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Almanac Summer 2010

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RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 29   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Ale with blackberries added and aged in wine barrels

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8094) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2011
Interesting and complex creation.Dark coloured body. Yeasty initially, and then bold berry fruity flavour, finishing with abundant merlot tannin flavour, and somewhat drying. The smell did not give away the mystery of the berries. Tremendous range of flavour, best experienced at about room temperature. I could not knock this bomber off myself, but could easily do so with two or three people round a campfire.Thanks Tom.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zymurgeist2 (871) - Redwood City, California, USA - NOV 30, 2011
Sour and tart aromas with blackberry somewhat restrained. Hazy brushed gold with full concentrated white head. Blackberry and sour, mouthfeel is medium with puckering. Tangy and tart on the late palate. Fruit also comes in again very late.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (8529) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 29, 2011
Bottle… Fantômepalooza 2011This beer rocks!… Hazy golden ale with a mid-sized, frothy, white head. Great retention. The nose is spicy, fruity and supplies a plethora of cereal and pale grains. Medium to full-bodied with zippy carbonation. The flavor is tangy, mildly sweet and a hint spicy with an undertone of fruity berries. Finishes crisp, tangy and modestly sweet. Kudos to richiesd for shipping this bottle from the left coast!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3340) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2011 750ml bottle courtesy of a recent. Bottle 1240 of who knows... Pours a semi-transparent orange brown shade and then topped with a thin to medium quickly dissipating soapy white head... Aroma of white wine and bretty semi-funk. Grapey feel throughout without too much of the blackberries to be honest... Flavors are much of the same with a dry white wine presence to go alongside a bretty pineapple dryness. More of that grapiness from the wine barrel without venturing too far into blackberry territory. Thin to medium bodied with a semi-lively carbonation that mends well with the dryness from the wild yeast.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (5716) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2011
Pours was clear reddish purple almost with a nice white head, aroma brought notes of toffee, blackberry, sweet citrus and other fruity notes, hints of oak and a touch of the grape comes through, but really not much wine character in the aroma. Taste is nice with notes of blackberry and grapes combining with other fruity notes, some hints of biscuit and caramel in there, slight hint of the oak, finishing fairly dry. Not a bad brew at all, wish the tartness of the blackberry and wine barrel came out more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
thirdeye11 (5393) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 8, 2011
(750ml bottled 5/29/11 #1291 thanks to jyoungsbcp) cloudy medium gold with fine white bubbles. Nose of brett-C, citra hops, orange pulp, quite sweet. Taste of metal, spruce needles, herbal, spices, muddles. Not really a good combination. Bad tasting linger.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickd717 (3403) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 4, 2011
22oz bottle. Hazy orangish-golden color with a small white head that leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma is of blackberries, pepper, honey, oak, red wine, and some farmyard notes. The flavor is very nice, with a touch of sweetness and a mild tartness. The yeast profile is distinctively Belgian with maybe even a touch of brett, and there is a peppery/spicy character to it. Blackberries are somewhat assertive and there’s just a hint of red wine. Decent oakiness. Great mouthfeel with lively carbonation and not too much heft to it given the ABV. This is a nice beer that has evolved in the bottle in the few months since it was released. If you didn’t care for it when it first came out, I recommend giving it a second try. Jesse and Damian are doing great things with this brewery and they’re definitely one to watch.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
deyholla (5968) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 24, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2013 Bottle thanks to Baker, shared at freetail release. Pours a cloudy deep gold with a white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a nice dark tart fruits with a backing dry wine and funk. Dry throughout with a bit of blackberry, wine and grain.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 26, 2011
750ml bottle. Pours a hazy golden color; fine-bubbled white head. Pleasantly phenolic aroma showing white pepper, vinous alcohol, and some dry dark fruits; peppery and sharp. Medium body; medium-high carbonation. Overall impression is a lightly barrel-aged and dark fruited tripel with very mild tartness; plenty of white pepper and yeastiness, and none of the rougher phenolics noticed early on (six months ago); light acetone notes throughout. Medium-length finish of dark fruits and some emergent toastiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wedgie9 (1792) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 23, 2011
Tasted on 8/23/11 from a 750mL bottle purchased at City Beer, bottled on 5/29/11, bottle number 3705. Pours cloudy orange with a thick white head that slowly recedes to uneven lace, leaving a bit of residue along the inside of the glass. The nose is very fruity with the blackberry showing nicely, along with some spicy yeast aroma, a ton of kumquat citrus that I always get off of citra hopped beers, and some banana and coconut aromas from the oak treatment. The flavor is spicy yeast up front, moving to the awesome fruity flavor, and finishing with some light malt hints and the citrus hops and a hint of the coconut and banana oak. The body is medium with lively carbonation and a long spicy yeast, fruity, citrus, and lightly oaky finish.

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