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RATINGS: 388   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 266   ABV: 8.85%
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This Northwest Style Sour Ale is a blend of soured Triple, Blonde Quad and Golden ales that have been refermented with the fresh pressed juice of white wine grapes. The beer spent more than six months of lactic fermentation and aging in small oak barrels. 9.2% ABV

2009 Project: 8.33% ABV
2011 Project: 9.73% ABV
2012 Project: 8.85% ABV
2013 Project: 9.30% ABV


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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
thomashall (313) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2014
750ml bottle. Pours golden orange with minimal head. Strong grape and funk aroma. Taste some vinegar sour with dry finish. Pretty good stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy00 (186) - Fountain Valley, California, USA - DEC 31, 2014
Nice light amber pour. Aroma is of very strong sour grapes. Flavor matches aroma, very well balanced. I’ve tried both the 2012 and 2013 and both are very similar (although vary a bit in ABV)

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
radiomgb (2504) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2014
750ml bottle. Clear orange yellow in colour with lots of bubbles. The aroma is incredibly sour, lots of white grapes. Flavour is tart, lots of white wine, woody, citrus. Finishes long, tart, woody. This is really good, love the wine barrel beers. So tart, acidic.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beermack (725) - Dublin, IRELAND - OCT 23, 2014
75cl bottle shared. Hazy gold, thin white head. Lovely white grape and spice nose, lemon rind, peach, pear, light funk. Juicy grapes and peach in the taste, more tropical stuff, soured citric notes, something grassy, light spices and some herbiness. Sours out some more at the end, citrus takes lead. Juicy finish of grapes, keeps it from getting harsh or brutal sour. Great balance. Drinks far weaker than ABV. Very good

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stine (1657) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 18, 2014
Opaque goldenrod hue. Lovely, fragrant nose of chamomile, pear, and lavender; white wine or rice vinegar acidity, layered and gentle. Similarly, the flavor is careful and quiet, though confident; golden delicious apple, straw, pear, and white grape are its brightest components. Excellently balanced acidity and crisp, fulsome texture. Finish lingers with punchy, deep fruit acids.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Heather_B (25) - New Hampshire, USA - OCT 3, 2014
Smells like sour grapes. Tastes like mold and baby diapers and deliciousness. Mouthfeel is good - I like it. And now I’m too far tipsy to rate. Let’s switch to HFS saisons that I technically haven’t rated but have had a ton of...

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ben4321 (4744) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 23, 2014
Sampled at Where the Wild Beers Are, 6/7/14
This one is a mix of grape juice flavor, to go along with plenty of sour flavors. Definitely came off as weird, but it came off as tasty too. Who would have guess that combo would work? Go figure…

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (7082) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 23, 2014
"Long time wish list brew. Not a favorite as far as Cascade is concerned, but that’s really not a knock. Cascade makes some of the best sours out there. This one is really good, just not among their best. Pretty nice marriage between sour blonde ale and wine. Seems like sauvignon grape (juice) and some bretty funky goodness. Pretty strong at 9.7% but the alcohol is barely noticeable. I could see white wine drinkers really liking this one. I prefer reds, but this was still really nice. Fairly strong sour/tartness going on on the palate."

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 14, 2014
Serving: 750 ml. bottle. Bright amber pour with a thin white head that quickly fades. The nose quickly caught me off guard. Grape Hubba Bubba bubblegum? Super tart up front, but the tartness fades to reveal a fresh, concord grape sweetness. I didn’t get much direct flavor from the wood per se, but there is a slightly astringent finish. Nice mix of flavors.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Salmoniform (1227) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - SEP 8, 2014
2009 poured from bottle to glass. Honey hue with off white head. Aroma is lactic, straw, grapes, oak. Mouthfeel is great with a medium light body and zesty carbonation. Taste is sweet initially with a sour tartness following and a tannic dryness in the finish. Overall this is a very enjoyable brew!


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