lushawn (2645) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle of beer. Aroma of black raspberries. Blueberries. Yogurt drizzled with old leather and jammy fruits. Four on the sour scale. Dry. Nice balance. Like.
peteinSD (958) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 8, 2013
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Cranberry colored beer with a foamy white head. Aroma is tart berry, light sour, grist, and wheat. Taste is tart, blueberry, sour, lemon, light funk, oak, and lingering tart. Clean, crisp mouthfeel. Very interesting and well done sour with a lot of complexity and a balanced acidic quality.
bhensonb (8991) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 4, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
&50 c&c from Malt & Vine. Pours blue/red with a transient pick head. Aromas of blueberries and sour oak. Med body. Sour blueberry flavor. Very, very nice. Gets a little acetic in the finish. Nice.
FlacoAlto (3450) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Just a slow enough of a gusher that I was able to get it into my glass. I end up with three fingers worth of pale purple tinged foam up to the rim of my glass and two fingers and growing above the rim that I suck down rather than risk it collapsing over the sides. The beer is a concentrated, dark purple color that shows a clear, bright red hue when held up to the light, in addition to a mad stream of bubbles rising from all parts of the glass. The aroma smells of bright berries, a nice lactic tartness, and a funkiness that leans towards phenolics, slight plastic notes, and an ample mustiness. There is also a nice, pale cracker like grain character here, that once you dig around for it, becomes quite noticeable. After I notice it in the flavor, the oak character is much more prevalent in the nose; spicy, with a supporting toasted woody oak character that accentuates the light malt aromatics.
Tart, though not aggressively sour, much of the tartness seems to come from the blueberries. The beer is quite dry, but there is still quite a bit of blueberry flavor to this beer, especially in the finish with a palate coating, sometimes astringent, bright blueberry flavor that tastes of blueberry skins even. Subsequent sips has me noticing even more of the blueberries, but there is also a nice, pale wheat / grain cracker character here in the middle. The sourness has a lactic character to it as well as the fruit-derived acidity, in all it is a nice, clean acidity. Touches of funky, musty, slightly plastic like phenolics linger in the finish. The beer starts out quite light bodied on the palate, but as it warms up a touch of roundness is picked up; it has a soft fullness to it that coats the palate nicely. A supporting oak character accentuates the pale malt character, but also lingers in the finish with a light spiciness and a light lingering woody flavor.
As with all Cascade beers I have had so far, this is straight forward and a bit simplistic; it does have a touch of funkiness to it, though the sourness seems to be a touch on the light side of the spectrum. Still this is definitely a tasty beer that I am quite happy to be sampling. I do like the juicy blueberry character that this beer has, though it isn’t over the top in the way that some Lambics can be.
baraciisch (904) - USA - JAN 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Blueberry sour aroma... Flavor is definitely rich in blueberries with lingering tart finish... Well done for a blueberry sour, but I’ve never been one to enjoy blueberry ales in general... Try one of their others...
arkurzynski (1190) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample shared at Central Waters anniversary party. Hazy purple-pink pour. Nose is a slightly funky blueberry with some wet basement malt. Flavor is a moderately tart/sour blueberry pulp up front that dries out lightly, leaving the described blueberry skin flavor. More wet wheat malt towards the end. Lingering tart blueberry.
thomas15 (521) - USA - JAN 19, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma smell like a young gueuze, with that ominous playful stank, horse blanket with some blueberry coming through. The beer is eggplant in color ith a pink whit head. Taste is an incredible balance between o upright funk and really vivid blueberry. Just amazing. One of my all time favorites.
PhillyCraft (1970) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle split with Tom and Jessie. Pours a purple haze with thin white head. Aromas and taste are very perfumey, and dark grape forward. Lots of barrel yeast with a really sour finish. As it warmed I got more tart blueberry, raspberry, and other sugary fruitts. Pretty tasty.
tcane7 (807) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Bainbridge with Vinny. Pours a hazy purple reddish color with no head or lacing. Nose of perfume, fresh cut flowers, lactose and some blueberry. Fairly tart with some yeast funk.
Jesterdeal (1043) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of rose, tulip, potpourri, slight bile and blueberry. Pours ruby red with slight pink film. Taste is tart boisenberry, with a cheese funk and finishes with a blueberry scone. Very mild.