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Bells Oarsman Ale - Blackberry and Lemon

Bells Oarsman Ale - Blackberry and Lemon
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RATINGS: 5   MEAN: 3.72/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4434) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2014
On tap at GTWM 2013. Juicy opaque purple red body. Thin, steady, uneven, soapy head. Lots of blackberry flavor. Very juicy. Has some nice lemon zest bitterness to even it out. Quite awesome.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 27, 2013
Draft, Roll out the Barrel Party at the Eccentric Cafe. Cloudy, pulpy red-purple body, thin pink ring. Light, tart, fruity, lactic nose. Grainy, grassy body, lactic and a hint sulfuric, with lemon bite and sweet, modestly tannic blackberrry. Finishes with a nice bite.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
574deadzone (1045) - North Central, Indiana, USA - OCT 8, 2013
At the Roll Out party, which was a hell of a party. Pours a cloudy blood red with a pink head, leaving some soapy lace. Nose involves apple cider vinegar, dry yeasty funk, cranberry juice, and pinesol. Lightly sweet, seriously lemony tart, lightly bitter. Light bodied, active, puckering tart, with a fairly quick finish. Decent treatment on the Oarsman, but a little weird for me.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tectactoe (1935) - Michigan, USA - OCT 6, 2013
UPDATED: APR 8, 2014 Tap: Almost completely opaque; muddled and swampy brown-ruby red with an off-white and slightly pink tinted film that settles on top. Aroma is a light mixture of berries; little blackberry, though its hard to specifically pinpoint. Id call it more of a "mixed berry" aroma, along with a noticeable and tart, lemon filled backing. You can pick up on the slight sourness and lacto notes near the finish. Taste is very juicy; lots of lemon juice up front, mostly tart and a little sweet. The berries rush in tasting like a bag of Tropical Skittles; sweet in the finish, though the beer gets more tart with warmth. Tastes like Lemon Berry-Ade, making for a great Berliner Weisse. My favorite of the Oarsman variants thus far.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pailhead (4842) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - OCT 6, 2013
On tap: The aroma consists of moderate-heavy blackberry, lemon, and faint oak. Its a cloudy pinkish-purple with a small pink-tinged white head. The flavor starts with a moderate blackberry. The finish has moderate sour lemon with light-moderate oak and a touch of vanilla. Its light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, I could drink a lot of this.


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