Beer Camp Across The World: Raspberry Sundae Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Beer Camp Across The World: Raspberry Sundae AleBeer Camp Across The World: Raspberry Sundae Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
sierranevada.com

Style: Fruit and Field Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Bruery in Orange County is famous for its experimental , Belgian-style and barrel-aged beers, and this release fits nicely in their wheelhouse. Inspired by the flavors of an ice cream sundae, this rich blonde ale features cocoa, vanilla and raspberry, with lactose added for extra creaminess. Now you can have your dessert and drink it, too.

Added by Lucular on 05-10-2017

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
103
Ratings:
321
pDev:
11.45%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
30
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 321 |  Reviews: 103
Reviews by TheFightfan1:
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4.04/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

More User Reviews:
Photo of woodychandler
3.49/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am CANfounded as to what is going on with this beer's variety pack. SN has two breweries, one on each coast & yet when I got a text from one of my local bottle shops that it had arrived, they only got an allotment of four (4) 12-packs & they flew out while I was at work. 8=( Fortunately, the local grapevine put me onto a place with a stash & I bought two (2) 12-packs, one for me, the other for sharesies on The Porch at Chez Woody, which will be holding its seasonal grand opening this Friday, 16 June 2017. Of course, I am drinking the CANs first, both as part of New Beer Sunday & of The CANQuest (tm).

From the bottle : "Ale Brewed with Lactose, Cocoa, Vanilla & Rasperry"; "Stateside Collaborator"; "One Time Only Collaboration"; "The Bruery in Orange County is famous for its experimental , Belgian-style and barrel-aged beers, and this release fits nicely in their wheelhouse. Inspired by the flavors of an ice cream sundae, this rich blonde ale features cocoa, vanilla and raspberry, with lactose added for extra creaminess. Now you can have your dessert and drink it, too."

Ah, we have reached the dessert phase of the 12-pack, at least for the moment. I remain curious, but trepidatious. I am not big on sweets and I generally eschew them as a result.

The first step is the Pop!ping of the cap. Thusly accomplished, I went with a gentle, unobtrusive pour to facilitate a vigorous, in-glass swirl. The rise of the finger-and-a-half of foamy, soapy, light-tan head was not unexpected, nor was its relatively quick falling away to wisps. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was heavy with raspberry & I thought of brenn79, looking for the seeds & flesh. Hee hee. My late paternal grandmother had a red raspberry bush in the summers & this beer's smell was VERY evocative of that. Man, pies, jams, preserves & tarts were all forthcoming & worthy of a visit. A toast before a drink! Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite jammy or creamy, but on the approach. The taste was more sweet than I prefer from raspberries, but given the inclusion of lactose & vanilla, it was understandable. As to its evoking a sundae, I thought of a Dairy Queen vanilla cone with raspberry sauce/syrup, but the chocolate was leaving me behind. Finish was expectedly sweet, very much a dessert beer and the raspberry, while front & center, was much sweeter than I like. Chocolate, I am sorry to have missed you on this visit. Please stop by again.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer's ratings are all over Creation... and most of Heaven and Hell also.
I haven't thought about this long, but it is an interesting theory explaining why this beer has so few moderates.
In the bi-polar time we live in, there are two types of beer enthusiasts: The Traditionalists and The Purists. (This homily also applies to America in this decade, in case you are wondering... although I probably won't spin out the analogy here.)

The Traditionalists (people like me or PLMs) structure their world according to three brewing traditions, plus the American crafters. The Purists (people like them or PLTs) believe in the one Holy And Apostolic Church of Hops and High Alcohol.

Now, Purists (the PLTs) do not like Raspberry Sundae. But the Traditionalists (PLMs) do. What should we do about this?
Probably not much.
After all, this is just a beer. And beer is not equipped to solve the problems of the world. But, beer does make us transcendent. So my solution here is for the PLTs to forget that they are drinking beer and, instead, dream that they are having a dessert that is better for them. As for the PLMs, don't worry about them. They are doing just fine.

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Photo of Tiernan
3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.99/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color of rust with a small white head. No lace.
Aroma and taste are as the label implies: a raspberry sundae. Creamy, with vanilla and raspberry, and a little cocoa. The alcohol is not noticeable at all.
A great dessert beer.

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Photo of tvenne
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of petewheeler
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ledouge
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Franziskaner
3.07/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Dark copper colored with some light sedimentary haze visible in the body. There's an inch of densely packed beige head that a few minutes later becomes a fingernail thick. The nose is very sweet with raspberry, chocolate, and vanilla and smells like a cheap air freshener. The taste is initially sweet (not tart) raspberry, chocolate, and vanilla and is very much so on the sweet side. The mouth is smooth (likely from the lactose) and rich.

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Photo of juicebox
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MattyG85
4.19/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.17/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of weareallfalafel
3.17/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Zonian1
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sgttibbs
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LXIXME
3.99/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RDW
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chuckgietzen
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours fairly clear and copper in color with an off-white, finger width head. Fair retention, resulting in a thin, broken layer of suds and a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Lacing consists of a few broken lines and some spotting.

Smell - Raspberry is the prominent aroma here, with a hint of vanilla and a hint of grain.

Taste - Follows the nose. Raspberry upfront and throughout, but the rest of the flavor lacks. Vanilla and cocoa comes through as an afterthought. Some graham cracker-like sweetness. Finish has some raspberry tartness with that crackery sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with fair carbonation. Silky texture makes this an easy drinker with a slightly dry finish.

Overall - I was looking forward to this one, but with guarded optimism as I've never had a Bruery beer that's knocked my socks off. Suffice to say this was neither disappointing nor exceeded my expectations. I like the flavor, but the overall concept (raspberry ice cream sundae) definitely missed the mark.

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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.62/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Looks and smells like a tasty beer. This was the best one in the beer camp case!

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Photo of dertyd
3.44/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of secondtooth
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clean amber, with a nice off-white head and no lace.

Aroma: Sweet fruit, namely raspberry and maybe a hint of cocoa and vanilla. Interesting and not bad.

Taste: Crazy mix of cocoa and raspberry, ending in a bittersweet finish. I do get a sweet dessert feel here for sure. Not bad and certainly a curious and creative brew, but not one i’d care to revisit.

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Beer Camp Across The World: Raspberry Sundae Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 321 ratings