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RATINGS: 363   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   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


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kbudd19 (564) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 22, 2013
Big thanks to Graham for sharing this at RBAG 2013. White thin head with a yellow hazy pour. The smell is you guessed it..grapes! almost reminded me of welch’s white grape juice with sour patch kids dropped in..lots of sourness on the taste, but you get bits of sweetness as well, a crisp dry finish. Tasty,

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DuffMan (6552) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 21, 2013
Bottle, shared at RBAG 2013. Quite hazy yellow, thick white head, sheets of lace. Very lovely grape-forward nose, Concord-sweet, with a powdery candy fun twist, undertones of stems and white pepper. The palate is interesting in that the prominent grape found in the aroma takes a backseat (or at least is better integrated) to very funky lactic sourness, underlying clean malts, with a mild acid heat deep in the throat. Just so good!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zymurgeist2 (961) - Redwood City, California, USA - JUL 21, 2013
On tap at the Barrel House. Slightly hazy gold with a full white head. Sweet wheat and white wine flavor, with fullness of lemons and white grape.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JaBier (4834) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2013
Bottle shared by a friend. Clear orange pour with a huge white head. Aroma of malt, funk and white grape. Sour citrus flavor with sweet malt accents and peppery yeast before a sour grape finish. Very tasty.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (3059) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 20, 2013
Bottle - Sour grapes, almost candy like. Cloudy yellow with a thin head. Sour green grapes, sourness and a dry clean finish. Great sour.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
gorditoabd (623) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 19, 2013
Bottle at Justin’s crib in DC. Hazy golden hue with expected foam for the style. Understated bittersweet sour aroma, not too strong though. Great. Just great stuff. Super sour, fruity, balanced body. Amazing, not much else to say.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NikkTwist (1538) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2013
2012 vintage bottle at Eulogy in July 2013. Started with a nice clear orange gold pour with a slight fizzy head but turned hazier and foamier with subsequent pours. Very nice full sour. Lots of oaky vinous notes. Chardonnay. Muscat grapes. Lemon pips. Shortbread. Nectarines. Has a subtle earthiness to balance against the sharper acidic notes. Perfectly blended. Felt a little yeastier as I went down the bottle but surprisingly no particular funk in the mix. Must have a bottle that has been kept very well and is near its peak. Tremendous!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ineedbeer (666) - Oakland, California, USA - JUL 4, 2013
2009 Vintage at 8.33% The aroma is fairly vinous with moderate acidity and moderate fruitiness. The fruit is mostly grape but there is also a dominant golden plum note with fainter notes of cherry and tropical fruit. Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a thin white head that quickly recedes though bubbles steadily come to the surface. Flavor starts sweet but there is only faint malt character. The moderately high acidity hits quickly. Mid palate the vinous and grape notes appear along with the fruitiness to balance it. The finish has lingering acidity and a light oak note. There is also some grape notes present in the finish. Low bitterness to balance the sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the beer has medium high carbonation. Low acidic astringency and medium low alcohol warmth. Overall a very enjoyable beer that has held up to the test of time. The malt character has definitely faded but the acidity is still clean and crisp as is the fruit. I might like a bit of a barnyard note though to balance the fruit and acidity.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pushkinwow (1966) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 4, 2013
750ml bottle from 2011. Hazy light amber with a light brown head. Vinous, oak, some yeast, a bit of underlying candied sugar but more sour then anything else but does not overwhelm. Moderate+ carbonation, moderate body, sour with more funk on the palate, becomes very dry at the end. Quite nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - JUN 23, 2013
Hazy golden yellow, with no head. Aroma of lemon, yeast funk. Taste is big yeast taste, lemon bringing in the back, great tart.


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