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RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 3.46/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Travlr (21421) - Charlotte, North Carolina, 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
fiulijn (19119) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 7, 2014
Tasting at Ferris’, corked bottle; vintage 2011
Dark brown color, near black; no carbonation and no head. Sour aroma, acetone, old clothes, skunk. Oily mouthfeel; cherry and acetone flavor, nasty acidity.
Seriously, this got out of control, undrinkable acetone soup. I don’t want to get nasty…

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (14361) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 21, 2014
750mL bottle, pours a dark mahogany with a small beige head. Aroma brings out vinegar, sour dark fruits, and some Worcestershire sauce. Flavour is extremely vinegary, with Worcestershire sauce, and intense vinegar. Some woodiness, but this intensely vinegary. Gets easier to drink after a while. Good stuff, but too vinegary to be drinkable in more than taster sizes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (13231) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (12717) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ferris (12695) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 20, 2014
Bottle - Sour and bad balsamic. Deep brown copper with no head. Tart malts and balsamic. Sour and a little unrefined, more balsamic than anything else.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (12101) - Escondido, California, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (11527) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (9835) - 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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MartinT (9319) - 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.

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