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RATINGS: 326   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 304   ABV: 10.12%
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This NW style sour ale was made with various red ales that were aged in oak with Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, then blended with red ales that were aged in Port and Pinot Noir barrels.


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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Luckylucy667 (41) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - SEP 22, 2015
One of the most wonderful beers. Have had or is it wine? Aroma of cellar and dark fruits. Flavor of complex red wine with mod malt base. Finishes with pretty big mouthfeel without bent sweet, obviously the bacteria drys this one out to perfect balance.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
whatsupstairs (112) - Inland Empire, California, USA - AUG 11, 2011
On tap and in bottle at fire in the cayon snuck in sorry Phil but oh my god this is a beer that I thinks give concercration and supplication a run for there money pours a ruby red haze purplish nose was dryed dates figs Pinot grapes leather taste was still tangy fo the 09 but so on point what beer Swag

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bg80 (84) - California, USA - MAR 2, 2016
2012 bottle tasting. Really sour with cherry, red wine, dark fruits flavors. Really potent but you just keep wanting another sip. Perfect dark sour.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 16, 2012
1,900th rating! tasting on 3/15/12. deep red / light brown pour with ruby highlights and a small off white head. big lactic nose with oak, vanilla, grapes and red wine notes. med body with tart fruit, lacto, oak, red grapes and a big vinous character. big tart / acidic finish with more lacto and wine barrels - excellent sour!!!

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
zizzybalubba (1785) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 23, 2014
2009 bottle purchased at Raccoon Lodge & Brew Pub, Portland, OR (9.345% ABV according to the bottle). Muddy reddish-brown pour with a thin frothy off-white head. Aroma of tart cherries, red wine, and apple cider vinegar. Beautiful sour taste of lemon, pinot noir, and dark fruit rounded with oak and hints of dark chocolate. The sour lingers on the palate long after the initial taste. Even at 5 years this is a stunning beer. (Replaces an earlier review from GABF 2009).

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
slowrunner77 (9948) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
"wish list beer, but i didn’t know what i was getting. overtaken by a complex mix of wine grapes (cab) and wine oak barrels (pinot and port) this beer smells of dark fruit, tangy almost to the point of being mouth puckering at first, but mellows to a very pleasant funky oakiness. sweet and sour finish. my favorite thing about this beer (and Consecration, the beer it most resembles) is the abv is irrelevant. this could have been 3% or 13% and it wouldn’t have mattered. Couldn’t tell it was 9%. AWESOME stuff!"

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MelvinKalksma (874) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - JUL 25, 2016
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2016
Aroma:
Heavy aroma of malts, caramel, wood, grapes, berries, wine and acidity.

Appearance:
Turbid/opaque red/brown beer with a medium beige/brown head.

Taste/Palate:
Starts medium sweet with malts, caramel, wood, grapes and berries; ends medium dry and sour with wine and acidity.

Overall:
This beer is intense, complex and balanced. The red ale with added grapes and aged in oak, the red ale aged in port and the red ale aged in pinot noir are perfect together. The wine flavour these three ales create is simply superb and unbeatable.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mjmcend (209) - USA - DEC 15, 2010
Cherry overcomes you. Hints of port and some malt. Deep, dark red with loads of carbonation. Very fizzy. Taste is quite sour and full of cherries. Some oak and wood, as well. Refreshing and just outstanding overall.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Reynolds314 (3302) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 24, 2012
Yes! Best sour Ive ever had. Aroma is nicely fruity with grapes and cherries. Taste is tart but not too vinegarous. Flavor is heavy currants and berry with a nice oaky spicyness. GREAT

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 27, 2009
GABF 2009: between GABF sessions and Dr. Bill’s tasting, I think I drank more of this beer than any other over the GABF weekend. Pours a muddy reddish brown color with a full, fluffy light brown head. Nose is a nice, sweet, cherry vinious dark complex thing, i must say. Flavors pretty much reiterate that nose...sour cherry, dark malt complexities, clean as can be...tart as fuck and lovely.


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