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RATINGS: 331   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
cgarvieuk (21124) - 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

3.9
   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.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Alengrin (4467) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VsXsV (3908) - 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!

3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rxeight (2518) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rekvium (420) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (34273) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 21, 2015
Bottled. A hazy amber beer with a beige head. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt and caramel. The flavor is sour with notes of tart fruits, lemosn and straw, leading to a tart finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Desverger (8035) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 21, 2015
Bottle@Yesprs - Cloudy Orange pour with small white head. Aroma and taste is sour citrus fruity, tarte on the palate, fruity dry finish. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Borup (11352) - Albertslund, DENMARK - DEC 21, 2015
Bottled. Hazy orange colour with an off-white head. Aroma and flavour of tartness, fruit, spice, yeast and wineous.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (40181) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 21, 2015
37.5 cl bottle. Pours hazy orange with a small off white head. Aroma is fruity, slight winous. Sour, wineous. Tart and dry. Citric, solid fruity and tart finish.


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