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Arbor Demetrius Barrel Aged Sour Double IPA

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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.4/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 88   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Arbor Brewing Company is proud to offer this exclusive, limited-edition, hand-packaged and bottle-conditioned ale in the Belgian Aged Pale tradition. Our interpretation of this rare Belgian stye was created by aging our Larry Hoppe Double IPA for six months in gueuze-innoculated oak casks and then bottle conditioning for a minimum of two months. The result is a unique ale with a bright golden hue, moderate carbonation, and a burst of complex fruity, spicy, sweet-tart, and earthy flavors, with a quenching acidity in the finish. As with most bottle-conditioned ales, there may be a thin layer of sediment on the bottom of the bottle. For best results, uncork slowly and decant gently into a glass without disturbing the sediment.


Travlr's rating

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (12260) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 26, 2012
Bottle. Variegated golden brown color, thick tan head with good retention, solid lacing. Aroma of dusty brown bread and light citrus, with a touch of spice. Taste is an odd but interesting combination of bitter and sour that pretty much works, with a peppery finish that just a bit too bitter. Overall, a nice try that is certainly unique.


2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
umich03jm (2043) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - SEP 23, 2014
Tap at The Oak. Copper-orange pour with a small head that fades to a messy film. Aromas are burnt plastic, rotten fruit, leather, red wine, and basement funk. Tastes like rotten fruit and red wine. Yuck. Pretty dry and a little grainy too. Not good.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
arminjewell (6293) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 27, 2014
Pour on tap at One Eyed Bettys, hazy orange pour with white head, aroma brought notes of sour fruit, sourred hops, hints of caramel, some funky grainy notes with a touch of oak, not that appealing. Taste is a mix of sour grass, grain, biscuit, caramel into some weird chemical, plasticky note, hits of yeast. Bleh.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
unclemike (2269) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - JUL 24, 2014
Pours a chalky color brown. Floral hops on the nose has a light hop flavor. Medium bodied Sourness prevails and a slight funk to this beer. A decent beer wont try again

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (2684) - Michigan, USA - JUL 12, 2014
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2014 vintage bottling. Pours lightly hazy deep orange amber color with a 2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tart cherry, green apple, lemon peel, tangerine, pineapple, red wine, oak, hay, straw, grass, light pine, leather, musty funk, light pepper, light vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity and balance of fruity/funky yeast, hops, and oak barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of tart cherry, green apple, lemon peel, tangerine, pineapple, red wine, oak, hay, straw, grass, light pine, leather, toast, musty funk, light pepper, light vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Good amount of fruity/oaky tartness and slight bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart cherry, green apple, lemon peel, tangerine, pineapple, red wine, oak, hay, straw, grass, light pine, leather, toast, musty funk, light pepper, light vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of fruity/funky yeast, oak barrel, and hop flavors; with a great malt/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately acidic, and slightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Sour DIPA. All around good complexity and balance of fruity/funky yeast, oak, and hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV with the balanced acidity. A very enjoyable offering.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
joshwoodward (567) - - APR 15, 2014
Had a glass on tap as part of a flight in Bigalora A2. Delicious, not overly sour or funky, but nice depth of flavor.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tastybeer (1738) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 31, 2014
Draft. Hazy dark gold pour, small white head. Little retention/lace. Aroma of citrus, floral hop, funk, dust, barnyard, oak. Taste is tart, lactic, bitter, funk, dust, oak. Palate is dry, average carbonation, tart finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alliance100 (711) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2014
Draft at Rezervoir Lounge - pours a deep copper, mildly sour funk aromas . The sour flavor is not over powering , even slightly sweet . Very refreshing . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (9018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2014
750ml, caged and corked bottle. Poured a hazy golden color with an off white head. Woody, stale floral hops, citrus, oak, and a lighter funkiness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
JulienHuxley (3256) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - OCT 6, 2013
Bottle. Hazy gold pour with thin ring of white head. Woody, leathery aroma, stramberries, funk, light bretty notes - hops appear to be pretty dead here, no idea on how old my bottle is. Taste is woody, woody tannins, better hop flavor than aroma, tangerines, strawberries, quite fruity. Palate is medium bodied, you could say light for the abv, not much carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 28, 2013
Bottle:   Deep dirty orangish straw, fine haze, thin to moderate sudsy white head, spotty lacing.   Seems tart, bright, funky on the nose.   Noticeable wood too.   Sour start, dry, oaky, very surprised that this is only 24 percentile.   Guessing its gotten better with age.   A bit acidic, gueze or lambic like.   Hops make an appearance on the backside.   I was really surprised with this one.   Doesn’t stick around long tho.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Reminds me a bit of a lambic on the finish, with the dry acidity.   This one worked for me!   Nice work Arbor!   Thanks for the bottle Kevin!



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