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RATINGS: 94   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 Californiaís Santa Cruz Mountains and aged in wine barrels for many months. Pair with duck dishes and summer salads.


JesseBones' rating

4
   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


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JBPortland (848) - 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!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
biggsbowler (339) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BiiruBierBeer (190) - 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.

4.3
   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.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
MrChopin (3346) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 28, 2014
[ Bottle ][ Ĺ 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

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nickls (1876) - 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.

3.8
   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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tectactoe (2055) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GenDV138 (1473) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - AUG 26, 2014
375 ml bottle poured into a Spiegelau tulip. Hazy dark orange with a finger of off-white head that fades fairly quickly. Some floating sediment bits. Aromas of vinegar/acidic notes, citrus, wine. Maybe some berries on the aroma but very subtle. Tastes of citrus, vinegar/acidic notes, sour berries and lemons, puckering sour notes, some wine and oak. Medium-light body with a dry finish. Medium carbonation, semi-juicy mouthfeel. The blackberries donít come through as much as I expected but still a tasty sour ale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (5833) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2014
375 ml bottle acquired either via trade or online purchase. Canít remember. Pours a nice glowing amber berry tinged hue, reddish copper fire and bubbly effervescent carbonation through the body. Frothy whitish head atop dies to a small loose film, stays small and laces small overall. Aromas are gentle tannic wine and oak meet some blackberry pulp, a bit seedy and dry. Mellow funk, touches of cobwebs meet vanillin, some fruity twang of melon, lemon and yogurty lactic presence. Touches of blackberry, faint cranberry, honeydew and decent sour spritz. Initial is lighter end of the fold, gentle spritz and vanillin. Wet oak, touches of sour blackberry and lactic sourness. Lemon, grapefruit and cranberry. Touches of more wet oak, firm yogurt. A sourness is decent in strength, some nice wine barrel tannic presence, more blackberry, seedy and a bit tannic and dry as we move on. Well fermented as not much residual sweetness remains. However itís also not a brooding, big acidic sour, more reigned in with nice seedy and dry play on the backend. Yogurty, blackberry and gentle tannic backend. That weird cinnamon dusting or spice that I got in a previous Almanac sour as well recently. Nice and fairly on point. While it lacks potency, it certainly is approachable and has some nice play from the wine barrel, blackberries, and well done base sour. Tasty.


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