Craftsman Sour Lavender
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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.73/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
This started as a saison but with time has become a sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12756) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2011
(Draught) Pours a cloudy golden body with a medium cream head. Aroma of lavender, earth, some wet leather, and mustiness. Flavor of lavender, sour citrus, light herbs, and plenty of funkiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MattH (788) - California, USA - SEP 16, 2011
5.5 ounce pour at Beachwood Sour Fest. Nice pleasant lavender aroma. Taste of lavender is a little too strong.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
cavery (48) - Palm Desert, California, USA - AUG 28, 2011
On tap @ Woodshop Classix. The beer poured a bit of an unexpected yellowish amber with light a light sea-foam top. Smell was intensely lavender, and reminded me of some dollar store cleaners. However the nose was soft enough with a slight twist to make it interesting. Taste was intensely Lavender, with a slight tartness which only augmented the lavender to reach a bitterness in my mouth. I found this pretty strange and dissonant, with an odd chewiness despite a lighter body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (9219) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 29, 2011
On tap at Monks Kettle. Pours light amber with a thin off-white head and a vinous aroma. The flavor starts very sour but is mitigated by smooth lavender and turns out to have a very pleasant mix of tastes. If you donít like the taste of lavender, you may not appreciate this brew. Fortunately, I do.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
thome50 (1285) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - JUL 8, 2011
Hard to do but this is a combo of both 2010 and 2011 versions sampled at Stone Sour Fest 2011. Two totally different beers but both excellent for different reasons. Iíll try to merge these and still tell the difference based on notes. A: on both this is outstanding with neither jumping ahead of one another. The lavender comes out a great deal as does some of the sour elements. Slightly more citrus and acidity in the í11. T: Totally different beers. The í10 is a mild, slightly sour beer with flavors more muted and easy to drink. I love lavender and find this very much associated with summer. If they sold this in bottles I would buy cases. The í11 is overly sour with mouth puckering qualities. Over the top and a beer I had been looking for that really gives your stomach that nice sour feel. You canít drink a lot of this yet the sweetness and lavender still come through. Overall, í10 is a session sour, í11 is a sour you can have 4oz of.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnnyJ (5417) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 3, 2011
Draft at Stone Sour Fest 11. Hazy yellow pour, with rocky white head. Grains, definite lavender spice throughout, lemon tartness, very dry and sour. Medium body, refreshing sour. nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kbutler1 (1378) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 31, 2011
Draft. Sampled at The Bruery Anniversary party. Pours a clear copper color with a slight white head. Some lavender in the nose along with something that smells like cedar. I also get whtie fruit and green apples in the nose. Very fruit forward and sweet with flavors of apple and peach along with some cinnamon spice and lemon. This isnít too sour but has a nice medium level that ends dryly. Light/medium mouthfeel. This isnít too bad if you donít mind a sweeter sour beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAY 29, 2011
Sample. Rating #15. Good little sour, big lavender profile throughout the beer which really added a very unique element to the beer. (1748)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerguy101 (5359) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 25, 2010
Tasted on tap at the 4th Annual Stone Sour Fest on 7/18/2010. This sour ale pours a medium orange gold color form the tap. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is fruity and tart, herbal and lavender. A medium bodied sour ale. The malts are fruity and sweet, tart and funky. A touch of lavender in the flavor, not nearly as much as in the nose. Nice carbonation, Nice smooth tartness. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly tart.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - JUL 20, 2010
A: The pour is a slightly cloudy golden color with an off-white head. S: The nose is, shockingly, full of lavender. Only a slight tartness, but just an overwhelming lavender aroma and herbal/floral overall. T: The flavor is similar to the aroma. There is some tartness, but I find it just unable to compete with the floral powerhouse that is the lavender. M: The body is light and spritzy, could be refreshing if it tasted better. D: This was like chewing on a lavender plant. The beer certainly lived up to the name, but not in a good/enjoyable way.

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