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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 3.5/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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We inoculated an oak cask with Hansens Geueze, filled it with Old Ale, covered it with stale hops (to serve as a preservative) and aged it for a year. Then we transferred it to the bottle and bottle conditioned it for another year. The lactobacillus and perhaps some of the yeast from the Hansens consumed some more of the residual sugars left in the Old Ale that were inaccessible to our standard ale yeast. This combined with some oxidation from the oak cask soured the beer and gave it some earthy character. It is a sour and spicy ale reminiscent of a Flemish Brown - with a complex palate of dark fruits and earthy, oaky notes. Hope you love it as much as we do!


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 1, 2010
(750ml bottle, 2005 vintage) Pours a murky brown body with a spare off-white head. Aroma of vinegar, barnyard, mustiness, acetone, and cherries. Flavor of cherries, leather, caramel, vinegar, lacto, and grass.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11450) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 11, 2010
75cl bottle, 2004 vintage, thanks ygtbsm94. Medium beige head atop murky amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, cheese/funk/sour, some hay/grass. Taste is medium sweet, cheese/funk, caramel, some citrus/grass. Medium body, low carbonation.

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Travlr (11001) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 14, 2013
Bottle courtesy of Brigadier, thank you Nathan! Hazy maroon amber color. Aroma of plums, prunes, raisins. Taste is extremely tart plums. Harsh.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (9596) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 14, 2013
2005 Bottle shared by Brigadier. Pours lightly hazy tawny with a small, bubbly off-white head, medium retention with spare lacing. Aroma acetic vinous notes, brown sugar and light molasses, balsamic vinegar, toast and cookie malt with old and stale hops. Flavor is acetic cherries, vinous notes, light vanilla, brown sugar, malt backbone, light hops and bitterness and a dry finish. Medium body and light carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (8867) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2011
750ml bottle. 2005 Vintage. Poured a deep and cloudy amber, almost brown color, with a very small sized head. Aromas of vinegar, funky, wood/oak, and cherries. Tastes of cherries, wood, funk, vinegar, and vinous. Acetic.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7854) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 23, 2010
2005 bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours with a hazed brown body and no head. Aroma is floral, alcohol, acetic, powerful, wine, umami, vegimite, barrel and vinous. Taste is sour, vinous, chocolate and wine. Syrupy mouthfeel with very light carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (7782) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 21, 2013
2013-02-02. Dark red brown body, headless. 3++ Rich aroma, fruity vinous quality, bit of woody oak like quality. 8+ Flavour is intense, sour, bit of wood, malt, lactic touches. Becomes a bit overwhelming as you go on. Average bodied palate. Starts great and gets to be a bit too much by the end. 2005 Vintage? Bottle at Sourfest, Buffalo

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MartinT (7779) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 17, 2008
My Bottom Line:
Lush cherries mature into a wise red wine which transcends its Old Ale origins and transports this base beer to an out-of-this-world earthy and fruity Sour Ale with complex peppery nuances. This is one of those highly successful experimental ales which can instill passion for our usually humble beverage of choice.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam stands atop the cloudy red brown.
-Carbonation is expansive and too effervescent, which does not allow us to fully enjoy the plethora of flavors at play.
-The sourness is levelled with the sweet fruitiness of the Old Ale malt profile.
-That fruity/sour tango is long and lustful.
-Despite its gravity, this is amazingly drinkable.
-I am surprised that this hasn’t been rated much. Sour Ale lovers, get out to Ann Arbor and ask for it!

Bottle; 2004 vintage.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 26, 2010
2004 bottle shared by ygtbsm94 on 1/10/10: Pours a transparent copper bronze with a smallish, spotty-lacing off-white head. Aroma of fresh tart cherries and complex woody oak. Starts with good fruity cherry and oak tartness with some light caramel sweetness and crisp acidity before a drier puckering finish. A very good Flemish sour.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sebletitje (6641) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 25, 2010
Dog Days of Summer Gathering, thanks Beerlando. ’05 bottle. dark brown, no head. Vinegar bomb. Lots of acidic and vinegary presence in this one, light fruits, skinned/puree like dark fruits (berries), very acidic and sour with the oud bruin elements blending nicely with the barrel aging. Could be nicer if it did not have that much vinegar notes, still a good beer to share.


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