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Natty Greene’s Cellar Series American Sour
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RATINGS: 65   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Red wax top, bottle count 240.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
onceblind (7323) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 11, 2016
2014 version, so, aged 1.5-2 years. Clear deep Amber with a very thin off white cap. Big red sour aroma with some red wine and red fruits, with a stern earthy sour funk, and some sort of chestnut-barrel tone. Big bold flavor that’s just slightly tart on the finish, then there’s this wild red fruit and Amber malts, some Belgian Amber nuances, and gently dusty and tart. Very complex and layered, smooth, gently acidic, fruity, and delightful.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sledutah (7026) - Utah, USA - FEB 28, 2013
Bottle shared at RBWG 2013
Appearance: Clear amber with a small white head
Aroma: Toasted malts and tart fruit
Taste: Tart fruit, berries and salty
Nice and tasty

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (6075) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 28, 2014
Sampled at Hickory Hops 2014. Lots of cherry and balsamic vinegar in this one, both in the smell and taste. Some woody flavors, too. Maybe some red wine, as well. Pretty good...

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (6011) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 17, 2009
Draft at WBF Durham. Best of the festival, IMHO. Multiple samples. We lived at the end of the tent where this was for 30 minutes, easy, drinking this stuff. Maroon bodied. Aroma is sour fruit, wet wood, and light vinegar. Taste is sour cherries, cherry skins, lemon juice, wet oak, and cat urine notes. Mild sweetness in the back. Body si tart and acidic while being light -medium overall. No real carbonation to speak of though it wasn’t really flat. Ends with more sour cherries, light lemon, wet wood, cat urine and berries. Very nice stuff!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
decaturstevo (5788) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - AUG 1, 2013
Deep copper pour with off white head and lace. Tart acidic and fruity aroma. Flat tart flavor and a flat sour. Watery and thin but an ok beer. rbwg

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4611) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 7, 2009
WBF. Man, I was not expecting to see this one. Pours a translucent copper with no head. Nose is fruity, sweet, tart, mildly acidic. Flavor is a tad thin, cherry skins, tart, lacking a bit of complexity. Palate is mildly tart. Didn’t get much oak. Good to see the attempt though, definitely glad that someone in NC is doing this.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (4046) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 1, 2013
Bottle at RBWG, thanks Beau! Love how my man from OH brought all the NC sours. I thought I had tried all the Natty Greenes’ sours but I’m glad to see that I had yet to have this one as it may be the best one yet. The others have all been boozy, oak, questionable sours and while this one definitely still needs some work, it’s got more tart, vinous, funky quality than any of the previous incarnations. Light tart cherry fruit, oak, dusty finish.
Earlier Rating: 5/10/2011 Total Score: 3.4
Bottle shared by SincereNC. Thanks for picking this up, Ian! Purty good effort from those dudes down in Greensboro, NC. A little high on the acetic side, but this seems to be the case in many American sours. Definitely a step in the right direction though. Keep working on it, yall.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 9, 2011
750ml shared by SincereNC - thanks, Ian! Pours like a well-aged brune, with a thin crisp layer of bubbles atop a medium brown body. Looks slightly oily, not much heft to it. Acetic vinegar funk aroma, with a faint but lasting oaky note. Body is medium, a bit too puckering on the finish maybe. Taste is well-rendered, even if a bit too sweet at the end (I problem I’ve had with some bottles of Duchesse). Could probably benefit from some age, but I found it enjoyable as is.
Earlier Rating: 2/11/2010 Total Score: 3.8
Several samples enjoyed at Pre-Sex. Faint oak and tartness in the nose, dry to complement the fizz. Medium amber color, could be midway between a cider and a lambic to look at it. Vibrant flavors, cherry isn’t overwhelmingly sour, just well integrated and balanced, with oak and mild lactic quality bringing up the rear. Bottle this!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Huhzubendah (3493) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 16, 2016
Clear mahogany body with a soapy beige cap. Aromas of oak, cherry, vanilla, funk. The flavor is a notch below the aroma. Light body. Mild sweetness. Brown bread and cherry character. Mild tartness with moderate funk character.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3458) - Tennessee, USA - SEP 24, 2009
Brewgrass 2009 I never thought there was much chance of finding this style at a local brew fest. Surprise! Pours slightly hazy, red tinged dark brown with a soapy white head. Tart, fruity aroma. Nice tartness with just enough underlying sweetness to balance. Leaves the palate clean and tingling.


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