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RATINGS: 63   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
markwise (4647) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (4093) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 25, 2014
Bottle at Three Penny Taproom on 3/16/14
Mostly clear straw-golden body looks quite gueuze-like and has a small, poorly retained white head and plentiful carbonation in the liquid. Sediment left behind in bottle.
Light sulfur and quite an authentic malo-lactic presentation in the nose is deliciously reminiscent of Cantillon gueuze. Hay, earth, lots of funky barnyard and soft but strong acids fill the nose. More malt presence than the top Belgian gueuzes, though not necessarily more sweetness; I just get more biscuity, lightly bready notes that are certainly not unwelcome and characterful in their own right. A fair amount of buttery, woody oak in the nose, but certainly not overdone by any stretch.
Sweet and sour notes collide up front, with more raw oak and acetic acid than the top gueuzes. It quickly softens out though, leading to more lactic notes, strong brett acids and a clean, sour finish that still has some of the light malt sweetness lingering.
A bit looser/more watery in texture than the best, but thatís a pretty minor complaint. Really thereís not a single major issue with the beer. Any Belgian lambic house could be proud to serve this. A touch sweeter than I would prefer and the alcohol, while not disturbing the flavors, always seems to lighten/loosen the body the higher it gets (in a lambic), Iíve found. Awesome beer, though and Iím sure the longer these guys keep brewing and adjusting, the better itís going to get.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
vtafro (4549) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAR 14, 2014
Bottle. Light golden pour with white head. Citra, Brett, and lighter oak aromas. Flavor is funky, lemon, citrus and wild flavors. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jcartamdg (2358) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2014
Pours a hazy light yellow, with no head. Aroma of citrus, lacto, Brett, funk. Taste is tart, fruity, vinous, really complex. Fantastic beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JStax (3551) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - FEB 24, 2014
Bottle pour. Semi-hazy gold pour with a white head of foam. Aroma is funky and peachy. Also some tropical fruits. Funky fruity sweet taste. Medium body with medium to high carbonation. Overall, a really nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrChopin (3575) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 19, 2014
hazy lemon, thin small bubbled white head. Lotion and white grape nose, light sulfur and considerable hay brett esters. Tons of white grape and sugar at the front, some hay mid before light grain and playdoh in the sugary, fizzy finish. Reminiscent of peconic with more sweetness, less tannin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beernbourbon (1372) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 17, 2014
Bottle thanks to my buddy Lewis and his wife. Pour is golden yellow with a small white head. Aroma is funky, sweet, and lightly tart with light fruity hints. Flavor is apricot sweetness up.front with waves of light funk, light sweetness, and faint floral notes. Really delicate and well balanced. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
umich03jm (2580) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JAN 14, 2014
750 ml bottle thanks to Tom for the trade. Shared at Jeffís. Pours light yellow with a small fizzy carbonation that quickly fades to a very small ring. Aroma is sour lemon sugar candy with musty wood and grass. Some light barnyard notes too. Taste is mostly sour lemons but thereís a really nice fruitiness too. I think itís maybe apples and grapes. Perfect amount of light barnyard in the moderately tart, crisp, dry finish. Nice bubbly carbonation. Great stuff. Sours are definitely growing on me now and this was my favorite to date until I had an even better one later that day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tectactoe (3099) - Michigan, USA - JAN 13, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2014 Bottle: Thanks, Jason! Super hazy, pear & straw colored body with a thin, white head that fizzles away almost instantly. Aroma is nice & tart, full of sour lemon flesh; nice combo of slightly acidic & lacto sourness. Thereís a faint spice Iím picking up that I canít identify. A touch of wood & wet hay in the finish. Taste is also full of tartness up front... sour but not pickering, acidic but not enamel ripping. Notes of fresh lemon & sour citrus followed by some oak, hay, & straw in the finish. Super dry aftertaste, leaves a tingling tartness behind... Wow, very nice stuff! Excited to see what they come out with next.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
reggiedunlop (3410) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2014
Pours a clear gold with a thin white head...lively. aroma has nice light funk and whiye wine-like notes...slight oak...very subtle grassiness. Flavor is nice light white wine and funk with just the right amounts of sour and oakiness to go with light fruity notes of apple and stonefruits....very delicate and fabulous. Mouthfeel is light and lively with a nice dry white winey tart and dry finish. This is a fabulous and delicately complex beer.

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