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RATINGS: 71   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (3982) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 24, 2014
Bottle thanks to Mike. Pours a cloudy orange with small frothy white. The aroma is strong grape, oak, funk. Thin mouthfeel with strong funk, grape, light tartness, easy to drink, very good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tectactoe (2518) - Michigan, USA - SEP 8, 2014
Bottle: Slightly hazy amber-copper hybrid with a quickly fading beige head. Aroma of musty grapes, mildly vinous oak, some dark plum, sweet raisin, & a touch of Brett-like funk. Taste is quite tart, but not exactly "sour" or puckering. Vinous grape notes, bordering on Merlot with deeper notes of rum cherry & blackcurrant. A touch of oaky tannins towards the finish, ending with a hint of musty hay, lightly acidic lemon, & grape skins. Dry, sharp mouth feel. Overall, a very nice sour ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (6864) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 11, 2013
On tap at Jupiter Sour Sunday. Pours cloudy orange with a thin white head and a cheese aroma (in a good way). There is a sour fruit flavor that lingers on the palate and a nice yeast presence.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (9737) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2013 Bottle... Berliner Bash on the Bay 2013... Cloudy deeply-golden ale with a small, creamy, white head. Good retention. The bouquet delivers a melange of fruity, citrusy, acidic and lightly funky notes. This is so citrusy, it almost smells like orange juice. Light-bodied with fizzy carbonation. Fruity, citrusy, tart flavor. Not sour. Finishes crisp, tangy and bone-dry.

3.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
robloc303 (268) - Erie, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2013
Pours hazy redish yellow, no head. Nose is of stale beer, not much else. Sour, grape juice , grapefruit, some yeast and Brett. A solid beer, but expected more after having 3 and 4 first.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnnyJ (4628) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
umich03jm (2233) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUL 14, 2014
Bottle thanks to the local group for sharing. Pours a hazy amber color with a small fizzy head that fades to thin ring. Aroma has lots of red wine and brett with some flowers. Tastes like red wine, grape juice, and brett barnyard funk. Strong sourness is a bit more than I like but still pretty solid overall.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
illidurit (2180) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 21, 2013
Bottle at Jupiter Sour Sunday. Pours dark orangish gold. Aroma is strawberries and parmesan cheese -- weird. Flavor is strongly grapey, sweet red varieties mainly, plus some stone fruit and a strong lactic sourness that includes bleu cheese. More acid and less cheese makes this a great beer, but for now it’s just decent.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thirdeye11 (5644) - 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.


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