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RATINGS: 388   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. There’s 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 freakin’ 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: Y’know, 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? It’s 11.4%, and there isn’t 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 didn’t 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 I’ve sampled. It’s a really nice brute-force sour - it isn’t particularly sophisticated or complex, but it brings all the tartness I like, without being moronic. Well okay, it’s a bit moronic, and that’s exactly why I find it so charming.


2.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
AirForceHops (3225) - 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 (3901) - 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 (3843) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 11, 2014
"this murky ruby brown brew doesn’t seem hot in any way, but it’s 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."

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndySnow (3400) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 9, 2014
How: Bottle.
Where: RBESG 14 not so grand tasting.
Appearance: Orange colour with an off-white head.
Aroma: Sour, citrus, floral, berries.
Body: Medium body, low carbonation.
Flavour: Sweet fruit, berries, sour, citrus, grapefruit.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Desverger (2121) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 8, 2014
Bottle@Craft Clerkenwell (RBESG 10/08/2014) - fuzzy reddish coloured pour with white head. Aroma and taste is prominent sour raspberry, red berries, nice acidity, tart on the palate. Beautiful.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rlgk (10854) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - SEP 4, 2014
RBESG 2014 in London, Sunday Tasting at Craft Clerkenwell. Hazy orange/copper beer with a small offwhite head. Sourish raspberry aroma, tart, strawberries, grapefruit, citrus, floral,funky, some barnyard. Sour raspberry flavor, tart, leather, strawberries, sourish, grassy, grapefruit, citrus, some earthy notes. Delicious.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
oOJUXEOo (291) - Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2014
Bottle 2014. Pour is pinkish copper. Awesome sour aroma with raspberries and wood. Taste is slightly sweet. Perhaps aging would soften the overwhelming raspberry. Good wild ale.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (8759) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2014
Bottle at RBESG ’14, day 4 not so grand tasting at Craft Clerko, 10/08/14 from an IP trade if I recall correctly. Hazed reddish orange with moderate light crimson spotting and edgework. Nose is tarte red berries, acidic notes, touch of must, dank wood, funk, light bretty waftings. Taste comprises tangy red berry mash, soured raspberries, tarte berry jam, nice acidic twinge. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, tarte berry close with a bretty wash. Nice well balanced red berry sour.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ferris (4342) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 10, 2014
Bottle - Tart and funky raspberry with some Brett. Cloudy orang with almost no head. Vinegar tartness and some raspberry in the finish. Tartness is throat prickling and excessive.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (6941) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2014
Bottle at RBESG 2014. It pours cloudy rose with a small white head. The nose is oak, earth, funk, raspberry, spice, musty and farmyard. The taste is crisp, tart, acidic, wood, raspberry, earth, hot, tangy fruits, sherbet, jam and good mouth-pucker with a dry finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Nice tart acidity. Tasty in small pours...


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