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RATINGS: 50   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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We’ve taught an old brown new tricks. The brunette hue is derived from roasted Belgian aromatic malts, and fruity esters are augmented by lemon and orange zest. For a further twist, Brettanomyces induced secondary fermentation flecked with sour cherries, raisins, cranberries, and figs for a mildly acidic ale. Enjoy this gift now, or for even freakier, age it somewhere dark for the ultimate re-gift.


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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sitzds (318) - - JAN 23, 2014
375ml bottle shared during #bottlecherwednesday at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach. Poured into tulip. Beer is clear dark amber with a tall khaki head that quickly collapses to nothing. Aroma is citrus, oak, spice, dried fruit, and brett funk. Taste is tart/sweet citrus and dried fruit, woody/nutty bitterness, and just a touch of bourbon heat. Medium bodied, creamy texture, soft carbonation, and a long drying, warming finish.


2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
3fourths (8495) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 22, 2015
Bottled 2014 batch. Clear dark chestnut brown with a thin ring of an off-white head. Aroma of whiskey and orange peel and bitters, not unlike a cocktail. There’s even cognac and herbal Amaro scents playing around in there, though after some time it turns into more of grape and apple jelly fruitiness. The whiskey and malt seems sugary (brown sugar, maple syrup, honey, etc.), and the oak and brett treatments give it a buggy acidity. Fiery and acidic and tart and sour in the mouth, sweet and syrupy with no pushback from carbonation, just limp and flabby acid. Very much a let down after tasting the 2012 batch last year, which was more balanced, less sweet, less acidic/sour, less boozy and had more staying power on the palate. This batch is a dumper.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (11684) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2015
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured a clear reddish brown color with an average frothy off-white head with very good lacing. Moderate to heavy dark fruit and sour yeast aroma. Medium to full body and a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy sour & dark tart fruit flavor with a medium to heavy dark fruit & sour finish of moderate to long duration. This is a complex solid beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rosskyle (126) - - MAY 20, 2015
Served on tap at the Big Legrowski. No bourbon barrel aged. Dark black with minimal brown head. Sweet caramel plum and honey aroma. Heavy body. Plum with a sweet bourbon flavor. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (6701) - Ohio, USA - MAY 9, 2015
Bottle from MacBoost during a group trade shared with Tmoney99 and the Fifty West guys. Pours a clear dark reddish amber color with a large off white head the collapses quickly. The aroma and flavor have sweet malts, caramel, ample dark fruits, cherry, raisin, oak, some Brett funk, lightly tart, I thought the 10.5 % remained fairly well hidden on the flavor, but was warming, interesting beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rosenbergh (8283) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 3, 2015
Draught at the Crux, Bend, OR as Crux [Banished] Freakcake 2014.
Deep ruby red colour with no head. Very intensive sour berry and fruity aroma with sweetness... Wow! Amazing! Sweet fruit and berries, sourness and tartness. Takes my breath (and soberness) away. Amazing!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12136) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 30, 2015
Bottle shared by Ken at Capitol Beer in Sacramento, CA. Pours brown, no head, orange glints. Aroma is mildly sour with fruit/cherry notes. Med body or better. Flavor is slightly sour red berry, arguably cherry, with an odd touch of chocolate - like often found in US browns, but not so much in Flemish ales. Finishes towards sour, not very dry, not very bitter, and I think a bit maltier than usual for the style. Nice ale!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (7301) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 30, 2015
Bottle shared by Kenny at Capitol Beer & Tap Room. Pours dark brown with a modest beige head and a marvelous fruity aroma. There is a dark fruit and treacle flavor with a mellow sour fruit note and a long dry finish. Delicious.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bpreo (1981) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - APR 18, 2015
A Flanders style "Old Bruin" . OK! Kind of fruity. Braggoty? Had it tonight at the Tap and Growler.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Minderbinder (2402) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 6, 2015
EBF. Pours very dark amber/brown with low medium head. Aroma is of fruits. Taste is of some acidity, sugar, weird malts, fruits. Palate: Medium body, soft carbonation. Overall: Not that convincing.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tom10101 (3677) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 5, 2015
Sample @ EBF.

Appearance: Dark amber with a small bubbly off-white head and little to no lacing.

Aroma: Cherries, oak, bourbon, caramel, cough syrup and mild spiciness.

Taste: Caramel, mild spiciness, moderate fruitiness (cherries, raisins), moderately acidic, vinegar and a bit or rubber.

Palate: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Lingering caramel finish. Rubber notes.

Overall: Lack of balance and direction; I don’t understand what kind of beer the brewer was trying to achieve here (other than a weird attemps at a sour brown). It’s definitely flavorful, but I wouldn’t say tasty and certainly not easily drinkable.



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