Boulevard is fairly straight forward with the title on this one – Chocolate Ale with Raspberry. While accurate, a more appropriate name may be Raspberry Ale with Chocolate. This brew is loaded with tangy raspberry notes outlined by mouth-puckering sourness. The chocolate plays a subtler role as a balancing element. The body is also much lighter than I expected but fits well given the raspberry emphasis.
Sour ale enthusiasts will delight in this deceptively tart treat, but those seeking a heavy chocolate malt experience would be better served to look elsewhere. Either way, Boulevard did an astounding job of hiding the high ABV on this sour in stout’s clothing. This falls into the “try at least once” category.
- Appearance: Hazy Copper / Thick, Beige Foam
- Aroma: Raspberry, Light Pineapple, Light Citrus, Cocoa Nibs
- Flavor: Tangy Raspberry, Dark Chocolate, Sour Lemon Finish
- Mouthfeel: Medium Minus, Smooth
- ABV: 9.1%