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RATINGS: 89   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97/5   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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Barrel-Aged Sour Beer Refermented with Cherries

Montmorency and Balaton® cherries from Michigan were added to mature, sour, barrel-aged beer, and allowed to referment to dryness. Unfiltered, unpasteurized, and 100% naturally conditioned.

Balaton® is a registered trademark of Michigan State University.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (4589) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 12, 2016
At Fofa. A lovely red pink with a berry aroma. Waxy berry tartness, light acidity, good stuff. 3.9

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aleigator (779) - GERMANY - SEP 12, 2016
Pours a hazed ruby red color with no head at all. Smells of acetic, unripe wild cherries with a gentle funkiness to ’em, which allows a riper, sweeter fruit quality to unfold on the nose as well, adding to the beer’s prominent tartness, with an earthy stone pit quality. Has a higher, well fitting carbonation, with a light, very refreshing and challenging, complex body. Tastes of sweet cherries right from the beginning, which turn more sour the longer they remain on the palate. This is due to a sparkly, stony mineral uprising, as well as an uncompromising acetic tartness, which almost swallows the cherry complexity as for its dry and pungent impact. Finishes with more funk, leather, dried hay and old mushrooms among grilled cherry stones, an opposing crispness resulting from white lemon zest and a late but taste defining sweetness of sun ripened cherries. Wow, this is a great gateway sour between classic Lambics and AWAs. It certainly got a higher acetic level than its belgian counterparts, while it sucessfully lends an unexperienced sweetness to the cherries, like adding salt to caramel, just to emphasize its sweet qualities. It manages to appear naturally with a very silk mid palate and finish, which brings many well desired funky and tart nuances to light, complimenting to the refreshing cherry fruitiness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (9538) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 18, 2016
RBSG 2016 shared at the Grand Tasting after-party in the hotel lobby. Bottle. Hazy deep pink. Aroma is crushed dark cherries, notes of yoghurt and singed hair. Cherry yoghurt, light vinegar, moderate leathery and cheesy funk character. Very nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JulienHuxley (5590) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 17, 2016
Sample from bottle at fofa. Bright red pour with thin white head. Aroma is quite nice, tons of cherry, tart cherry, lactic notes, plain yoghurt. Taste is tart, quite lactic and citric, nice cherry flavor, not really sweet. Palate is light-med bodied with good carbonation. Tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (5271) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 14, 2016
Bottle pour at FoFA. Beautiful slightly hazy bright red with a small white head, some retention, leaving little lacing. Aroma is really cheesy and lactic along sweet - but not jammy - cherries, some funk, soft leathery brettanomyces and mild herbal/leafy notes. Taste is moderately acidic with again a rather strong cheesy/lactic presence, more cherries than in the aroma, leathery brettanomyces, mild mineral spiciness and herbal notes. Medium body. Soft carbonation. Lactic and cherries finish. The fruits comes out beautifully in this one. Acidity level is controlled and drinkability is good. Might be a tiny bit too cheesy for my liking but otherwise a world-class cherry sour.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Art (3121) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2016
Taste at rbsg hotel. Thanks DJ. Pours a clear reddish purple with no real head. Aromas of big cherry and sour. Taste is sour cherry but not like cough syrup like some can be. I usually don’t like cherry sours but this was nice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JStax (5214) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUL 22, 2016
Bottle shared at RBSG. The beer is a clear red with a pinkish head of foam. The aroma has rich, sweet cherries. Jammy. Acidic taste that complements the sweet cherry notes. Medium body and medium carbonation. Very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Strykzone (6718) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2016
Sampled at rbsg. Bright red with a pink head. A funky berry aroma. Dry malty start. Cherries and berries. Rich malts. Tart cherries. Intereresting. Nice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gephross100 (312) - Bellaire, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2016
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2016 Cloudy read color. Small red head. Big 5 gum flavor (cinnamon and cherry taste) cinnamon nose. Medium mouthfeel. Medium sourness Very good Batch 3 on draft at the source. Bigger cinnamon note than batch 2 fresh. Low sourness. Dark red color.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TURDFERGUSON (4045) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 2, 2016
Another awesome bottle shared by DJ at RBWG. Glad I stayed up late on my last night there to enjoy these with the boys. One of the better American made cherry sours I have had. Reminded me some of 3F Intense Red Kriek. Great balance between cherry flavor and acidity. Really well done.


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