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RATINGS: 60   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   EST. CALORIES: 334   ABV: 11.12%
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Our specialty ale brewed without hops and aged in brandy barrels.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerplace (773) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 19, 2016
A bottle on the Ale Apothecary beers tasting at Firefly on Cambie. Tasted with Brian. Bottled 07-Apr-2016. Pours a clear copper with a tan head. Aroma is slightly sweet, funky, fermented fruits, nail polish notes, plums. Taste is the same character. Good stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonusWagner (2093) - Florida, USA - AUG 24, 2016
A weird surprisingly sweet sour ale, with nice malty characters reminiscent of, like,a flemish red or oud bruin. Cool beer.

3.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
boisebeerguy (201) - boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 30, 2016
750 ml bottle numerous times. Nice lemon citrus notes, a lot going on in this beer, good amount of funk. Not overly sours. Orange in color.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
ctipping (1346) - Florida, USA - MAR 26, 2016
750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled March 23, 2013. Originally reviewed 7/4/2013. Slight haze to the orange body. Nice white head, with discrete bubbles. Settles to a collar and a few wisps. Fascinating aroma. Pale malt. Sweetness. A bit of oak. Some acids. Fruity apples and grape. Tastes of sour apple. Like a granny Smith. Sweet pale malts. Oak and light bitterness. Some yeasty esters. A hint of that brandy in the back. Booze lingers. Heavy and a bit sweet. Well carbonated. Always a fascinating beer from Ale Apothecary. No exception here. The Brandy barrel keeps this interesting, even if it’s subtle.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Prufrockstar (1980) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2016
Bottle shared by Jeremy - thanks! Clear Amber pour, short-lived head. Aroma is cool - herbal, minty, vinegar, fruity, some funk. Taste is sweet but with nice vinegar/herbal to keep it in a cool balance. Full body, slick texture. Overall: as expected, a unique and tasty brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (10872) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 27, 2015
Amber pour, light head. Boozy up front, vinegar, alcohol, yeasty funk. Too much booze in this one.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Danyel (1606) - Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2015
Bottle. Pours amber with white head. Aroma of vinegar, figs, wood, dough, balsamic. Taste is sweet with a heavy sourness cutting through it, a medicinal. Overall, okay.

3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ernesto987 (5578) - Arizona, USA - OCT 26, 2015
why oh why do they make these beers so strong, it ruins them. This would’ve been world class at 5-6% but now its just a boozey-brand mess. Too bad.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dr_Fellini (1020) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 24, 2015
Bottle to glass. Pours a mostly clear light amber color with a light tan head. Aroma and flavor is pure balsamic vinegar, with a touch of brandy. Delicious.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joet (2538) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - AUG 26, 2015
Orange hued golden with light frothy white foam. Aromas of old books, wet oak, vinous, touch of acetone, rose. Body is light medium in weight, slightly oily feel. Touch of alcohol pepper in the finish. Not quite coming together for me but respect here on a beer with a lot of seemingly disparate edges fighting for some kind of order and harmony. I let this warm up to see if it got any better and the discordance seemed to get worse. I want to see this succeed. It’s a charmer, just not for me.


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