Frambozen – Steamworks Brewing Co. (Vancouver, BC, Canada)


Frambozen Raspberry Ale – Steamworks Brewing Company, 7% ABV, 650 ml., (Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer)

Ingredients: water, malt, raspberry concentrate, hops, yeast


  • Style: (flavoured – Raspberry) Fruit Beer
  • Taste: Fruity sweet tangy raspberry juice brown sugar malt
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $6 CAD (after 10% off) – 650ml., September 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: (Cellared for 4 years). Pours magenta brown without a head, small islands, slow singular micro CO2 streams.

Nose: luscious tangy-sweet raspberry juice. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: micro fizzy-half crisp

Mid-palate: tangy-sweet raspberry juice, brown sugar barley malts, (lvl-7-sweetness)

Finish: bittersweet malty deep exhale, subtly tart

Summary: I particularly like the cleanliness of raspberry flavour as well as the balanced malty backbone. Not too aggressively sour, tart, or funky, just a tad sweet. Good drinkability for a 7%.

Berried Alive Raspberry Ale – Longwood Brewery (Nanaimo, BC, Canada)


  • My Rating: C

Berried Alive Raspberry Ale – Longwood Brewery, 5% ABV –568ml., (Nanaimo, BC, Canada)

on the back of the can:

“Dive into the palate pleasing punch of Longwood Brewery’s signature raspberry ale. Crafted from whole British Columbia raspberries refermented with our lightly hopped blonde ale, Berried Alive is uniquely refreshing, the perfect balance between tart and tasty.”


  • Style: (Raspberry) Fruit Ale
  • Taste: Sour tangy raspberry malt hopped bitter
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $4 (after 10% off) – 568ml., October 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Tall aluminum can, surprisingly non-standard and taller than the 500ml! Pours pale brown-red with a small dissipating head, a very thin layer of retention, some lacing, several steady spaced-apart streams.

Nose: nothing but authentic fruit-tangy raspberries. Excellent. (lvl-7)-pungency.

Attack: fizzy crisp

Mid-palate: fruity medium sour, (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) fruity raspberry, malts

Finish: tartness, mild funk, soft subtle bitter hopped fruity finish, but thin-bodied and somewhat jagged.

Summary: The raspberry flavour is good but the hopped/almost caramel finish doesn’t quite blend in so well. Good initial and mid-palate, didn’t really like the finish.

Rose des Remparts – Brasserie La Binchoise (Belgium)


  • My Rating: C+

Rose des Remparts – Brasserie La Binchoise, 3.5% ABV, 25cl, (Binche, Belgium)


“Raspberry-flavored with very soft taste. This summer session, light and refreshing beer appeals to women and young drinkers. Its color and special ‘look’ add another dimension to the diversity and richness of La Binchoise’s product range.″

  • Style: (raspberry) Fruit Ale
  • Taste Profile: crisp fruitiness -> fizzy raspberry/wheat malt -> red fruit/burpy/light fruity tart/tangy finish.
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek (?)
  • How much: $3 (after 10% off), Sometime in 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Pours translucent pinkish-orange with a large foamy head, long retention, and lots of slow activity.

Nose: fruity authentic tart & tangy raspberry juice

Attack: chilled crispness, fruity sweetness(5/10)

Mid-palate: fizzy, (MAIN) raspberry juice (HINT) wheat malts

Finish: red fruit exhale, burpy, mild tart/tangy, light rough yeast/airy fruity sweet finish.

Summary: It doesn’t really drink as a beer but rather more like a mildly sweet fruity soda with a malty backbone. Nevertheless, very easy-drinking but non-complex.

Wittekerke Rosé (Belgium)


  • My Rating: D-

Wittekerke Rose (Rosé), 4.3% ABV – 25cl, (Belgium)

On the back label:

“Wittekerke Rosé is a surprisingly tasting Belgian fruit beer. A sweet flavour, a lively colour and a sensual body”

Ingredients: water, barley malt, wheat, hops, RASPBERRY JUICE (10%), fructose, sweetener: ASPARTAME, aromatics.

  • Style: (raspberry) Fruit Beer
  • Taste Profile: aspartame -> tang/wheat/raspberry syrup -> numbness/sour/rough aspartame dry finish.
  • Where I got it : Legacy
  • How much: $4 (after 10% off), Octoboer 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no chance

Visual: 5 years + the original “1” rose beer?? But has that awful aspartame garbage in it… Pours light rosé wine pinkish orange with a small dissipating head, ultra micro CO2, uncountable number of streams.

Nose: medium sweet raspberry juice on the nose

Attack: immediately detectable aspartame artficial sweetness, 7/10-overall sweetness

Mid-palate: medium tang, mild wheaty malts, raspberry syrup

Finish: TONGUE NUMBNESS, medium sourness, very rough aspartame mouthfeel off-dry finish

Summary: This is absolutely terrible. Almost a fail but at least tastes somewhat like raspberry. Buy this for a bad tasting experience.

St-Ambroise Framboise – McAuslan (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)

St-Ambroise Framboise (Summer Seasonal) – Brasserie McAuslan, 5% ABV, (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)

On the back label:

“Behind the magnificent ruby-red colour, St-Ambroise Raspberry Ale reveals its refreshing charm from the moment you encounter its bouquet and flavour. Its delicate fruit aromas marry perfectly with the pleasant hop character typical of all St-Ambroise ales. Brewed just once a year – it’s a unique summertime treat!”

(Ingredients: water, malt, hops, red raspberry juice concentrate)

  • My Rating: B-
  • Why I like it: real raspberry flavour
  • Where I got it: W. 16th (?)
  • How much: ~$12, 6x341ml, Summer 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: perhaps with friends
  • Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: Yes

Tasting notes: pours cloudy brownish/red with a decent dissipating head, layer of retention, some sticky lacing, some slow-moving CO2 streams near the surface. Fruity red raspberries on the nose. Burst of 4/10 sweet aromatic red raspberries initially, transitions into 5/10-level sourness that isn’t overpowering but balanced with brown sugar malts, a silky creamy mouthfeel in the mids, finishing with a minor tartness and 6/10-level caramel sweetness & bitterness. Medium complexity, medium depth, good transitions, good carry, good drinkability. The finish ends a little rough in the mouth.

False Creek Raspberry Ale – Granville Island Brewing (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

False Creek Raspberry Ale – Granville Island Brewing, 4.5% ABV, (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

On the back label:

“Our FALSE CREEK RASPBERRY ALE is an ultra-refreshing summer ale that combines premium malt and hops with Fraser Valley raspberries. Well-balanced with raspberry colour, aroma and finish, it pairs well with summer salads, fresh air and sunny afternoons.”

  • My Rating: C-
  • Why I might like it: refreshing if out in the sun
  • Who I recommend it to: N/A
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $12.25 for 6pack , Summer 2011

Tasting Notes: pours cara-cara orange flesh pink, half-lacing, micro carbonation, smallish head. Slight muted raspberries on the nose and nothing much else. Initial burst of tartness, minor sourness, and then a very blanketed raspberry aroma. The tartness persists throughout while the soft but over-carbonation covers the entire top of the mouth. Finishes mildly bitter and somewhat rough. Low-medium complexity, low depth, short length. Can’t say I’m a fan.