Desperados Red | Brasserie Fischer / Fischer Biere d' Alsace

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Desperados RedDesperados Red

Brewed by:
Brasserie Fischer / Fischer Biere d' Alsace

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BoitSansSoif on 10-14-2009

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Ratings: 22 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by flyingpig:
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3.28/5  rDev +38.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Red to pink colour with a pretty thick looking, foamy white head.

Very sweet on the nose with lots of sugar, some citrus and touches of lemon along with lots of red berries. As you would expect, it is a fruity smelling beer and very similar to a summer fruits juice or fruit punch.

Sweet like the smell suggested and with some sugar and red grapes with some grenadine too. There is a bit of spice and a touch of citrus on top of that.

Smooth and very sweet with lots of sugar. The body is light but not quite thin and there is moderate to strong carbonation without the usual gas.

This one was a better than expected beer with a strange but different colour to it and tonnes of sweetness and sugar. It was artificially summary and sweet with a nice refreshing taste.

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Photo of ant1
3/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Keegan
3.5/5  rDev +47.7%

Photo of PatrickCairns
2.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of BoitSansSoif
1.94/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is a new twist on Desperados that came out recently. I have my doubts about whether it belongs on this site. Ingredients: Beer, sugar, concentrated red fruit juices, Guarana extract (energy drink ingredient w/caffeine), tequila, cachaca (a Brazilian liquor made from sugar cane), citric acid, ascorbic acid...beware, there is a warning that it contains a bit of malted barley. Best by Aug 27, 2010.

A-Can looks like an energy drink with a Latin theme, and there are a bunch of fake medal-looking seals above the logo. Nonetheless, brew looks nice. Clear reddish-amber w/dense white-pink head, bits of tracing.

S-Smells like Kool-Aid punch w/a bit of booze added.

T-It tastes a lot better than a Red Bull, but it is a bizarre mix of flavors. Evaluating it as a beer, it's poor. I taste just a bit of malt in the backbone. Matching the ingredients, I taste red berries and fruit, as well as a blend of different types of booze that are most noticeable in the finish and aftertaste. The finish is fruity w/a touch of bitterness, so there must be a little hops in there. Evaluating it for what it is striving to be, it's fine. Like normal Despy, it's for people that like soda. It's sweet and easy to drink.

M-Too sweet, but not cloying. Light-bodied. Heavily carbonated.

D-Let's be BA is going to rate this brew positively. But to be fair, it accomplishes it's purpose, and it's drinkable. It's a good take on a hybrid beer/energy drink. I've tasted others, and this is superior. I could probably duplicate it w/some Bud, a thimble-full of tequila and cachaca, a bit of natural fruit punch, and an eye-dropper of guarana extract.

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Photo of desint
1/5  rDev -57.8%

Photo of BlackHaddock
1.59/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Clear 400ml bottle: BBD 30 Dec 2013. This bottle was bought in an iffy Asian Supermarket close to where I live, however it would appear the bottle has had an exciting life. The bottom of the front label claims: License of HBBV, The Netherlands and the rear label was all in Polish, I wonder how it ended up in Shropshire?

This beer was supposed to consumed on the 6th Aug 2013 during 'Shitty Beer Night', but I'd had 6 awful brews and couldn't face this one too.

Anyway, 7th Aug 2013 sees me poured this into a UK pint sleeve.

I already knew it was red by the name and the see through nature of it's bottle. The head came out pink and faded fairly swiftly.

The nose and taste are both exceedingly sweet with heavily sugared strawberries appearing to be the main culprit. Sickly, cheap Tequila notes add to the nausea and general feeling of 'alcopop'.

Not a nice drink: but better than all the other 6 beers I had the night before!

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Photo of ThaCreep
2.29/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Foam strong. Nose reminiscent of red berries and other Mexican condiments artificial. The mouth is less obvious than on Desperados because it is too obscured by a mix of fruit and some smooth taste disgusting quickly. Moreover, the taste of tequila is more absent than in the body of his older sister. This is more of a soda or lemonade than beer itself.

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Photo of tjsmith910
2.25/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of ThisSeasonsWaifu
1/5  rDev -57.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of TheBrewo
2.74/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

We pour a bright reddish brew. It holds a glorious two finger head of light pink bubbles. This shows great retention, leaving sheets and spots of lacing that cling around the glass. No haze is noted, while carbonation appears moderate. The aroma is sweet, with sugar, and synthetic fruit syrup, namely of the advertised guarana, with mango and pineapple to bolster. That sweet boozy quality to the other beers in the “Desperados” series is present here, as well, adding an additional angle of cloying sweetness. Malts are pale and watery, with light metallics, but are very hard to find through the sweetness. Our first impression is that this guy is way sweet, but the flavor surprisingly evens out by the end of the sip. As we sip, cloying, syrupy sugars hit first. These coat the mouth, effectively blocking out all other initial flavorings. They come in the form of that same fruit as in the nose, with that distinctly synthetic quality, alongside a hearty metallic backing. There is a tartness at the start as well, like puckering Smarties candy, that further puckers the mouth, aside from the initial sweet punch. The middle peaks with more of that tartness, which is actually a bit refreshing, as it cuts some of the sugar rather nicely. A sweet grapefruit flavoring works in here as well. The finish shows a more balanced side of the beer, with malts coming up enough to be noticed. These are adjuncty, and surprisingly a bit wheaty, but heavily watered through. The aftertaste shows a robust lactic sourness, with that same synthetic fruit, metals, adjuncty malts, and white sugar sweetness. The body is light to medium, and the carbonation is average. With each sip comes a thick foaminess, affording a nice finish pop and smack. The mouth is dried with a tannin/tea-like astringency. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks decently.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the appearance. The coloring is certainly unique, with deep and bright hues of reds throughout. The head was actually beautiful, with a nice rosy hue to it. Given the track record of this series and this brewery we really didn’t have high hopes for this one, and we found that it fit nicely amongst its predecessors. The tradition of overly sweet, cloying flavoring, and no real tequila flavoring (as advertised) was nicely upheld in this one.

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Photo of endless1408
2.5/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of kojevergas
2.21/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle acquired in Belfort, France, and served in me companion's gaff into a Guinness brewhouse series pint glass. Reviewed live. I'm having this after delirium red, which maybe isn't the best idea. I'm in the minority that legitimately likes the original desperados.

A: Two finger head of nice cream, good thickness, and good retention. Clear red colour: shocker. The head has tinges of pink colour, but is pretty much white. Transparent. Generally appealing.

Sm: Warm tequila, maybe some cream, and some plants. Maybe some strawberry syrup or maraschino grenadine. Not bad in its own right, and better than most lagers.

T: Artificial esters of stawberry and grenadine with tequila and strong lemon. I didn't expect the lemon to be so damned strong. Lemon and artifical esters do not mix well. Moreover, bad lime plagues the finish. The climax is complex in a bad way. Not a terrible beer, but far from a good one.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Helps the flavour to not last too long.

Dr: The alcohol doesn't come through. This has a terrible reputation in France and now I see why. I won't have it again. It's drinkable but you wouldn't want a lot of it. The original desperado's is far better. This is sort of its inbred brother. Caffeine is a good idea, but the flavours are poor. Fairly priced, anyway - which is one of its better features.

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Photo of Hultkrantz
2.25/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of schoolboy
2.39/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

I bought a huge can of this while waiting for a ferry in Pointe du Boit, Martinique. The boat was late. I could have been drinking sea water.

It is a funky taste. I'm not sure what is in it besides a little tequila. Maybe some cinnamon. It doesn't work.

We shared and forced it down. Nobody got sick. Not recommended. I would have preferred more Lorraine, a decent local light blonde beer.

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2.5/5  rDev +5.5%

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2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2


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2.5/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.25/5  rDev +37.1%

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3/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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2.75/5  rDev +16%

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3/5  rDev +26.6%

Desperados Red from Brasserie Fischer / Fischer Biere d' Alsace
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