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Riserva - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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very good

312 Reviews

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Reviews: 312
Hads: 950
Avg: 3.96
pDev: 25.51%
Wants: 183
Gots: 288 | 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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Reviews: 312 | Hads: 950
Photo of nas5755
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A deep red with dark brown hues accented by pink from the raspberries, little lacing around on the edge of the glass and minimal to no head retention.

Funk and Berries. Ripe red raspberries met by acidic tones and some layers of funk.

A tart sour coming from the nose leads hits the palate first, bringing with it a huge raspberry flavor and tons of acidic overload, oak and funk follow on the full sip.

Massive amounts of carbonated bubbles come with this brew, an awesome feeling that makes this beer feel so light even with the near 12% abv. The sour/funk spectrum is a total turn-on for me and it is completely enhanced by what this beer does in the mouth.

For a beer at close to 12% abv, this beer is a wonder to drink. A sipper due to the sour/funk spectrum, but one that begs the palate to continue.

Overall, I love this beer. The sour/funk spectrum comes immediately in the nose and just becomes intensified as soon as one begins to drink.

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Photo of boatshoes
3.8/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of mjl21
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade...thanks Mikey. 750ml bottle poured into a Chimay goblet. 2009 version. No abv info is given.

A-Two pours result in two different looking beers. The first pour looks like raspberry jelly. The second pour results in a hazy pink. Lots of sediment is visible. When poured it has a very minimal head that makes a loud crackling noise before disappearing to a miniscule ring. Lots of bubbles continuosly break the surface in the middle of the glass.

S-Sour/tart notes, a little funk, raspberry, and sour cherry. As it warms the booze comes out more.

T-Salty, tart, and sour fruit flavors are definitely upfront; it is a combination of sour cherries and berries. There is also a lot of oak flavor that hits midwat through. The aftertaste is a little reminiscent of berry flavored cough syrup. As it warms the alcohol becomes greater and takes away some of the enjoyment.

M-Medium bodied, crisply carbonated, sour/tart, and dry.

D-One of the boozier sours that I have tried. The components are there for a good beer, but it needs to settle for a few more months.

As stated above, this one could use a little more age. The alcohol was somewhat of a distraction.

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Photo of BirdFlu
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful ruby red pour with white head which settles quickly.. Aroma is very tart, very sour with strong raspberry. Quite strong and robust. Taste is very, very tart. Sour with grapefruit and raspberry. Some yeast, bready flavor and esters as well as a savory, cheese-like flavor in the aftertaste. Strong with alcohol. Mouth is medium-bodied and medium-carbonated. The tartness and sour are quite present in the mouth, very strong and taking away a bit, but not to an extent that it is bad. Its a powerful drink and could be a bit much, but still quite good and enjoyable. Definitely for the right time and palce.

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Photo of BeerSox
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into 25oz wine glass.

Hazy ruby hue, with a one finger tan head that fizzes away to nothing.

Very sour cherry and dark fruit in the aroma, along with a strong wine tone from the alcohol.

Lots more supertart cherry flavors, coming out to be close to a tart red wine. Full bodied, good carbonation, really adds to the sharpness of the sour flavors. The sharp fruit lingers for a while. At the start there is a little bit of a sweetness, but that's quickly met by the spicy alcohol.

A rather enjoyable, and even sweet, wild ale. Best sipped considering its strength.

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Photo of Traquairlover
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a tulip and a snifter. It was amazing to me how much difference the glass made. This review is from the snifter pour as it was much better in appearance and smell.

A = Sort of a brownish tinted ruby red, slight pinkish off white head that never really gets going and ends up being a very solid ring of foam around the edge and light tracing over part of the surface.

S = This is one of the most wine smelling beers I have ever encountered. It really reminds me strongly of a very good, very strong raspberry port-style dessert wine I have had on a couple occasions. Raspberries are strong in the nose with some amounts of rubber and overripe cherries.

T & D = The similarities to the dessert wine that it smells like disappear as soon as a sip is taken. Now there is a reassuring lambic type sour taste together with strong flavors of raspberries and unsweetened cranberry juice. Some decent saltiness that increase the dryness of the finish and causes me to want to keep drinking it. Also some oak flavors as sort of a constant but only shining through intermittently in the concentration of tastes.

M = Medium body, lots of carbonation for as little head as it produces, very good mouthcoating.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
5/5  rDev +26.3%
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."

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Photo of RedHaze
3.27/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, 2009 version.

Pours a muddled mixture of red and brown with a three finger champagne like head. And like champagne, it settles very quickly to a very thin layer of fine bubbles.

Smell; loads of tart raspberries, almost overwhelming like overripe ones can be. Some Brett funk is present, with a little underlying sweetness.

Taste; it actually has a slightly bitter quality initially, but this gives way quickly to acidic/tart raspberries and sourness from the Brett. A nice, although mild, sweetness attempts to balance out the sourness a little. It also has a bit of a phenolic note, along with a little peppery spice in the finish. After a lwhile the Brett seems to be overwhelmed by the raspberries.

Mouthfeel/drinkability; Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, and could use a little more carbonation IMO. The drinkability is pretty decent as long as you can take the tartness/acidity from the raspberries.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 bottling, tasted 9/5/09

Appearance: Pours a hazy garnet color with a bubbly head that fades quickly to a film, like a soda, without leaving much lace

Smell: A somewhat sour profile, with raspberry puree, oak and alcohol

Taste: Sweet raspberry puree, up front, which takes a decided turn to the sour side by mid-palate, though it remains quite sweet underneath; after the swallow, the alcohol makes an appearance and adds fruity complexity to the flavor profile, although the wild, funky side never really develops; woody flavors also persist in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with spritzy carbonation; warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: If you like your Wild Ales on the really sour side, the 2008 will disappoint (it appears the 2009 might be quite different in this aspect); nevertheless, this is a nice achievement for a brewery that frequently tries to push the boundaries

(Note: The 2010 is much more sour than the 2008. I never tasted the 2009, but Weyerbacher is clearly perfecting its technique.)

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Photo of jmalex
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I went up for the release of this after missing it last year. So far I've heard good things regarding this year's version versus last year's, and the sample I had up there definitely backs that up.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a Weyerbacher tulip a dull bronzed pinkish red. A tiny white head forms on top but quickly shrinks to only the slightest hint of a collar.

SMELL: It definitely gets to the level of "really tart" but isn't anywhere near "Cantillon-style nose puckering". Barnyard smells are really high but lack true depth and complexity. The raspberries take second place but only barely, adding a significant sweetness to the aroma.

TASTE: Raspberry sweetness carries the entire way through, never quite letting the tartness come up to meet it. It's constant at those levels from start to finish, only adding in a light alcoholic bitterness toward the end. Good natural fruit flavor, but I'm looking for a more complex drinking experience out of this one.

MOUTHFEEL: Very thin bodied as expected with a high carbonation level. Despite the light body, it leaves a bit of a coating in the mouth.

DRINKABILITY: I think it's great. Especially given the alcohol level of this. It's a dangerous night when I know I'll be able to take down a whole 750mL.

A great beer and one I'm glad to have several bottles of. I think it will be extremely interesting to see if any age develops the flavors in this and gives it an added complexity.

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Photo of philipquarles
2.98/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

75cl bottle from 2009. Thanks Frank, I was looking forward to trying this one! Pours dirty pink with a bubbly, wispy off-white head. Smells vinous, with raspberries, oak, alcohol, and some general tart funkiness. There's a real ethanol edge there, for some reason. Tastes of sour raspberry and strong wood. Sugary syrup. More alcohol. Full, sticky feel. The harshness and the sweetness make this one kind of unpleasant at times. Never smelled/tasted rubbing alcohol in a beer before...

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Photo of scottyshades
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Damn, I happened to be at Weyerbacher on the Friday that they launched this brew to my surprise! Lucky me! And my first Brett beer! Very excited.

A: Pours a very interesting reddish/pink in color that produces a similar color head. The retention is decent, with the foam fading away pretty quickly, lacing is nice as well. I must say, I've never seen a brew that looks like this!

S: The nose begins very tart, twangy, and sour fruity. Then the best part...the Brett! Very unique I must say. When people describe this yeast with words like "barnyard" and "wet dog", now I finally understand that! As the beer warms up to room temp, a little more funkyness comes out. Alcohol is pretty damn well hidden, however I still think this one lacks some complexity.

MF/D: Full bodied, dry sour fruity finish that eventually transitions into more of a funky one.

Overall impressions: very nicely done, a little twangy and sour for me but the Brett was nice. Not as funky as I expected it to be, I am very much interested in these Brett beers now!

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

(From notes - shared by a kind RB)

A - Burnt ruby orange color; thinnish white head that dissipated quickly

S - Light cherry fruit sweetness; little sour and funky

T - Cherry and raspberry tartness; vanilla; oak

M - Medium and a bit viscous; fine carbonation

D - Very easy and mellow; where's that 11.4%?! Really nice flavors and tasty

Overall, an interesting brew and very enjoyable. Definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

'08 bottle provided at a tasting a few weeks ago by dimier... thanks Eric... Didn't expect to see this brought over... poured into my small La Trappe glass.

very cloudy amber with slight but present reddish tinge to it... descent head dies back quick with little if any lace.

aroma is sweet raspberry... real raspberry and some good oakiness.... some mild acetic notes and the expected funk is so far in the background it's likely only in my mind.

Flavor mirrors the aroma and provides little else.. a little tannic and some sour on the finish.. but the sweetness is too high for my liking and really could use more "wildness".. also it seems way thicker than I was expecting and not enough carbonation... more like a fruit beer with brett than a proper sour... that said, this is a good beer, I guess, I've built it up more in my head.

Thanks again, Eric... for throwing down the heavy hitters.

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Photo of mikey711
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Splitting a bottle with another new BA IanL Poured a tasting for each of us into oversized wine glasses.

It's a murky reddish bronze color. The head leaves quickly after pouring and leaves no head and no lacing.

Lots of very ripe raspberries and potpourri. Tart and tangy. With a swirl it creates alot of alcohol spice in the nose. Some funkiness present as well.

Raspberry again very present in the taste, tangy and tart. Some sweetness present as well. Very dry. A bit spicy and alcoholic too. Transitions very nicely from sweet to sour.

It drinks very much like a champagne and the alcohol booziness is present, but not overpowering. Lighter than I expected and acidic.

Extremely easy to drink but is best to be shared with friends.

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

2009 edition 750ml Bottle purchased at Capone's in Norristown PA.

Appearance: Murky raspberry brown with a small beige crown that rapidly dissipates but leaves some lace.

Smell: Amazing combination of acidic raspberries and wild yeast. Superbly done in my opinion. More than a satisfying amount of funk and a solid amount of sour raspberries!

Taste: Sour up front and then the berries and the barnyard round it out before they fade and leave a sour finish. I'm really loving this years batch. Alcohol presence is minimal!

Mouthfeel: on the light side of medium bodied and well carbonated but a bit chewy which adds some needed body to this 11.40% monster!

Drinkability: Tastes awesome, goes down easier than 4.0 but at 11.40% I can't give it higher than that. Beware its hard to pace yourself drinking this brew. It offers a nice medium pucker and a large desire to take another drink but it will sneak up on you and hit you in the head.

I think this is a great turn around from last years original batch. Fine tuned and delicious.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.57/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 mL bottle, 2009 vintage, poured into a St Bernardus wine glass.

Appearance is a murky pinkish brown, a vigorous pour creates an off white, slightly pink bubbly head that very quickly dissipates to splotches of thin film, with few specks of lacing. A steady stream of tiny bubbles from the carbonation slowly rises to the surface. Very strong, potent aroma, fairly complex. Most immediate aroma is the funky sourness and occasionally a fruity, tart raspberry aroma will linger. The aroma finishes sweeter than it starts, assuming its the oak and fruit. First taste is immediately sour and funky, much more pronounced than last year. Very nice balance of a strong tart raspberry presence, however not much fruit sweetness. Near the finish there is a slight sweetness from the oak and mild alcohol burn. Finish lingers forever with a dry, sour and tart flavor that is delicious to me. Very full, smooth body, with mild carbonation that nicely complements the sour and tart flavors. Very refreshing and extremely drinkable to me, I love this. Was very excited for this year's release and Weyerbacher delivers with a great improvement on what was already a nice beer last year.

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Photo of galttfwo
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried at the Riserva release tonight at Weyerbacher.

First off, did a side by side comparison with the '08 and this release in the parking lot. If you like sour (and I do), this year's blows last year's out of the water.

While the 08 with a year on it is still very fruity and sweet, the 09 is full on wild and sour.

Pours a light brown clear with little yeast sentiment. Small head but with a lot of carbonation on the side of the glass. Looks OK.

Smell is full of raspberry and very sour. So happy with the aroma of this beer.

Tastes of sour tart raspberry. Hint of oak, but mostly very tart fruit and a bit of funk. No sweet raspberry here at all. If you are looking for a fruit beer, look elsewhere.

Mouthfeel is very full, much better than last year. It is a heavy base beer and I think the brewers did wonderful things with it this year.

I had a bunch of samples, and probably could have had it all night. But I am a sour fan. If you do not like sour beers, skip it. If you are looking for something that is wonderful now, and probably will be stellar in a year,, seek it.

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Photo of meatyard
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a murky, reddish/brown with a 1-finger, pinkish head that quickly recedes.
The smell is, most definitely, raspberries, a bit of oaken funk and light alcohol.
The taste is more raspberries, the oak & the funk are a bit more pronounced as is the alcohol. It's tart but not in an acidic way. The alcohol lingers in my mouth for a while.
Mouthfeel is medium and well-carbonated.
Drinkability is OK.
This has been in my refrigerator for the past 4-5 months. It seems very different from the reviews by those done 4-5 months ago. (murky vs. clear, brownish red vs. crimson. boozy vs hidden etc.) Looks like age, even at 35 degrees doesn't do this any good. I wanted/expected to like it more. Maybe the new version is something I'll drink right away.

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Photo of maximum12
3.23/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to the virtually incomparable beerisheaven, who sent this bottle to me in the first of our bi-weekly trades back in the spring of 2008. Brian, you have contributed greatly to my Weyerbacher addiction - that's a good thing, I think?

To the Riserva. Looks weird, an off-red, opaque, lots & lots of floaties. Once uncorked, they were actually being circulated along the sides of the bomber by the carbonation rushing to the top - sweet-looking, bonus points! Smell is intense & can be sensed from about ten paces, violent raspberry.

This doesn't even taste like a distant inbred relative of beer. The carbonation is off the charts, giving it more of a store-brand soda mouthfeel than that of a beer. Getting past that, there are plainly a couple pounds of raspberries in this bottle alone, along with a serious tartness that runs like fire up the nostrils if the brew is held in the mouth a moment too long. The brett or whatever wild critter infecting Riserva is a strong, wicked undertow. The oak promised on the bottle is nowhere to be found.

The beer lacks any kind of subtlety or depth, & the carbonation is distracting. On the other hand, the high alcohol content comes as a shock - can't taste it at all. The half-bomber I've split with the wife is plenty for me, not something I'd want to drink multiple glasses of, or an entire bomber.

Good beer, but given the choice, I'd take almost any of Weyerbacher's excellent brews.

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Photo of AltBock
3.52/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle with a simple raspberry colored label that has the name of the beer in fancy Italics, a head shot of a jester next to the "Weyerbacher," a green "Brewer's select stamp, and a brief description of the beer. Along the left side and the bottom of the label is where you'll find the mandatory US information. If you look closely at the end of the "Riserva," you'll find a vintage year. My bottle was from the first bottled batch in 2008.

Appearance: I thought this beer deserved a special glass, so I poured it into my Unibroue Tulip. If you ever thought this raspberry beer would pour a raspberry color, you are mistaken. I would say that instead of a raspberry color, it was more of a pale cranberry red color with a small tint of golden orange mixed into it. Gently sitting on top of this beer was a 1 inch white as day head of foam. I thought some red color would transfer over to the head of foam, but it was pearl white. This head of foam had pretty good retention that left behind a string of foamy white rings and a few small blots of lace around the glass.

Smell: They weren't joking around when they said they added raspberry puree to this beer. This beer smelled exactly like fresh picked raspberries. The aroma even contained a little sourness background to the raspberries to add to the experience. If you're lucky, your nose will pick up a subtle whiff of sour cherries, red grapes, a splash of dried oak, and a hint of yeast. the next time you're in a grocery store, pick up a hand full of raspberries and breathe in that aroma. You'll find that their beer and the raspberries smell almost exactly the same.

Taste: Instead of starting off the taste with raspberries, the taste kicked off with the dryness of the oak barrel first. Right after the dryness leaves the tongue, in comes the raspberries. Stuck in between the cracks of the raspberries were some bing cherries and a hint of black berries. This jumble fruit taste increased more and more and then all of a sudden, it's washed away by the brett yeast and more oak. That's it for the taste. The raspberries did not do another drive around. If the raspberries in the taste were anything like they were in the aroma, this would have been one kick ass raspberry beer.

Mouthfeel: "Riserva" was a nice light refreshing fruit beer. I could actually see this as a summer time beer if it wasn't so expensive and if it didn't come in corked 750 ml bottles. The raspberries weren't all the powerful in the aftertaste. They had clearly died down after the taste. Not only was the aftertaste that of raspberries, but only a gentle hint of oak, and a pinch of dried brett yeast. The taste of the raspberries will linger on in your mouth for a few minutes.

Drinkability: If you like the taste of raspberries stuck in a oak barrel, then you'll absolutely love this beer. If you're looking for more a variety of flavors, then you should probably look somewhere else. It's an interesting beer, but due to the availability and price, it's one of those once in a while beers.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.03/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Split a bottle with Joe the other night.

A: Hazy red pour with off white head. Decent retention

S: Raspberries with a mild tartness and acidity. Mild chocolate, mild mustiness. Some alcohol as it warms up

T: Opens up intensely raspberry with chocolate creating a sweetness that's INTENSE. Mid palate is saccharine, the finish, a sweet but drying with alcohol and raspberries. Rather disappointing lack of sourness or funk

M: Spritzy , medium body and a lot of residual sweetness on the finish

D: Not so much, I couldn't finish my glass

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Photo of Floydster
3.23/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 ml corked and caged bottle brought to the SeaO'Floydster tasting by wetherel, thanks for bringing this brew John, reviewed from notes, poured into my Stone sampling glass

A-Ruby red color with some pink, thin 1/2 inch bubbly white head, not much retention, no lacing, decent legs
S-Raspberries, booze, wild yeast, red wine, tart, oak, cherries, and earthiness
T-More sweet and syrupy than desired at first, sweet malts and fruit in the middle too, slightly sour in the finish but nothing much, also some alcohol in the aftertaste, gets more tangy as it warms, lots of caramel later on, not balanced and overly sweet
M-Sweet, lightly tart, earthy, and boozy mouthfeel, medium to full bodied, needs more carbonation, taste lingers with sweetness
D-Could not drink too much of this, heavy on the stomach, sweet and the booze are right out in the open

One of my first beers from Weyerbacher and excited to try it since it is my favorite style of beer, might need some more time in the bottle to let the brett develop, would drink again, worth trying

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml caged & corked bottle poured into a large tulip twice over some time. 2008 Version.

A- Riserva pours out a ruby red color with less than a 1/2 inch off white head with a reddish tint as well. This cap fades quickly. Str8 lines of shooting bubbles were seen rising to the top all around the glass. This is a bit on the hazy side with all the residue on the bottom which was shaken up. No lacing.

S- I smelled this once I popped the cork. The brett comes at me first because it was not pronounced when fresh. Behind the brett comes the raspberry sweetness. Very slight barnyard aromas with some sour esque qualities. Some malts and a bit more yeast with warming. Slightly under a year old, time has done this well as when fresh the nose was all raspberry.

T- I'm getting a nice mix of raspberry puree and brett funk. Which was once a fruit beer IMO, riserva is now starting to take on the qualities of a wild ale. This is moreso tart than sour from the wild yeast. Getting more of the oak from the barrel as the ounces go by but it is not this beers strong point. Some spice is in here as well with a touch of pepper and some malts as well.

M- Surprisingly, I got a bunch of fizzing activity coming from the carb on my tounge. Riserva is medium bodied with a thicker feel than most wild ales that i've had. This may have somehing to do from the puree addition. While the alcohol is almost completely hidden some warming sensations come forth rather quickly. The flavors while complex do not stick around long.

D- At 11.4% I believe this is the highest ABV wild ale that i've had the pleasure to drink. While sipping this is prefered, bigger gulps could be implemented because this is not over the top sour. I think the thickness that comes from a puree is keeping riserva from reaching cantillon type sourness, which gives this beer a nice uniqueness on it's own.

Weyerbacher's first attempt with brett was a success in my opinion. I cant wait to see what future versions will have in store for me. When pouring this be careful as it is very easy to dirty up the liquid with a lot of gunk.

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4.84/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

730ml corked and caged bottler poured into a snifter - Fridge temp - 2008 bottling

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy ruby red color with a small, 1/2", short-lived white head. There is some stingy lace, but not much. Plenty of carbonation activity flies from the bottom of the glass to the surface.

Smell: A sweet, tart raspberry aroma reminds me of Founder's Rubaeus. However, throw in some Brettanomyces and you have Riserva. The brett smells musty, funky and a little moldy.

Taste: A sweet and tart beer is full of raspberry flavor. The malt flavor is surprisingly light for a beer this bold and boozy. The booze is welcomed to cut the tartness and funk. Very, very tasty and pleasant. Funky, tart, sweet and musty.

Mouthfeel: Tart, sweet, boozy and funky. This beer has a lot of what you don't normally get out of a beer. Medium body and ample carbonation.

Drinkability: This is an awesome beer. I always rate sours highly, and I didn't expect this kind of beer from Weyerbacher. Probably their best beer yet. Worth seeking out.

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Riserva from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 312 ratings.