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RATINGS: 144   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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 Californiaís Santa Cruz Mountains and aged in wine barrels for many months. Pair with duck dishes and summer salads.

popway's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
popway (167) - 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 donít know, much like a fruity wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (9411) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 12, 2016
My Bottom Line:
Fruit pith, lactobacillus and pediococcus converge on this softly carbonated Sour Ale, relying on high levels of acidity to build a memorable sipping experience.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam crowns the dark pink cloudiness.
-The intensity of the sourness lowers drinkability.
-I canít really tell if itís blueberry, blackberry, black currant, or any other type of berry in here. The bacterial character is too strong.
-This will still please lots of Lambic drinkers.


   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BuckeyeBoy (6102) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 30, 2016
375ml bottle pours out a pinkish purple topped with a small fizzy head. Nose is blackberry seed bite a nice tartness and some jammy sweetness. Taste is more of the nice berries a nice mix of sweet and tart.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markwise (5195) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 10, 2016
Bottle from Bine and Vine. Pours a hazy orange copper with a white head. Nose is big berry, some some skin, big funk, lactic, tart, and a big tongue-puckering sour. Flavor hits the same way with huge sour, berry skin, blueberry, some sweetness, and a nice vinegar character. Medium to full in body and delicious overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
asheft (2989) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 10, 2016
Bottle. Potent clean, lactic sour aroma with moderate blackberry and low white cranberry and white grape accents. Hazy light purple under no head. Sour blackberry and lemony lactic acid flavour that is clean and ends with a nice watery mouth feel. Light body, moderate carbonation, crisp and mouth puckering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (9592) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 22, 2016
Bottle, shared at RBAG by me. Hazy pink-purple. Acetic sourness with seedy blackberry fruit, quenching.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabel (8640) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 18, 2016
[8132-20160415] Tap. Mild fruity bread yeast aroma. Hazy, red cerise body with a quick foamy white head. Soured fruity bread and tart raspberry flavour. Medium body is quite sour. Very tasty. (7/3/8+/4/16) 3.8
(@ Blue Monk, Buffalo, NY)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jc1762 (845) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 8, 2016
Tap into a snifter showing no filtration and tomato red with no head. The nose shows a lot of tart cranberry and light blackberry notes. The palate is moderately carbonated and light bodied. Flavors of very light blackberries but dry or a slight sweetness. Sweetness is harmonious and a moderate tartness throughout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (9872) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 23, 2016
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2016 2016-04-15. Hazy red-pink body with a small beige head. 3+ Aroma is lightly fruit, berry y fruit, Flavour is quite sour and acidic up front, lightly lactic. Pleasant fruit base of berries, blackberry and raspberry notes. Average plus to medium bodied palate, good carbonation. 3++ Tasty. 7/3-4/7/3-4/16-17 On tap at Blue Monk, Buffalo.

Overheard: "I donít know any of them... BECAUSE IíM THE KIND OF GIRL YOU MARRY BOB! Very wholesome!"

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (5535) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - APR 23, 2016
Hazy ruby red into a tulip. Cherry and blackberry aromas. Sharp tart blackberry upfront turning to dry oak in the lasting finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lightbias (452) - USA - APR 23, 2016
Iíve been thinking about this since I bought it, and although Iím not a big fan of blackberries, it has been calling my name. As soon as the essence of this beer is released, my taste buds leap to attention. The berry is strong, even climbing up the sides of the sour in the aroma, the earthy sweetness of the berry delighting my olfactory senses in tandem with the yeast and oak that are also heavily present in the nose. - Pouring, I find a pleasing blush in the glass, hazy and light, a ring of white, bubbly foam edges the surface. My first sip is surprising; although definitely sour, the sweetness tempers the bite without quashing it. Berries, oak and a bit of lemon grace my tongue, and as I pull the light-bodied beer through my mouth, it triggers an endlessly mouthwatering sensation. The finish is dry, short and and clean; the flavor consistent from sip to swallow. - This tasty beverage is clearly a winner in my opinion, and will definitely be an option for my beer cooler in the future. Blackberries be damned.

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