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RATINGS: 217   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   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.)


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jgb9348 (5677) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 27, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2016 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 - i’ll definitely keep a couple of these around if I can find them! I could have sampled some aged gueuze that I’ve 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! Blue Sunday #18 (2015 Vintage) Nice clear crisp brown coloured body. Slightly vinegary in the nose with a lot of sourness, oak and dry cherries. Light to Medium-bodied; Super complex sour flavour with vinegar, cherries, raspberries, oak, vanilla and grapes all noticeable - very nice and simple to drink! Aftertaste is clean and complex with a lot of sour elements and a rich oaky, tannic flavour. Overall, still as good as I remember - I need to get a few more of these to cellar! I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Whole Foods in Washington (P Street NorthWest, Logan Circle), DC on 23-February-2015 for US$12,99 sampled at home in Washington on 04-August-2016 in remembrance of my Uncle, from Michgan, R.I.P. Larry. Rating for this sample: 9, 4,8,5,17 2015 Vintage // Purchased: February 2015 // Sampled: August 2016

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerathon (1683) - 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 (1341) - 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 (6723) - 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 (1461) - 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 (383) - Aurora, Illinois, 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

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
gschrade (1038) - Collinsville, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2014
I had this at Global Brew. Pours reddish brown with a off white head. Taste tart, cherry, Brett. I thought this was good. I would drink this again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rumproasts (5048) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 4, 2014
Tap at Michigan Winter Beer Festival - 22-Feb-2014. Big brett flavor here. Sourness really kicks. Fruity and wonderful.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
That1Guy (2192) - Colorado, USA - FEB 28, 2014
On tap. Gave me a pint of it for some reason. Supposed to come in a 12 oz. Oh well. Pours reddish brown with very little head. Aroma of funk, oak, light fruits. Lightly sour. Flavor is oak, light fruitiness, and a little tartness. Might be a gateway drug to sours for other people.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryanfolty (2389) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - FEB 26, 2014
February 26, 2014 - on tap at Valley. Amber pour with some head. Aroma was woody, funky and fruity. Taste was nicely balanced with a woody finish.


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