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Almanac Sour Barrel #9

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Almanac Sour Barrel #9
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RATINGS: 5   MEAN: 3.98/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerBoxer (232) - Sacramento, USA - JAN 23, 2012
on tap at city beer for almanac release event! pours a ruby color with a fruity aroma. Flavor is sour and and sweet! very good! I wish they bottled this one!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nickd717 (3403) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 19, 2011
On tap at City Beer. To correct prior reviewers (I think), I believe Jesse said they used Rodenbach yeast. Could be wrong. Somewhat opaque dark reddish in color with a one finger head on top. The aroma is nice, fruity and funky, with blackberry and other berry notes. The flavor is really great, with a restrained but sharp tartness that gives it a great taste without impeding drinkability. Wild and farmhouse yeasts evident, with some Brett standing out. Jammy dark fruit and blackberry are big on the flavor. Medium-bodied and crisp with a great acidity level. The best I’ve had from Almanac so far and an outstanding beer (call me a homer if you want but I thought this was excellent).

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 9, 2011
A - Served a cloudy reddish-pink color with a very thin layer of white head. Just a bit of lace left behind as it fades fairly quickly. S - Aroma is funky and slightly tart. Lots of fruit and a bit of sourness mixed in as well. T - Starts off fairly funky and tart with lots of berry and some oak. Through the middle, a touch of puckering sourness and a bit of yeast. The finish is a mix of funky flavors, some berry, and a bit of sourness that linger. M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and tart with a bit of a pucking mouthfeel with some acidity. D - Very drinkable. A bit more punch and tart than the normal version. The sourness was still not overly sharp but there at a nice level.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
popery (1231) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 28, 2011
I tried the sour version on tap at Shotwell’s - not sure if it’s barrel #9. A definite improvement over the normal version but it still seemed a bit muddled. More berry flavor, and it’s nice and jammy, unlike the normal. Pretty good sour notes. Less citrus. Some good musty aroma. Still a bit too much tannic neutral oak flavor. Appearance is a cloudy strawberry color with no head. Good stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (6017) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 4, 2011
On tap at City Beer Almanac release event. Pours dark red with a thin off-white head and a huge sour berry aroma. There is a dry sour malt flavor with lots of blackberry flavor. There is the same yeast presence as in the Summer 2010 version, as I believe Orval yeast was used for both. This is a very tasty brew made with locally and organically grown blackberries. Unfortunately, the batch was too small to allow for bottling.


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