Belgian Raspberry Brown | Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

7 Ratings

Brewed by:
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minnesota, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Bighuge on 10-27-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of lhaqq
2.87/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Little or no head and a mahogany body.
S: Smells like raspberries and cinnamon (don't think I've ever smelled cinnamon that strong before in a beer).
T: A bit too sweet and syrupy. Kind of like drinking really heavy raspberry juice; not much beer flavor.
M: Almost completely flat and not terribly interesting.
D: Couldn't drink too much of this enjoyably.

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Photo of dogger6253
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ruby red and mud brown colors, not much head. The beer seems to glow red, pulsating with potential flavor. Chunks of sticky lacing cling to the sides of the glass.

The smell is of raspberry, surprise? Yes, actually. I would not have imagined the raspberry scent to be so huge and ripe. Behind it, you can find a little caramel malt, but not much else.

There is a lot more raspberry in the flavor, but more sweet than tart actually. Caramel and brown sugar malt character with the slightest touch of hops in the finish alongside a glimpse of alcohol.

Very little carbonation with medium bodied, silky smooth feel to it. This was amazing. Great taste - a true winner.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to JeffKrenner for the growler

A: Garnett amber color with some chill haze. Few streams of bubbles meander to the surface from spontaneous spots along the sides of the glass. Head is huge and sudsy…large bubbles create mad lacing everywhere of khaki colored bubbles.

S: Crazy raspberry aroma with rose pedals and pollen. Low level dustiness, almost like saw dust. Really faint milk chocolate aroma.

T: First thing is vibrant and bright raspberry flavor. They’ve done a good of dodging the fake fruit flavors that most beers get roped into. Its almost tingly at the tip of the tongue. Very floral and again…very bright…with watermelon and highlites. There’s a nice yet simple malty backbone. Some nuttiness, perhaps roasted cashews and chicory with very minor chocolate notes. I’m not getting much Belgian here, just some hints from the yeast. Finishes tangy and tart with a little bit of doughiness.

M: Medium body, thin across the palate.

D: Extremely drinkable. Its going to be tough not killing this growler tonight.

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Photo of ZAP
3.06/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Dark reddish brown

S-Light raspberries

T-Raspberries, while not dominant, add a sourish, acidic component...very mild chocolate is also evident.

M-Medium to light bodied...acidic

D-OK....nothing to get too excited about....better than what most brew pubs put out but not one of my favorites from this stellar establishment..

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Belgian Raspberry Brown

Dark ruby tinted ale, full head, pinkish-brown.

aroma, all raspberry...bountiful berry...lovely stuff. Somewhat sweet, somewhat tart, very fruit, and very, very nice.

Big carbonation, then all is mellow after the first sip, but the fresh fruit flavor persists. Lean in body, there's a brown ale beneath, with somehow discernible Belgian yeasty qualities.

In short: it's berry-licious!
In long:...nah, I can''s still berry-licious!

a perfectly delightful ale.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a stunning ruby mahogany, lots of fizzle and shizzle but no head or lacing. The aroma is obviously fruity, raspberries and some faintly rich malts. The first sip give the impression of too much carbonation, too biting, and its a shame, because this is a very tasty beer, and a good body otherwise. The raspberries are handled expertly, just sweet and tart enough but not cloying in the least. It took me a while to get this one down because of the carbonation, but a damn fine beer otherwise.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.16/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Beautiful mahogany tone. Very good clarity. Good sized beige head that fizzes a little as it dwindles down to a thin coating. This coating, in turn, coats the walls of the glass nicely with sheets of lace.

Aroma: Chocolate covered raspberries and belgian yeast fruitiness.

Flavor: Raspberry and chocolate. A good combination in my book. These are the predominant flavors. Belgian yeastiness lends an added fruit dimension with some light banana esters. The raspberry character adds a little tartness to the equation and everything really melds together in a nice fashion....especially as it warms.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Carbonation level is moderately high. A bit of a spritzy feel to it. Body light-medium. Alcohol is not noticeable. It's an interesting fruit beer that goes down pretty damn easy.

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Belgian Raspberry Brown from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 7 ratings
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