superspak (4403) - Michigan, USA - AUG 8, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2012 vintage. Pours lightly hazy ruby red color with a 1-2 finger foamy light pink head with decent retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing on the glass, with tons of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big tart blueberry, green apple, cherry, pear, raspberry, pepper, hay, funk, oak, clove, leather, red wine, light vinegar, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of blueberry notes with fruity/spicy yeast and barrel presence; and big strength. Taste of tart blueberry, blueberry skin, green apple, pear, raspberry, pepper, hay, grass, oak, clove, funk, leather, red wine, light vinegar, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of fruity tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of blueberry, apple, pear, raspberry, pepper, oak, clove, hay, funk, red wine, light vinegar, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of blueberries with fruity/spicy yeast and barrel notes; with a fantastic balance of malt/acidity and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a very crisp, prickly, and moderately acidic mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Blueberry sour ale! All around great complexity and balance of blueberry with fruity/funky yeast and oak character; and very smooth and crisp to drink with the moderate acidity. A highly enjoyable offering.
kevinsenn (1894) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Cascade. Clear purple, light white head. Blueberry pie aroma. Sour dry blueberry. I liked this!
pushkinwow (2495) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Blueberry cascade. Ruby hued dark amber with of white head. Faint blueberry skins alcohol some funk with a nice sour nose. Oak and Chardonnay. Moderate body and high carbonation, tart with a dry finish.
Zymurgeist2 (1695) - Redwood City, California, USA - JUL 21, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Barrel House. Massively hazy rose with an off-white head. Spritzy mouthfeel with astringent finish. Tartness in the flavor, but the fruit is subdued. My least favorite of the 8 i tasted on this day.
XaenDovet (1282) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 11, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at brewery. Transparent ruby with tinged white cap. Aroma of tart blueberry, green apple. Taste is pure unripe berry, and liquified green apple skin. Blueberry cocks its head in the picture, but very underwhelmed. Fuck my throat. THIS is a sour beer.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 7, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml from Sam’s, Durham. Big pour, hugely bubblicious and grape juice hued. Bits of spotty lacing here and there, consistently lively carbonation. Nose is not too overwhelming but very pleasant nonetheless. Loads of oak and berry (sweeter than I expected, like a mature blueberry), with hints of lemon juice and a bit of wild yeast. Body is nice, as prickly carbonation dies down, and there’s an understated acetic quality on the tongue, very dry finish. Taste is nicely tart, giving the impression of a younger fruit than the nose suggests, with a healthy blueberry yogurt vibe in there too (lactobacillus?). I found it elegant, flavorful, extremely well balanced overall.
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 7, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Beautiful purple, light people head. Nose is grape Flintstones vitamins, a little cheese. Flavor is grape vitamins, acidity is restrained compared to the apricot. Quite dry.
smith4498 (3488) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUL 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from a trade with UDBeernut. Pours reddish purple color with thin light pink head. Aroma of sour berries. Sour fruit flavor with some oak. Faint blueberry flavor, I was hoping for a stronger blueberry presence. Light to medium body with average carbonation. Thanks Art!
jlruthven (600) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at Cascade Barrel House. Pours dark, murky purplish with thin, dark pink head. Big tart blueberry, some oaky notes and slight mustiness. Big acetic punch up front, fresh berry, good dryness from the oak barrel. Well done.
RobertDale (5180) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUN 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml. shared bottle. Pours a dark reddish purple with a small pink head. Aroma of tart fruit and wood. Taste is tart blueberries, wood, malt, and funk. Pretty good.