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RATINGS: 75   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
toxichop (427) - South Gate, California, USA - MAR 5, 2013
S: This goes hard on the grapes, some plums, banyard funk and oak. P: Sunset type of pour got hazy towards the end of the bottle. T: Once again goes hard on those grapes, light plums and pear skin has clean sourness to it some oak in there to. M: Medium carbonation with a silky mouthfeel. O: Not the most complex sour out there, rather juicy and doesnt go far but enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (9165) - San Diego County, California, USA - AUG 13, 2013
375mL from Blue Palms, Hollywood. Clear sparkling gold to orange. Medium fizzing white foam. Actually nice lacing. Cheesy, pretty funky bleu cheese nose like some Berliner Weisses. Taste is fresh and tangy RR Temptation style. Bright white wine and refreshing tart green apple and unripe nectarine. Lactic, refreshing. Great, long leathery finish. Similar to Temptation. No acetic.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheAlum (6146) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2013
375 ml bottle courtesy of 808Breaks. Thanks, dude. Pours a golden orange hue, gentle haze but closer to transparent, with lively carbonation, cakey brighter white head atop. Good filmy layer. Laces ok atop with firm lacing overall. Aromas are firmer plum, a bit tannic and dark fruit driven. Red and sweeter white grape mix, gentle oak, subtle tannic quality is quite mellow. A lot more dark fruit and skin presence in this one. Sweeter grapes mix in, some lactic acidity, decent funk and cobwebs, mellow to decent oak, vanilla. Initial is medium to decent sourness, a firm grape and plum melange of flavor. Red and purple grapes, some dry tannic skin meet plums, gentle white and muscat sweeter grapes start to come in. Some firm lactic elements, yogurt, big tannic grapeskin throughout. Medium oak. Some funkiness is a touch bretty. More fruity, tree fruit grape and dark fruit compliments. Red grape, touches of muscat, a great melange of flavor. Oak, lactic elements, firm tannic feel into the middle and backend. Some funk, gentle sweetness is subtle. Wow. Really well put together. I really thougt these flavors would clash, but it really works well. A big rich tannic red might have hurt this. But a more neutral barrel with some red grape tannic feel and sweet muscat feel somehopw really works together. Plum element really works well, compliments in a more subtle manner. Really comes together. Kinda amazed. Really looking forward to the next 3. Wow. Nose is a bit muted, but otherwise the beer delivers

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DoublEE (783) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - OCT 17, 2013
Green apple, kiwi, plum, grape and hint of black pepper and lemon zest open. There are moments of wood and bread smoothness, but ultimately, the astringent tartness and acetic acid sharpness wrestles the palate to a dry and puckering finish. Full, yet at he same time light. The moderate carbonation supports the tart palate. Coating syrupy linger adds to feel. A very nice sour that thins the line between beer and wine. The bright and crisp fruit pairs well with the tart, acetic bite producing a much enjoyed ale that I hope to try again some time soon.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwood04 (4443) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
merc7186 (2423) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 14, 2013
A: Hazy Orangish Hue, Passes Some Light, White Head Ring, Some Lacing S: Funky, Hay, Apricots, Mild Plums, Mild Red Wine T: Red Wine, Apricots, Hay, Mild Grapes M: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Sour Overall,a nice mild sour with a pleasing red wine barrel presence that isnt over bearing

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (7960) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2014
12.7oz, thanks to phaleslu for sharing. Clear orange golden color. Thin white head. Some loose dots and short ropes of lace. Bigger body. Smooth, lighter, soft carbonation. More dry finish. Nice light raspberry funk, some big oak, nice light funky cream. Awesome tart, lightly dry, aromatic sour ale.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (7208) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2014
375 ml bottle from bytemesis- thanks again! Pours a clear gold with a small off-white head. Aroma of grapes, oak, vanilla, and apple- sweet and tart. Flavor of red and white wine grapes, apples, and sweet malts. Medium-bodied, with moderate to medium carbonation and a tart mouthfeel. Good sour ale.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pailhead (5395) - Plymouth, 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6578) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 12, 2014
"Crazy complex aroma of oak, funk, and various light fruit and grapes. Flavor pretty much matches the aroma, but then has an oddly absent finish. This is a higher quality sour than expected, though, and probably my favorite Almanac brew to date."


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