
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle that was packaged on September 12, 2005, received as an extra in a trade with the generous msubulldog25, thanks for the opportunity Brian, poured this into my Duvel snifter tonight, this gets a perfect score on color because I have never seen anything like it, there is a weird purple tint to it that almost makes you wonder if it is beer or prune juice, one inch creamy tan head with great retention, leaves some nice lacing too, smell is huge with berries, black currants sure do transform Rose into a thick cider-like beer and especially in the aroma, also some mild Belgian yeast and other fruits, taste is sweet at first, some booze and soft malt in the middle, finish is full of currants and sugar, gets more rounded as it warms but pretty fruity overall, the mild tart is a nice addition, mouthfeel is mostly sweet, slightly hot at times as well, medium bodied, soft carbonation, drank the bottle no problem but do not know how much more I could do, little heavy over time, glad to have been able to try this special experiment from Alan, this has some aging potential still too, at three and a half years it seems to be doing well, would like to try again down the road, recommended

Photo of Bighuge
1.69/5  rDev -53.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Talk about pouring a glassfull of sludge. This beats out any Bell's beer in that department. Looks muddy and sludgey. Light dusting of light brown foam. Not really all that inviting. Aroma is pretty unique. Not as fruity as I was expecting. It's actually got darker tones of dampness, dankness, mustiness...of cellars in general. There's a little currant on the nose, but not a lot. Oh, this is not good. Acetic acid and sour, stale, rotten fruit. I should have known better than plopping down the $$ for this one. Oh well. Usually I like the Currant aspect melded with beer. Not in this one though. This is drainpour.

Photo of MasterSki
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared by ChrisPro. Served in a snifter.

A - Minimal head settles to a partial ring of bubbles. Murky purple-tinged salmon body.

S - Odd mix of cassis, some pale malts, a light yogurt touch. There's an odd medicinal note, but somehow this is strangely compelling. Not much tripel character left - if it was ever there in the first place that is.

T - The taste is a mix of cassis and Hair of the Dog's distinctive German malt backbones. The fruit is quite natural and less medicinal than the aroma. Less lactic too - just straight-up fruit and malt, with a touch of oxidation.

M - Lower carbonation, some surprising albeit low-to-moderate alcohol warmed after 7+ years. Chewy texture, medium body.

D - Better than expected, as the reviews seem somewhat bipolar on this one. I can't tell whether this is past its prime or if the aging smoothed out its flaws. I'd certainly be willing to drink another bottle, but I don't think I'd actively seek it out, especially considering the scarcity. I think everyone else liked this more than I.

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Rose Cassis from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
83 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.