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RATINGS: 171   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   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 (13022) - London, Greater London, - MAY 17, 2013
Bottle at Bruce’s, 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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwood04 (4364) - 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 (581) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DSG (7457) - Tel Aviv, - MAR 16, 2015
[2/25/15] Draught at Cascade Brewing Barrel House in Portland. Cloudy orange. Aroma of fruit, wine, oak. Sour flavor, fruity, lactic, oaky. Medium-bodied.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldGrowth (2831) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - MAR 14, 2015
bottle, from Bottle Revolution RDU, I think, maybe Traingle Wine, they both had it. good aroma, raisin, chardonnay barrel, vinegar. clean golden orange color, not much head, no lace. medium sourness in flavor, medium body, smooth mouthfeel, tart finish, that’s nice. good tart bite on finish. easy to drink for 10%. expensive, but cheaper than flying to Portland.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
williamstome (1171) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 6, 2015
Gold pour, small white head. Aroma of barnyard and fruit, flavor of barnyard, raisins, dark fruit, grapes.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (2771) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 2, 2015
HMOG 2015. Interesting fruit combo coming together behind cascades typical bigger body malt back bone on their sours. Light and subtle fruit, slight sweetness from the figs. Touch of wine and oak.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Westmeister (1954) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 1, 2015
HMOG 2015. Suprised I haven’t had this one. Figs and raisins are subtle with an acidic tart finish containing lemon and citrus. Fantastic.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sunevdj (3336) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - FEB 21, 2015
Bottle from Theis at Mikkeller&Friends. Pours a clear orange with no head. Smells of raisins and vinegar. Sweet with a light tartness. Aromas of brown sugar and figs Mixed with light notes of vinegar. Medium to light bodied. Soft carbonation. Tart and dry finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (14015) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 21, 2015
Bottle (2011) at Mikkeller&Friends - thanks to me. Wooden. Grapes. Light figs. Sourness. Peppery. Sweet fruit. Oiley feeling. Grilled lemons. Tart notes. Light white sugar. Zesty. Nice acid sharpness in the finish , to balance the sweetness and fatness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GothGargoyle (1536) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 15, 2015
Hazy orange with a good pale head. Aroma is fig, sour plum, honey, dates. Medium bodied, tart on the palate with a nice fruity sourness. Taste is fig, sour plum, cider vinegar.


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