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RATINGS: 111   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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We love blackberries. Tart, sweet and complex but guarded by thorny branches, these alluring fruit have been a favorite of ours since we added them to our very first beer. This sour blonde ale is infused with loads of coastal Blackberries from Swanton Berry Farm in California’s Santa Cruz Mountains and aged in wine barrels for many months. Pair with duck dishes and summer salads.


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3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
popway (76) - California, USA - APR 27, 2014
opaque between peach pink and carrot red color, little lacing round the edges. effervescent scent, yeast, sweet honeysuckle, cardboard, taste is hard too put my finger on, light, getting some berry, reminding me of their rasperry offering last summer. I don’t know, much like a fruity wine.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (11615) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2015
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured a clear dark amber color with an average frothy white head that mostly lasted with very good lacing. Moderate to heavy sour yeast and berry aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy sour & sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet & sour finish of moderate to long duration. This is a solid beer for style.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (6622) - Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2015
375 ml bottle shared with Tmoney99 and Fifty West crew. Pours a clear golden color with a small off white head. The aroma is sweet/sour dark berries which presents more as blackberry and raspberry, some acidity, yeast, some vinous character. The flavor has has tart sour blackberries, acidic, wood, vinous character, drinkable with the right amount of sour bite, solid. The pluot was just a hint better.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
Ernesto987 (4398) - Arizona, USA - MAR 29, 2015
bottle, nope no blackberry in here, would’ve been rated much higher if it actually has some blackberries in it. Oh well. Complete vinegar lacto bomb.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
gEUS (1356) - Linden, BELGIUM - MAR 8, 2015
bottle at home. Pours hazy pinkish orange with, no head. Flat. Aroma is again the lactic yoghurt scents are predominant again, greasiness of the strawberry version is present here as well. Light body, immediate lactic attack but smoother than the other version. Taste is peach yoghurt and strawberry tartness. Not a fan.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerman6686 (5081) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2015
This poured a blueish port colored red. Aroma was of freshly crushed blackberries, light vineous skin, and some light cheese. Flavor was definitely on the sour side, but not in an acedic bad way, lots of fleshy fruit, and light grape skin. Nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Art (2093) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2015
Boyle shared with Dan from HOTB. Pours a light golden orange with a light reddish hue. Aromas of cheese, sourdough, light blackberry, sour vinegar funk. Taste is sour but has a hint of berry in there. Medium body and medium high carbonation. Liked this one.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maekchu (2556) - Hirakata, JAPAN - JAN 26, 2015
Bottle. Light funky nose, with a bit of overripe dates and light berries. Peachy strawberry color, slick, with no head. Very tart initial, rhubarb, lemon, and modulates into a fair dryness. Thin body. Tartness is quite something here, but it is tasty, indeed.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (7175) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 23, 2015
Bottle. Salmon pink-orange, cloudy, lace. Nose of blackberry, lemon, crackers, a touch of cream. Very tart and lemony, blackberries, some crackers and cream. Best flavor of the 3 we tried today.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pushkinwow (2195) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 20, 2015
375ml bottle opened up at the beginning of the Ottawa 2014 year end tasting. Dirty and hazy orange with an off white head. Fresh blackberries, grass, acidic and sour, dry, lemon rind, fairy refreshing with a moderate carbonation and body, nice finish.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
OldFur (12) - - JAN 16, 2015
Lightly people body, thin head. Nose is acid, general berriness, asprin, wheat. Flavor is overwhelming acid, asprin, berry, big citrus juice/acid.


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