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Lovibonds Sour Grapes - Barrel Aged

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Brewed by Lovibonds Brewery
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Henley-on-Thames, England
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

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RATINGS: 65   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottled; Occasional. Has been seen on keg.
2012 World Beer Cup Gold Medal Winner.

This beer started as a fermentation mistake with our flagship Henley Gold, giving us the sourness and drinkability of a Berliner Weisse. It tasted great but we thought it would be interesting to add a wild character to the beer. we filled used Frencg Pinot Noir barrels with the sour beer and a host of other good bacteria and wild yeast, then closed the door.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThirstyBird (2583) - Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2016
Bottle at Chris and Ruth’s pre-GBBF, thanks to Ed for sharing! Pours a slightly hazy pale golden yellow with a small of-white head. The smell is wood, grapes, green vegetation. The taste is sour grapes, wood, mild lactic, very dry and fruity on the end. Light+ with a tick above carbonation level. Tasty.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (13591) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 12, 2016
Sampled @ ChrisO Pre-GBBF Shindig. Hazy pale yellow color, small white head. Smell and taste sourness, grapes, hints of unripe grapefruit, moderately dry finish. Average to decent body and carbonation.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
planky84 (2860) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2016
Bottle at Chris and Ruth’s pre-GBBF Shindig, 2016 (Sunday sesh.). Hazy yellow pour. Sour grape and grapefruit aroma. Same with the flavour. Good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerhunter111 (16416) - Hasborn, GERMANY - AUG 6, 2016
Pre shinding 2016. Leicht trübes hell goldgelbes Bier mit einer mittelgroßen weißen Schaumkrone. Geruch trocken säuerlich, Trauben, Heu. Geschmack säuerlich fruchtig, Trauben, Kraut, Gewürze, Heu, gut!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (15728) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 28, 2016
Bottle @ RBWG 2016. Thanks, Colin! Golden beer with a tall white head. Pretty standard blonde sour characteristics to this. A lot of lemon, grape skin, and grass. It’s a bit heavy on the apple and Sweet Tarts. Hints of tropical fruits like pineapple and star fruit. Minimal funk. Fine enough beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (9114) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 9, 2016
Bottle at the Rate Beer Awards Festival Bottle Share. Great lambic-like nose, dust, leather, grapes. Funky, horse blanket flavor, lightly sour, lots of brett, nice grape flavor. Good stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VsXsV (3889) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 31, 2016
Bottle. Hazy hay yellow liquid with medium white head. Aroma of lemon, apple skin, wood and grain. Taste is dry and medium to high sour with notes of apple skin, lemon, passion fruit and lime. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Great.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (9712) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2016
Bottle thanks to Colin. Pours a hazy yellow with small frothy white head. The aroma is grape, lemon, funk, oak. Thin mouth, lemon, grape, funky, light tartness, clean, very nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aniela (4207) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 1, 2015
Bottle at Sweet & Sour, Sätila, 2014-08-30. Pale golden beer with an offwhite head. Sourish leather citrus, barnyard with earthy notes aroma. Sour leather earthy hay and barnyard flavour.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
The_Osprey (5926) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2015
Keg at Brewdog Camden as ’Lovibonds Pinot Noir Barrel Sour Grapes’. Orange, still, pretty clear, small foamy off-white head. Aroma is vinegary, honey and lemon, some wine. Body is medium to light, spritzy carbonation, slightly foamy, tooth-coating and enamel-stripping. Taste is rounded sour fruits, tart lemon, softly woody, dates, red grape finish. Nice flavour, pity about the palate on these sour beers. Was licking my teeth for a few hours after this one.


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