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RATINGS: 171   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.)


SpongeRuiner's rating

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
SpongeRuiner (672) - Michigan, USA - JAN 30, 2014
2014 bottle. Pours a very dark red color. A foamy carbonation on the mouthfeel. An immediate candy feel tartness. Flavor dissipates quickly. Very dry finish. Not bad.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrettTaylor (463) - Radford, Virginia, USA - JUL 9, 2014
This rating is based on a 2014 bottle. Poured into snifter. Pours a brown with hints of red sparkling underneath. Head is white and two fingers and leaves quite a bit of lacing. Aroma - a touch of oak, tart/sour berry, some sour apple, and funk. Taste - sour grape, cherry, touch of vanilla underneath and more funk. Well balanced between funk, tartness, and sweetness with the balance towards the first two (just the way I like it). This is excellent and Im glad I have another one in the cellar.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jackl (4379) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2014
On tap somewhere in Asheville. Slightly tart blueberry mash. Little else to the nose. Pretty syrupy and sugary. Some acidic fruit skin tang. Medium body, full on the palate. Decent stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alliance100 (612) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 18, 2014
22oz bottle - 2014 vintage - pours a reddish brown with tan head . Big Brett aromas with a hint of green apple . Taste is fairly sour upfront finishes with some oak and sweetness . Notes of tart cherry , green apple and toasted oak . Very tasty brew . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Patrickctenchi (3458) - Coxs Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - APR 28, 2014
Draft: Pours brown-amber with a creamy tan head. Sour raspberry, vinegar scent. Taste is tangy raspberry, wheat, vinegar. Nicely sour...plenty of flavor. Very nice.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jgb9348 (4659) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 27, 2014
Rating #4500 (beer #2 of 3 to celebrate the milestone) Blue Sunday #16, Vintage 2013 Deep hazy dark brown coloured body with a nice, one centimetre tall tan head that fades fast with a lighter brown glow at the bottom. Aroma of ridiculously sour grapes, lemon, cherries, oak, vanilla, cognac and cedar, alcohol, bourbon and a hint of grass - very nice, complex and mouth watering! Medium-bodied; Very nice mouthful of silky soft malt with a very nice layered sour flavour of cherries and grapes then showing a more refined sour flavour of lemon and oak mixed with bourbon, cognac and dry grass. Aftertaste shows an amazingly balanced sour with malt, alcohol, sugars and oak coupled with a high level of sour flavours, but masked by the dry complexity. Overall, a great beer overall and one that fits the style perfectly - layered, complex, balanced yet ridiculously complex and yes, still sour. A great beer and well worth finding and keeping for a while - ill definitely keep a couple of these around if I can find them! I could have sampled some aged gueuze that Ive brought back from Belgium over the years, but this was a great beer to encapsulate the milestone - a great beer of the style and to enjoy - from my hometown state of Michigan right here in the best beer country int he world - America. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Liqour Outlet in Boonton, New Jersey on 24-February-2013 for US$12.14 sampled at home in Washington on 27-April-2014, after only aging this for a bit over a year (not much for me) - but a great beer to have under the auspice of 4500 beers!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerathon (1108) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2014
Pours a purplish brown with amazing amount of foam for a wild ale. Super tart and fruity. Sourness encapsulates the entire tongue and finishes wet.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bubblehouse (325) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Really nice sour. Looks good with just average aroma. Nacbar beards and beers. would have again.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (3020) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 24, 2014
Bottle - 2014 edition. Pours clear burgundy, quite beautiful actually, small tan head that dissipates quickly with some residual lacing. Aroma is oaky, vinous and fruity with tart cherry notes. Flavor is quite fruity up front, perhaps blueberry, oaky, starts lightly sweet but quickly dries out to a medium tartness. Finish is tart with light oaky astringency. Medium body. Nice beer, but I must say it is better before it warms up, oddly enough.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
peteinSD (1336) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 23, 2014
14 bottle from Sean - thanks! Deep red, rust colored pour with a scattered slick of off-whote foam. Vinegary tart, oak, red wine, and clean sour in the aroma. Taste is heavy tart up front with vinegar a bit of sweet malt in the middle and more sharp tartness through the finish. Clean mouthfeel. Bit rough but a decent enough sour.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Awktoberfest (287) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - MAR 9, 2014
Oak barrel aroma and quiet taste throughout...moderately tart... Nothing overpowering... It's like a flat grape soda aged in an oak barrel.... Sooo ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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