RBF Raspberry Sour Ale is a German-style Gose brewed by The Larimer Beer Company, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a snifter from a can.
The ale pours a crystal clear honey gold and capped by a finger thick head of fizzy white froth that bubbles away almost immediately. Ample effervescence is visible in the glass at first but disappears shortly after the pour.
The aroma is slightly sweet with a scent of honey, fruit, and grain.
The palate begins with a soft, doughy wheat bread that turns tart with a touch of berry fruit. A squeeze of sour lemon juice follows with just a pinch of salt.
The feel is relatively smooth with a medium body and moderate carbonation. The finish is dry and a bit salty. Doughy malt sticks to the back of the tongue.
The RBF Raspberry Sour Ale has a really nice flavor but misses the mark in a few of technical areas. The aroma is a little too sweet. Its appearance shows too much clarity and the feel doesn’t have enough carbonation. The latter could definitely be improved but the others don’t detract from what is an otherwise satisfying sour ale.
It’s always nice to see a brewery giving back. A percentage of sales from this craft beer goes to the Boulder Humane Society.