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RATINGS: 46   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rosenbergh (8081) - 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 (12044) - 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 (7230) - 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 (1939) - 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 (2349) - 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 (3614) - 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.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Errl (1898) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAR 31, 2015
Bottle...pour is red with a white head..Nose is vanilla, funk, alcohol, spice...Taste is berries, jelly, funk, oak, vanilla..

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwalking05 (4132) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2015
375 mL bottle. Brown in color with a small beige head. Aroma is of wood, funk, dried cherry, dried berry, and lemon pepper seasoning. Taste is of wood, vinous, funk, and dried cherry.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
travita (4310) - Frisco, Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2015
Bottle. The look is clear, brownish red in color, and a beige colored head. The smell is wine, blackberry, acidic, wood, slight vinegar. The taste is woody, red wine, tart, shock tarts, and ok.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (4424) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAR 23, 2015
Draft at EBF. Dark ruby pour. Cherry, raisins and other dark fruit aromas, with a good amount of lactic and sourness. Flavors are tart dark fruits.


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