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RATINGS: 65   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Sour mash Belgian dark ale brewed with black currants. Brewed in collaboration with Half Acre Beer Company, Chicago, IL.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
italarican (1470) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - JUL 14, 2012
Bottle at Paul’s. Aroma of chocolate malt and vinegar. Slightly sour with chocolate malt and caramel. No earthy or coffee notes, which surprised me. I didn’t have a description going into this, so I was surprised by the sour qualities.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2012
Draft at Fountainhead. Pours a deep and dark brown, nearly black with an offwhite head. THe nose is moderately tart with some wine notes, chicolate and a faint toastiness. On tasting, mildly tart, somewhat acrid with chocolate malt notes. Good level of bitterness overall. Quite funky and grows on me as I drink it. Nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
msante79 (2210) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - JUN 2, 2012
750ml bottle from Wolfbrau. Pours really dark brown with light tan head. Aromas of chocolate, currants, dark fruits, roasted malts, bit of raisin. Flavors of chocolate, roasted malts, tart berries, currants, bit of caramel. Mouthfeel is soft and creamy. Has a bit of a metallic note, but this was pretty solid.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
rhsiung (677) - USA - MAY 28, 2012
picked up in st louis. should’ve expected it to be available here, but couldn’t resist. i think my favorite fruit beer ever. violet highlights! alum is right about gentle cocoa and roast.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (5530) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2012
On tap at Fountainhead (Chicago, IL). Pours a rich blackish ruby hue, dark and well hazed, touches of glow on the edges offer ruby and mahogany. A big frothy tannish head stays bigger, laces well. Aromas offer gentle cocoa and roast, some mellow sticky malts of some caramel, some firm dark fruit, currant, and gentle raisin. Light mellow Belgian yeast element, touches of brown earthy malts. Interesting, still a firm dark malt influence. Initial is medium bodied offering a more rich dark fruit, black currant. Touches of raisin, mellow sweeter chocolate influence. Touches of brown malt, earthy malts into the middle. A touch tart as we go through, dark fruit influence jumps a touch more. Tart and earthy, a touch seedy with cocoa, brown malts, gentle darker malt and a lighter Belgian yeast influence melds well into the actual tart seedy dark fruit influence. Pretty solid, touches of dryness, earth, crisp biscuits, and tartness merge and dry out a bit firmly into the finish, with still a gentle sticky malt body giving a touch of girth. Pretty nice rich seedy gentle tart dark Belgian, though the Belgian yeast influence seems a bit light.. The tart fruit and dark earthy brown malts kinda set the pace. Solid. Good appearance, firm flavors. Nice.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fielding (58) - - APR 21, 2012
Pours dark with minimal tan head. As it warms, aroma becomes fragrant with dark fruits. Interesting taste that begins with a slightly sour berry flavor and moves to toastier notes. Palate is thinner than I like but slightly creamy. Overall an interesting beer, but not amazing.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (3826) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAR 31, 2012
750 from Wine and Cheese Place. Fruit beer? I don’t get that category. More like a Quad. Dried fruit, yes. Plum. Raisin. But also touch of the tart. Cherry. Nice beer overall.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
pantanap (3350) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2012
750ml bottle. thanks to john for the hookup alongside many others.... pours an almost stouty black pour, a bit more dark brown after settling, and topped with a medium frothy off-white head that quickly retreats to a ring around the edges of the glass... aroma of semi-tart currants and lighter berry nature. a modicum of roasted malt and cocoa underneath but retains that fruity nature for the majority. just a touch of old fruit on the backend... flavors smoothen out with chocolate notes and a tinge of metallic upfront and then venturing into more dark red fruit territory. finishes on an earthy bent. medium mouthfeel withstanding along with providing a semi-prickly lively sense of carbonation.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jandd1983 (2462) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAR 19, 2012
It poured a brown color with a small tan head. The aroma was of chocolate, some maltiness and a hint of fruit. The taste was chocolate, a little malty and that hint of fruitiness. Very different but a very good Fruit Beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badnewsbeers (2313) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 28, 2012
bottle. black pour with small beige head. aroma of dark fruit, tartness, candied sugar and a touch of iron. flavor of some clove, some currant, belgian notes, and some sweet breads. dessert-like and quite good.


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