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RATINGS: 138   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 21   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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Previously known as Gilgamesh. Continuing our adventure into the realm of sour ale brewing, we designed a recipe to create an Upland version of a traditional Flanders Red. Melding flaked maize into a turbid mash and adding Belgian candi sugar during a long kettle boil, we prepared this ale for epic proportions. We then incorporated wild yeasts and other acetic and lactic acid producing microorganisms for a year-long oak fermentation in bourbon barrels, which had previously been utilized to age beer. The journey was worth the hardships.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (5084) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 13, 2012
750ml bottle pours a hazy deep amber with some thin white head. Nose is light vinegar, celery, light vanilla, light leather, light wood, pitted fruit. Flavor is sweet, tart, cherry, light vinegar, raisin, dried cranberry. Full bodied, heavy carb, tart finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bluejacket74 (1361) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2012
750 ml caged and corked bottle, batch date of 9-11 stamped on the back label. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a murky reddish/amber color with an inch light tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice, it smells like vinegar, tart and sweet cherries, wood, green sour apples, funk and a bit of vanilla. Taste is similar to the aroma. It tastes like tart and sweet cherries, vinegar, lemon peel, funk, wood, vanilla and bourbon. The bourbon flavor isnít strong in this brew at all, but I think the subtle bourbon taste works well with the tartness. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís a bit syrupy and slick with moderate carbonation. Itís also smooth and easy to drink. I think itís a pretty nice overall brew. Yeah, it was $24.99 a bottle, but after drinking it I donít feel like I paid too much for it. Good thing I bought 2 bottles!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (4940) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 6, 2012
bottle thanks to ericandersnavy. amber pour with a cream head. nose is sour, vinegar, lightly tart, and wood. very smooth on the palate, vinegar, sour, wood, again, and a smooth finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Patrickctenchi (3969) - Coxís Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JUL 1, 2012
POurs woody brown and tea-like with small tan head. Scent is slightly tart dark fruits, some vinegar sour. Taste is more sharply tart....bourbon barrel...fruit...apple....cidery. Pretty Big Tastes. Nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shrubber85 (7867) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUL 1, 2012
Bottle. Musty prune malt, hay, apple cider vinegar, and bourbon aroma. Cloudy amber with small head. Sweet-tart cherry, apple, vinegar, malt flavor - just a hint of bourbon in the finish. Excellent.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
queenholly (3007) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - JUL 1, 2012
Bottle. Tart acidic apple, funky barnyard, sweet oak aroma. Hazy amber with a large beige head, good lacing. Sweet, lactic, bourbon, vanilla, spicy oak flavor. Light astringent body with a dry finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (4926) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 10, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2012 Bottle at SAVOR. Poured a slightly red-tinted amber color, small off-white head. Aroma was slightly hop, with sour notes, a touch of wood. Flavor was tart, fruits, a bit of oak. Very enjoyable.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pras (474) - Maryland, USA - JUN 9, 2012
Bottle at Savor. Poured medium amber. Picked up a slight hop aroma on the nose. Sourness was mild and in balance with the rest of the rest of the beer. Picked up some fruit notes, remarkably pineapple. Very nice brew. Like a lot of the choices at Savor, I wish it was available locally.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7867) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 29, 2012
Bottle thanks to ericandersnavy. Pours with a hazed orange hued body with some particles. A small tan head on top doesnít last. Aromas are tart, acetic, mild sweetness, woody, spicy, vanilla and a bit of bourbon. Some dark fruit esters. Flavors are of bourbon, ethyl acetate, nail polish, acetic acid, estery, plums, fruity, quite acidic. Medium vanillin. Lively bubbles, somewhat dry. Alcohol was surprisingly well hidden.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JPDurden24 (1611) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - MAY 28, 2012
Reddish brown pour with a tan head. Aroma is dark fruit, oak and vanilla. Flavor is a blend of sour, sweet fruit, and bourbon. This is very good beer with a nice smooth finish.


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