The Dogfish Head Brewery website describes this as Belgian ale “brewed with a ridiculous amount of pureed raspberries (over a ton of them)” but perhaps what needs to be proclaimed a little more front and centre is the impressive 18% ABV. I was holidaying stateside when I came across this beer in the local grocer and picked one up since Dogfish Head is always one of my go to breweries from whom I can try pretty much anything and not be disappointed. After a quick review of the label for the alcohol content my partner and I decided how strong could it really be? Of course we can split it before bed?!?…well consider yourself forewarned this is not the kind of beer you want to consume to top off your three mojito day. Don’t get me wrong this ale was fantastic, a distinct liquor taste, lovely dark red colour, with just the right amount of sweet/tart to balance it out. Ideally I would have split this bottle four ways; it would lend itself well to being swirled in a beautiful whisky glass and sipped not swilled. I think that Dogfish’s recommendation to cellar a few bottles is a great idea as fort would only get better with age. Another standout beer from a standout brewery and I am hoping to see this beer on our side of the border soon – it already has a bilingual label going on.
Out of a possible five I would give this beer a 4.5