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Jack’s Abby Sour Time Lager

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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.89/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
We aged last year’s Leisure Time Lager in wine barrels with wild yeast and souring organisms. Through this process, the beer was transformed creating a lightly tart, funky and dry beer. Prost!
July 2013 Release

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ClarkVV (5804) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 1, 2016
Draught at Meadhall, 7/28/16.
Mostly clear, light-blonde body shows a touch of bronze. White head atop recedes fairly quickly to cover/ring.
Doesn’t smell all that bretty in the nose. It smells, nutty, heavily biscuity (stale) and just vaguely tart, almost lactic. No bright, funky, fruity brett notes and none of the creamy wheat character nor light spice of the base beer. Really just stale, lactic, grainy and dull. I don’t think this has come out in a while, so this must be a keg that is at least one year old, if not significantly more.
Similar in the flavor, just tired, with loose carbonation, tons of wateriness, light lactic character, salinity, strong minerals and too much biscuit/grain/cracker. A touch of wood tannin does nothing to soften the blow and I’m left wondering why this was served (seems the answer is to get to 50 beers on tap). Barely drinkable, minimally enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AirForceHops (6192) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 15, 2016
Purchased a 500ml bottle from One Stop Market. Hazy golden color with fluffy full head. Aroma is lemons, weak oak, mild acid, notes of grass clippings.

Flavor reflects the lemons with a lasting lactic acid presence. The texture is bone dry with a more tart finish, then an overly sour note. Yet the sour character is there without a doubt. It’s is finely crafted. Not my style of beer but I certainly understand why some rave about it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BroSpud (2053) - , Massachusetts, USA - MAR 12, 2016
On draft at the tasting room. This is just more proof to me how great this brewery is. Love it that they;ve created a sour and a good one at that. I’m not a huge fan of their Leisure Time lager compared to the rest of their brews but using it as a base for this sour it becomes something entirely different.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Minderbinder (3279) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 17, 2014
Bottle 500ml. Pours clear blond with low white head. Aroma is of sourness, fruits, lambic-style features, very slight metal. Taste is of sourness, fruits, slight acidity, some sugar, faint apricot notes, some oak, hints of acetic action. Palate: Light body. Soft carbonation. Very drinkable. Overall: Pretty good. Fine. Lots or lambic-like features.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mathieuc (3335) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 13, 2014
Bottle thanks to myknewcraft, thanks a lot J.! Pours a light golden, clear and is topped by a thin white head that leaves some lacing. Nose is of sour fruits, light rubber and grapes. It was quite a surprise to everyone around the table I think. Taste is tart but not too much, clean and fruity. Vinous, green grapes, vinho verde. Body was light, carbonation moderately high and festive. Overall a really nice sour, some similarities to a berliner weisse could be drawn but the barrel aging brought more complexity to the mix.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tom10101 (5290) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 13, 2014
Bottle (500 ml). Shared by mathieuc, thanks! Slightly hazy pale yellow with a small persistent white head and litlle lacing. Aroma is really nice with lemon, oak, just the right amount of lactic presence, bright tartness, grass and wine. Taste is moderately sour with lemon, bright tartness, grassy notes, wine and yogurt. Medium body. Soft/moderate carbonation. Slightly winey mouthfeel. Dry finish. The most impressing feature of this beer is the great balance. Everything fits perfectly. Similar profile to a Berliner Weisse. Tasty and mightily drinkable. I loved it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
czar (7723) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 13, 2014
bottle shared by mathieuc, thanks bro. pours hazy light yellow with a thin white cap, some retention and lacing. spicy and tart lemons, light acidity - lactic and citric mainly - some funk (!), bitter herbs, grass, wheat - never harsh, lemongrass, gently oaky - white wine indeed. moderately low carbonation, light body - never too watery, tart, balanced grassy-spicy-herbal-lemony finish. not overly complex, but there?s some funk, plus acidity - tart lemons - is craftfully integrated and balances it all. excellent!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Damico (3144) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2014
Pours lightly cloudy lemon with a small white head. Aroma brings clean wild yeast notes with a bit of citrus. Flavor brings tang, citrusy lemon, and a clean profile overall on the body as well as flavor with the wild yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
burg326 (5370) - Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2013
500 ml bottle poured a clear yellow color with aromas of tart lemons, yeast, lager notes and some hay. Flavors are the same almost like a decent pale lager with some fresh tart lemons thrown in.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
davey101 (751) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 29, 2013
500ml bottle into an over sized wine glass. Huge thanks to skittle34 for grabbing me some bottles from the release. Opens quietly and with zero carbonation or foam drama. Pours a clear golden yellow body with the last ounce or so of sediment hazing it up. A fingers worth of white foam simmers down into some sticky edging with large bubbles. Loads of gorgeous lacing. S - An incredibly clean and refreshing aroma of lemons, chamomile, bread, and grass. Funky brett and white wine notes subtlety hang out in the background. About as inviting as a beer gets, this thing screams summer. T - Wheat bread and tart lemons. The coriander and chamomile of the base beer are still hanging around but are very subdued and faint. A layer of grass and mild cheesey funk washes over the beer before finishing off with a touch of white wine and oak. A lactic twang in the aftertaste. There is a lot going on here however each element is very mild and subtle. Tasty and refreshing as all hell. Medium bodied and well carbonated, this is crazy drinkable given the ABV. O - Not exactly sure how a wine barrel aged witbier + critters = a berliner but all right, the similarities are here. It’s certainly not the most exciting American Wild...lager, but it is insanely drinkable with just enough going on to keep it interesting. The wine barrel is just present and honestly if it were any more noticeable it might detract from the clean flavors of the beer. Simply awesome stuff.

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