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RATINGS: 179   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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This NW style sour ale is a strong blond ale aged in chardonnay barrels for up to 12 months, then aged with dried white figs and lemon peel or up to 12 more months. Aromas of sweet figs, golden raisins, and citrus zest are the first to be noticed. Hints of white wine grapes, lemon peel, and sweet figs roll across the palate, leading to a crisp lemon tartness in the finish that leaves a lingering sweetness on the tongue.

2013 project = 10.7% abv


Leighton's rating

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (13954) - London, Greater London, - MAY 17, 2013
Bottle at Bruceís, London. Thanks to Bruce for this Pacific NW rarity. Pours Lilly hazy gold with a slight, white foam head. Some tangy citrus in the nose, hints of herbs, light funk. Light to medium sweet flavor, some funk, apricots, orange and tangerine, moderate tang. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Decent sweetness to finish, further citrus, apricot, some peach, pleasant sourness. Very fresh and refreshing. Wonderful.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (7996) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 7, 2015
On tap @ the brewery, RBSG. Hazy light orange. Vague unripened orchard fruits, a bit funky, moderate acetic sourness. Good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4376) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 24, 2015
Soft orange golden pour with a touch of haze. Very nice nose with tart citrus and fruit with tannic oak and vinegar. Acetic flavor with round fruit and tannic oak. Dry and oaky on the finish. Light bodied.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lightbias (300) - USA - MAY 10, 2015
Iíve been holding this bottle for a few weeks, waiting for the right day...the right time. My head had to be right and I had to be in the mood, if you know what I mean, to really be in a spot to wrap myself around this. I love the experience of the lightning strike, the breaking open of the dam on the reservoir of moisture that floods your mouth when your tongue is expecting to be lightly abused. I opened the bottle to this...but Iíve been experiencing it all day in my mind. I do love my imagination. The liquid pours easily into the glass, a dark honey-lemon flow with little foam to keep the aromas hidden. The release of the brew sets off a whirlwind of sensations in my mouth, a torrent of anticipation and I inhale the salty sour of white wine and tart lemons. The first sip has a bite of fruity funk to back up the aromas in this hazy brew and weíre off. Sour, jaw-breaking perfection drenched in dark raisins and lemon, the light body carrying the flavor with a buoyancy Iíve missed by drinking so many darker brews recently. My mouth dances with joy and waters to almost a dilution of the beer swirling over my tongue, and it is an excellent climax to the days gustable fantasies. As the beer warms, the experience for me changes very little; the brewer does ask that I drink this at 40 degrees, and I know itís warmer than that at this point. My handy-dandy laser gun tells me itís now at 48. Sorry, Cascade. Itís only a bit more salty, a touch more bitter than sour...still an excellent taste and palate. The carbonation allows the flavors to wash through with such an intensity that in one sip Iím sure I wonít escape this experience for hours, but only moments later Iím clamoring for more. This beautiful sour ale from Cascade is one of those craft beers that almost becomes a need and desire is just a silly word for those who wish they really knew....

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CapFlu (4778) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 26, 2015
Pours oddly like a pale ale - thin white frothy head atop a clear, non carbonated golden Amber. Nose of lovely tart and palate is extremely sour with cherry, tonic and vinegar. Extremely dry. Purchased at Metro Liquors University Heights for around $37.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwalking05 (4202) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 24, 2015
On tap at the Barrel House on 3/16/15. Gold in color with an average sized off-white head. Aroma is of citrus, sour, and funk. Taste is heavy in citrus with notes of lemon and orange, acidic, wood, and light funk.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (4599) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 21, 2015
Bottle. Pours cyrstal clear orange, small fizzy off-white head, dissipates quickly, some lacing. Aroma is oak, lemon, light funk, fruity. Flavor is medium tart, very light funk, oak tannins, lemon, and an interesting fruity note that I guess is figs. Medium body, high carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
luttonm (3266) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 6, 2015
Tap at Cascade Barrel House. Paler, clear gold, white cream. White wine, brett, funk. White wine musk, a little alc, good oak. Figs, sure, balanced. A little wax.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drpimento (2482) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - APR 6, 2015
Appearance is a modest off-white head that settled to an island/ring after a bit, some lace, and a hazy orange amber color. Aroma is yeast, fruit, spice, malt, slight barnyard. Body is just exactly right and hides the alcohol well. Finish is easy and alcohol is hidden. Fairly drinkable for this style of brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwood04 (4767) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 27, 2015
750ml bottle in a tulip. Pours hazy golden with a white head. Aroma of sourness / tartness, some light citrus, hints of oak, and some pale malts. Flavor the same with a great blend. Average texture. A really cool beer.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
krumbum (701) - truckee, California, USA - MAR 27, 2015
Huge fruity aromas almost bubble gum like with fresh fruit. Hazy reddish gold with no head. Smooth sour fruity still with some good sour bite. Cleaning most of the mouth leaving a light sour coat.


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