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Bullfrog The Jaspers

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RATINGS: 105   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
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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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2010
Pours a deep dark chestnut brown color with slight dark amber/mahogany edges when held to a light source. Completely opaque with a two finger frothy light beige head that slowly settles into a lasting cap and ring. Minimal spots of lacing left behind. Funky tart aroma with a lot of earthy oak barrel character. Vinous with hints of dark fruit/berries, especially cherry and grape, vinegar, brett and subtle malt. The sour/tart vinegar presence is very prominent and was noticeable from across the room when the bottle was opened. The combination of earthy oak barrel, sour vinegary notes and dark fruit produce a wonderful nose. Chewy full body with a very tart, puckering mouthfeel. As in the aroma, there is a wonderful funky, vinegary tartness that makes this beer pretty sour without being very acidic. This is balanced by a strong vinous dark fruit presence. Hints of tart dark cherry, blackberry, blueberry and grape. I’m not sure what kind of barrel was used but it tastes like red wine. The earthy oak presence is prominent and provides hints of vanilla. The bretty funk flavor along with a prominent vinegary tartness lingers throughout into a mouth watering, puckering finish that leaves me salivating for more. There is a somewhat barnyard funkiness in the finish which provides another level of complexity and adds to this beers insane drinkability. I downed this 750 way to fast. If you are a fan of Flanders Reds and Oud Bruins like me than you will really enjoy this beer. One of Terry’s best beers so far. Highly recommended!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 18, 2010
Pours brown, thin head. Sweet, full and sour nose...sharp sourness around the edges...clean, sour, perfect sweetness, perfect sourness...I really like the balance of fruitiness, sourness, sweetness, and alcohol warmth here...beautiful balance really....fruity like strawberries...warm like liquor...a touch of solventy funk. I dig it a lot!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAY 20, 2010
really enjoyed this beer. it tasted like a flanders but only drier. no vinegar. poured redish, perfect amount of head. Sour but very drinkable. i definetily could finish a bottle to myself. cheers to terry at bullfrog for this jem.

4.3
   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".

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SourNotes (104) - Bloomington, Minnesota, USA - OCT 5, 2010
brown/red/mohogany colored. slightly hazy. I can see the Funk havin a party in here, i just know its in there. smells of delciously sour cherry slightly funky lemon tart bretty land in here. oakiness about. lactic acid and acedic acid swirling in here like a tiger waiting to pounce. I’m gonna drink me some of this oaky sour cherry, acetic acid/vinegar of a more red wine style. slight funk notes, a great punch of sourness almost to the lemon side but more cherry sour kind. deep deep inside lies a touch of medicinal brett, but not enough to fight off the sour tiger that mauled my face when i drank this. I got a severe case of the Jaspers after drinking this. I think its contageous. light carbonation, some pucker, but refreshing. yup, i could drink a lot of this especially now that i have a case of the jaspers. the only cure is to drink more of it.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2010
Big thanks to mday for opening up a bottle of this. A: Pours a nice dark crimson with hints of some brown murkiness going on. Nice tan head with a bit of lacing. S: Loads of cherry aromas come alongside some nice tart characteristics along with a bit of acetic acid and hints of oak. T: The cherries come through again alongside lactic and acetic acid. Some oak and vanilla make their way in as well. M: This is where the beer really stands out. The creaminess of this was really nice all around, and the balance between the creamy nature of the brew, the acidity, and the sweetness really made for a pleasurable experience. D: One of the best things I’ve had from Bullfrog to date, which is saying something as I’m a huge fan of almost everything they do. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 05-23-2010

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
auerbrau (3177) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - SEP 28, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2013 750mL Bottle. Thanks Sean for sharing! A wafting, gentle soft creamy soured malt. This is delicate Hawbaker work at it’s finest. You’ve got to have a quiet mind to appreciate this. Soft, soft delicate ruby red malt with a well defined sour strain running through. Honey like sweetness leaves this one full of texture to play off the acidity. Good, good beer. These sours take focus, because if you’re quiet they’ll unleash a world of nuance.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
callmemickey (2868) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 Bottle #150 A: Dark brown with a slight reddish hue. Slightly transparent around the edges when held to the light. Some yeast in suspension with quite a bit of debris settling in the bottom. Moderate sized off-white head forms with a vigorous pour before forming a nice skim with 80+% coverage. Nice bubbly ring. Spotty lacing. S: First blast is of slightly sour cherries. The fruit is followed by a nice earthy oak character along with hints of vinegar, red wine, and some brett to round things out. Suggestive of a moderately sour and tart flavor to come. T: The cherries fade a bit to the back as the red wine, vinegar and oak move toward the forefront. Nice level of acidity and tartness lifts the flavors to the tip of the tongue. The dark cherries lend some sourness toward the tail end of each sip. M: Smooth, medium bodied. Acidity, tartness and sourness are all present without being too punishing. All in all the beer is delightfully restrained in all aspects. A nice lingering funk is pleasant as well. O: A top notch flanders red. A great release with a great beer. Will savor my remaining bottles over the next few years.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2012
Bottle. Bomber courtesy of James. Thanks, brother. Pours light chestnut brown opaque with some khaki beige head atop. Aroma of currants, red grapes, oak, raspberry, and funky must. Taste is soft cherry, currant, lemon zest, oaky dryness, and some rapberry bitter-tartness. Palate is fuzzy, tart, and pleasantly mild. Sweet, smooth, slightly tart finish. Excellent sour ale.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jredmond (5451) - Manhattan, New York, USA - APR 8, 2012
Bottle shared with pat and vin. Pours a deep, hazy amber brown body with carbonated white froth. Aroma is cherries, raspberries, lemon zest and funk. Mouthfeel starts out with a nice ripe tart and finishes creamier with notes of cherry lemonade, funky basement and light wood.


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