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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.83/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
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Our first foray into the funky world of lambic style beers. These traditional Belgian style ales are exposed to both wild yeast and bacteria, as well as the addition of fruit, during the secondary fermentation. Ours began back in 2010, with the blend of two wheat ales and inoculated with Brettanomyces Lambicus, Brettanomyces Bruxellensis and lactobacillus. We then added ollalieberries—no, that’s not a typo—and waited patiently for two years! The result is amazing: a distinctively, dry, cidery, fruity, vinuous and oh-so sour beer. Bracing and refreshing.


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 12, 2012
(Draught) Pours a murky amber body with a small white head. Aroma of vinegar, berries, caramel, oak, and burning rubber. Flavor of berries, pedio, wood, yeast, vinous, earth, medicinal, and brett.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (10547) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 10, 2012
Pours a murky reddish color with an off-white head. Tastes and smells a lot like Fruity Pebbles. A mild vinegar note to both the aroma and flavor, too. A touch of oak, and ollaliberry, maybe some wood, and quite a bit of sweetness overall (I’m guessing from the fruit). Just okay, kind of a let down.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (8163) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAR 25, 2013
Tap at Churchkey. Low haze orange pour, medium thicker white foam. Spotty lace. Really nice funky peach nose, small grapefruit, white grape, berries. Taste is leathery, lactic, effervescent palate. Dry, just a tad bland in the finish. Spicy acetic hints.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMan1113VR (7820) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 5, 2011
On tap (listed at 11% info sent: a blend of big and little opal, down to 8%, aged in french oak vigonger barrels with bugs. enough ollaliberry added to create a lab tested alcohol of 11% -According to the brewer Matt B.) Pours with a hazed red body and no head. Aromas are spicy, red wine, french oak, huge berry notes, caramel, vanilla, tobacco, bright, light booze, burgundy, awesome! Flavors are bright and acidic, with funk, wood, light diaper, some alcohol, vegital berry and tannic oak in the finish. Dry and a bit thin. Low carbonation and a bit of astringent berry (and tannins) in the finish. Really well hidden ABV. Looking forward to the future (apparently a bright future) of FW sours! A very tasty start!

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 10, 2011
Clear golden orange with almost no head. Pleasant sour green apple aroma and taste with an overly tart vinegar finish. Too much sour not enough balance.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2010
Had on tap at the Tasting Room Saturday August 8, 2009. Served in a small snifter. The fruit element is achieved through the use of olallieberries (pronounced oh-la-leh), which the bartender told me are grown along the Central Coast and are made of a cross of loganberries and youngberries. A: A slightly hazy ruby-maroon color with a low-rising head that was slightly off white. S: While I’ve never tasted an olallieberry, the nose immediately let me know what I would be tasting. The berry scent produced a nice nose, especially when combined with the sour notes, which were definitely prevalent, but not in a way that completely overpowered the fruit. T: Sweet, acidic, slightly tart. Some slight earthy undertones. There is an undercurrent of berry taste throughout, with a clear overlay of sour and acidic notes. Being the first reviewer, I wish I had more sour experience to be able to better explain all that this lambic had going on. M: Fairly light-bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Slightly mouth puckering, but nothing in the extreme. D: Quite drinkable. A thoroughly enjoyable experience all around. Great tasting menu and the bartender was very friendly. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 08-10-2009

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nimbleprop (4536) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 2, 2013
Sampled at Churchkey during CBC week. Pours a hazy, pink grapefruit color with one ring of white head. Nose is classic lambic, funky, tart, grapefruit, sweat, sweet tarts, berry, rhubarb, a little dusty. Flavor is well balanced, wood shavings, berries, tart blood oranges, light cheese, funk. Medium bodied, dry, tart finish. Really nice.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnnyJ (4221) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 26, 2012
Draft at Stone sour ale fest 2012. Hazy gold/red with an off white head. Lots of berries, red wine grape, oak barrel character, berry skins, acidic sourness, caramel, and light graininess. I like it. For such a huge sour the abv is disguised amazingly well.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4099) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 19, 2012
Tap @ Apex... Poured a hazy, reddish/orange with a moderate, light khaki head. Nose had acidity with mild funk and oak. Nice sourness, not overly tart which was excellent. Some fruitiness, earthiness, wine-like vinous tones, grapes, light cherries. Hints of wood and a light puckering sourness in the finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IrishBoy (3803) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 7, 2010
Draft at the brewery at the Firestone 14 Release Party. I assume this is the beer it was listed as Firestone Walker Lambic and was said by the brewer to have been in barrels two years and was listed as 5% ABV on the sign on the table. Nose was very oaky with lots of berry notes, fruitiness, tartness, yeast, and a little funk. Cloudy amber with a small beige head. Flavor was nicely tart with berries, light woodiness, and some slight horseblanket. First sour I have had from Firestone and quite good; would love to see it bottled.


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