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RATINGS: 76   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
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Ambrée was inspired by the rustic farmhouse ales of French Flanders, particularly those brewed by Brasserie Thiriez in Esquelbecq — one of our favorite breweries in the world. Ambrée is a dry, tart, naturally conditioned amber ale fermented and matured with dozens of different strains of brewers’ yeast, native wild yeast, brettanomyces yeast, and souring bacteria. It’s 6.4% alcohol by volume, has a finishing gravity of 1.005, and is 3.5 pH.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (7406) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2014
Bottle shared by Colin during the IoW Jolly. It pours murky deep amber with a small white head. The nose is juicy, earthy, bubblegum, orange peel, candy, mild spice and funk. The taste is crisp, tart, some acidity, lactic, sour green apple, red berry, grape skin, sherbet and lemon peel with a dry finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Crisp, tart and juicy. Very tasty indeed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (11075) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2014
Bottle shared at Natifest ’14. Poured a cloudy amber color with an average fizzy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy sour yeast and malt aroma. Medium to abundant body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy sour flavor with a medium to heavy sour finish of moderate to long duration. This is a solid beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbruner (2489) - Athens, Georgia, USA - AUG 10, 2014
Pours a hazy copper from the bottle with fluffy white head that leaves light lace. Aroma of nice funky barnyard hay and sour lactic notes with nice caramel malt back end. Taste follows, nice balance, more funky than sour, minimal other flavor. Good carbonation, mild acidity, good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mR_fr0g (3965) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2014
Keg at the Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2014, blue session. 02/05/2014. Dark orange / caramel coloured pour with alasting off white head. Aroma is tart berry, raspberry, crisp. Flavour is clean and crisp raspberry berry, tart. Palate is crisp and light, touch of acidity. Very clean flavours.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JStax (3237) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2014
750 ml bottle opened at Natifest thanks to errl. Pours a hazed copper with a white head. The aroma is caramel and sour apples. The taste is sugary sweet and big tartness. Musty sweet. Medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (6812) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2014
750 ml bottle shared by JStax at Natifest - thanks again, Jeremy! Batch #1, bottled November 12, 2013. Pours a hazy, dull muddy fruit juice color with minimal wisps of head and a ring. Aroma of a lot of funk - almost Fantome-like - with muddled fruit primarily characterized by plum, peanuts, brown sugar, leaves, oak, and toast. Flavor of leaves, funk, bready malts, straw, apple, plum, dry grains, and some spice. Light-medium bodied, with a funky, dry, tart mouthfeel and low carbonation. Doesn’t strike me as a true ’Flanders’ but the inspiration is there and this is an interesting sour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rondphoto (2282) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - AUG 2, 2014
Thanks to jstack @ Natifest --- Cloudy medium amber with a rim head, dots of lace. Taste is caramel malt that adds spice and fizzy fruit. Minor bittering in the finish. For me, this is strong and heavy, not as appealing as I expected.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
b3shine (5829) - Indiana, USA - AUG 2, 2014
750 ml bottle to taster at NatiFest (shared by jstax). Looks good; a murky light amberish brown with foamy off-white head. Smells good too; tart and funky with notes of plum and mild cherry and oak. Tastes like it smells with a pleasant, lighter-bodied mouthfeel. Good stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (6946) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2014
750ml bottle, thanks to jstax for sharing at Natifest. Totally hazy darker amber red color. Thin ring of off white head. Leaves dots and ropes of lace. Medium body. Smooth, kind of soft, lighter carbonation. Light slick. Moderate sour taste, light sweet. Lightly spicy. Bigger wood aroma, lightly spicy, and some dark fruit, some cherry flavors. Pretty nice sour red.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bulk_Carrier (2266) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUL 21, 2014
Batch #1, November 12, 2013 is the born on date. This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a hazy dark red color with a slight cloudy light amber color close to the edges of the beer. The head was about two fingers worth of soft white foaminess. There wasn’t much lacing following the beer down. The smell had a dried out tart raspberry aroma cherishing a light woodiness as the beer warmed. The taste was a dry and tart raspberry that ended up letting out a slight acidic lemon flavoring as it warmed which lead to a naturally dry raspberry to slight lemon aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium in body with not much of a sessionable aspect as there’s not enough balance in this one. Overall, if anything, I thank those who in charge of the Culmination festival for bringing this down to Juneau for me to partake in this offering I may never see again. However, almost like most sour ales I try, there’s just not enough balance in this one.

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