Bohae Bokbunjajoo (복분자주) – Black Raspberry Fortified Wine (Seoul, Korea)


  • My Rating: C+

Bokbunjajoo (복분자주) – Black Raspberry Fortified Wine – Bohae Brewery, 15% ABV – 375ml., (Seoul, Korea)

on the back label:

“History of Bokbunjajoo: Bokbunja, or wild black raspberry native to Korea is often described in a oriental legend as a mysterious fruits containing the spirits of the wild. This is a legendary fruit wine down the Earth allowing the secret scent of ancient time in oriental society. Full-bodied and semi-sweet, ideal served with grilled red or white meats and marinated BBQ.”

Ingredients: water, Korean raspberry wine, grain spirits, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, citric acid.

  • Style: (Fortified) Fruit Wine
  • Taste: Sweet alcoholic raspberry-black currant wine
  • How much: $11.50 – 375ml., October 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: perhaps as a mixer
  • Would I recommend this to dessert wine aficionados: yes, it’s inexpensive

Visual: Pours deep dark magenta, oily luminescence, slow sticky legs.

Nose: Blue gatorade (artificial blue raspberry, not a bad aroma) + hints of alcohol detection (7/10-pungency)

Attack: dense dark raspberry fruit

Mid-palate: alcohol detection, intense tangy, (9/10)-sweetness, (MAIN) raspberry + black currant hybrid, grain alcohol sweetness

Finish: alcoholic warmth, med-high tartness, fruity alcoholic finish.

Summary: I enjoyed the depth and bite of the raspberry flavour. The grain alcohol and sugar + HFCS seem to cheapen the spirit but perhaps they were necessary to balance out the drinkability. Decent nonetheless.

Black & Blue – Dogfish Head (Milton, DE, USA)

Black & Blue – Dogfish Head, 10% ABV, (Milton, Delaware)

On the side label:

“Black & Blue: Malt beverage fermented with black raspberry & blueberry puree”

My Notes:

  • My Rating: B+
  • Why I kind of like it: fruit beer! with a sour finish
  • Where I got it: W. 16th, 12/2010
  • How much: $26 for 1 pint 9.6 fl. oz. (750ml)
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: If I see it on sale
  • Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: Yes

Tasting Notes: pours reddish copper brown with a thicker than normal viscosity, small head that dissipates, CO2 retention mainly on the outside, runny lacing. Faint raspberry and mild blueberry on the nose, not much else. Going down, lots of of raspberries up front, blueberryness on the start and mid, and a pervasive clinging sourness that is there throughout from start to finish. It brings up thoughts of lambics but no barnyard funk here – clean field fruits mixed with malt and a 7/10 sourness that turns dry. I think this is successful given the high ABV and delicious drinkability.