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RATINGS: 193   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.)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7896) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 1, 2011
Bottle (13: 2010) via a trade with drfabulous. Tasted blind among many sours. Pours with a hazed red-bronze body and an off-white head. Aroma is fruity, vinous, oaky with some berries and tannins. Flavors are a bit waxy, fruit, caramel and vinous with a tart finish. Medium bubbles. Feels a bit heavy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4186) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 28, 2011
Bottle shared at a recent BA/RB tasting... Poured dark amber/mahogany with a thin head. Lots of oak, some light tanins, and strong fruit tartness. This much better than their other sour/fruit ales in this series. Nice, dry, souring finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Veldrid (120) - Canton, Ohio, USA - FEB 28, 2011
Bottle. Pours a semi-hazy brown. The aroma is a lot of tartness and oak with some very feint hints of fruity sweetness in the background. The flavor is tartness followed by oak tannins and a very subtle sweetness that reminds me of green grapes and mild berries. The carbonation on this beer is well done. I am glad to see a solid offering from New Holland and I would definitely drink this again due to the very limited offering of sours in my immediate area but I would never pick this over even say Cantillon Classic Gueze. I would say this is a pretty good starter sour for someone though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (7224) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 28, 2011
22 oz. bottle from Wine and Cheese Place. I didnít realize there was a different one of these every year, but now I get what the 13 was for- vintage 2010, obviously. Pours a cloudy, bright brown with golden tints along the sides and almost no head. Aroma of blueberries, lemon juice, caramel malts, vanilla, oak, grapes, and lemon juice. Flavor of blueberries, oaky funk, caramel malts, balsamic vinegar, vanilla, lemon citrus, and brown sugar. Medium-bodied, with a tart, sweet mouthfeel and modest carbonation. Pretty cool, complex sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (5393) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 28, 2011
Clear, iced tea colored, with little beige islands of foam floating on top. Fruity, sour aroma, with a lactic note. Flavor is more complex than the aroma lets on - sour and fruity, but also a woodsy component, as well as something like sour cream (in a good way). As it warms, more lemony, woodsy flavors emerge.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (9570) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2011
22oz bottle. Poured a mahogany color with an off white head. Aromas of oak, lighter vinegar, cherries, and fruity. Tastes of oak, fruity, cherries, and some vanilla. Lightly sweet with a light sour finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
italianjohn (2438) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2011
Bottle 2010 .... Deep reddish amber pour beige head ... light oaky and sour aroma ..... taste is a nice mix of oak and sour flavors, tart cherries ... subtle and smooth very drinkable and balanced sour with a dry oaky sour finish .... well done

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jtw (1136) - farmington, Michigan, USA - FEB 13, 2011
a pricey 22 oz foil-wrapped bottle, so expectations and hopes are high. pours into a Unibroue tulip glass a murky amber, not bright but not hazy. huge tartness in the aroma, with oak and acid dominating the nose. certainly not a regular ale, because itís a nicely sharp bite on the tongue. pleasant acidity and more oak in the flavor, backed up with some malt fullness and little hops character. paired with a freshly-smoked beef brisket, this is a real treat. dark meats and smoke complement the tartness and wooden flavors very well. nice dry finish, leaving a hint of tang on the tongue, just as a reminder...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jlanning215 (363) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2011
2010 vintage. Not the best sour ale Iíve had but a great one nonetheless. I really enjoyed the finish the most with this beer. Most of the tartness is lingering but while you are drinking it a lot less sour than youíd be used to with sour ale. Sweet with flavors of under ripen fruit. Crisp, Clean. Great carbonation. Really well balanced and a nice sour for those who havenít tasted a sour before because it isnít as tart as the usual.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dionysus (1454) - Arizona, USA - FEB 3, 2011
Bottle pours copper with a khaki head. Aroma is acidic and shows notes of black raspberry, currant, and light blueberry as well as some oak and a touch of funk. Flavor shows the same with light vinegar, caramel, as well as a hint of stonefruit. Overall body is soft with moderate acidity.

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