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RATINGS: 299   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2014
Bottle: Muddy, rusted copper color with almost no head; even the gray collar is rather small & thin. Aroma of vinous wet oak, more red-wine than white-wine as compared to the other wine barrel aged beers in this series. Bruised grapes, plums, & black cherry with vibrant undercurrents of lemon & lactic acid. A soft floral & perfumy presence flows evenly from start to finish, bringing everything together. Acidic cherry flavor accompanied by lemon, red grape, soured oak, musty wood, & a strong lacto presence. Sharp, snapping carbonation makes for a wonderfully dry finish. I really enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (8356) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 5, 2014
"Flanders Red (already a favorite style) with a CA twist - I like it! a little lighter than expected in color. The sourdough yeast, cherries, and light oak and wine dominate the aroma and flavor. Moderately sour, very complex. I LOVE the yeast used here. Unique within the style."

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Travlr (18623) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 29, 2014
Bottle courtesy of Shaftie, thank you sir! Cloudy amber color, white head. Beautiful aroma of funky summer fruit. taste is softly sour fruit, nicely balanced and complex. Delicious.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kapusil (953) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cristobal37 (533) - Budapest, HUNGARY - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BBB63 (6507) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (10472) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2014
375ml bottle. Poured a hazy golden color with a white head. Cherries, wood, and some vinegar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thisis12ptfont (1051) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hopswagger (199) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
umich03jm (3100) - 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.

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