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Buzzards Bay Farmhouse Reserve Ale

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RATINGS: 50   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
A pale ale barrel aged for over 2 years in cabernet sauvignon soaked french oak. Midway through aging it was green hopped with our own hops. Finished in a flemish, farmhouse style. Very limited production! Great with hard cheese and marvelous with roasted beef.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
GodOfThunder (1249) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2008
I really enjoyed this one. Pours a copper color with a thin white head of foam. Bouquet is citrus with some sour and dusty funk. Taste is light on brett with a little biscuit and citrus. Nice balance on this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2008
Bottle. Thanks Nelson for picking this up for me! Pours an amber body with 1/8" white head. Sweet light fruit citrus and sour lemon. Light brett finish with barnyard funk, this is very fresh and will dry out and improve nicely with time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - NOV 20, 2008
750 ml bottle. Reddish yellow with some tart and citrus fruits. Flavors were similar with more citrus, sour fruit and touches of bread. Pretty tasty

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skyview (5696) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2008
Sampled during Minnesota first annual Sourfest and shared by BDR. Pours a hazy gold amber brew with an average sized beige head that slowly dissipates to an off-white ring. Aroma of vanilla, a touch of yeast funk, citrus zest and some dark berries. Taste is medium bodied, lots of carbonation with flavors of caramel malt, yeast funk, vanilla some earth spice and citrus. Finish is semi-dry with a lingering tart citrus aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (6136) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2008
Poured a brownish gold color with a medium sized, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of brett, wild oak, vanilla, flowers, earth, citrus, and sour grapes. Taste of earthy yeast, vanilla oak, citrus fruits, grass, green grapes, cheese, wild yeasts, and a tart finish. Thanks to Jason for sharing!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10663) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2008
Bottle... RBSG Ď08... Ratings sometime get lost in the cracks when I use my voice recorder. Especially when a rating, like this one, is sandwiched between ratings for two beers that havenít been released yet and canít be entered on the site. Hurry up and release those Cigar City beers, Joey. Anyway: Cloudy mahogany ale with a mid-sized, foamy, lightly tanned head. Woodsy, earthy aroma that presents notes of well-aged cheese, damp old wood and wild, unknown berries with a hint of citrusy hops buried underneath it all. Medium-bodied with dancing carbonation. Vinous, sherry-like essences alongside notations of plum, pear and restrained caramel. Fruity, earthy, dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2008
A cloudy brown color. Funky cheese aroma with a sour tartness. Barnyard and cheese with a faint sourness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 20, 2008
This beer, when poured into my large Tripel Karmeliet Tulip, produces a three finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer has an interesting, purple stained, red plum color and shows a hazy, light cherry color when held up to the light (I would guess the cabernet barrel has significantly reddened this beer up). The aroma is a nice mix of funky-farmhouse cheese notes and oak aromatics, with a fruity note that ties the two together. Aromas of apricot scented chanterelle mushrooms, oaky butterscotch, a lightly spicy / pepper oak note, light barnyard musk, damp-molding wood, a touch of sharpness associated with blue cheese and an expressive fruit character that reminds me of dark berries, a light jam like quality, some blackberry notes, a slight cherry scent, basically a solid cabernet influence has leached into this beer. I really like how the barrel has contributed both fruit and oak aromatics here, both significantly, but not overwhelmingly. The wild funk is really hitting some nice notes as well, the aroma is not overly phenolic, but instead has a solid Brettanomyces contribution that melds quite well with the fruit and accentuates the oak character. There is definitely a wonderful nose on this brew.

Light and a bit fizzy at it first hits my mouth, the beer is incredibly dry and correspondingly light bodied. The oak though adds some structure to the body, with a tannic quality that provides a bit of creaminess and some teeth coating oak notes. The oak contributes a substantial spiciness that leans towards woody pepper notes, as well as a Bourbon like spicing. As my palate gets used to the dryness, the fruit character starts to come out to play; without really picking up any sweetness I notice notes of blackberries, ripe cabernet grapes and tannic berry skins. This finishes with a bit of heat from the oak, and perhaps a hint of alcohol as well (I really wish I knew how strong this beer is, pale ale sounds light, but you never know, & the final assesment was that I felt this was near 8% at least). Flavors of tart plum, a touch of sherry & port and hints of pear. This is not overly tart, in fact it has only a light lactic sourness to it; it is enough to anchor the beer, but it plays second fiddle to the oak and fruit notes. Not quite as funky in the flavor as it is in the aroma; it is more musty than anything.

I really like how much character this picked up from the Cabernet; this really has picked up an incredible fruit character from the barrel, in fact if not for the wine notes, this beer would be unbalanced due to the oak character that was picked up during its rest. Definitely a complex, interesting beer, but I can’t help wishing for a bit more tartness ;-)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 20, 2008
Tasting at mcbackus 10/19. A sour that really isn’t that sour at all. Very nice beer actually. Some good vanilla notes wtih some wood and some funk on the nose. Flavor is much the same as what I smelled...but again this isn’t very sour. It is complex and smooth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopdog (11681) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 20, 2008
Wow, thank you Josh for opening this one up. I’ve been trying to get this one for a little while now! 750ml corked and caged bottle. Poured a deeper amberish / brownish color with a smaller sized off white head. Initial pour was clear which clouded up towards the bottom of the bottle. Aromas of woodiness, vanilla, brett, funky, and citrus. Tastes of wood, vinous, caramel, funky, vanilla, citrus, and earthy. Light to medium tart finish. Very drinkable. I wish I had some more of this!

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