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RATINGS: 92   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
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This live barrel of NW style sour red ale was initially aged for six months in French oak wine barrels, then additionally aged on elderberries. Sharp wine, dark raisins, red grapes and cereal notes greet you on the nose. Tart dark fruit and grapes on the palate lead to a sparkling crisp dry finish with hints of fresh elderberries and grape skins.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (6933) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2014
Bottle thanks to Bruce. It pours darkest brown with a small fizzy tan head. The nose is fresh, candy, sherbet, elderberry, blackcurrant, jam and more candy cane. The taste is crisp, tart, jammy, earthy, citrus peel, lemon peel, elderberry, wood and lemon sherbet with a dry, tart finish. Medium body and fine, prickly carbonation. Crisp, tart, fruity and tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (11123) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2014
Bottle shared in London - many thanks to Bruce. Pours clear, blue-brown with a froth, beige head. Leathery dark berries on the nose, some decent funk, toasted wood. Medium sweet flavor with assertive tart berries, cleansing acidity, light herbs, pepper. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Finishes with strong acidic burn, some further ripe berries, a bit of tangy wood, a bit of alcohol warmth. A punchy Cascade sour; or, in other words, a Cascade sour.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmac (4045) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 18, 2014
Bottle shared at RBWG meet and greet. Poured purple with little head. Aroma is fruity, I’m assuming elderberry, sour, acidic, touch of barrel. Flavor is like the aroma with a bit more tartness than sourness. Palate is so acidic thst it almost burns. Better have antacids on hand for this one, in an enjoyable way.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
deekyn (1201) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 5, 2014
A - pours murky purply/red cola brow. Very little head. S - nice aromas of the dark berries right out of the bottle. As it settles, the sour brown comes out. Brown sugar, acetic notes, tart cherries, vanilla, wet oak, and dark fruits. M - nice and tart. Sweet on the lips and at the back end. Medium light body. High carb. Dry crisp end. T - this is a nice rendition of a sour brown. The sour blonde blended in, The berries and grape notes really add to it. Oude bruin first. Vanilla, tart cherries, dark fruits roll right into acetic notes and then the berries and white grape notes come through. End is dry and crisp. Lemon juice, and grape skins. O - The front end is sour brown, the palate and back is nice light fruited sour. Works. 4.0

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (7860) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 5, 2014
My Bottom Line:
Vinous fruitiness develops plenty of tartness alongside this Sour Ale’s cheese-y leanings, creating a memorable funky brew.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam surrounds the purplish dark red.
-Like many Cascade Sour Ales, the intensity level is high, but the flavor profile is slick, well executed.
-The fruitiness could easily pass for black grapes, blackberries, etc. Doesn’t taste like the elderberry character I am used to.
-I have trouble getting away from the pediococcus which seems to appear in a few of their Sour Ale’s aromas. Luckily, I don’t find it nearly as bothersome in the flavor profile.

Bottle.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TaktikMTL (5793) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 3, 2014
Bouteille de 750 ml, avec bouchon de liège, partagée lors d’une dégustation entre amis. Arôme: Odeur de fruit sûrette avec une pointe de raisin. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée fonacée opaque avec une très faible densité de bulle. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de fruit sûrette avec une pointe de raisin et de chêne. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement vineuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement sûrette. (Rating #5467)

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MacBoost (1290) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2014
2011 vintage. Pours a cola brown color with a light tan head. Aromas of sour dark fruit, oak, oak and more oak. Taste is initially tart, with some yogurt and lacto elements making their presence felt. Maybe it’s the extra age this one has on it, but I really like this beer. Not mind blowingly tart or sour, but very refined. A nice balance of oak, sweet and sour. Dark berry presence is felt. Finishes semi dry with a small pucker. Alcohol is completely hidden, I could drink this shit all night. Very good.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lukaduke (2222) - Portland, Maine, USA - JAN 27, 2014
Pours a deep purple brown color with a finger of purple eggshell foam. The nose is full of welches grape soda, elderberry, earthy malt and some deep raisin. The palate follows the nose with a beautiful front end full of juice grape, elderberry notes, as it dries out the earthy malt and yeast profile sneak in and add complexity to the finish but also a little strangeness lingers in the finish. Really tasty but the finish keeps me from loving this brew to the fullest !

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dresden (862) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - JAN 16, 2014
Bottle thanks to thomas, into a tulip.much darker than I anticipated.smell is some tart fruit, lacto,a little funky. Taste is a real nice dark grape, probably elderberry but I don’t even know what the he’ll elderberry is let alone tastes like. Excellent beer!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TURDFERGUSON (3954) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 13, 2014
2011 Bottle, thanks jack. Deep blueberry reddish brown with a thin, light mocha off white head. Nose is blueberry/raspberry/cherry/pomegranate hybrid with a puckering tartness. Lovely. This is yummy. Sorta malty at first, with a strong darker fruit character, and ends with a tart, salty, almost balsamic oaky character. Really excellent and one of my favorite Cascade sours to date. Less bracingly sour, but more complex and interesting than others I’ve had. And so much different from Mamouche, the only other elderberry beer I have had.


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