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Riserva | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good
322 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
322
Ratings:
999
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
25.44%
 
 
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RiservaRiserva
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ale with raspberry purée added and aged in oak barrels.

Added by akorsak on 06-14-2008

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.51/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2015 vintage
~ 6 months from bottling date

Appearance- Pours a darker reddish amber color, glistens with brightness, transparent. Finger thick, fizzy off white colored head, dissipates rather quickly, fast rising carbonation bubbles.

Aroma- Fresh raspberries, mildly tart but not really acidic. Bright berry notes, cherry pie filling sweetness, crackery malts. Dry oak, spice, lots of earthy funk, mustiness, hay.

Taste- Tart fruits, juicy raspberries, sour cherries and apples. Drying oak with a bit of spiciness and vinous qualities. Berry, fruity sweetness. Finishes with musty, funky notes, earthiness, clove and spice.

Feel- Medium bodied feel, punch of acidic tartness up front but finishes sweeter and drying. Moderate to higher carbonation, fairly crisp and clean.

Overall- Raspberries are so well integrated into this beer, a wonderful mixture of sour fruit notes and really ripe juiciness. Oak and yeast come through to add wonderful layers of earthy flavors. Great amount of tartness, excellent feel and carbonation. An amazing beer all around.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.61/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 20 oz Stella Artois chalet. Vintage 2015, Pours a very attractive ruby red, with a 4 inch white with a reddish hue head that settles very quickly in a thin layer of bubbles.

Smell is must, raspberries, oak, and sour apples.

Taste follows musty stank, tart cherry, raspberry, and apples, oak, and vinegar.

Mouthfeel is fairly thing, lots of prickly carbonation, a tad dry, and drinkability fine for its girth, especially if you are in to the whole sour thing.

Overall this isn't my thing, but I can why some find it appealing.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Short Review. This is a very good beer, it's got lots of sour raspberry flavors that impart a nice natural and sour flavor that has just the right amount of sourness and it isn't overly acidic. My only complaint is that I wish the oak barrel came through more since it's not really too complex, but I enjoyed and I would recommend it to anyone who likes raspberry sours.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the brewery
Undated 25.4 oz bottle at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma – raspberries
Head small (< one cm, careful pour), off white, fizzy, gone in 60 seconds, no ring, no layer
Lacing – none
Body – reddish-brown, opaque, effervescent, sediment in bottom of bottle. Clears slightly as it warms.
Flavor – moderately tart, some raspberry but (fortunately) not overpowering. A little wild ale funk. No malt, no hops, no diacetyl
Palate – medium, dry, lively carbonation
Leaves my lips slightly sticky, but otherwise not atypical for a wild ale, just not a fan of raspberries.

Appearance 4, Aroma 4.5, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.44/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a small snifter at Weyerbacher Brewing Co. in Easton, PA.

The color on the 2015 Riserva is difficult to describe, falling somewhere in between reddish-pinkish-brown. Its body is murky with a small pink head that dissipates quickly. The first whiff of the aroma sent me into a frenzy. You get raspberry up front combined with oak tannins from the barrel aging and a funkiness from the wild fermentation. For some reason, I don't think I was expecting that much complexity but it's just incredible. There is no sweetness from the fruit in the flavor. Instead, a big and rather prominent sour character takes over. Acidic and dry mouthfeel and light bodied with no sign of the 11+% ABV. Everything working in harmony and balance.

Was I drinking a wild ale made in Pennsylvania or a Belgian lambic? I've had some impressive beers from Weyerbacher, but Riserva is on another level. They absolutely nailed this one. The beer was served to me too cold initially, but letting it warm a bit really improved its profile. I've avoided buying a bottle because they run about $20 in my area, but this is one that is probably worth the hefty price tag. A funky, fruity, sour masterpiece.

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Photo of CraigS119
4.84/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smell right off the bat is the wood barrel character, Oaky tannins reminiscent of Rodenbach. However, taste is very different, much more tart and dry than Grand Cru, and the raspberries shine through. Finishes with a great cereal/rice grain flavor. This is a sour that I could drink a lot of, very quickly (10% abv is ridiculous), and very frequently. Weyerbacher has impressed. If I was served this in Belgium I would have been pleased. 99/100

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Photo of havron
4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

"American wild ale with raspberry puree added and aged in oak barrels." Damn, this sounds good. I didn't even know all those words could go together. The seductively dripping juicy red raspberry on the label tempts me further. My mouth is already watering...

2015 vintage 25.4 fl oz cork-caged bomber enjoyed fresh and poured into a tulip.

L: Pours a cloudy red-orange with amber highlights much resembling blood orange juice, with a thin ring of foamy white head and continual effervescence from evident solidly active carbonation, leaving noteworthy lacing for the high acidity and ABV.

S: The aroma is of tart raspberry and classic saison funk, with notes of coriander and peppercorns over a yeasty background of crackery malt punctuated by mild oaky tones and a slight phenolic presence. There is promise here. Let's take a sip...

T: Wow. The taste follows as an amplified and more dimensionally complex version of the nose, much as an illuminated 3D object (here, the flavor) casts a 2D shadow (the aroma) on a wall. A huge blast of tart raspberry hits the tongue first, quite acidic but not overbearingly so. The fruit flavor rises to a broad peak bathing the center of the palate with waves of intense raspberry goodness as subtle funky saison flavors of musty yeast, coriander, black pepper and lemon creep in from the sides. Alcohol is present but extremely well concealed by the tartness, and is only noticeable if you seek it out. The acidity slowly fades but the raspberry never gives in, with oak-aged flavors finally making their presence known in the finish, backed up by a mild maltiness that tastes pleasantly of saltine crackers. The palate is left rather dry with plenty of lingering tart raspberry to continually tempt another sip.

F: Medium-full bodied and bursting with prickly effervescent carbonation to perfectly complement the tartness. This feels absolutely wonderful in the mouth. I could drink this whole bottle sip-by-sip in one sitting, and in fact I probably will.

O: I'm still not real huge on sours in general, but it seems the tartness totally works for me as long as there's raspberry in it. And boy howdy, does this one have raspberry in fucking spades, with flavor so bright and fresh that I can practically feel the seeds between my teeth. This delectable concoction possesses great balance, with alcohol and saison funkiness in check and both rather subtle beneath wave after wave of delicious tart raspberry heaven. The oak aging is evident in the backend, and adds a very nice depth to an already fine brew. This is hands down my new favorite sour. Yum!

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Photo of dacrza1
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

DATE TASTED: December 24, 2015... GLASSWARE: Duvel snifter...OCCASION: Christmas Eve celebration done...time for a worthwhile ending to the night ...APPEARANCE: dark brown, almost iced tea in appearance, like muddied water... head swiftly descends to a thin white ring of bubbles... AROMA: powerful fragrance of flowers and funky yeasts... the Bretts paint a woody, oak-laden impression--big, bold and demanding...the second flavor is raspberry and puckering sourness...PALATE: vibrant, active at the teeth and bubbly throughout the mouth; a long, lingering, dry finish--a full-bodied sour that drinks with relative ease and without the hint of its alcoholic weight... TASTE: thick raspberry, a dessert in itself--the oaken casks create a woody, lightly spiced, slightly toasted back end that compliments the fruitiness; apple, berry, and malty...the sourness is intense and dominant...OVERALL: bigger and more demanding than the usual sours encountered during the year... a wonderful gift from Jeff that isn't wasted on me...this is where Weyerbacher belongs, in a big beer with room to work.... intensely fruity and tart, with enough candied allure to bring upon the next sip....strong and sippable...

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours gem clear with reddish hues (SRM 11-13). Clouds of tiny carbonation waft about under a fine, delicate, pink-white foam that ranges from one-half to one-eighth of an inch and leaves spotty white lace.

The aroma is reminiscent of sour vinegar and dusty, faint raspberries. Upon warming, alcohol becomes pronounced as it lifts aromas of oak.

Extremely tart, the raspberries are front and center. The tart puckering lingers well into the finish, while oak lingers in the background. With warmth comes alcohol and sweetness that cuts the tartness.

A full body detracts while holding the tartness too pronounced. Alcohol does help cut the tartness. Fine, explosive carbonation foams as it passes down the throat. This one has a satin texture and a light, metallic touch.

Riserva is an interesting interpretation of the style, probably best before dinner.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter
(A)- Pours a ruby red color with some good off-white froth
(S)- Plenty of oaky acidity meets some jammy raspberries. Slight cheese-like funk
(T)- Pretty jammy. Lots of vibrant fruits meets some hefty acidic sourness. Subtle funky oak
(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. A really solid wild that does not shy away from the big sourness levels
(O)- A great american fruit lambic-like sour. Well balanced and damn tasty

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Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.63/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Let me start by saying that I think that this beer is horrifically under rated here on this site. It is a beer that may be far to complex and unique for some palates.

This bottle had aged in my cellar for approximately one year before tasting. Do yourself a favor and cellar this beer. If you notice the reviews for this beer seem to increase greatly when it has at least a year of age on it. Drinking it fresh just doesn't do this one justice.

A solid inch of raspberry white head sits on top of a berry pulp colored body. As if you squeezed a bunch of mixed berries, pulp, and all the flesh together, that is the color you get. Head is short but leaves a substantial skim behind. Nose is bursting with bright berry notes including raspberry, blackberry and some lemon tartness to add the right touch. A very appetizing nose indeed. I must say that the zesty tartness has grown with this one as it has aged a bit. With the rawness of the berries drying out a bit and yielding nice wine like tannins that have built with age. The sour feel is kicked up a notch with the age as well. This beer carries such a rustic feel while being tart and superbly complex all at once. Incredibly full mouthfeel with a sour feel yet malty dryness all play on the palate. This is a truely wonderfully drinkable for the alcohol content. It is complex yet totally approachable.

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Photo of Emersonio
4.92/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pour: Bomber bottle into a tulip. Appearance: Reddish peach in color. cloudy with a thing white head. Aroma: Deep berries. Rhubarb pie and jam like aromas. Taste: Heavy berry and jam flavors. pucker like sour! Almost kombucha in texture. Aftertaste: Huge sour linger. Deep berries all the way. Overall: Intense and excellent. Excellent: 5 out of 5.

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Photo of jacewg
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2012

Appearance: Pours a deep, clear ruby red. Almost raspberry colored. Pours with a big white head that dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing.

Aroma: Raspberry sweetness and tartness hits immediately. Definite notes of lactic sourness and brett. A bit of acetic character as well. Sour cherry aromas there too.

Flavor: The best part of this beer. For all the acidity and ABV, immensely drinkable. Opens with an interaction between sourness and juiciness. Raspberry flavor definitely in the mix. Dries out quickly in the finish with an intense puckering sourness and lots of oak and tannin. The finish lingers seemingly forever.

Feel: Opens juicy but finishes very dry with a lot of oak and tannin. Intensely sour toward mid and late palate. Almost impressively sour given the ABV. Light to medium bodied for the style. Finish lingers. More carbonation would take this to another level. A touch flat.

Overall: This isn't perfect, but the fact that you can find it on the shelves pretty easily is astonishing. An American sour that I'd be happy to drink anytime.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2010 750 ml bottle was poured into a glass and shared with friends at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth.

Appearance: A one finger pink head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is an amber color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Funky, sweet raspberries, pale malts, toasted malts, oak, and sour.

Taste: Nice blend of raspberry tart and sweetness and tart sour notes. Some chewy notes, alcohol, and bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Tart, pucker, a little acidic, chewy, some alcohol, a little dry, light bodied, bitterness, and low carbonation.

Overall: Aged well and tasted great after a 5 year wait. Can't wait for the next bottle.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

'12 vintage shared by Barry the other night.

This one pours a dark clear red, with a quarter inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

This one smells pretty sour, with overripe raspberries, and a bit of leathery funk.

This tastes really solid, which surprises me given it's Weyerbacher. The raspberry flavor is deep and jammy, a little bit grainy and seedy, with some leathery funk, and a bit of oak. The sourness is not as strong as I expected, given other reviews that I've read on this one, I'd say it's about a 5/10 on the sour scale. The high ABV becomes more apparent as this one warms up, as there's a slightly astringent boozy burn on the end of each sip.

This is light bodied, with a crisp mouthfeel, and a slightly higher level of carbonation.

The higher alcohol pulls this one down a little bit, but it's still a very tasty wild ale.

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Photo of babaracas
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear red-orange, thin pink tinged head settles to a thin ring, a few fingers of lace trail down the glass. Smell: framboise with a little more brett action than usual... raspberry jam, barnyard and hay notes, mildly oaky, leather-ish note. Taste: raspberry syrup, grain twang, moderately lactic, herbal oakiness and tiny cheesy note; vanilla into seed heavy raspberry preserve finish. Medium-plus body, slightly aggressive but fitting carb, drying but sticky finish. This is good. I mean, you have to want to eat raspberry jam by the spoonful, but that's kind of awesome once in a while.

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Photo of Beerparrot
2.94/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Not quite into the sours yet to appreciate this. I thought the flavors were good, but the tartness just overpowered the beer for me. I'd like to try it on draft to see if it would change my mind.

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Photo of Beejay
4.8/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Drinking this in celebration of buying a house and finishing my taxes... hopefully it will help me forget how much those cost..

2014 bottle.

A: Dusty rose as it pours, and turns into a cloudy cranberry color in the glass. Nice slightly pink head.

S: A good amount of sour funk as well as a bit of acid and salt, followed by the tartness of raspberries. There is a little bit of jam in there as well as a hint of acetone.

T: Wow.. acidic, and sour right off the bat, but underneath the sourness there is a lovely bread flavor, followed by the long lingering taste of rich dark berries. Tart, and jammy, and just damn fine. Knowing that it was barrel aged makes me imagine that I can taste it,

M: Medium light in body, the acidic notes give it a little cling in the finish, and the carbonation is certainly high, if not almost at an aggressive level.

O: Overall this is one damn fine beer.. tart, and sour, but with a deepness of flavor that I don't often experience in other sour style beers. I almost wish I got a little more of the oak from this, but still pretty damn close to perfect.

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Photo of zac16125
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle into a Teku
2012 vintage


A: Hazy, reddish brown, very slight layer of pink tinted head which dissipates almost immediately down to nothing and leaves no lacing. 3.75

S: Very fruity, lots of raspberry, lactic tartness, oak. Very nice. 4.25

T: Quite sour, puckering at times. Lots of raspberry, some oak, lactic acidity. 4.5

M/D: Medium body, lots of carbonation, ABV is completely unnoticeable, and great ability is excellent. 4.5

O: Awesome beer. Great combo of tart and fruit sweetness. 4.5

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Photo of kojevergas
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

BOTTLE: Brown glass. Simple yet appealing label art. Branded black hood-and-wire cap over a branded cork. 2014 vintage ("2014.2" - is this a batch #?). 1 pint 9.4 fl oz.

Cost was $26.95 USD at a bottle shop in New York City. Reviewed live (with Schlimenhaumer) as an American wild ale per the label. Served cold into a tulip and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Expectations are sky high; I tried a splash of this that had been sitting out in the sun at a bottle share and even that was incredible.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1 finger wide. Grey-white colour. Fairly thin. Not realy frothy or creamy. It could be fuller and softer looking, but it's generally appealing. Retention is below average - ~1-2 minutes. Leaves no lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes.

BODY: It's a red hue of some kind; Schlimenhaumer suggests a candy apple red and I'm inclined to agree. But it's somewhat thin and light; not the robust red I expected. Average vibrance. Clean, with no visible yeast particulate or hop sediment.

Appears aptly carbonated. It's not unique or special for the style, but it's generally appealing.

AROMA: A white oak tone lends it cohesion. Raspberry puree is notable. Evokes powdered sugar glazed raspberries. Sourness isn't too intense - maybe a 4/10. It has the clinical clean sourness of lactobacillus, but none of the truly spontaneous funkiness of lambicus, farmhouse brettanomyces, or crazy bacteria. A hint of leather. Oak sugars. Any malt presence is so neutral the raspberry takes over, and the hopping is too minimal (preservative only) to contribute flavour.

Aromatic intensity is moderate.

Suggests a balanced enjoyable sour, but I do think the raspberry could be more evocative.

TASTE: Tart raspberry dominates - as well it should - but the pureed aspect of the fruit addition does seem to hold it back; fresh raspberry would likely lead to a more evocative genuine raspberry taste. Sourness isn't puckering; it's a 4-5/10 in terms of intensity. A backgrounded oak tone ties the beer together, lending it undeniable cohesion and infusing it with oak barrel sugars. I don't find vanilla or toastiness. Finishes a bit sweeter than most wild ales would, with the sugars of malts but no distinct malt taste; the malts used were clearly quite neutral and easily imposed upon by the more pronounced oak and berry notes.

Schlimenhaumer points out the jammy feel of the raspberries; I concur.

Nice depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour. It's adequately complex, and I do find it nicely balanced overall, but it could be dialed in a bit more. There isn't a great deal of subtlety or nuance here, and my big note is that it could use still more sourness and tartness. It does develop a bit as it comes to temperature, bringing more layers of berry flavour.

Hides its ABV shockingly well - I was flabbergasted to learn this is 10%. I'm also surprised the brettanomyces isn't lending it aggressive funkiness.

TEXTURE: Smacky and lactic on the palate, with nice acidity. A biteen acetic. Smooth, wet, refreshing. Medium-bodied. The thickness is aptly moderate. Almost perfectably carbonated.

The smackiness it has on the palate is its best attribute, accentuating the sour tart flavours. While this texture fails to elevate the beer, it does complement it quite nicely.

Schlimenhaumer is right in that a more dry feel would coax out the berry more.

OVERALL: Incredibly drinkable for its 10%. I'd have thought it was 6% blind. It's a great introduction for me to Weyerbacher, and makes me eager to try more of their lineup, but I couldn't justify purchasing it again at this price point. A well-executed stab at the style, and a beer every enthusiast should try once. I enjoy it more and more as it warms, and find the berry really opens up. Served cold, it was a "B" but once it started to come to temperature, it grew into a B+. Still, it's not mind-blowing or world-class.

Low B+

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Photo of schlimenhaumer
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fantome tulip at sea level in NYC.

A: Pours a nearly opaque candy apple hue with a two finger pinkish-white head that dissipates after around 30 seconds. Lacing is minimal and carbonation appears moderate.

S: Sour raspberries up front with clear wild yeast character. Oak notes in the background and no alcohol on the nose despite the high ABV. Smells delicious.

T: Opens with fresh raspberry notes that quickly give way to the sour yeast character evident on the nose. The sour character is gradually replaced by a sweet malty finish that lingers on the palate and and calls to mind raspberry jam. Remarkable how little alcohol comes through in the flavor -- in that sense not dissimilar to a Berliner Weisse. I enjoy the interplay between sour and sweet.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation -- I'd like a bit more dryness to accompany the fruit flavors here.

O: Delicious enough to justify the price point -- would not be difficult to finish this bottle by myself despite the ABV. This would be a brilliant introduction to sours/wilds for anyone new to the style.

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Photo of Houser
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014.2 vintage. i love the color on this one. pours a hazy magenta with a small and quickly dissipating head. smell is raspberry and sour. lots of tart acidity. tastes less sour than the smell but its still a strong flavor, but the raspberry really shines here. slighty carbonated and very smooth. this went down quickly. nice job weyerbacher.

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Photo of cbutova
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks EmmaDanCo.

A- Bright pink body with some red in the center and a fair haze to it, probably from the fruit. A foamy head rises up to one finger with a puffy thick texture. Pretty good retention but it falls to a tiny ring and lace is rare.

S- Raspberry and tarts. Lactic sours and a big blast of fresh raspberry fruits. Certainly some musty funk and vinous character. Acidic here.

T- The nose leads me to think this will be more sour but still the lactic and raspberries combine to make it fairly sour in the end. A huge bombardment of fresh tart raspberries without the sweetness. Barnyard funk and vinous note that doesn't do much to penetrate the fruit.

MF- Light and pretty much dried out body overall with a fizzy and foamy texture. Slight creaminess and very high carbonation finishing actually quite sour.

Fairly impressed with this one right now. Certainly captures a massive raspberry character and backs it up with hints of funk and lactic sours. Certainly one I would order or buy again.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

the thing about this one is that it has elements of a flemish red, that vinegar character and a real effervescent carbonation. i dont think the fruit is as forward as it could be, but with the lighter side on the malt, i think it shows through well enough. it certainly isnt sweet, and it definitely isnt artificial in any way. super tart and acidic in the nose, citric and even more so from the berries. wheat in the malt, but thats not all. i cannot believe, i mean, i absolutely cannot fathom this being almost 12% abv, it drinks like 7%, with huge carbonation, dryness, and a pleasant fruity thing that makes it feel summery and light. where does it all come from? i have no idea. there is no candy sugar character or anything else, its really cool. fruit and vinegar in the finish, and it tastes a little like salad dressing for a second, but the quality is through the roof, and this is easily the most complex beer i have had from these guys, who definitely seem to be getting better with time. i like the subtle fruit and the subtle alcohol, well done.

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Photo of Jmamay22
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Riserva pours an odd pink shade of amber, which is obviously due to the raspberries. There is a nice light pinkish head that retains well. Mildly cloudy.

Nice aroma of fresh raspberries and tart vinegar. Undercurrent of earthiness, but the fruit really shines through nicely with some sweet vanilla highlights. The taste carries over equally well. Initially sweet, but the tart acidity comes through well. The oak comes and goes with some vanilla and coconut.

Mouthfeel us nice with a rich creamy carbonation. Excellent American wild ale and use of fruit. Not too sweet or overly tart. Falls just short of the depth and complexity of the finest Belgian wild ales.

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Riserva from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 322 ratings.