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Riserva - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

905 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 905
Reviews: 311
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 14.22%
Wants: 172
Gots: 276 | FT: 30
Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  11.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: akorsak on 06-14-2008

Ale with raspberry purée added and aged in oak barrels.
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Ratings: 905 | Reviews: 311
Reviews by Ego:
Photo of Ego
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

corked so tight I thought this was gonna go mt st helena's on me...

eyes..
before I even pour this is crackling in the bottle and reaching upwards to escape, oddly enough the head settles down very quickly, this looks like a darker brother of rose de gambrinus, no head except faint o-ring around the side, no lacing to speak of but there are legs like in wine, opaque purple/pink cloudiness defines the hue, a good amount of carbonation rises up from the depths upon further inspection, if someone put this in front of me blindly I would scream lambic, which makes sense.

nose...
huge tart notes, raspberry nation unite... the underlying barnyard funk is there but man the fruit flavor wallops you across the nose, I'm sucker for tart beers and this reeks like liquid sweettarts... hmmm (how much do they cost at the movies now.. like $8 ?) anyway... I am digging the crazy in your face tartness here, I took off a small point for lack of complexity but hey even jessica alba has bad hair days (I think)

taste etc...
a lot heavier in the mouth than I was expecting, this is quite full bodied, everything here is pretty bold, the alcohol is a touch hot, the carbonation is nice and prickly helping the mouth feel, you almost taste the separation of the puree and the brew... it needs more time to meld imo, the tartness kind of then blends into mild bitterness of fruit somewhere down my first glass, and the ABV is not fooling anyone here...

verdict?
potential. I need to lay this down for some time, it has alot of things that may come together.. right now it is a bit too big, it needs a touch of rounding out.

I had this with some Habanero Havarti, my stomach will thank me tomorrow..

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue VII:

2008 bottle

Think oak barrels, Brettanomyces, red raspberry purée and over a year of aging.

Solid lacing, more than anticipated from a high-alcohol
Brett beer. Withered rose-red color with a shade of burgundy, good clarity as the sediment was left in the bottle. Mellow horse blanket, musty, minty and tart berry aroma. Very smooth and crisp from an active carbonation. Semi-slick mouthfeel. Fusel and a mild solvent alcoholic character lets us know right away that it has strength, with warmth and a peppery and tropical fruit mix. Phenols drop a blanket of herbal and minty flavors, maltiness is extremely dry with a light cracker-like flavor. Raspberry flavor is impressive, tart but balanced. Another breath of fusel alcohol in the semi-clean and lingering tart finish.

Fresh but not green at all, perfect to drink now, and we're sure several months, if not a year or so, would make things interesting. Weyerbacher is right on target with Riserva. Please, keep on experimenting, guys!

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a bottle of this on the recommendation of both bartenders at Always Ron's in hagerstown. They absolutely nailed it. I gave it a perfect taste, and perfect overall as I could not believe the ABV. Unbelievably drinkable for over 11%. Awesome, hope to buy again despite the cost.

Photo of kojevergas
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
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+

Photo of hopsleeroy
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this from DIM in the Rock Paper Scissors Championship. For anybody confused about this-DIM is the man. Thanks!!

A-Deep pink color bordering on reddish small white head
S-Rasberry primaty on the nose, but has mild brett rart smell
T-Mild sweet rasberry bit not overpowering or cloying, oak barrel, vanilla, maybe some booze flavor, a little bit of chocolate. This is amazingly complex.
M-Full to medium in mouth, and slightly creamy. Very nice
D-Not the biggest fan of rasberries but this was good and changed as it warmed. Very nice.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my alternative to champagne on New Years Eve. A good choice.
In a flute the beer was a red/orange color and was very still.
Aroma of cider vinegar and fruit.
Berry taste, cider vinegar.
Pleasantly sour and tart in the mouth. Alcohol not at all noticeable.
Nice beer, good change of pace.

Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

2009 vintage. The beer pours a hazy red-brown color with a white head. It looks about like iced tea. The aroma is extremely tart raspberries. The flavor is more complex with raspberries and medium tartness. You also get some oak and vanilla. The beer has a decent amount of sourness, but it is not near as sour as the aroma leads you to believe it will be. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2010
A: Amber-red and slightly murky. No head, as to be expected.

S: Raspberries, cider vinegar, oak and tons of funk.

T: Tart and acidic doesn't begin to describe this beer. Sharp tannins, sour raspberry funk and oak all combine to make this a delectable wild ale. There are some notes of vanilla and caramel in there. NOTE TO FIRST TIME DRINKERS OF THE Riserva '10: After the first pour, I immediately noticed a metallic taste on the finish. It turned me off at first, but I decided to let beer breath outside of the bottle for about 10 minutes, and that made a world of difference.

M: Tangy, acidic and full bodied. Tart and round. Big on the palate.

O: A great sour wild ale. If you can get this vintage, I recommend it. I've heard good things about the other vintages as well, but this wasn't too shabby.

Photo of boatshoes
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received a 750 of this from ATPete as an extra. Thanks!

Appearance- Pours a pinkish-red out of the bottle with about a finger of fizzy white head. As per the style, the head died back very quickly and left little in the way of any lacing.

Smell- Smells heavily of raspberries with just a touch of oak and woodiness. Primary scent is of raspberry however and of a very good, fresh nature. Just a hint of funk and tartness as well.

Taste- Huge notes of fresh raspberry here again, with the woodiness figuring fairly prominently as well. Tastes a touch like raspberry seeds or cherry pits. On the sweeter side of sour with just a touch of mouthpuckering tartness. Not a whole lot in the way of funk coming through for me in the taste though. Two-dimensional at best but still fairly pleasant.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel and carbonation are pretty spot on for the style and drinkability is fairly high for me on this one despite the not too complex flavor. Goes down easy and tastes pretty fresh.

Overall, not the best wild I've ever had by any means but still fairly tasty and easy to drink. Probably won't wow you but it isn't terrible at all.

Photo of PatrickSullivan
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage

A: Cloudy and ruby red in color with a very faint amount of head that disappears as quick as it forms and no lacing to speak of.

S: Wow. If the warning sign wasn't foreboding about how sour this was going to be, the nose would definitely be telling. Lots of tart raspberry with a good amount of vinegar folded in. There is some oak and funk playing around in there as well.

T: So the warning sticker and the aroma have both warned me. Yeah, it's sour. It's really sour. Lots of raspberry tartness with a very good amount of acidity. Definitely getting a good amount of cider vinegar flavor. But there's also a sweetness in there that takes some of the edge off. Some nice funk notes in here and a tiny bit of oak. But overall, it's sour. Wonderfully sour.

M: Very acidic and mouth puckering. Barely any carbonation, which doesn't hurt this at all. Nice and dry finish. Catch a trace of alcohol burn, surprisingly small for the big 11.4%.

O: I'm a fan of sour stuff and I'm not sure it gets more sour than this. But it was a very good kind of sour. I really enjoyed this Weyerbacher offering.

Photo of danpam1024
3.2/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This is my personal opinion and may not be a fair reflection of what may be in fact a great "American Wild Ale". However, through this sampling I've discovered I'm not a fan of sour or high carbonation ales. Loved the smell though...

Others may rate this much higher if this type of beer is up their alley. Unfortunately, this style was overpowering and just not for me.

Photo of WVbeergeek
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

While listening to the Eels new album Hombre Lobo aka Wolfman. Appears a tarnished pink ruby hue over a musky amber brown background, the head is light colored white with a pink overcast. Fine speckled lacing coats my tulip chalice, oh so nicely. If you decide to pour the sediment into your glass, you'll be greeted by liquid apple butter but a few shades lighter with a khaki tint. Even the head turns a light beige brown.

Aroma carries well with strong tart vinous layers of raspberry and mild vinegarette dressing, it opens up like a dry cider with additions of ripened raspberry preserves. Leathery oily components come through as well with wild barnyard funkiness from the brettanomyces. Layered complexities arise while continuing to sniff this brew which excites your brain of the possibilities that the flavor has to offer. Oak barrel aging effects complement the hell out of this beer with the funky brett and tart fruit combos, I'm loving the experience so far.

Flavor initially strikes with a sharp layer of acidity and tart raspberry sweetness, with loads of extracurricular activity of flavor profiles joining the mix. Including the funk from the wild yeast additions, and I don't believe this alcohol content. There is no way this is nearing twelve percent alcohol by volume, or it the acidic nature outweighing the booze. I warn you it may induce cravings for proton pump inhibitors like Prilosec or Protonix after a few glasses but it's well worth it. Strong tree bark oak with a charred after taste hit along with the brett and acidic tart green apple and raspberry combo, what a quality level of complexity.

Mouthfeel has been effervescent and prickly with acidity throughout the drinking experience, which carries the palate with each sip. Sweetness and bitterness collided with the yin and yang of raspberry sugar content and the resins from the oak barrel aging. Keep it up Weyerbacher bring the funk like no other, out of the American versions of sour ales or fruit infused lambics this has been the most outward mouth puckering version I've come across and I love sour ales.

Drinkability is incredible for the alcohol and pure level of acidity that most beer drinkers aren't used to, but I enjoyed every sip. This is one of the beers I received at great discount on my birthday weekend. This stuff is pricey if you can even find it, the first time I had come across any of it was 22 bucks a bottle. I got mine around fifteen and that is well worth it. Overall excellent up there with the best of this style adventurous and extreme much like most of the works of Dan Weirback, again I hale from Weirton, West Virginia so I enjoy a good Weyerbacher every now and again. As I finished listening the album Hombre Lobo, it finished with "Ordinary Man" with a quote from the song "I am no Ordinary Man" that goes for any beer drinker who enjoys the works of Dan and company out of Easton, PA. Not for the mainstream but excellent craftsmanship to be enjoyed by those that appreciate the art of brewing.

My overall review one line review would be..."There's more b vitamins than a flinstone chewable."

Photo of mahak213
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2011 vintage poured into a HF stem-

Appearance- Clear, deep, dark red with an ever so slightly pink head that fizzles away quickly to a thin ring

Smell- Smells great. Sweet raspberries are very prevalent on the nose, with a nice funkiness behind that. Not too complex, but pretty solid

Taste- Starts off nicely with sweet and sour raspberries, but then things go downhill. Sweet raspberries move on to a very detracting medicinal flavor and then finishes with a big alcohol bite that's just out of place

Mouthfeel- Light and fizzy body that leaves a slightly sticky coating

Overall- Way to medicinal and just doesn't work well at all. Pretty disappointed with this one.

Photo of glid02
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle purchased from Capone's in Norristown, PA.

Pours an interesting peach-strawberry color that's opaque and has a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of raspberries - equal parts sweet and tart - with a very good amount of brett funk underneath it all. As it warms the aroma becomes a bit more acidic and the brett aroma intensifies.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Raspberry flavors up front are sweet before turning solidly (though not overly) tart soon afterwards. Midway through the sip earthy brett flavors make an appearance and carry through to an ending that's equally tart and sweet. The alcohol is hid superbly, I thought it was 7% tops as did some other beer geeks.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is great. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I wasn't expecting the world from this beer due to lackluster reviews but I was wrong. A very well done beer had at the right time when all components played off of each other almost perfectly. Well worth a shot and I recommend digging in after about six months.

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

(Served in a chalice)
2010 edition includes a warning sour beer label on the bottle.

A- This beer pours a bright but dense hazy dark raspberry color wit lots of microbubbles in slow motion gliding to the surface. There is a big white bubbly head that is gone before the first sip.

S- The tart hint of raspberries lead to a dry finish that takes on an aroma of new sneakers. Fruit aroma is one-dimensional but very fresh.

T- The bright sharp tartness turns mellow and a bit watery as the beer opens up. There is a soft oak quality to follow with a burn on the back of the throat after each sip. The finish has some nice dry raspberry notes with some light cola notes mixed in. As the beer opens some grapefruit zest and mushroom notes come through with a slight chalk quality.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a soft astringency to the slippery texture and just enough carbonation to prick the tongue. The alcohol heat is warming but not as noticeable as in the taste.

O- This beer has qualities of a bright young lambic with not a lot of depth but I could see the funk starting and with age is should grow. Although 11%ABV might slow down those critters.

Photo of degerbah
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Really glad that I got the opprotunity to taste this. Pours pinkish with very little head. The aroma is vinegar-like funk that is very acrid and almost burns my nose. The taste is much more funky than I thought. Based on the description on the bottle I would have thought that there would be more fruit flavor present. The funk and the carbonation make it an extraordinary drinker. Ridiculously easy to drink for such a strong drinker. It's not fair that I can't find this locally.

Photo of CloudStrife
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter. 2012 vintage.

A: Pours a clear red with a very effervescent head that can be heard fizziling like soda. Quickly dissipating it doesn't really leave any visible lacing. Tons of visible carbonation.

S: Can tell this is going to be pleasantly sour. Real nice raspberry aroma that is quite authentic.

T: Very raspberry. As if you picked a sour tart raspberry right off the plant. Lots of sour. Mild malt backing.

M: Puckering art first as the mouth adjusts. Tons of carbonation gives it a light mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden.

Overall this is very tasty with a great raspberry sour flavor. May be slightly one dimensional which I feel is an area some of the more extreme sours can sometimes fall into. But certainly worth picking up.

Photo of lnashsig
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Weyerbacher Riserva: Ale with raspberry puree added and aged in Oak Barrels (American Wild Ale)
ABV: 11.4%

Corked and Caged 750ml bottle, poured from bottle into Jester King Farmhouse Ale glass.

Appearance: Pours a blood orange red color, very little head that dissipates quickly. Not very surprising given the ABV of this ale.

Smell- raspberry preserves, a little whif of funk on the end. I'm also reminded of pie filling, the aroma is is more sweet than sour, only giving up a small amount of funk among the overwhelming sweetness.

Taste- puckering tart raspberry sweetness is quickly overtaken by an acidic sour presence. Waves of sugary sweetness are matched by equally puckering lactic acidity that introduces an almost salty quality to the finish. The complexity and the balance of sweet vs sour makes this a very interesting beer that could otherwise be pretty monotone if it was made to be all about the raspberry sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Even with 3 YRS of time on this bottle, ample carbonation still exists, and serves to deliver a nice dry finish. Impressive.

Drink-ability: for 11%, I get no booze at all. This bottle will be enjoyed, every drop. Possibly the most enjoyable fruit beer I've ever had, I would guess its peer group would include beers like Blushing Monk and Fort, this being easily better than both.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage purchased from Downeast Beverage in Portland, ME. Review from notes.

A: Depending on the level of sediment, the beer was either a clear dark purple or a cloudy lighter purple/brown color. No real head or lacing.

S: Very acidic with some nice tartness. There is some raspberry, oak, a little vanilla, and a little vinegar.

T: Similar to the aroma with a nice tart/sour quality. More raspberry and a little strawberry with a little wood.

M: Medium bodied, on the sour/acetic side of the spectrum. Not everyone I shared it with was a fan, but I enjoyed it a great bit.

O: A nice American Wild Ale, glad I was able to grab two bottles of this.

Photo of asabreed
4.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Caged and corked bottle into a Brooklyn tulip. Vintage 2009. Purchased for around $16 at The Wine Source in Baltimore.

Been waiting to try this forever, and it's been sitting around, and I keep looking at it. So, that means it's time to get it done.

Consumed, for the most part (as there's still some left I'm working on), while watching Beer Wars.

Appearance: Murky dark raspberry amber orange color overall. I would take this down a hair, but I think the color's awesome, which gets darker with more pours, as the yeast begins to swirl around accidentally. Lacing seems like it may be good at first and stick around, but it does down fairly quickly. Thankfully, there's something to look at in the glass.

Smell: Wowness. Can I compare this to the aromatic equivalent of a David Lynch film? First what hits is the raspberry puree, but it's not dominant overall, and it's not sweet. It is, however, there, and evident. Second is the pungency of what seems to me like wet oak and vanilla, just a soaked cask that's been hanging out in a basement for months on end with nothing done to it. Third comes the funk: armpit, sweat sock, mossy tree bark, and, if I'm being frank without being crass, a certain part of the female anatomy (and despite a possible face-cringe or two, I've never gotten this aroma from a beer before, and it's pretty astounding, and puts me in a poetic brew palace of negative capability). What else? Vinegar, yes, vinegar. Raspberry vinaigrette, however, would be way too easy, as the complexity and nuance here is way beyond any semblance of salad dressing. Magic marker and nail polish headiness. Definite tree roots too. Mossy, earthy roots, the place below ground where the grubs and worms squirm their way through in bug-like bliss. Also some sulfur, as it warms, with big whiffs, along with some paint thinner. I've never experienced a sour ale like this before. It's big, raucous, complex, nuanced, insane, Lynchian, and wonderful.

Taste: Ah, sourness, how I like you sticking around yet always changing. Here the raspberry is dominant, as it should be. The aromas doesn't transcend to the taste as well as I'd hoped, but then again, I wonder if all of those whiffs would've complicated things a bit. I'm not sure. The sourness and vinegar is a big thing, whereas the wood, funk, and mossyness seem to take a bit of a back seat to the sourness. In the finish, the soaked oak flavors are there, and it finishes with a lingering sour and sweet raspberry puckering and anthematic slam to the taste buds.

Mouthfeel: At first, there seems to be little carbonation, but there's a wonderful meld of prickly back-end carbonation that seems perfectly fitting for this beer. I've heard the term over-carbonated when referred to Riserva, but if anything, it seems like it has less than I expected. Near-perfect to handle all the glorious sour complexities.

Drinkability: I keep wanting to tell myself, "You know, this might be a 4 overall," but I just can't bring it down that low, considering all the attributes and the experience I've had with this. Yes, my stomach feels like a big ball of acid right now. Yes, it's a little pricey. And if I were to have this a few months after getting into the craft beer scene, who knows what I would've thought? But I like sour ales a lot, and I like raspberries a lot. And I love Weyerbacher. I was pretty sure that combination wouldn't disappoint. And it doesn't. If you're not a fan of sour ales, this won't convert you, but if you are, you should certainly give it a shot.

Photo of beerfan99
1.79/5  rDev -56.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

2010 Release
750 ml bottle consumed on 2/10/2012

A: Brown/red in color with no carbonation or head. I was certainly expecting low carbonation, but this was flat.

S: Overpowering acetic acid smell, coming from the cider vinegar. Definitely a negative in my book.

T: More tart than sour, if that makes sense. If you can get past the aromas, the taste is borderline acceptable. Though, the sourness is missing in this wild ale. Raspberries are very difficult to detect. Label indicates a raspberry puree was used, but does not indicate how much.

M: What I expected from a flat beer. No carbonation, very little in terms of pleasing the palate. Dry finish.

O: I had high hopes for this wild ale, but it turned out to be a disaster. After having a pretty good experience with the 2011 version a couple months ago, I thought the 2010 version would at least be pretty good. I was wrong, it was a completely different beer. The 2010 version should never have been bottled and distributed, in my opinion. Based on this experience, I will be passing on future Riserva releases.

Photo of Sammy
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 version, reddish colour and a small head very gorgeous. Funky aroma. Bold tastes, lots of vinegar with the raspberry. Brett made for a balance. Would it mellow if older, or was it not as well put together, I shall find out from 2009 edition. Decent drinkability for sourheads.

Photo of tdm168
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - dark amber with a thin lacing of off white head

S - tart raspberries, lactic

T - tart, lactic, sweet raspberries, oak, woody

M - medium bodied, warm, well carbonated

This is a fantastic Wild Ale. It has tremendous balance, deep flavor, and great balance. The oak-aging is superb as are the raspberries. The lactic, tartness is intense but almost perfect. This is definitely a beer that is worth trying.

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.42/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

25.4oz Belgian-style corked and caged bottle, champagne flute, 2010 vintage.

As the 2010 label warns, this is very nearly still. The color is like organic, unfiltered, unpasteurized, uneverything apple cider vinegar or apple-cranberry juice. Quite hazy and a bit redder than cider vinegar. Do I need to say that there is no head?

Raspberry shows up. It's like dry, very minerally champagne. Blunt or matte oak tannin lurks behind it all, coming to the front more and more throughout the glass. Sour, acidic fruit vinegar, strawberry or raspberry vinegar.

Oak plays a large part; tannins, vanilla, earthy. Fruit laden acidity rises vibrantly and flops on the heavy or lifeless body. Nothing lifts it off the tongue. It needs to be spritzy. Acidic but not so sour. A little rose-like.

The mouth is creamy seemingly due to the smooth oaking. Amp the carb Weyerbacher! Bubbles are almost non-existant. The body is remarkably smooth for how big and acidic this beer is.

I feel like this is my first "real" sour and that this is just an amped up version of the other sour beers I have had. It is my first American Wild Ale. I don't understand the relatively low scores. Aren't sours supposed to be sour? This is very acidic and mostly in a good way. The barreling/oaking is great.

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3/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Vintage 2010

Pours cloudy golden-brown with pink highlights with almost no head.

Some mellow tartness on the nose, of raspberry. Some kind of mellow/floral coconut.

Big sour vinegary taste, like a kombucha. Some raspberry there, which makes sense... I'm not totally sold on this. There's a bit of sweetness, but this is super-tart. Really, really faint evidence of oaking.

Mouthfeel is thick and the taste is almost adhesive. The label explains that the acidity has reduced carbonation. I guess I buy that.

Overall, it's kind of interesting, but really this cost twice what it ought to and was no more interesting than other sour/wild fermented beers. More intense, perhaps, and maybe tarter. I'm probably bitter about the price point.

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Riserva from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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