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RATINGS: 75   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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 Ė 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dmac (4956) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwood04 (4955) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
burg326 (4931) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joeneugs (4584) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 12, 2013
On draft at the 2013 SF beer week opening celebration. It pours a pale yellow/orange with an off white head. The aroma is grapefruit sour, mild musty hay funk. Peachy with hint of white vinegar. The flavor is clean grapefruit sour with hints of pepper and white vinegar. A little hay, but mostly clean grapefruit, sour tart goodness. Yummers!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
PhillyCraft (4528) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2013
12 0z Bottle. Pours hazy copper with light to medium bubbly head. Taste and smell of Grape bubblicious, plum, sweet tart, big concord and muscat skinnage, lavender, sour cherry, basement funk. Light to medium body. Great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tom10101 (4229) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 19, 2015
Bottle (375 ml) shared with the Quebec crew. From Vahe, thanks!

Appearance: Slightly hazy bright golden with a small white head and little lacing.

Aroma: Oh thatís interesting! Bright plums and grapes carried by brettanomyces along white wine, must, oak and light minerality.

Taste: Grapes are dominants here, but thereís still some bright plums with brettanomyces, moderate acidity, winey notes, oak and mineral notes.

Palate: Medium body. Medium carbonation. A bit winey mouthfeel. Dry and grape-y finish.

Overall: Superb fruited sour with a bright grape presence, good balance, nice complexity and a barrel treatment that isnít overwhelming but definitely add to the beer. I loved it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (4045) - 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 canít 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (4027) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AdamChandler (3878) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 6, 2013
Straw yellow Blue cheese and lemons Insanely cheesy pickles. Lemon zest finish. So cheesy. Meh

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nickd717 (3780) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Bottle from Plumpjack. Iíve been out of town for awhile, and in that time, it seems that Damian and Jesse have transformed into Vinnie Cilurzo. This is crazy good! The appearance is excellent - deep but hazy orange-copper with a lasting off-white head, very good retention and lacing. Excellent funky grape aroma with slight oaky notes. The flavor has oaky white wine, barnyard, muscat, and medium-plus tartness. Nice crisp and acidic mouthfeel with average carbonation. Really good and really drinkable at 7.8%.

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