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Outer Banks Vitus Reductus Sour Ale

Outer Banks Vitus Reductus Sour Ale
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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 3.72/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Our own Vitus Reductus Sour Ale comes closest in style to what is called a Flanders Red Ale. It combines locally grown wine grapes that are boiled down to a reduction with a very sour wheat beer. The fermentation is nourished by first runnings that seethe kaleidoscopically through winter and into spring. Wild stuff, this Vitus Reductus! Late assemblage of divergent lots should result in ongoing fermentation in the bottle, so expect changes, and expect the unexpected! Barrelage run ales are complex as a double helix pretzel: esoterica for the cognoscenti! Enjoy!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbruner (4117) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 7, 2014
2011 bottle! Pours a hazy copper red with obvious sediment, fluffy tan head that leaves light lace. Aroma is sour musky grapes, oak, and Flanders goodness. Taste is more mild, still lactic sour, but very mild at this point, nice balance. Good stuff, still good carbonation, bubbly tongue, dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boisebeerguy (204) - boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 3, 2014
I am finally rating this beer. I had it summer of 2012. Out of all the flanders style ales in the US, this is in my top 5. It was nice and sour, but not overly powerful. Definitely something I would drink again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BVery (9668) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - OCT 5, 2013
Sampled from a bottle at Where the Wild Beers Are - October 5, 2013. Orange/brown pour, tart fruit and funk, some grapes. Solid brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2012
Batch no 1, Bottle from bruisin ales. Shared with rudolf and Jon from ROC. Muddied amber brown, small white head. Woody, red wine, acidic notes. Cherry ludens, wood again. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 14, 2012

Date: September 13, 2012
Mode: Bottle
Source: Appachelian Vinters, Asheville
Appearance: gusher, muddy rusty orange, frothy beige head, drippy lace
Aroma: light oaky aroma, wild funk, light tartness, hint of spicyness
Flavor: big frunky flavor, lots of tartness, light funk, fruity cherry, tart apple, long sour finish
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpringsLicker (3467) - Tennessee, USA - OCT 3, 2012
Batch #01 Bottled 11/2011 This pours slightly hazy garnet under an ample off-white head. Soft tart aroma. Great sour flavor that rolls back across the tongue changing all the way as it makes it’s way back to the swallow. I like this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (3144) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2012
Super gusher pouring over a quarter onto the stove. The aroma bring sweet vinegar and library book notes, quite juicy and delicious with almost berry notes like a Flanders red does. Flavors of wild, earthy yeast, and a lighter but nice body. The carbonation settles really well bringing smoothness to the palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rdixon77 (2359) - Georgia, USA - AUG 5, 2012
Fine sour. Very delicately balanced. Extreme sour aroma that mellows as you taste. The freshness of the grapes and wine barrels work well. I didn’t notice the wheat as much. Very interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (21690) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 15, 2012
Bottle, gusher Hazy maroon color, massive tan head. Aroma of sour plums, raisins, funk. Taste is sour prunes, plums, dates. Taste is muted by huge carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (8196) - Indiana, USA - JUN 14, 2012
Bottle (bottled 11/2011) to glass. FYI, this beer reads "Outer Banks Oak Barrel Aged Sour Ale" in big letters (but the formal title is correct). Looks good; a hazy brown with ample head and carbonation. Smells good too; tart and funky. Tastes solid and will better with age (as will the feel). Nice!

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