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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WeeHeavySD (3380) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 3, 2008
10th rating, a bottle provided by Irishboy @ RBSG Grand Tasting. Pours orange with an off white head. Nose is super tart. Taste is tart and sweet and overall quite quite nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (3548) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - JUN 17, 2008
Shared by puzzl. Pours a dark amber color with no head and just some lacing. Its very hazy, cannot see through it. Aroma is barrel-butter with a weird sourness, sort of like tangerine magic marker sourness. Bot what I consider traditional brett (but also something I have noticed is similar to other American sours). Taste is weird as well, sugary (not akin to faro) with an abrasive light sourness. The sourness is not so strong, also no acidity. Not sure how much I dig it but definitely worth a try. Summary: lightly paint thinner with a sugary-sweet backbone. Mouthfeel is a bit thick and heavy for what I prefer in a beer like this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
puzzl (3259) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 16, 2008
Bottle from Pantanap. A rather large disappointment. Light, sweet, sucrose aroma. Very woody, also a bit vegetal and rotten. Dark ruddy pour with a great head. Flavor is a very lightly funky, lightly vegetal slop, overrun by wood and the same dull, metallic yeast found in the Buzzards Bay Cranberry Lambic. I was hoping this one may offer a more authentic experience than the cranberry, but it tastes almost the exact same, minus the fruit. Totally lacks assertiveness and character, not to mention body and sourness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2008
750ml bottle sampled at DLD thanks to Kan for opening this up. Pours a dark hazed orange with a beige head. Nose is barnyard, cheese, a yeast funk. A bit dusty with a bit of wood. The flavors are a leathery cheese musty yeasty sour. Almost chewy texture. Finished dry and tart. Really really tasty brew. One of my favorite beers of the day. Thanks kan!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 1, 2008
Many thanks to Kan for opening this at DLD! Poured hazy medium golden with a looser cap of white head. The aroma picked up a nice vinegar and shredded fruit skin tartness accented by lightly-toasted oak.. light herbal notes showed as well.. somewhat restrained. The flavor had a building fruit and vinegary tartness paired with peppery spices and a dusty, mildly funky yeast presence.. finished dry with a refreshing tartness. Sour and dry on the palate with nice balance.. really good stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - APR 29, 2008
Thanks so much to Kan for sharing at DLD. Poured a burnt orange/brown color. Bit of citrus and sour fruit funk on the nose. Flavors are earthy, funky, with a touch of wood. Nothing overpowering here, almost too reserved. Would have liked a bigger finish as well, but still a really nice accessable sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 29, 2008
750mL bottle, generously shared by pantanap at DLD. Thanks, Kan! Pours a murky, orange-amber color; light khaki head with patchy, medium-bubbled lacing. Lots of grapefruit, citrus, toasted wood and red fruits in the aroma: funky, citrus, and dry. Lively carbonation. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: funk, grapefruit, and tart citrus, with a solid amount of acidity and complex sourness; excellent, mildly tart stuff; very well put together, with toasty oak and citrus throughout. Lengthy finish, showing tart citrus, oak and some breadiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2008 750ml from the brewery..... a for the most part cloudy dark caramel brown pour with a thin foamy milky white head.... aroma of sweet sugary malt, light tart stemming from the oak and subdued sour tart cherries.... flavors were sweet and earthy, almost medicinal in nature. medium carbonation with a lively mouthfeel. level of tartness wasn’t as high as i would have liked. i wish it had more of a sour component to it but it generally was pretty nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2008
750ml bottle. thanks to Kan for sharing at DLD! pours murky reddish brown with off white head. nose is really bretty and sour, hints of oak. flavor is very acidic, lactic, and earthy. fizzy mouth feel. a nice sour beer but not a whole lot else going on.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 14, 2007
750ml bottle from the brewery. Pours a murky brown with a pinkish white head. Smells of brett up front, some brilliant hints of residual sugar, touches of oak. Taste yields a gentle tartness atop a nice pale malt backbone with lots of nice sugary hints. Some bretty qualities battle it out with the touches of lacto in the backdrop. Some earthy hints present on the finish. I was not expecting a spot on oud bruin like beer, but that is what I got. Definitely unexpected!

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