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Jack’s Abby Sour Time Lager

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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 4.02/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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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


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Damico (2452) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
burg326 (3508) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
davey101 (647) - 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.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
WickedBeerGuy (4) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 16, 2013 does not count
If this was really Jack’s first attempt at a sour beer, I’d say he was lucky... but I know better. These guys know how to craft beer. I seriously hope this will be available in stores next year. I can’t keep driving to the brewery. It is lightyears better than the Leisure Time that gave it life. I only took away the point on appearance because I have a natural aversion to yellow beer. If you missed this one, pray for another batch next year.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (3740) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 29, 2013
500ml bottle in a sampler. Pours hazy golden with a lacy, white head. Aroma of light tartness, white wine, some wheat and pale malts, plus some light bitterness. Flavor the same with the tartness not entirely dominating. Average texture. Not a bad beer but I wish it were more sour.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markwise (4424) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 24, 2013
Thanks to jcartamdg for sharing. Pours a nice hazy yellow with a soda-like white head. Nose is some tartness, lemon, some yeast, some lager, and some light funk. Flavor is similar with lemon and citrus tartness followed by grain and mild yeast. Light in body and all kinds of really nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (5530) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2013
Bottle shared by GonzoIllini at West Lakeview Tasting (Chicago, IL). Thanks, dude! Pours a hazy yellow straw hue, a frothy whitish carbonated lively head. Stays as a filmy layer, laces ok. Aromas are gentle sour lemon, apple, touches of lactic acidity, mellow bready malts, straw, and subtle funk. Initial is lighter bodied, nice sour tang up front. Lactic lemon, some metallic feel. Still nice, a bit dry. Some green apple, bread. Middle is a bit sweet, fruityn nothing overwhelming. Decent lactic presence. Backend is a touch metallic, dry, and some tartness. Tailing out with straw, gentle grass. Yogurt elements prominent here. Finish is a touch sweet, fruity, and a tangy lactic tail. Solid beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 23, 2013
Bottle at wlv, pours hazed gold with white head. Nose sour wheaty, grainy. Flavors have a nice grainy character, good tartness, lemony. Solid.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Reynolds314 (2224) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 19, 2013
This is full of greatness. If I could have one beer that was readily available in 4/6 packs year round I may very well pick this. Just an insanely drinkable sour with tons of crisp lemony flavor and a light to moderate tartness that is just perfect for such a light beer. Nailed it.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
devman171 (878) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Bottle pours hazy yellow with nice head, aroma is tart citrus, taste is similar and very crisp, nice beer!


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