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RATINGS: 203   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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This unique anniversary libation, heritage-blended from our library of barrel-soured beers, exhibits deeply layered flavors of malt and oak, with a tart finish.

This is the 2010 Vintage and all vintages from now on (2011, etc.), available in 22 oz bottles dated with specific vintage year labeling (Ex: "2010", "2011", etc.)


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 9, 2011
Clear cherry red with a thin off-white head. Moderately sour aroma of oak, tannins, cherry and malt. Taste is sour with malt, oak, cherry and mild tannins. Finishes dry and sour.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (10663) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 11, 2011
Bottle. Pours purplish brown. Tan head. Nose/taste of oak, tart blueberry and wild yeast. Taste also has hints of tobacco, cocoa and lots of sour malt. Medium body.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Shag (2678) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - SEP 4, 2011
This poured a dark amber color with a beige head. The aroma contains some nutmeg, some woody notes, dark fruit, and vinegar. The flavor contains cherries, vinegar, and caramel. The finish is sour but also a bit malty. Overall this is a pretty good beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - AUG 28, 2011
Sample at a tasting at Suttree’s. Pours nice ruby with orange hue, slight white head. Aroma is red wine vinegar, some fruit and raisin notes. The flavor is caramel with an acetic kick. There’s even a bit of toast in there. Sweetish finish with a bit of burnt sugar. Nice aftertaste.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - AUG 27, 2011
Mahogany pour with a wisp head. Nice balsalmic vinegar aroma. The flavor starts out as balsalmic but has a wood flavor with bits of dark fruit. It does not end well. Musty fruit and barn wood is what lingers around. Fair.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (9448) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 1, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2012 Spot on a sour style, with blue fruit, blueberry? Sour aroma that draws you in. Dark coloured body with generous soapy head. Complex, sourness malted away, and oak melowness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - JUN 28, 2011
bottle. Pours a dark amber with a tan head which produced lacing on the glass. Nose is of sour berries and oak. Taste is of sour fruit - berries. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and medium.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (3225) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JUN 28, 2011
22 ounce bottle

I am a big skeptic of new Holland but this beer was not half bad. A run of the mill sour it had some good characteristics mixed in with the usual New Holland blandness. I doubt I will be enthusiastically tracking down the previous entries or even future ones but it does restore some faith in the brewery.

Aroma and appearance - The ambient murky red body glowed like grapefruit juice. A soft fringe of head was the only sign of life. Fluid and bubbly it somehow looked more lively than it later turned out to be. The nose of sour cherry gumdrops was a tart sensation. Smelling like a sour brown more than an intense sour the aroma is sharp and to the point.

Flavor and palate - Cola, carbonation, and a dry piece of used chewing gum are passable flavors. Tickling the throat with the sour bite of an old piece of candy it then fades away submissively. Mild and timid this is where it falls apart. With more depth this could have been a high note for New Holland. Instead it is a blip on the radar.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 3, 2011
22oz bottle from the Carrboro Beverage Co. About time this one showed up, as we’ve had New Holland for a while now. Very dark brown pour with purplish tints, topped by a moderate head and carbonation, kind of prickly and with decent retention. Lots of oak in the nose, sweet tannins too. Mouthfeel is medium, with slight carbonation and slightly acetic as well. Taste is where you get some of the fruit qualities emerging, even though apparently no fruit was added, and it blends nicely with the fairly understated oak. If anything, the tartness is slightly overdone in the taste, as it tends to override some of the subtlety that’s elsewhere present. But while it’s certainly not a top notch sour, I found it pretty well done and enjoyable overall.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strykzone (5502) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2011
Sampled at an ESBLS tasting. Red brown hue with light tan head. This beer has plenty going on in both the aroma and flavor. Wood, bret yeast, maltiness, some vinegar, and berries.


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