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RATINGS: 156   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Ale brewed with cherries and aged in wine barrels

This barrel-aged wild ale is named for our San Francisco neighborhood and pays tribute to the Flanders Red style of beer. Aged in wine barrels, this lightly tart ale is brewed with California Rainier cherries using a house blend of wild yeasts, bacteria and SF sourdough yeast. Pair this complex ale with ripe figs & blue cheese or seafood bouillabaisse.


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kapusil (588) - HUNGARY - AUG 8, 2014
0.375l bottle. Dark orange body, white head, some sediment in the bottom if the bottle. Aroma and taste of mostly lemon zest, with notes of toast and grapes. I can’t notice any cherries (the label says they used some). Very sour beer.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cristobal37 (261) - Canyon Lake, California, USA - AUG 7, 2014
Sour as hell. Faint cherry somewhere in there. Smells nice but the yeast is not supported enough by anything else. Not really feelin it.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BBB63 (6010) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 1, 2014
Bottled: Initial frothy head that faded quickly leaving no lace. Great sour’d cherry and biting wine vinegar overtones. Moderate tannic oak and very faint barnyard. Aggressive mouth feel in this very American sour ale. I dig this and think it is about perfect right now.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (8848) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2014
375ml bottle. Poured a hazy golden color with a white head. Cherries, wood, and some vinegar.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thisis12ptfont (831) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - JUL 23, 2014
Aroma of acidic grapes, black cherries, acidic vinegar, cherry pie, biscuit and grain malt. Murky copper appearance with no foam. Taste is heavily sour with notes of cherry pie, oak, vinegar, pie crust, biscuit, grain malt and juicy wine grapes. Overall, another fantastic sour by Almanac. Really nice juicy qualities with a strong sour taste. A rating.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hopswagger (197) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 18, 2014
#400 Batch #2 P: Cloudy, gelatin almost, apricot body with a thin effervescent white cap. S: Tart sourness with a dirty fart bubbling in the background. T/M: Funky mouth puckering sourness. Aged granny apple cider and rotten wood. Brings tear jerkers to mind. Astringent and vivacious feel. O: My teeth hurt from this sour monster. Serving type: bottle

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
umich03jm (1927) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUL 14, 2014
Bottles (Batches 1 & 2) thanks to the local group for sharing. Both poured amber color with almost no head. Aroma are very similar. Cherries, basement funk, lemon candy, and vinegar. Batch 1 tasted very sour. More than I like. Batch 2 was a little easier to drink and less sour. Sour cherries and barnyard mostly. Tart lemon candy in the finish. Solid sour.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pailhead (4741) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUL 12, 2014
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate sour cherries, light lemon, sweet tarts, and a touch of vinous notes. It pours a transparent golden-orange with a small white head that quickly fades to almost nothing. The flavor starts with moderate sour cherries. The finish has moderate-heavy sour lemon an light vinous notes. It’s light bodied with light-moderate carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
StefanSD (2110) - Lakeside, California, USA - JUL 8, 2014
375 ml bottle. Pours a hazy orange-ish light brown color with no head and no lacing. The aroma is ripe with sour cherries and some light dumpster funk. The taste features more sour cherries, but not quite as bold as the nose foreshadowed, the malt base is a tasty cookie/biscuit mix. The palate is medium and smooth, but the carbonation is distractedly weak. Finishes long and sour. Overall: Not the best sour in this city.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (7839) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 2, 2014
Sample at Kurtkeller 014: Almanac-tastic 01 on 06/27/2014. Murky orange color with a thin white head that dissipates quickly to a spares outer ring. Spotty lacing. Aroma of tart cherries, oak and yeast. Medium-bodied with flavors of sour cherry, vinous oak and doughy yeast. The finish is tart with a lingering cherry and oak aftertaste. Good beer all around.


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