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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , 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

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (10100) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 23, 2014
Bright reddish pour, white head. Sour, juicy and delicious. Reminds me of a nice sour cranberry juice. Nice lactic sourness, perfect carbonation. Great beer!!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BiiruBierBeer (488) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 3, 2015
Sour berry smell and taste. I don’t know what those berries taste like on their own, but they add a very nice flavor to this sour.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ernesto987 (4398) - Arizona, USA - JAN 14, 2015
Huge thanks to daknole for this one, wow now this is a perfect beer, big fruity flavors, multiple layers of tartness and sweetness with dryness. Huge complexity. This beer is amazing!!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
djd07 (5177) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2015
Bottle thanks to Nick. Pours a hazy purple with medium frothy off white head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is strong berries, brett, and vinegar. Thin mouth, nice sour berries, currants, tart finish, really enjoyed this.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonusWagner (1692) - Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2015
Really nice fruited AWA, with a good hint of berry sweetness, nice coloration, and well-balanced tartness.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IrishBoy (3923) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
birdmachine (226) - San Jose / San Luis Obispo, California, USA - FEB 20, 2013
2 Year aged Lambic with Ollalieberries. Pours clear reddish/orangewith a huge amount of fizzy head that quickly faded as it settled. The aroma was mildly acidic, with huge amount of musty berries, slight vanilla and oak along with brett. Up front taste was extremely sour that made your cheeks pucker up quite a bit. The sourness settled out however and did not have quite the punch after a few sips. Very fruity finish with a bready after taste, some light "dusty" or maybe "chalky" qualities. Lots of wine character mixing with the fruit as well. A really well executed sour from Firestone Walker. I tried this beer once before during San Luis Obispo’s Sour Fest May 2012. Don’t recall a fruit taste at all in the beer... I like it a lot better now given some time. Well done!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (6600) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
UPDATED: APR 1, 2015 "Sooooooo happy everyone and their mother seems to be making a sour these days. We’s started with the bretty DDBA, which was nice, but this Vinny-approved monster shows you just what an extra bug or two and two years in oak can do. Hell, the aroma was mouth puckering! But oh so pleasant. Subtle oak, very tart flavor...lemons, musty, a little fruit to sweeten the pot. Very well done." 2015 - much fruitier and better than a few years ago, and it was already really good.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bacterial (1980) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 25, 2015
On tap at FW Barrelworks. Beautiful clear purple pour with a massive pink head and lacing. Big berry nose on this, juicy. Quite nice tasting as well. Sour, but certainly on the low-medium part of the scale. Juicy again in the taste. Ollalieberries (which, if I remember right are basically blackberries on crack) really come through. Yummy.


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