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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.

UDBeernut's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UDBeernut (1822) - Moving to Jax, Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2014
pours orange amber, no head. nose of berries and funk. light sourness from start to finish. blackberries present. light bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheGoldenChalice (7) - The Garden of the Beer Gods, North Carolina, USA - NOV 25, 2014 does not count
Served in a Teku straight from the bottle, aged for ~8-10m after purchase. Aroma - inviting aroma that reeks of white wine barrels and sour berries. Impressed. Appearance - cloudy, hazy, orangish, opaque hue that reminds me of the appearance of Westbrook’s Gose. Berry residue settles @ bottom of the glass. Taste - I have to admit -- I have not had many blackberry sours. I have had a decent number of world class sours, but very few blackberry sours. That said, this is hands down delicious and unlike other sours I have encountered. The blackberry flavor is subtle, but evident, especially as the beer’s astringency shines through with each sip. The white wine barrels dovetail brilliantly with the blackberries, which augment the tartness delightfully well. Overall, I am extremely happy I drank this beer now. I could not have asked for anything more out of it. I appreciate all of the craftsmanship that went into this one, and highly recommend this to any sour fan/collector.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mmargarucci (68) - Basel, SWITZERLAND - OCT 31, 2014
Aroma is sour and acidic. From the first sip taste is very tart and sour. As you continue drinking complexity and sweetness of berries comes out. I am not a huge sour fan but this one is very good. But one is enough for me...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JBPortland (884) - Portland, Maine, USA - OCT 28, 2014
375ml bottle thanks to bytemesis! Pours hazy pale orange with pink tint and small fizzy head. Nose is tart wet wood funk, attic, dry berry, toasty oak, acidity. Taste is crisp acidity, light soggy grain, mixed tart blackberry, cherry, strawberry, some light musty wine, jolly rancher, and funky oak. A little undercarbed maybe. Finish is tart grain, dry wood, oak funk, vinous tart berry and a touch of cereal. Another solid sour offering from Almanac!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
biggsbowler (370) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - OCT 27, 2014
Bottle - pours light cloudy yellow, hint of red. Slight fruit in the nose plus sour/tartness. Very tart up front, no much fruit in this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BiiruBierBeer (221) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 22, 2014
Mildly strange sourish smell. Low carbonation with a bit of foam. Tastes like a sour brown or something going down but it does have tart blackberry in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
wavers1 (909) - Notown, California, USA - OCT 4, 2014
Purple body amd tinged head, terrific fruit based sour, drinks very well, not overly sweet, blackberry is nice and tastes less ripe and more bitter.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
MrChopin (3346) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 28, 2014
[ Bottle ][ ½ of 37.5cl ][ Tasting ][ Trade ][ Snifter ][ 9.25.14 ]
Dark cola body, thin cream ring, wispy head. Oxidized burnt cocoa nose, lightly buteric acids, weird roast and sour contrast with flabby esters, bubblegum, and booze. Bad hodge podge. Palate smoother, light roast with more blackberry, sourness present in thin body, acid and bitterness cut any fruit sweetness, slick body fights with the roast.

[ 9.25 Tasting Ranking ]
01. New Glarus R&D Sour Fruit
02. De Garde Blackberry Whiskey Bu
03. Bayerischer Bahnhof Berliner Style Weisse
04. De Garde Boysenberry Bu
05. Side Project Fencerow
06. De Garde Blackberry Bu
07. Jester King Nocturn Chrysalis
08. Almanac Farmers Reserve Blackberry
09. Crooked Stave Blackberry Dark Origins

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nickls (1881) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 12, 2014
Bottle. Pinkish rust orange hue, pure white head. Blackberry seeds, earthy, sour, some slight lacto, hay, and dry cobweb in the aroma. Flavor is more tart than the others in the fruit beer range for them, tart unripe berries, seeds, slight hay. Lighter tangy body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6298) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 10, 2014
Bottle:   Vibrant orange with a faint pink hue on the pour, thin to moderate frothy white head, little lacing, moderate carbonation.   Tart nose, bright, a little berry like, unripened berry that is.   Whoa, very dry, puckering, nice carbonation, unripened berries up front, witih a very slight hint of actual Blackberry on the backside.   Does have a very slight mealiness to it, seem to get that with most Almanac beers.   Not enough to detract.   Nice body and mouthfeel.   A little prickly on the tongue too.   Seems to become a little lambic like on the backside as it does cause salivation to occur.   Did I mention dry?   Nice and simple.   Wished the Blackberries were more pronounced, but as is its fairly tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tectactoe (2199) - Michigan, USA - SEP 10, 2014
Bottle: Slightly red-tinted copper & amber, muddled with no real head, only a small, gray shaded collar. Aroma of sweaty funk, barnyard hay, & straw with strong underlying notes of sour blackberries, raspberry, red grape skin, perfume, & a small hint of wood. Taste is lightly acidic & even a little citric up front. Lemon, stone fruit. It slowly transitions into a darker fruit profile with sweet & sour mixed berries. Blackberry itself is hard to pinpoint. Could be almost any "berry", really. But it tastes good. Some lightly funky oak leads into a moderately acetic & dry finish. Sharp body. Another really nice sour ale.

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