Bottled on 10/24/15 (meaning this would be considered the 2015 vintage of the brew), this fruit beer is not for the faint of heart—it's a Belgian-style ale fermented with over a ton of raspberries that boasts some serious overall concentration and strength. A stunning orange-amber color, with a thick off-white head, assertive notes of juicy raspberries abound, accented by hints of tart citrus, cranberry and yeasty spice. The medium-bodied palate is slightly sticky and viscous, but not as full as one might anticipate given the alcohol. Flavors of sour raspberries, tart orange-cranberry sauce and some yeasty funk carry through to the long, dry and warming finish. A cellar-worthy beer worth trying after 2017.
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Buzzeo joined Wine Enthusiast Magazine
in 2006 as a tasting coordinator, and eventually became Tasting Director and Senior Editor, previously responsible for overseeing all aspects of the tasting and review program. Most recently, Buzzeo assumed the role of Managing Editor. Since coming to Wine Enthusiast
, she has made it one of her personal missions to promote the acceptance of cross-drinking, encouraging everyone to embrace finely crafted libations across all beverage categories. Buzzeo is also an avid homebrewer and a member of the AHA (American Homebrewers Association).