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Riserva | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

very good
324 Reviews

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ale with raspberry purée added and aged in oak barrels.

Added by akorsak on 06-14-2008

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Photo of sulldaddy
2.62/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I split this 750 with Stopper. Pouring at cellar temp into a snifter.

The beer is a very cloudy chestnut pour with heavy white particle load throughout the beer.
No head develops even with agressive pouring into my glass.
Aroma is raspberry and apple cider vinegar with some musty wood and general tart notes. Pretty funky stuff.
First sip reveals an average body with with prickly carbonation, very fizzy and causes lots of burps on each swallow.
Flavor is tart vinegar and some berries with a bit of a sharp bit maybe from the booze. Again musty funkiness and no hops to discern. The flavor profile isnt well defined and is fairly jumbled on each sip, not sure if that was the intent of the beer.
Overall I am a little disappointed with this beer, seems the wildness took over and hurt the drinkability of the beer. Not sure I could even recommend this to others to try, but I guess that could be part of the chance of using wild yeast.

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Photo of Mistofminn
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to JoeyBeerBelly for sending me this a couple months ago. I rang in the new year with this 750 ml in hand. 2009 bottle consumed as 2009 expired.

Cork came out fairly easy with only the smallest "pop." Little bit of smokey haze pours out of the top of the bottle. The pour looks murky reddish-brown strawberry colored liquid. As it hits the bottom of the glass, the head plumes up, white and chunky, and has good staying power. Leaves a little bit of lacing.

The nose is harsh with acidic and vinegary notes through the roof. A good amount of barnyard funk, but the acidic quality just takes over. Definitely some Brett in there, and I get the faintest funky sweet and tart raspberry aroma in the finish.

Man...I thought the nose was acidic...the taste is ten times worse. If you try to chug this, your throat will burn, it's that harsh. Lots barnyard funkiness with subtle raspberry notes, and again mostly sour acidic qualities.

Mouthfeel is light to medium with a big acidic burn in the throat. A sipper for that reason, and drinkability takes a hit.

I really did enjoy this, and I finished the entire bottle to myself. I just wish it had more raspberry characteristics and maybe a more refined wild yeast presense and not so much acidic vinegar. At times it was painful, even. Still, a unique and very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of Pencible
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured a nearly opaque reddish mahogany with a bit of tan head. It smelled like sour cherry and sweet raspberry and oak, with some sour yeast and very tart apples, and a bit of copper and alcohol. It tasted like sour apple and cherry and grape and raspberry, with oak and some copper and a bit of bready yeast and alcohol. It was watery with moderate carbonation, and had a very tart lasting aftertaste. Overall this was a very complex and powerful beer with a great sour taste, like Consecration but more raspberry than cherry. However, I was surprised at the mix of sour flavors in this beer, rather than straight dominant raspberry. It had good body too, but the alcohol was pretty hot, so drinkability was a bit hindered. Not sure if that would improve with age, as the alcohol heat might fade, but the sourness might increase. Either way, this was a great sipping beer that is highly recommended if you can find it.

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Photo of BevMoAndrew
4.8/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served into a Bruery tulip glass at about 40 degrees.

Pours a light ruby with a white froth that dissipates quickly, but stays around the rim of the glass. I didn't expect much of a head due to the Brett, but the rating is so high because this is just simply a gorgeous beer! The nose is pronounced & complex with aromas of tart raspberries, cassis, cranberries, bing cherries, light green apples, light orange citrus, passion fruit, red fruit punch, tropical fruit, easy chocolate, light vanilla, some cinnamon, oak, & a soft earthiness. Fantastic nose! The beer starts with a balanced sweet/sour combo and finishes with a smooth driness. Flavors of sour raspberries, cassis, cherries, watermelon, green apple, mango, passion fruit, Red Hawaiian Punch, orange peel, lime, oak (with present tannins), cinnamon, vanilla, soft earthiness, & finishes with a delicious red apple. The mouthfeel has a syrupy texture & some weight to it, but is also refreshing crisp! The key to this beer is that the alcohol is well hidden, it's extremely balanced, presents a very attractive nose, and exactly what I was looking/hoping for from this beer! Needless to say, but this is a world class beer and has one of my highest recommendations!
Kevin - Thanks for the great trade!

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Photo of Casey10
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow had kept this about 2 months since picking up at Julios in MA.

A - Ruby red first pour was a clear red second and subsequent pours more haze I believe this was due to the sediment that got mixed in after the first pour.

S - Strong sweet rasberry smell loved the fresh smell or the rasberry fantastic.

T - Really nice sweet, tart puckering rasberry beautifull really like this.

M - Again Rasberry leaves a definate after feel that lingers a bit.

D - Definately can't wait to have again. Price point and availabilty will make it a bit harder though.

Overall a great brew highly recommend !!!

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Photo of jdklks
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage thanks to fbm115.

pours a deep amber, almost light brown with golden edges when backlit. The head is off white and recedes so quicly I barely got a look at it. The center of the beer continues to bubble at the surface long after its poured. strong tart raspberry smell that is at one and the same time enticing and repugnant. super funky (whatever that even means). lots of alcohol in the nose.

mmm. awesome. this is quickly becoming one of my favorite styles. very impressive. very tart raspberry all the way through. strong alcohol in the middle and finish. lots of oak up front and in the aftertaste. ridiculous sourness. perhaps a little sweet for the style, but I dont mind. overall, its just bursting with awesome fruitiness (raspberries and strawberries especially). great beer.

mouthfeel is medium-bodied and a little under-carbonated (cant believe i just said that). drinkability is great. at 11.4%, I'll be drinking all 750mls no problem.

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Photo of ccrida
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, 2008 vintage courtesy of johnmichaelsen, poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Riserva is a chill hazed ruby brown with a creamy, very fine bubbles leaving very light lace.

Smell is strong raspberries, and some alcohol.

Taste is a pretty hot, but the raspberry is holding up well. Not much in the way of sourness or funk, some rubbery fusels that really gain strength as it warms.

Mouthfeel is a bit slick, medium bodied, very acidic.

Drinkability is OK, decent taste but it's a very strong, fruity beer that beckons sharing. Luckily, my folks were visiting, and both enjoyed it as well, in small doses. This has aged well for a fruit beer with minimal funk, but the fusels could probably use some more time to round out.

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Photo of bonkers
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a bomber (2009 vintage) into a snifter. The beer looks like a fizzy guava juice, mauve with a fizzy little head. The aroma is fruity with an alcohol and tannicy backbone. The flavor is very fruity with a streak of hot alcohol. The oak makes it a very dry finish. The flavor profile is almost wine like. The beer is highly carbonated and medium bodied. The beer is a definite sipper, but a sipper that can be enjoyed all night. I really liked this one.

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Photo of raverjames
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 Vintage bottle courtesy of my buddy from Philly.

A: Pretty clear for a wild ale. Reddish color with a 1 finger bright white head.
S: Not very impressed here. For a wild ale, I am only getting a hint of brettanomyces. I am not really smelling any lactobacillus. It smells like a fruit beer. Lots of sweet raspberries with a hint of farmhouse.
T: Less impressive than the smell. Way too sweet for an American wild ale. I get a nice dose of raspberry and booze. Maybe a bit of malt in the background.
M: Crisp yet still too sweet. The higher level of alcohol definitely comes through.
D: It is not dry or funky enough to be super drinkable. It makes a nice dessert beer, but I was expecting more. This was still a nice first attempt by Weyerbacher and I hope the futer batches will be even better.

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Photo of magnj
3.11/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is my first sour, heard this was supposed to be a pretty exclusive and tasty beer so I picked it up despite having no experience with the style.

A - Ruby or blush clear body with hints of pink. Lot's of bubbles, thin white head.

S - I was expecting this but still weird. Definitely funky and horsey. Smells like a bad wine mixed with some kind of home made fruit drink. Musty, yet somehow still inviting.

T - Tart mouth puckering strangeness. Fruit dominates, oak noticeable. Hard to describe, my wild ale vocabulary is elementary. Interesting but share with a few friends if this is your firs time. High ABV hidden well.

M/D - Thin mouthfeel but somewhat sticky. It would be fine for an 8 ounce serving but there is no way I'm going to finish this bottle on my own. Would be good with the right desert.

I have no benchmark for scoring, so keep that in mind.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Cork removal resulted in a welcoming pop. 2009 bottle.

3.5 A: Nearly clear ruby red color (I'll swirl in the dregs for the next glass). Initially plentiful head but fades faster than a can of coke. Some lacing evident. With dregs mixed in, looks like apple cider with a lighter brown cloudiness.

4.0 S: Tart raspberry right from the start. Some sourness eminates and hints of acetic acid are present. Rounded out with alcohol.

4.0 T: Again, tart raspberry starts the show. There's no sign of acetic acid in the taste, but there is a bit of medicinal flavors. Some funk in here as well that didn't show up in the nose. Spicy, peppery hotness works well into the taste. Rounded out with an unmistakable alcoholic tinge.

4.5 M: Heavier medium body. Good, spritzy carbonation. Body is fuller than I would have expected. A bit of astrigency at first, but that fades after several sips. Warming alcohol throughout and especially on finish.

4.0 D: This beer gets more drinkable as you drink it. For that fact, I'd say it's very drinkable. Though the appearance isn't that great, everything else is interesting. I'd have this again, but first I need to try some other wilds out there.

**2010 Vintage - Drank 12/24/10**
Significantly more acidic than last year's vintage. Nose and taste give aggressive acetic acid, strong raspberry flavor, but relatively little tannic astringency. Carbonation is a bit low, but well within an acceptable range.

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Photo of mothman
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to fbm115 for sharing this at darkness day. You da man Steve!

'09 bottling

Pours a light tan head. color is a light peach hued copper. Decent retention with some nice lace.

Aroma: nice ripe raspberries, tart and fresh. Oak as well. Nice and sour and I already like it.

Taste: Sour fresh raspberries. Oak, vanilla, tart flavors.

Mouthfeel: Very tart and I like it. I know I have used tart here a lot, but this beer is exactly that, and of course it should be as it is a wild. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation to it. Leaves a clean sour aftertaste.

Overall, this '09 rocked. It is a great beer and I can't wait to see what age does to this one. I have a feeling it will get even more sour. Great drinkability. Thanks Steve.

2010 vintage notes

Apple cider meets vinegar with a ton of rasp berries. Very acidic and sour. Pungent. Mouth puckering. Warheads!!! Sour patch kids!!!! Color is a bright raspberry ruby.

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Photo of nas5755
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
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 -4.3%
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 -3.8%
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 -4.8%
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 +0.8%
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 +0.8%
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 +25.9%
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 -17.6%
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
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

N.B. The 2010 is much more sour than the 2008. I never tasted the 2009, but Weyerbacher is clearly perfecting its technique. A few years later, I tried the 2014 to check in once again and the beer seems to be getting better and better - the funk and acetic tones nicely offset the underlying sweetness; quite complex; bumped up the scores yet again

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Photo of jmalex
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
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 -24.9%
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%
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 +3.8%
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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Riserva from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 324 ratings.
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