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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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   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Westmeister (1699) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 14, 2014
Shared at July 1st Sunday. Wow this series is sour stuff. Like this version better than the Strawberry as the Blackberry shines a lot brighter. Super tart, juicy blackberries, some funk, crisp biscuity. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
umich03jm (1811) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUL 14, 2014
Bottle thanks to my local group for sharing. Amber pour with a small fizzy head that fades to a thin ring. Aroma smells like overripe blackberries, red wine, and lemons. Tastes like sweet blackberries at first then quickly turns very sour and tart. Some vinegar and red wine too. Very nice sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pailhead (4622) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUL 12, 2014
Bottle: The aroma consists of Tart blackberries, sour lemon, white grapes, and vinous notes. It pours a transparent amber with a small white head that quickly fades to almost nothing. The flavor starts with a quick dose of blackberries. The finish has heavy sour lemon and sour white grapes. It’s light bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, I think this the sour Almanac I like best.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RABinCO (1156) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUL 11, 2014
Draft. Hazy pinkish peach hue. Lightly fruity and slightly funky aroma. Lots of fresh berry. Taste is bright, fresh tart blackberry, funky and slightly puckering. Not overly sweet. Refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nickd717 (3464) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 9, 2014
375mL bottle from Plumpjack. Hazy pink-orange color with a small bubbly white head. Big acetic and vinous fruit aroma. Blackberry and funk. Very tart and acetic flavor, sharp and crisp with blackberry and barrel notes. Nice mouthfeel, really biting and acidic with lively carbonation. Another great one from the Almanac guys.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Smurf2055 (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 7, 2014
Pours blond, finger white head Smell funky brett, light fruit Taste tart, lacto, blackberry, chewy citrus, zesty Light body really nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (2478) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 7, 2014
Sample at First Sunday. Wasn’t expecting this to be so tart but I like it. Furit is faint and I think more due to the nature and subtlety of a blackberry as opposed to anything else but it is still there. The berry adding a nice level of complexity. Big body and good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (2991) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 6, 2014
Bottle - Blackberry, yogurt and a touch of sourness. Pinkish orange with a frothy white head. Lots of upfront tartness with the berries peeking through in the finish. Nice light and tart.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (6067) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 6, 2014
Pour out of 375 ml bottle, hazy reddish pink pour with fizzy white head, aroma brings notes of white wine, red wine, oak, grape, cherry, berry, hints of grain, biscuit, hints of earth and funk, pretty tart smelling. Taste is a mix of berry, tart lemon, oak, hints of wine, tannins, nice funky earthy notes into a bit of red fruits, blackberry does come through, finishing tart, dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
joelfaber (7) - Washington, USA - JUL 3, 2014 does not count
Pours bright red-orange. Thin white head. Smells much like fruit juice. Taste starts fruity and ends with a light sour note.

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