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RATINGS: 84   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   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 California’s Santa Cruz Mountains and aged in wine barrels for many months. Pair with duck dishes and summer salads.


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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


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (351) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 19, 2014
A pinkish blonde beer. Aroma and flavor are more tart than sour, and also more tart than fruity. Would have like the blackberries to be a little more heavy, but this is still a good beer, even without the fruit. Almost very rustic saison vs super scidic wild. Easy drinking and pleasant, but...I can get that for a lot less than $11 a bottle :)"

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AdamJackson (2515) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 14, 2014
Grapefruit pink color. Hard to get a nose. Certainly acidic and juicy. Clearly blackberry. Had that classic almanac acidity and tongue wrenching sour not the most sour beer but it’s up there. Nice mouthfeel for a draft offering. Blackberry flavor is muted. Closer to peach and raspberry

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (3099) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 13, 2014
Draft for the Almanac 3rd birthday tap take over at Toronado, SF. Strange pink, purple gold like color. Aroma is sour oak, light musty basement and tart blackberry.

Flavor has just enough berry to provide a tartness that helps counter balance the funky oak notes. Dont misunderstand, it still has plenty of sourness and lactic acid but the berry help cut through it and gives another layer of flavor. Not sure how old the keg is but I preferred this over the Reserve citrus I had 10 minutes before this.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lb4lb (2519) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 10, 2014
Pretty colored pour. Nice tart smell of acid and BlackBerries. Tastes good. Sour but not vinegary. Enjoyable

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joet (2154) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - AUG 10, 2014
Apricot golden red hued, ivory foam fine and persistent small head, slightly trace oily surface, hazy. Dominant clean lactic sour, milk cream, mild fruit berry aromas, hay pastoral, light wood, straw, raspberry tang, light chalky mineral. Feel is light mineral spritzy. sour lightly salty finish. Wonderful.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oOJUXEOo (271) - Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Bottle. Pour is almost pink, with little to no head. Pungent tart aroma. Taste is lip puckering! Tart and delicious. Very sour and the blackberries provide a nice balance to the light malt base. Slightly acidic and yeasty. Nice beer!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElGaucho (2200) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - AUG 4, 2014
Bottle. Lovely Brett nose with fruit notes. Beautiful murky orange/peach body. Wonderfully tart with Brett finish.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
falco242 (250) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 4, 2014
Wow...this is good. Beautiful peach color and tart funky fruitiness in the nose. Lots of carbination, super tart blackberry flavor with sweet oak lingering in there. The wine barrel addition make this great, especially with the Brett finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MacBoost (1245) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - JUL 30, 2014
375ml bottle via trade. Pours a hazed dark pink/orange with a scant head. Aromas of seedy blackberry yogurt and jam, although no sweetness detected in the nose. Taste is a mix of tart and semi sweet blackberries/non-script berries straight from the vine. Pretty fucken great. Did I mention seedy? Like a mix of unripened and ripe blackberries were mixed in a blender with Greek yogurt. Seriously seedy and floral. Great. Mid-mouth we have a lactic tartness which produces a pronounced pucker. The finish is semi dry, tart and full of berries. This is a worlds class beer and miles ahead of the dog patch entries from almanac. Kudos.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (8848) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2014
375ml bottle. Poured a reddish/orangish/pinkish tinged with a smaller sized head. Blueberries, blackberries, citrus, some earthiness, and some funkiness.


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