Berry Ale | Swans Brewpub / Buckerfield Brewery

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Berry AleBerry Ale

Brewed by:
Swans Brewpub / Buckerfield Brewery
British Columbia, Canada

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Full-bodied ale with raspberries added in fermentation, amber-light red in colour - a great complexity & delicacy.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-10-2005

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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 17
Reviews by BashOnABike:
Photo of BashOnABike
3.14/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Looks like a cider, plain and simple. Rose, slightly pinkish colour, fairly translucent, bubbly. Little to no head/lacing.

S - Well..raspberry. Not much else. You can't really smell the alcohol due to the high sugar content.

T - This is probably the only beer-ey part of it, as there is a little malt. Mostly rasperry though, but surprisingly a lot of alcohol. After a few pints, this becomes a little perturbing.

M - Light and fizzy, with a slightly alcoholic and syrupy aftertaste. Kinda like a hand-made pop.

D - I think this is Swans' token "non-beer-drinker" beer. Thus it is very drinkable, often consumed in pitchers. I wouldn't want more than one though. It's just too sweet.

This really could be a good beer, much like a true english cider, but it's just too sweet and syrupy; the raspberry taste is overcome by the cough-medicine consistency.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Voonder
2.76/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was sitting in my fridge for a while, so I'm not sure if it's still good. But anyways,
Pours dark red, almost brown colour. Smell - mostly malts and somewhat berries.Taste is a bit too sweet, but still pretty balanced, malts are dominating, berries are kinda on the back. Alcohol is very well hidden, which is a good think. It's a bit flat, but still pretty crisp. Drinkability is less than average.
It's not bad, but i'm not too impressed with it.

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Photo of Jotora
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of JonCorbett
2.71/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Photo of harrymel
3.64/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Verbatim from notes 16JUL11

Raspberry Ale: Cherry pine ale with no head, no lace, brilliant clarity. Smells of sweet raspberry, natural. Hunts of biscuity malt. Raspberry is a little subdued compared to say, NG's offerings, but I think this is not bad. Sweet bready malts hang out iwth the sapberry and have just a touch of sourness. Medium bodi with low carb. Dry finish. Would like a lot more carb. Overall, Not bad, the carb (lack thereof) takes a lot away from the overall impression of this beer.

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Photo of Erik-P
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of harpus
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of jrempel
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks mom and dad for bringing this back from the brewery.

A: chestnut brown color, clear, with no to little head
S: medium nose, deep ripe berries, earthy woody
T: very berry, not sweet, actually sharp finish from tart berries, more in line with malt beverage with berries but earthy and woody
M: quenching, full

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Photo of Hornet2003
2.65/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On tap at the Swans brewpub in May/08.

Appearance: Rich ruby red colour. Pretty much no head.

Smell: Mmm, raspberry. Lots of berry aroma, but there is a medicinal smell as well. Hrm.

Taste: Acrid, bitter, medicinal. There is a berry essence in there, but it is artificial tasting. Almost a rubbing alcohol character. Bleh.

Mouthfeel: I found this too fizzy, almost like a cheap generic soda. Way too much artificial(non-hop) bitterness in there at the back to wreck the feel.

Drinkability: Well based on the review above, I obviously won't be drinking this anytime soon. If they could re-work this to have a sweeter, more refreshing character, I'd probably enjoy it more.

Overall: Too medicinal and artificial tasting. Swans/Buckerfields needs to do some research on the Belgian lambic flavoured beers. If they could get some inspiration from those, they could have a winner.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown (quite nice in the glass) with reasonable head. The nose is fruity with some hops. The beer itself is a fruit beer with a solid ale backing. The highish ABV is not really noticed but the fruit notes come through in the finish and the mid body. Well done for the style and quite drinkable probably due to a dryness in the fruity finish.

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Photo of BDTyre
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sparkling, but slightly cloudy appearance. Pinkish-copper colour with a head that is thin like a soda, but lingers much longer.

Pleasant, not-too-sweet berry and malt smalt. Faint hop backing. Definite raspbeery smell.

Malt-raspberry taste. Very faint hop bitterness, but the acidity of the raspberry makes sure this isn't too distracting. Definite malt taste, but fruit is the most prominent taste. The 7% abv is not noticeable in the taste.

Good mouthfeel. Definite carbonation, but very smooth. Cask is a bit smoother than the bottled version.

Very drinkable, despite the ABV -which seems pretty high for a fruit beer. From the cask, this is very smooth and rich. Bottle is slightly more carbonated and astringent, but this is enjoyable either way.

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Photo of mjbotsch
4.05/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 7/31/2009 at the brewpub in Victoria, from a flight of six. This was a very nice Raspberry Ale, to be more specific on the style. Deep reddish color in the glass, with just a hint of the fruit in its nose. It tasted like they use actual fruit instead of syrup in the brewing. Distinctive raspberry undertone, but fruity rather than sweet. Honestly, not a very sweet beer at all. Light but not insubstantial mouthfeel and a brief finish.

Very tasty and easy to drink; I would definitely order this one again.

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Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at the brewery. Light citrus fruit inspired colour. Pinky orange perhaps, light red? Maybe, Swans is a very dark place, i'm not totally sure to tell the truth! The aroma of this beer was nice. You can tell that this beer was built upon a solid bitter, or pale ale base. The raspberries lend a fruit complexity to the aroma of this beer, and there is also a slight twinge of booze in the nostrils as well. Taste is fruity, but not overly so. The ale qualaties shine through as well with some lovely bready malts and dry hops adding more complexity to this brew. finish is dry and puckering with a bit of a boozy bite. Mouthfeel is medium bodied-thick and drinkability remains good. Another winner from a very good brewpub....Victoria is doing good...

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Photo of w00ddy
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Berry Ale from Swans Brewpub / Buckerfield Brewery
3.42 out of 5 based on 17 ratings.
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