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RATINGS: 128   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   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 California’s Santa Cruz Mountains and aged in wine barrels for many months. Pair with duck dishes and summer salads.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JesseBones (60) - - MAY 19, 2014
A tart smelling acidic aroma. An appearance that is a bit murky and rose colored. A sour to be sure but, very well balanced and beautify smooth palate make it an intense but pleasurable experience. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
SpongeRuiner (1006) - Michigan, USA - NOV 13, 2015
Super foggy dirty color. Very minimal head. Like fruit juice. Sour fruity aroma. Distinct blackberry aroma very tart. Really good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fritz123 (1472) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - SEP 19, 2015
Bottle pour at home in a tulip. Pours a somewhat hazy deep golden amber with a modest one finger head and no lacing. The aroma is acidic, white wine, blackberries, black raspberries, slight pear, and earth. The taste is quite good with a black raspberry and blackberry light punch, tart finish with almost a little citrus. You can get the barrel on the back end as well. Not overly tart but certainly a light sour. Well carbed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (4045) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 4, 2015
Sampled June 2014
A soft pour into my teku glass produces a one-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head. the beer is a pale purple tinged, amber color that shows a hazed, paler version of the same when held up to the light. The aroma is tart, with a bit of grape candy like character, a bit of woody oak character, and has an earthy base funkiness to it that is not quite sweaty sock, not quite musky, definitely musty, and definitely a bit phenolic leaning.

The beer has a prickly carbonation and a light texture up front, but finishes with a puckering, sour astringency towards the finish. There is a bit of an earthy, musty, sort of mushroom like character that adds some nice funkiness to this beer. There is a rounded berry like flavor here that isn’t distinctly distinguishable as blackberry, but it does have a sort of chalky, not quite children’s aspirin like flavor that subtly infuses the finish, which is from the blackberries for sure. The beer is quite dry, which certainly reduces the fruit presence here, but it allows the sourness to be a bit more piquant. The acidity here is mostly lactic in character but it has a rounded quality to it, and just a bit of a bite that may be from the fruit acidity. The non-distinct berry fruitiness becomes a bit more rounded, noticeable, and balancing as the beer warms up.

This is a tasty enough sour, with just a touch of funkiness to keep things interesting. It does not have a distinct blackberry character to it, but I can’t say that it would have been better if this was stronger.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martinus (4280) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - SEP 1, 2015
Orange golden colour, white head. Sour aroma, buttermilk, berries, quite fruity. Sour flavour, light berries. Sour finish, berries, blackberries.
(from 37.5cL bottle @ Let’s drink all of Rich’s American beers Tasting. Thanks for sharing, omgrich!)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
charule (1811) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2015
Bottle from CA. Poured min hazy min head. Aroma tart sour berry funk. med carb and bod. Tastes very sour berry rind some barn hay.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tderoeck (6880) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 26, 2015
15/VIII/15 - 37.5cl bottle @ We’re drinking all of Rich’s American beers tasting - BB: n/a, bottled: 2015 (2015-1085) Thanks to omgrich for sharing the bottle!

Cloudy pale orange beer, no head. Aroma: funky, some chlorine, slightly fruity, hay, grains. MF: lots of carbon, medium body. Taste: very sour, vinegar, chlorine, tannins. Aftertaste: very sourish, fruity, some tannins, funky touch, more chlorine, bit herbal, bay leafs.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (3554) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 25, 2015
Bottle shared at Rich’s Tasting. Almanac blackberry a pinkish cloudy gold reminiscent of grapefruit juice. Corkish, lactic & blackberry. Very tart, acidic but fairly nice it just didn’t compare that favorably to lambics in the heart of lambic country.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bule (1394) - California, USA - AUG 16, 2015
375ml bottle pours a pale brown color without any head. Sour aroma. Medium sour flavor. Mild blackberry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nische (1394) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 11, 2015
Pours hazy reddish purple. Small soda-head fizzes away immediately leaving no lacing. Aroma is a touch tart lemon, funk, vinous, fruity, oak. Flavor is medium tart, lemony, just a hint blackberry is apparent, oak, and just a bit of funk. Medium body, fairly acidic and quite flat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kraddel (4948) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - AUG 6, 2015
Bottle. Pours clear amber, small white head. Smell is tart, oak. Taste is sour, and dry ( too much to be balanced, yet they’ve made far worse ) high carbo. Bit lemony sourness. A slight touch of depth and complexity, perhaps thnx to the fruit and/or wine, but no way that I could actually taste any of these aspects. Slightly overcarbonated to me as well. Its an alright beer, but Almanac made far better. Unfortunately though, they also make worse.

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