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RATINGS: 66   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Saison aged in wine barrels with plums, Cabernet, concord, and muscat grapes. Our first California Wild Ale is brewed with a blend of Cabernet and Muscat grapes from Alfieri Farms, Concord grapes from Hamada Farms, and plums from Twin Girls Farm – all located in the fertile San Joaquin valley. Aged for over a year in used wine barrels, this sour ale blends rich flavors of the 2011 Autumn harvest with farmhouse funk. Enjoy with aromatic Taleggio cheese and rich duck confit.


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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thirdeye11 (5537) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 26, 2013
(375ml bottle thanks to bu11zeye) clear medium gold, lasting fine white bubbles. nose of straight up funky as shit blue cheese, bits of cherry, mold, burns your nose as you smell. Taste of tart cherry, bleu cheese, very funky, cheesy even in the taste, I know others have liked it, I just don’t really enjoy funky bleu cheese.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jredmond (5300) - Manhattan, New York, USA - APR 20, 2013
Bottle courtesy of Adam (burg). Thanks man. Pours a hazy murky orange creme body with light fizzy white lacing. Aroma at first seems fecal, but then turns straight to 5 year aged Gouda - super cheesy. Mouthfeel is medium to light with notes of tart fruit, cheese, light sour funk.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2013
Thanks, Chris! Really nice tartness to the background. Good grape and light oak. Very light body. Plum quite faint. Mild tannin.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pailhead (4761) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUL 12, 2014
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate floral, herbal, plus, and light citrus. It pours a transparent golden-orange with a one finger white head that quickly fades to a very fine ring. The flavor starts with with moderate citrus with a touch of white grapes. The finish has lemon, white wine, lemon peel, sweet tarts, and a hint of floral notes. It?s light bodied with moderate-lively carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnnyJ (4317) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 1, 2013
Draft at oakquinox 2013. Amber pour, with a biege head. Fruity, bread, fairly mild sourness, tart berry, cheese, and a bit earthy.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dmac (3999) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUN 2, 2013
Bottle via trade. Poured a tea brown body under a smaller mostly white head. Aroma was tart and loaded with sour acidity, grapes, white wine, funk, medium bodied with average carbonation and a long lingering sour sour finish. Flavor is the same as the aroma, sour and funky with notes of white wine, grapes, lemon, oak. This is one great beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (3948) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 13, 2014
Bottle. Thanks Jack. Pours purplish brown with a small spritzy white head. Nose is funky and plummy, with some light grape and oak. Flavor is similar, clean, spritzy sour, light dark fruit and oak. Slick finish. Good stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwood04 (3876) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 11, 2013
375ml bottle in a tulip. Pours hazy amber with a lacy, off-white head. Aroma of grapes, some light oak, more grapes and wine, some tartness/sourness, light malts, and a little bit of spiciness. Flavor the same with a nice blend of the grapes and wine and oak and sour beer. Average texture. A good sour.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 14, 2013
A soft pour into my New Belgium Globe glass produces a one-finger thick pale tan colored head; a bit of lacing gets left on the sides of my glass as I take sips of this brew. The beer is a nice copper / light amber color that shows a clear, pale copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells lightly tart, a touch cheesy, but then distinctly of nuts; I can’t quite put my finger on what kind of nuts, but it seems distinct enough to be its own variety, perhaps hazelnuts, or maybe lightly smoked almonds, but wait it really sort of reminds me of cheese flavored popcorn. Definite grape like aromatics, watered down buttery oaky red wine aromas, definite concord grapes (once you start to dig), bright berry notes at times, toasty / caramelized malt, and cracker like aromatics can all be found here, especially if you make an effort to dig around.

Tart and effervescent up front, the finish is also a nice mix of these and accentuates a nice, blush wine like flavor that has notes of berries, cranberries, perhaps a touch of floral hibiscus, and some watered down concord grape juice notes. This has a solid lactic sourness to it that is quite refreshing. The body is fairly light, there is some lactic slickness, some contribution from the tannic oak, enough to have a palate presence, but this is still quite a quaffable brew. The oak character contributes soft buttery notes, a sustained, though soft woody flavor, lightly peppery spice note, and a soft nuttiness. The malt character here plays a supporting role, but accentuates the light nutty note from the oak, there is straw like grain character, a touch of whole grain cracker flavors, and perhaps even a soft, whole grain bread character here.

Quite nice, a bit more complex in character than the Reserve 2, but also not as well integrated and tasty as that one. Still, this is a more than acceptable brew, and one which I am quite happy to quaff for the evening.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
burg326 (3667) - Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2013
Poured a copper color from the bottle with aromas of plums, light wet wood, vineous notes, light nuts and some light sour barnyard. Flavors are the same, the grapes and wine are subtle so is the sourness. Insanly drinkable all day.


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