Cambridge Jack Straw
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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 3.73/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
100% Brett Cream Ale
Barrel-fermented 100% Brettanomyces Sour Ale
Returning to our limited- release series of beers fermented with wild yeasts, CBCs house beer Regatta Golden undergoes a transformation via barrel fermentation with 2 unique strains of Brettanomyces yeast. Brett. bruxellensis drei and Brett. custercianus offer amazing tropical fruit notes of pineapple, passion fruit, and guava to this refreshing light beer. This expression of Jack Straw is hazy golden, with a bracingly tart edge rounded out by bright fruit and spritzy effervescence. The wort (unfermented beer) production was consistent with our house Golden ale but all fermentation took place in oak barrels in the CBC Barrel Cellar. These barrels had been intentionally inoculated with these two Brett. strains, allowing the simple change in yeast to highlight just how remarkably different the resulting beer is. Cheers!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (5571) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 27, 2016
Draught at the brewery, 7/24/16.
Good clarity throughout this golden-bronze body, with sunny hues and a small, white head showing moderate to low retention.
Some moderate acetic and wood tones are augmented by citrus (strong lemon, grapefruit rind) and plentiful pepper-like phenols creating a pretty aggressively tart/sour/acidic nose. Theres some biscuity malt lying behind it, providing a bit of relief, but my main complaint is that the potential delicate brett notes are drowned out by this strong acidity/acetic character. Some fruitiness does indeed emerge with warming, adding light nectarine, canteloupe and its juiciness. No alcohol, no flaw.
Nutty, tannic, even lightly bready texture shows low carbonation, high attenuation and healthy acidity on the finish. Seems a little less aggressive than the nose would suggest, with no real hard acetic character and mostly just tart brett qualities. Fruity, quite citric with moderately phenolic pepper qualities. Good, pretty basic/straightforward golden sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dogfish120love (1114) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 23, 2016
Pours a hazy golden orange with a white lacing. The aroma is citrus, guava orange and vinegar.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - NOV 1, 2013
Well, this one is listed once but as a Cream Ale served at EBF in 2012. This is the Regatta Golden Ale (Kolsch) femented 100% with Brett (brux et custercianus) to be sour. Comes as a wine like beverage, still appearing golden with a mirror surface. Looks like a simple lambic. Smells acetic up front with some crackers and white bread with a little hay and a touch of lemon. Flavor is a little more tart than I had anticipated, initially bites at my glands and has a very vinegary character, pretty one dimensional. Thin with no real carb to speak of. Wish this one was colder and had some carb, flavor was a little shallow for me, but a below average stab at the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
williamstome (1708) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 29, 2013
Hazy yellow pour, small white head. Billed as a sour, not a cream ale. Not sure why it says cream ale on this page. Great sour aroma with notes of straw, lemon and yeast. Flavor of straw, vinegar, fruit, with long barnyard finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
NachlamSie (3230) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 26, 2013
Draft at the brewpub. Uh, this is obviously a sour ale and not a cream ale. The aroma is very, very tart on par with traditional Lambics. Strong vinegar, light floral bouquet, lemons, hay and cheese. Very impressive and complex. The flavor is aggressively sour with notes of lemon, rice vinegar, funky cheese and woody hops. Awesome brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (5409) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 19, 2013
Pours hazy gold into a snifter. White head with little retention recedes to hug rim. Sour cherry aromas. Sour summer berry front to back with a mild marshmallow finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 17, 2012
On draft at the brew pub. Hazy yellow color with a nice white head. Nice light funk to this light beer. Cream ale name is a little mis leading. Overall a great beer.

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