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Róisin (44 of 1001)

Rating: 3.4

The tayberry is a cross between the raspberry and a blackberry and is named after the Tay valley region of Scotland where it was originally grown. Pronounced ‘Rosheen’, it is a beer I have tried once in the past & quite enjoyed at the time despite drinking it straight from the bottle during a heavy days/nights drinking so my memory of it is slightly hazy. Originally brewed in 2007 by the Williams Brothers who own the New Alloa Brewery, Róisin is a fruit beer in the Belgian style and is one that I was particularly looking out for prior to finding it in a Sainsbury store a week or two ago. I was on the hunt for the beer firstly because I had tried it in the past without rating it & had quite enjoyed but also because it features in the 1001 beers list. I also liked the fact that despite being classed as a fruit beer the fruit taste isn’t an overpowering or sickening one & it is a beer that would could drink more than one of unlike most fruit beers.

Appearance (4/5): Pours a real fizzy looking pinkish amber colour that is quite light and transparent. There is a finger sized, foamy white head that has pretty good retention. The colour is slightly too light looking but other than that it’s an appealing pint with the head leaving some nice signs of lacing on the glass as it is drank.
Aroma (6/10): The aroma isn’t overpowering but it dominated by berries (both raspberry & blackberry as you would expected given the name). It is a very sweet smelling beer that reminds me a little of some blonde ales I have tried.
Taste (7/10): Matching the nose there is a strong taste of raspberry in this one although it also tastes almost watery in parts and could have done with being slight more flavourful. It is rather sweet & fruity with the blackberry smell from the nose making an appearance in the taste too. The bitter finish is a mild one that rounds the drink off well.
Palate (3/5): It is a medium bodied pint despite tasting slightly watery at parts & the carbonation is high giving that slight tang on the tongue that is quite refreshing. It has good drinkable & goes down pretty easy.

Overall (14/20): Róisin is quite a nice flavoured beer that is pretty nice to drink & looks pretty good despite being pink. Although technically classed as a fruit beer, it doesn’t have that overpowering fruity taste you usually get and is in fact more like a pale ale. This is perhaps a beer that I would buy again although probably not all that often despite enjoying it.

Brewed In: Alloa, Clackmannanshire, Scotland
Brewery: Williams Brothers Brewing Company
First Brewed: 2007
Full Name: Williams Róisin Scottish Tayberry Beer
Type: Fruit Beer
Abv: 4.2%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Sainsbury’s
Price: £1.79

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  1. October 2, 2011 at 21:45

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