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RATINGS: 125   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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A blend of 3 french oak wine barrels filled with a Belgian style sour red ale. Aged for 18 months with our house brettanomyces strain and local raspberries.

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3.9
holdenn (2116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2009
Bottle thanks to Beejay at the First Annual Chicago Sour Tasting. Pours a clear amber orange with a thin beige head. Nose of oak, citrus, and fruit. Citrus, dark cherries, oak, and some alcohol flavors that are rich complex and blend together really well. The earthiness and oakiness develop more as this warms up putting off that beautiful balance, but still a really tasty beer.

4.4
hopdog (12584) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2009
Bottle acquired in trade with VikingHammer (thanks!). Poured a medium and lightly hazy amberish color with a very small sized off white head. Aromas of a bunch of different berries, woodiness, vanilla, and some funkiness. Tastes of the same berries, fruity, funky, vinous, woody, and vanilla. Nice sour finish with a lively body.

4.2
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - AUG 13, 2009
Thanks to hopdog, pours a murky golden orange with a smaller bubbly off white head. Aroma of perfume, very floral, very woody, vanilla, light alcohol, tart cherry, light raspberry notes and barnyard notes. Flavor of tart raspberries, cereal grains, very sour, funky, barnyard, dry french oak and very dry.

4.2
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - JUL 29, 2009
Thanks to JHenry04 for sharing this, pours clear pale copper with no head. Tart cherry and funk nose, same in the flavor with a nice lasting toasted oak finish. Lively on the palate. Thanks Jason!

3.6
drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 23, 2009
bottle, thanks to beejay for sharing. pours hazy auburn with white head. nose is musty, vanilla, and raspberries. flavors a touch sweet, musty, vanilla and earthy notes a plenty, some buttery popcorn notes in the finish that once you notice it it becomes impossible to overcome. alc is at a nice level.

3.9
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - JUL 20, 2009
Bottle thanks to Beejay during the First Annual Chicago Sour Tasting. Gargamel Beejay Clear amber with small, creamy white head. Aroma is slightly sour raspberries and wood, very nice. Flavor is slightly lacto, wood, butter in the finish, some spice, alc, tannin, sweeter. Medium and slightly creamy. Not bad, really woody and raspberries.

4.1
GodOfThunder (1249) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 15, 2009
Thanks to LaRoja for this brew. Pours a cloudy amber color with a thin tan head. Aroma of fruits and oak with some vanilla. Flavors are tart and fruity with some more oak. Drinks very easy.

4.2
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2009
Courtesy Morgan from the Great Orlando Beer Festival. Thanks for sharing a healthy pour of this rarity. A hazy, dark, burnt-orange amber colored body is crowned with a thin, foamy layer of beige tinted foam. Splotchy, broken arches of lacing mark the glass. The aroma shows dry, pale and caramel malts in the background, with notes of dry, bready yeast, while potent, vanilla laden oak and parching brettanomyces tartness take top billing. Hints of residual sweetness from the dry berries and red grapes comes through, lending a distinctly vinous character. Flavors follow suit, very dry and oaky, brett-driven, and tart, with mild berry and cherry notes. The influence of the wine barrels is up front and apparent, grape-like tannins lending dry, zesty fruit flavors. There’s a hint of Flemish sour within, but the American oak character is prominent. Substantially bodied, dry, and effervescent on the tongue, the palate is near perfect for the style. It drinks considerably easier then the 9.2% ABV would suggest. Great stuff. I’d love to get my hands on some more.

3.5
Guerde (1297) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JUN 30, 2009
(bottle, thanks Dalzale!) Pours light gold with a medium light tan head. This surprisingly smells like a faro, with a bit of raspberry, but there are stronger scents of apple cider, cinnamon, oak, and tartness. The taste is fairly sour with some raspberry seeds, lightly tannic, and a bit of tomato sauce as well. Everything is fine in this beer until the finish, which displays a large amount of butter that is really unexpected. The mouthfeel is medium. Thanks for sharing Greg!

3.7
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2009
[Bottle] shared by Dalzale. Pours cloudy gold with a medium beige head. Aroma is tart raspberry, a touch buttery, and sharply lactic. Flavor is acidic and has a lasting raspberry flavor, followed by a somewhat buttery and short finish. Not a whole lot of funk to speak of. Good stuff, thanks Greg!


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