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Bullfrog The Jaspers

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RATINGS: 107   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
Scheduled for release on the first Friday of May 2010, this sour red has been patiently maturing in oak barrels for 18 months and will be bottle conditioned a further 4 months prior to release. Why ’the Jaspers’ you ask? Check out Frank Herberts novel ’The Santaroga Barrier’ and find out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
CapnJazz (52) - Binghamton, New York, USA - JUN 27, 2010
Bottle from the brewery, shared with Nate at a Flanders tasting. Dark burgundy in color, mild head settling to a thin ring. Rich, full nose, a lot of the oak barrel and wild yeast. Mostly dark sour cherries, plums. Refined flavor, really classic for the style, starts with those sour cherries and plums going to a complex oaky finish. Brett and wild yeast is everywhere, really well done. This is way better than Oude Tart, right up there with Oerbier Reserva. Not so much vinegar as with more "classic" examples of this style, and more complex and balanced. To steal Nate’s characterization, "subtle and refined".

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11587) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 20, 2010
@PilsnerPeters Thanks MrChopin-750ml bottle-pours a light tan head and hazy copper color. Aroma is sour fruit, vinegar, medium malt. Taste is sour fruit, vinegar, medium malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smith4498 (3270) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUN 14, 2010
Bottle at Maltzillas World Cup 2010 tasting. Pours cloudy brownish color with off white head. Aromas of sour cherries and oak. Flavors of tart cherries, vinegar and wood. Meium body with moderate carbonation. Very nice. Thanks Diego.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 9, 2010
750ml corked and caged bottle, #95 of 378. Pours a hazy, dark reddish cherrywood color. A small, smooth head of beige foam leaves behind a wash of minimal, wet spotting that mostly rejoins the body. The nose is quite acetic, showing notes of soured wood, lactic bugs, and tangy cherries amidst a softly sweet, amber caramel malt body. There’s a hint of vinegar, along with some fruit skin tannins as well. Flavors are well balanced, with notes of tart, tannic cherry and dark fruit notes being countered by some soft, fruity malts and sweet Balsamic notes. Light, buggy oak funk shows more on each sip as the acetic nature seems to intensify. Medium bodied, and initially crisp and refreshing, the palate is very nicely rounded with subtle residual sugars on the back end. This is a very good sour in the Flemish red mold. Another nice one from Bullfrog.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 8, 2010
Bottle shared at Glouglouburps after Mondial tasting 2010. Bottle thanks to Rciesla for sharing! Pours a hazy deep brown with a thinning film of a head. Aroma is caramel sweet, light burnt toffee, crystal malts, fruity light cherry and rasp mix, pedio cherry pie and mineral kick with some medium but not overpowery aceto cider vinegar which was actually nice- as it warms some oak comes through a bit. Flavor has more oaky character, but still a decent amount of malt leftover- still mostly fresh overall some cherry pie, pitty, flemish sour like for the most part, some modest acetic acid and some slight paint thinner as it warms a bit. Decent modest sour finish and overall fairly drinkable. Light carbonation and yeastiness suggests the yeast is still working- may take another year or 2 to get better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MJGG (952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 7, 2010
Bouteille partagée par Rciesla. Thanks Ryan! Arômes de fruits mûrs et de chêne. Robe ambrée assez foncée, très trouble, peu de mousse et effervescence moyenne. Très boisée, les tanins de chêne sont très présents. Un beau côté de fruits rouges bien mûrs se développe également. Légère présence acétique et belle finale sèche (tanins de chêne) et lactique. Intéressant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fred82 (2118) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 7, 2010
Bottle at a tasting thanks to Rciesla.
Aroma : Vinous with some oak. Medium sourness. Quite woody.
Taste : Medium sourness, vinous and a bit acidic. Nice sourness while not very powerful.
Overall : Nice brew but nothing really remarkable about it. Nice sour beer. Thanks for sharing this rare one with us Ryan !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (10142) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 26, 2010
Bottle… This beer rocks!… Cloudy caramel ale with a small, fizzy, white head. Fruity, malty, funky and acidic notes in the bouquet – cherries and caramel stand out. Medium to full-bodied with a milky mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Tart, but not quite sour. Fruity, but not in an overbearing manner. A tad funky. Tangy, fruity, fairly dry finish. Thanks to Beerlando for sharing this world class beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pailhead (5747) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAY 22, 2010
Bottle: The aroma consists of cherries (sweet and tart), caramel, and a hint of acetone. it pours a cloudy orangish-brown with a minimal head. The flavor starts with a quick rose of sweet cherry and caramel. The cherry quickly goes tart in the finish with hints of vanilla, acetone, and oak. Medium bodied with mind carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (8000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2010
Bottle at Peter’s 2nd annual spring gathering. Pours a murky brown with a thin beige head. Woody malt, sour notes, fruit up front. Nice and crisp, good malt with some caramel tones to it. Tart and tasty and full of long tannins. Long wood fueled acids on the finish. Rather tasty. Definitely looking forward to the bottle I managed to get.

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