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Brewed by Bellwoods Brewery
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Toronto, Canada
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.77/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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Baltic porter aged in brett barrels with additional beasties.


Alpha10's rating

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alpha10 (271) - Ontario, - JAN 14, 2014
2014/01/14 - Pours an opaque, dark brown cola colour with a two-finger, fizzy, khaki coloured head that quickly reduces to a lasting surface film. Aroma is toasted/smokey malts, chocolate and sour brett funk (lemon and cranberries?). Taste is lemon, smokey malts, mild chocolate notes and a sweet and sour acidic aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium, with lively carbonation and a tart, drying finish. Interesting mix that plays well together. Well done. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (8096) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 12, 2014
Very well done, the additional beasties gave it a cherry winey character. Rich and great. A good integration with porter.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
neuromatt (1020) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 9, 2014
500 mL bottle at the brewery, served in a stem glass. Pours black with a small tan head that fades to a thin rim and leaves a small amount of fine lace. The nose has notes of cherry, sour fruit, roast malts and a touch of smoke. The flavour starts out dry and roasty with a nice porteresque feel, but it soon acquires a moderate tartiness with sour fruit, Brett funk, oak and earth come through as well, but the fruit dominates. The finish is long and oaky, with sour fruit, apple cider, earth and roasty malts. On the palate, it is medium-full in body with a smooth milky texture and soft carbonation. Overall, a decent sour porter, but not the most complex. 2014-04-08

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mds (2167) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 27, 2014
Bottle from the brewery.
Pours a deep black with a big frothy brown head. Smells of plum, brett and some chocolate. Tastes awesome. There’s a pleasant sourness with some sweet malt character balancing it out. Enjoyable. 2014-03-27

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rejtable (1143) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 15, 2014
Nice one. Pours black hint of amber on the edges, lost so foamy lacing and tons of lacing. Nose is sour and some roasted malt. Notes of espresso, tart cherries, yeast and dark fruit. Taste is light/medium sweet, light/medium tart and light bitter. Body is lighter than I would prefer with lively carbonation.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (5372) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 21, 2014
500mL bottle, pours a deep dark brown with a small brown head. Aroma brings out sour fruits, brett, and oak. Flavour brings out tart fruits, brett, cocoa, and tart malts. Pretty interesting experiment. Finishes on sour dark cocoa notes. Decent stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StefanSD (2017) - Lakeside, California, USA - FEB 1, 2014
500 ml bottle courtesy of Sammy. Thanks. Pours an opaque black color with a medium tan head that has fair retention. The aroma is distinctly sour with funky brett and sour grapes. The taste, unlike the aroma, features chocolates in the forefront and they are sour chocolates mind you. Completing the taste experience is coffee, mocha, tobbacco, leather and dark fruits. The palate is full and smooth with prickly carbonation. Finishes long and dry. Overall: Creating a sour Baltic porter seems like a long shot, but those magicians at Bellwoods have pulled it off, this works and works well. My hats off to Sammy for sending me this gem.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jayseppi (114) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2014
Very pleasant beer. Nice black body that has a foamy head when poured. The flavour is thinner than the appearance would suggest, but it works for this beer. As does the carbonation level. It is more carbonate than I would usually prefer any beer to be, but for this, somehow, it works well. The sourness/tartness is very well integrated with the dark malts as well.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kevinsenn (983) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2013
Bottle from brewery. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma is tart with dry vinegar. Taste is very tart and dry, with sour fruits, and roasty notes. Sweet enough to fight the brett. Tasty!

4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hangunder (193) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 28, 2013
Super sour aroma, brett, green apples mixed with a dark malt character. Really really nice. Black with a long lasting brown head. Quite tasty, but with with less sour character than noticeable on the nose. Upfront some chocolately malts mixed with a lemon-like zing, finishes with more acidic notes and a sweetness and dark malt character. Quite nice, just not that well integrarted flavors. Fairly light bodied and highly carbonated. Pretty good beer.


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