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The Commons Biere Royale

The Commons Biere Royale
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RATINGS: 33   MEAN: 3.75/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Sour ale with black currants.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (9036) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 14, 2014
Bottle pour at WTF poured a clear garnet with a lingering ring of pink foam. Aromas of straw, currants and light funk. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry tart finish. Flavors of currants, straw and light funk with a crisp dry tart lingering currant finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClarkVV (3863) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 23, 2014
Bottle, assumedly 2013, drunk 3/15/14
Pinot noir-like color, very cool looking with a small, fairly poorly retained head and moderate clarity.
I gotta say, I can see all of the mediocre or slightly above average scores on this one and I actually understand it. This one is not bursting with sourness, nor is it full of juicy black currants. The flavors are pretty near bone-dry and the black currant flavor is borderline astringent. BUT, the tight carbonation is engaging and lends a light creaminess to the body. The heavy lactic presence softens things and the fruit flavor adds no sweetness.
So why do I like it? It’s basically like a session sour. Reserved and understated, with just enough currant tartness to cleanse the palate on the end. Low alcohol relative to the style and right on the bottom of the threshhold for dryness without being overattenuated/tannic/astringent. Or so I think.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reynolds314 (2090) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 17, 2014
Nice sour! Pours an intense purple/pink color with fizzy head. Aroma is grapes, grapes, grapes, and some more grapes. Taste is heavy tart with raspberry jam, grape skins, wheat, and crackers. Tart and fun.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radarsock (823) - Vermont, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Reynolds314 supplied. Many thanks! RB: NE Gathering. To oversized snifter, it pours a pinkish chrome with a sudsy ringed white head. Tastes and smells of raspberries,stone fruit, FUNK, young oak, and Belgian yeast. Delicious.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AdamJackson (2100) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 15, 2014
750ML, no bottle date

A - Very pink, watermelon color. no head. cloudy as hell

S - Hard to get much of a nose.Loads of watermelon, fruit, guava and passionfruit.

T - Whoa. a load of grape skins, watermelon, wheat, apples and pears. so fruit forward

M - Sikly smooth, great mouthfeel, big carbonation and dry finish.

O - This is a solid beer!


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ernesto987 (3358) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 15, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2014 On of those quiet breweries that no one hears about a great beer tons of fruit flavors and tartness. The color is fantastic, a deep and bright purple, unique flavors, loves of berries and raisins

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RobertDale (2927) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAR 7, 2014
750 ml. at a bottle share. Pours a pale red with a small pink head. Aroma of fruit, berries, and funk. Taste is tart berries, sweet fruit, and funk. Somewhat dry at the finish. Pretty good.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
pushkinwow (1842) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 13, 2014
Bottle. Rose with a fluffy pinkish head. Freshly risen doughy yeast aroma with some tartness, strawberry and raspberries more then currant, moderate carbonation and mild body, somewhat mild tartness on the palate, subtle and easy to drink.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BEENJAMIN (287) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 7, 2014
2013 vintage 750ml bottle - pours red with some dark purple shining through, fizzy pinkish head. A lot richer in body and flavor then I remembered. Cranberry, cherry, raspberry vinegar, and dates for aroma. Nice and tart, refreshing, a really great sour fruit beer, wish I had a bottle to age.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2014
(750ml bottle) Pours a hazy red body with a small off-white head. Aroma of raspberries, yeast, cranberries, and vinous. Flavor of raspberries, vinous, grape, and light citrus with a dry finish.


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