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RATINGS: 191   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Blonde Ale aged in French oak Chardonnay barrels with white wine grapes for one year with three strains of Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus & Pediococcus


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (5701) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2014
375 ml bottle acquired via trade with ClarkVV. Thanks, buddy! Truly a priviledge, a beer I’ve been hunting for years. Pours a murky brownish amber hue, a decent haziness and gentle amber glow on the edges. A bit murky overall with loose bubbly offwhite head that dies down, rings small and laces the same. Aromas are rich white grape, chardonnay, vanilla, honeysuckle and buttery oak. Firmer lactic element starts to cut through, sour green apple, grape and gentle yogurt. A faint spiciness, funk and cobwebs. A touch sweet, some wet paper and gentle oxidation linger. Initial is lighter end of the fold in body, some cidery elements, gentle green apple, a faint carmelization meets lactic acidity, some wet oak and vanilla. Touches of sharper lactic elements hit with a touch of butter, bread and oak. Vanillin, wet wood and middling sourness, gentle carbonation, a touch underdone. The wet paper is a touch older on the backend, gentle oxidation and age meet some decent funk, sharper lactic twang on the backend and finish. Touches of gentle tannic grape skin, a solid sourness, lactic and gentle funk develops as we round out this one. This is a bit older and over held, but also a bit sweet at times. A rich but sweeter nose, a bit more complexity and enjoyable sour and richer dry funky brett elements at the backend and finish. A pretty solid offering even with age. A bit underdeveloped or lacking some of the finesse other RRs have (perhaps why they discontinued it). Still, it’s flavorful and the backend is quite nice.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (6639) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 26, 2014
Big thanks to Adam! Pours a hazy deep amber with a tan head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a strong oakiness with some very dry and sour grapes with a bit of funk backing. Flavor has much more earthiness and barrel with dry red grapes that have a nice dryness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2014
Bottle summer 2013. Light backing acidity and white grape with a touch of sweetness. Very low carbonation. Enjoyable, but way past its prime.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jredmond (5334) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUN 11, 2013
Sampled at Clockwork’s 4K/5K/10K gathering 2013. Bottle courtesy of Clockwork - big thanks for a taste of this gem. Pours a deep, hazy amber orange body with no head or lacing. Aroma is faint fruit and funk. Mouthfeel is tart with notes of tart oak, wine, grape, faint fruit and funk. This has definitely started to fade with age, but still an interesting sour. I would’ve loved to try this fresh. Brew it again, RR!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blipp (6111) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JUN 1, 2013
Bottle at the 4k/5k/10k tasting. Pours amber and hazy with almost no head. Light funky-ish base, light grainy malty notes, hints of fruits, and a light tartness. Balanced and drinkable, I guess, but a touch on the bland side.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (8432) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 18, 2013
Bottle for my 5,000th rating. Thanks to Irishboy. Shared at 5K/10K/4K tasting. Pours orange amber. Nose and taste of yeast, citrus, cheese, musky fruit and light acid. Medium body. Nice beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 18, 2013
Bottle at James’s 4k/5k/10k tasting. Pours a hazed gold with no head. Big funk and a nice cheesy note. Cheesy with a nice amount of musk, light acid and a bit of funk. Long funk with a bit of phenols on the finish. Very tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dogfish120love (946) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 17, 2013
Pours a cloudy somewhat bright yellow. Prominent grape/Chardonnay notes. Barely sour. Somewhat oaky

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Godofthecellar (668) - NYC, New York, USA - APR 25, 2013
Thanks Josh!! Huge whale, not holding up IMO.... Flavor was musty grapes, oak and wood. overaged brett. apple peel. Nose and taste of old american sour, which is what it is. Mehhhh

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
50belair (2240) - Florida, USA - AUG 13, 2012
Bottle. Big grape and muted vanilla/oak aromas. Cloudy copper pour with a fleeting white head. Slightly effervescent with dry white wine notes, and undercurrents of mandarin oranges, caramel and oak. Simply a another bad ass wild ale from the cats in Santa Rosa....


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