Ballast Point Hout Series - Black Currant
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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 3.65/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
3fourths (9137) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 28, 2010
bourbon, molasses and sour, sweaty socks in the nose. heavy bourbon and brown sugar presence. mildly acetic. filmy, pasty and thin texture. soured brown sugar lingers. currants, really?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - FEB 18, 2010
Taster@the Old Grove brewery: Purple color with a small pinkish head. Aroma of berries and red wine vinegar. Flavor starts rather sour and fruity and finishes kinda dry and berry tart. Light body is crisp with moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 10, 2010
Poured hazy light reddish brown, mellow, fruity, dry, little tart, little funky.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (12878) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 6, 2009
A turbid dark lambic with reddish hues, thin off white head. A nice light horseblanket aroma, a bit of dark fruits. In mouth, more sweetness than in the cherry hout, veering on grape juice, light lactic notes, yogourt sourness. On tap at Ballast Point 13 Anniv. Beer Festival , Oct. 24 2009.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
elihapa (1545) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - OCT 28, 2009
On tap, LA Beerfest. Very cool of BP to bring this limited offering, explained briefly to me as a Gueze-interpretation that is a brewery-only offering. The color of this beer is downright strange: incredibly cloudy – murky even – mud-brown with no head. They gotta do something about this if a release is imminent! Lol. Nose is a wonderful blend of berries, acetic acid, lemon zest, and tart cherries. Initial flavor reminds me of a berry-infused Flanders Red, in the sense that the vinegar acidity is upfront, the fruit essence firmly present, and the body clean and fairly light. I found myself liking this beer a lot . . . until the finish. The finish contained a weird, twisted astringency that was part-paint thinner, part dirt. It certainly was distracting, and unfortunately, tempered an otherwise nice drinking sour. I would try this one again though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
paytoplay (146) - , California, USA - OCT 26, 2009
Ballast 13th anny, this was my fav of all the 3 "hout" sours that were on draft. Super currant flavors, some dusty coco, sourness was solid. More grip and complexity than the other 2. Not that traditional for a sour I guess. Weird murky color but the flavors were outstanding. Ballast knows their sours, but damn these are rare.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wetherel (1863) - Cupertino, California, USA - APR 1, 2009
On tap at Belgian Beer fest 2009. Red color. Sour. Tart. Dry. Good, but low in flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - MAR 29, 2009
On tap at Pizza Port Belgian Beer Fest. Pours burgundy with a light pinkish purple head. Nose is sweet and mildly tart with a load of dark berries. Taste is more sweet than sour, I’d prefer it the other way around. Sourness is there but smooth and mild. This stuff really just tastes like sour berries, currants obviously, and sugar. Finishes surprising with a wine like dryness. Light to medium bodied with alot of prickly carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
WeeHeavySD (3380) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 29, 2009
1st rating, tap @ Belgian Fest 2009. Porus reddish with a pink head. Nose is sweet with almost a beet quality, taste is sweet and fruity and tart, overall tasty but the fruit is overall a bit overwhelming.

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