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Backacre Sour Golden Ale

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RATINGS: 52   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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Inspired by the traditional gueuze beers of Belgium, BACKACRE matures for more than a year in oak barrels to develop a fruity, earthy, and refreshingly tart character. The careful blending of different barrels creates a sparkling golden ale with a crisp and complex nature akin to cider or dry champagne.


3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (11132) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 28, 2014
Bottle. Slightly hazy golden color, medium fluffy white head. Aroma os peppery, dusty summer fruit. Taste is softly sour, vinous, smooth stone fruit with decent funk. Very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (8310) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2014
Chriso Tasting, thanks to LKS, 10/07/14. Hazed golden orange with moderate off white spotting and edgework. Nose is tarte citric rind, bitter tangerine, straw, dank oaky wood, light yeast strain. Taste comprises mellow citrics, light acidity, earthy rinse, dank straw, barnyard effect. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, light saltyness and herbals in the close. Decent.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
madmitch76 (14744) - , Essex, ENGLAND - AUG 2, 2014
10th July 2014
Forgetfu Tasting at ChrisOs. Hazy gold beer, small fluffy white head. Palate is airy, dry and crisp. Light savoury saltiness like a good Goze. Lemon acid turning bitter. Light dry finish. A bit too sharp to be that drinkable.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AdamJackson (2542) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 13, 2014
Light yellow cloudy pour with sediment. Smells like sulphur and lemon. Taste is weak. Odd sour with lemon and spice. Nice level of tart and oak weak overall though

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (6718) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2014
Bottle thanks to Mr L. Smith. It pours hazy gold with a thick white head. The nose is soft, doughy, barnyard, funk,cream cheese, wood and light smoke. The taste is crisp, tart, pretty acidic, sherbet, lemon, orange peel, straw, acid burn and light alcohol with a dry finish. Medium body and moderate, prickly carbonation. Crisp and tart, but rather acidic.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (10780) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2014
Bottle shared in London - picked up in VT. Pours unclear yellow with a thick, foamy white head. Pleasant aroma with lots of lemon, peach, some lemon squash. Light-medium sweet flavor with balanced tartness, more lemon, straw, faint apple, hints of salt and alcohol. Light to medium bodied with fine, massaging carbonation. Nicely balanced to finish with citric lemon bite, mild warmth, pear, peach, slight bitter straw. Lovely stuff. Good depth, wonderful balance.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
biggsbowler (262) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2014
Bottle - pours hazy gold. Tart, lemon zest, bready, and sour aroma. The taste is very sour, lemon zest, citrusy, and a tad sweet. Damn good!!!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MartinT (7797) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 24, 2014
My Bottom Line:
Elderflowers bloom throughout this most elegant of Sour Ales, leaning on puffs of wilderness, natural yogurt and tropical fruitiness.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the misty straw blond.
-This is a rare sour beer which doesn’t try to wow you with thousands of wild yeast notes or blinding acidity. It plays a few notes, but these notes are so full of care and precision that they quickly become endearing.
-Bubbles are tiny and relaxing.
-Tartness is refreshing.

Bottle.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheAlum (5687) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2014
Bottle shared at Dunt’s Tasting (Chicago, IL). Pours a nice bubbly golden hue, decent haze and nice glow. Loose whitish ring sticks around and laces ok. Aromas are firm sour apple, touches of pear and citrus. Mellow lactic and yogurty acidity. Mellow bread, straw, vanilla and bread. Initial is fuzzy and dry, firmly potent with a richer sour and fuzzy vibe, good carbonation, apple and crab apple, touches of pear, lemon and grapefruit. Touches of bread, straw, gentle funk and dryness. Middle is dry, fuzzy and sour. Nice stuff. A bit underdone with nice citrus and fuzzy carbonation. Backend is dry, big rind and tartness, some bitter elements, some gentle lingering yogurt. Finish is a bit acidic lingering on. Solid. A bit more restrained, the complexity isn’t necessarily there but it’s certainly quite drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
markwise (4467) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2014
Bottle courtesy of a recent Tampa Tasting. Pours a hazy yellow with a white head. Nose is lemon, tartness, biting lacto, oak, white wine, citrus, and funk. Flavor is similar- lemon, biting lacto, white wine, citrus, and funk. Medium in body, fizzy, and a very interesting sour overall.


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