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RATINGS: 395   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 342   ABV: 11.4%
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Over a year in the making, this American Wild Ale is fermented with Brettanomyces yeast and aged with red-raspberry puree in Oak barrels for over 1 year, then bottle conditioned in champagne bottles.


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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2014
2012 vintage, 750ml bottle into a tulip. From notes. A: Pours a hazy pinkish color. Thereís about one fingers worth of white colored head, and it retains pretty well for a 11.4% sour. No lacing, expectedly, but there are some (faint) alcohol legs. S: This freakiní smells like a kick in the teeth. The tartness from the aroma is twisting my nose around - so are the oak tannins, to a lesser extent. I even get raspberry, but holy crap, is it ever playing second fiddle to the acidic attack. T: Yíknow, for a second, this has a nice blend of raspberry and cream...then the sour shock takes over the finish. This is brutally tart, in a good way. But you know what stuns me? Itís 11.4%, and there isnít a hint of alcohol anywhere. This will satisfy a sour craving - and then some. M: Dry and tannic, with some dryness and tannic qualities, backed by more dry tannins and even some tannic dryness! All this dry tannic-ness covers the alcohol superbly...and the carbonation, for that manner. I didnít even cop out and write down "meh, medium carb." like I normally do during the note-taking process. O: No doubt, this is among the tartest beers Iíve sampled. Itís a really nice brute-force sour - it isnít particularly sophisticated or complex, but it brings all the tartness I like, without being moronic. Well okay, itís a bit moronic, and thatís exactly why I find it so charming.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
EKGoldings (554) - Radford, Virginia, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Bottle with cork - 2014. Pours hazy and light red. Aroma is raspberry mixed with light Brett. Taste is dry, sharp, berry and very slight Brett. As Brett goes, this has very nice character without the overly funkyness that sometimes youíll see in a Lambic, but the Brett is there. A very balanced beer, this goes down very quickly. No detectable VA in this one. You get the oak on the nose when it warms up. Alcohol is well hidden. A beautiful beer and worth seeking out.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mR_fr0g (3924) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2014
Bottle shared at the RBESG 2014, grand tasting 10/08/2014 Craft Beer Co Clerkenwell. Hazed pinky / orange coloured pour with a halo of light pink head. Aroma is musty tart fruit, funky brett and pineapple. Flavour is composed of cherry fruit, kreik tart. Very clean sharp sour with a nice funky brett edge. Palate is musty with a dry and spicy finish. Very tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
ExpendableHero (764) - Florida, USA - OCT 31, 2014
Muddy, ruby colored beer with an off-white head. Strong aromas of fresh raspberries and booze. Tastes of loads of raspberries, very tart/bitter fruit notes, and some warming alcohol in the bitter finish. Mouth puckering beer. A bit one dimensional but tasty wild ale nonetheless.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JStax (3232) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - OCT 25, 2014
2012 corked and caged bottle. Pours a cloudy red with a fizzy pink head of foam. The aroma is sour raspberries. The taste is mostly acidic with some fruity components. Medium body and medium carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rocbyter (1908) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - OCT 18, 2014
2009 Bottle. Strong sharp sore fruity alcohol aroma. Clear red orange color with a small white head. Fruity beginning with a strong sour and light bitter finish. Will try aging one longer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dr_Fellini (534) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 8, 2014
Bottle to glass. Pours a slightly hazy light brown with reddish mahogany hues and a light tan head. Aroma is mildly tart, raspberries, oak, brown ale characteristics. Flavor has much more tartness, good sour red/brown character with tart raspberries. Good tart in the body, but fades quickly. Still delicious!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerathon (1271) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2014
Reddish purple pour with bubbly head. Sour raspberry flavor, but complex in that itís also semi-sweet. Very enjoyable.

2.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
AirForceHops (3508) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 27, 2014
750 ml Bottle. Well it has a nice color, red with a pink hue. No head at all. Aroma is sour raspberries, funky oak and vinegar.

We did a side by side with a 2011 and a 2012. Both very hard to drink. I dislike drinking vinegar in a sour, this has vinegar, sea slat, artificial raspberry, paint thinner, extremely sharp funky oak. Harsh, just plain hash. Not sure how anybody could really enjoy this. 4 oz. was more then enough out 750 ml bottle.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jfb (4067) - Freising, GERMANY - SEP 25, 2014
(bottle) murky ruby-amber colour with no head. aroma of rhubarb, raspberries and a hint of honey, with some notes of dill, mint, light orange peel and lemons. flavour is more raspberries, rhubarb and blackberries, slightly perfumed and tart, with a hint of herbal hops and some alcohol. medium-bodied with average carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
slowrunner77 (6077) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 11, 2014
"this murky ruby brown brew doesnít seem hot in any way, but itís a little heavy and sticky for a wild ale, making me wonder is 11.4% really necessary. Heavy on the oak, with sour fruits and ample raspberry, though not overtly so. A good but not great sour (has just a touch a that baby diaper thing going on too). Lingering on the palate. Thanks Greg for the trade."


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