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RATINGS: 87   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (14501) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 18, 2014
12th May 2014
Tasting at Bruce’s pad. Hazy dark brown beer, small pale tan head. Palate is light and crispy. A Belgian red sort of sourness. Touch of elderberry. Dry finish with a tangy sour linger.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 14, 2012
(Draught) Pours a hazy amber body with a small off-white head. Aroma of fish, elderberry, grapes, and caramel. Flavor of caramel, earth, elderberry, raisins, and vinous with a dry oak finish.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10808) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 25, 2012
Tap at the Barrel House. Pours ruddy and plummy with an off-white head. Elderberry aroma. Full bodied. Flavor is darkly sour with red/elderberry flavor. The flavor is a bit mixed with fruit and something wood or similar. Quite nice.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brokensail (10645) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 10, 2012
Reddish in color with small head to it. I don’t get all that much elderberry, but there is some grape and nondescript berry aroma to it. Lightly floral with plenty of wood and acidity. The flavor is lightly acetic, but still maintains a good lactic character as well. Plenty of fruit, some spicy wood, light tannins, and a bit of booze. Really different.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (10542) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (9997) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 6, 2013
Draft at the source. Dark hazy maroon colo, bright beige head, solid lacing. Aroma of floral sour plums. Taste is robustly sour plums, flowers, dates.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (9790) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 14, 2012
A hazed brown ale with a thin mocha head. In aroma, a smooth lactic malt with light raspberry notes, Brett, nice. In mouth, a nice lactic malt with light sour cherries, raspy mouthfeel, nice and smooth. On tap at Portland brewery, Oct. 7 2012.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (8946) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 21, 2013
Reddish/purple pour, tinges if pink in the head. Nice tart berries, soft yeast, balanced sourness, almost a cranberry like flavor. Good stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (8314) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 6, 2012
Dark amber beer. The nose is very fruity and fresh. A touch of barrel character adds light vanilla notes and a bit of vineous complexity. Soft tannins in here as well that keep it interesting. Tart and lactic keep the beer very bright and fruity. A bit of lingering earthiness. Damn delicious stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (8284) - San Diego County, California, USA - SEP 15, 2013
Tap at Churchill’s Sour Fest. Pours a clear, deep red with thick tan foam. Webby lacing. Nose is raisin, black cherry, mild soy savory. Taste is herbal tea, dark cherry, black tea, some dark chocolate covered raisin. Lactic, leathery palate. Tannic skin bitterness to balance. Nice one. No acetic acid thankfully.


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