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Saint Arnold Bishop’s Barrel #2
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RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 3.77/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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The second release of our barrel aged series will be available in pubs and restaurants beginning Monday, February 18. BB2 is an old ale aged in Chardonnay barrels with cherries for 14 months. It’s delicious. And very different from BB1. This is a beer for people who like their beers a little funkier, while not being a completely wild beer. The Chardonnay barrels came from Saintsbury, our founder Brock’s cousin’s winery in Napa, California where they ferment the Chardonnay in the barrels. On December 3, 2011, we filled the barrels with our Christmas Ale. We then added sour cherries to the barrels and put them up in our barrel room where they rested, fermented, aged and developed for the next 14 months. Once it was time to move the 54 barrels of beer downstairs for packaging, we noticed that two barrels had a distinct Brettanomyces (wild yeast) character and two barrels had a sour lactic bacteria character. While on their own, these barrels didn’t have the flavors we were after, before dumping them we did a test blend with the rest of the barrels and discovered that the resulting blend was better than any of the barrels on their own. So they were blended in!


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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nellycale (184) - Caledonia, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2014
On tap at st Arnold's. Pours a hazy golden/amber hue with average sized off-white head. Aroma is vinous, plum, cherries, lemon, acidic, oak. Taste of booze, lemon/grapefruit, tart, plum, oak, vanilla, and light pepper. Very tasty and unique. Almost a mild sour, but some sweetness to it that I can't put a label on. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cavie (3795) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - AUG 4, 2014
BTBF. Clear amber pour. Tart aroma, woody, sour and fruity. Tart and sour flavor, dark fruit.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bytemesis (3152) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 16, 2014
Bottle. Clear red amber, large beige head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving some lacing. Aroma is vinous, red wine, oak, cherries, supplication, perhaps a touch of funk. Really nice. Flavor is not quite up to aroma, but still very nice, Oaky vinous, tart cherry notes. Light initial sweetness dries out quickly, leaving light tartness. Minimal funk. Lightish body. High carbonation is a distraction. Let this one sit a bit. Ahh, gains a bit of funk from the dregs, as well as a cloudiness. Better rounded flavors that way. Brian would be proud of me.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rougeau13 (2002) - Richmond, Texas, USA - JUN 23, 2014
Bright reddish-amber with a big beige head. Sour, fruity, bourbon barrel aroma. Tart, woody, fruity flavor, surprisingly weak. Medium bodied and dry with a lot of carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfinney23 (1672) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 12, 2014
Missed the original release so glad to get a taste now. Pours deep garnet red with little head. Taste leans tart but not mouth puckering.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
EricTeusink (686) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 5, 2014
This isn’t an old ale, in my opnion this is a Sour/Wild/Saison. Shared with Jrob21. Pours muddy pear with dissipating fizzy head. Scent is wine, berries, and booze. Flavor is sweet and earthy with biting finish. Fizzy light body that suits this beer well. Loved it. Hope Saint Arnold’s brings it back. Bottle - Received in Trade

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrob21 (2560) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 5, 2014
12 oz shared by ericteusink. Dry Chardonnay definitely there. Very effervescent. Cool red collor with lots of white head. Finish is a bit tangy and sour some light fruit. Tangerine. Not getting any old ale bit call it what you will.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (8550) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2014
12 ounce bottle from Secret Santa. Thanks! Pours a hazy dark amber color with a thin frothy white head. Decent head retention. Aroma of tart cherries and stone fruits, caramel, wine and a bit of funk. The taste is toasted malt, caramel, tart cherries, mild funk and a bit of pineapple. Medium bodied, slight booze, low carbonation. Solid.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
merc7186 (2090) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - DEC 8, 2013
Aroma: Tart Cherry, Cranberry, Oaky, Mild Chardonnay Appearance: Orangish/Amber Hue, Passes Some Light, Off White Head, Some Lacing Taste: Oaky, Tart Cherry, Mild Chardonnay, Mild Oranges Mouthfeel: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Semi Drying

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
wchesser (1165) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 13, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2014 GABF 2013. Great wine aromas, cherry, and funk. Very smooth, with a short finish that almost comes off as as sweet. Brett version.


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