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RATINGS: 335   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bulk_Carrier (3849) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - JAN 14, 2016
This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a slight hazy burnt orange to burnt red color with a one finger white foamy head that quickly dissipated and left no lacing. The smell started off with sour and tart cherries invading some light citrus and a light malty background. The taste was mostly the same as the aroma. Tart and sour cherries roll into sour to bitter citrus rind all rolling about and feeling out the aftertaste with a sly sour and dry feel in the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent sipping quality about it. Carbonation feels good and right at par for the AWA style. Nice bitter harshness pounds on my tongue, but not overbearing. Overall, as an AWA, it works, hmmmm, as a Sour Red/Brown ale, I’d say I guess it works.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
McNeillR (2232) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 14, 2016
Hazy dark golden, soft ringed head. Nose is peppery sweet, soft creamy cherry. Initial taste is tart, rich sook of sharp citrus and creamy cherry coming through. Carbonation is soft enough and a clean tart punch on a mouthfeel. Finishes clean enough, rich vibrant tart white berry.

Bottle, Public Transport Delayed Tasting, Cornelius

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BenH (3438) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 14, 2016
Bottle. Amber with little white head. aroma of sour cherry, oak and a touch of fruity vinegar. Taste is funky, fruity, oak, cherry. Dry and very sour. Nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GlasgowTAD (1389) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JAN 14, 2016
Pours pink cherry red with a slight white head. Aroma is cherry, raspberry, hay, green apples and s touch of funk. Taste is heavy tart, some lactic, slight cherry tart, cherry sweet, vinous, dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
cgarvieuk (21834) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 14, 2016
bottle at home ... copy ... small white head ... soft funk fruit nose .. long fruit funk ... tart tart fruit ... dry funk fruit ... big funk fruit

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2016
Pours a golden amber color with minimal head. Aromas of vinegar, cherries, and some woody notes. Flavors of sour fruit, funk, and foeder.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Alengrin (4594) - BELGIUM - JAN 1, 2016
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2016 Sour ale from a bottle bought online. Medium thin but reasonably steady, egg-white, moussy head over a misty amber coloured beer with ochre hue. Complex sweet with sour aroma of passion fruit, sour cherries, strawberry pie, brown sugar, artisanal fruit yoghurt, mouldy orange, brown bread, stewed pear, old sherry, overripe gooseberry, gingerbread, peach, medlar. Sour onset, passion fruit, a ton of unripe stonefruit and redcurrant in the most literal sense of the word, lime too as if you’ve just bitten into a fresh one, insufficiently tempered with a very subtle apricot sweetishness, softish carbo, smooth honeyish and caramelly maltiness underlying this array of sourish fruits, bit sherryish too, progressing into a finish of strong drying grape-, lime- and redcurrant-like tartness, sherry vinegar-like flavours and a hint of red wine including the woody tannins, but gently so; hops are only structural, as expected from the style. Leaves a long but relatively simple acidity after swallowing with a light woody drought alongside, as if you just poured down a really dry red wine. Interesting, but enjoyed by itself, like I did just now, this seems to fall short a bit in complexity, flavour layers and finesse. It is a good thing American craft brewers try to master sour beer styles, but this is a tad too harsh and straightforward to my palate - and being Belgian, I think I have a good idea of what a good sour beer should taste like. This is a crude onslaught to the stomach and needs a lot more refinement, but in a gastronomical context e.g. paired with a very sweet dessert, I can see this function very well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VsXsV (3964) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 31, 2015
Bottle. Hazy amber liquid with small to medium off-white head. Aroma of cherries, wood, lemon, dried fruit, light vinegar and apple skin. Taste is dry and medium sour with notes of cherries, lemon, apple skin and light grain. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Nice!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rxeight (2620) - Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2015
375ml. Batch 4. Rusty reddish brown. Smells like a bad wine. Made in a bathtub. Taste, thankfully, is completely different. Mildly spour, cherry, oak, lots of fruity wine. Refreshing, low acidity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rekvium (425) - Odense C, DENMARK - DEC 25, 2015
Bottle shared by Vindueskigger. Pours hazy dark reddish amber with an off white head. Aroma of red berries, red currants, light popcorn, tart, light vinegar. Taste is very sour, vinous, popcorn, light vinegar, malty backbone.

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