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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.92/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 213   ABV: 7.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Helena is modeled after a traditional Flemish- Style Sour Red. It opens with aromas of apple and pear, imparts flavors of caramel and fruit, and is followed by a clean, assertive tartness. We brew Helena with Special B, Munich, Raw Wheat, and our 2-row blend. Hopped with Hallertau, we ferment this beer with our house yeast strain in an oak foudre and finish with Lactobacillus and Pediococcus. Its clean fruity flavors and tartness make it an excellent base for many of our sour fruited beers. This time around we are letting it be savored –pure and simple, all on it’s own. Enjoy.

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4.2
Drake (14078) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 8, 2017
375 mL bottle from the brewery. Hazy red, large foamy tan head, good retention. Aroma of honey, caramel, funk, cherry, pepper, oak. Taste is tart cherry, funk, lacto, more funk, citrus. Medium bodied, bright.

3.9
hopscotch (11247) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 27, 2017
Bottle... Hazy dirty-orange pour with a tiny, wispy, white head. The aroma is a mélange of caramel cherries and a whisper of oaken funk. Full-bodied with a milky mouthfeel and decent carbonation. The flavor is quite tart and malty. Fruity and bright. Tangy finish. Nearly world-class. Bottle courtesy of landhoney!

3.5
cubs (10717) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2016
Bottle at Chad’s house with Justin. Hazy reddish orange appearance with a thin tan head. Aroma has light citrus, funk, light cheese, oak, and light caramel. Twangy, lactic flavor. Moderate to moderate plus tartness. Cheese, oak, light pear, and dull citrus flavors. Weird acidity with a hint of chemicals. Not nearly as good as some Allagash sours but it has some redeeming qualities.

3.6
AdamChandler (5181) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 23, 2016
Reddish orange. No head. Peach, egg, sulphur and oak aroma. Dry with a vinegar finish. Dry lemons peach and limes. Very acidic but not lingering

3.9
radagast83 (8476) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUN 5, 2016
Draft at the 40 Lines of Allagash event at City Tap House DC, thanks to DCLawyer. Poured a hazy golden color with a small white head. Aroma was tart sour notes. Stonefruit, peach.

4
Travlr (26134) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 4, 2016
Draft at City Tap House. Hazy golden amber color. Aroma of vinous stone fruit and vanilla. Taste is lightly tart peach and apricot. Very tasty.

3.7
Nickls (2607) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JUN 3, 2016
Tap. Hazy medium rust orange. Some vinous notes, balsamic sourness, light fruits as well. Flavor is much more sour, balsamic vinegar that has some backend sweetness, woody and tart finish. Lighter to medium body.

3.7
solidfunk (9409) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUN 2, 2016
Sour plum and apricot. Great Flanders red. Some citrus. Tangy finish. Good balance and well executed. Tap at city tap house. Dclawyer is a perpetrator.

3.8
b3shine (9154) - Indiana, USA - MAY 4, 2016
Draft to snifter at The Reservoir. Looks good; a cloudy cranberryish mahogany with off-white head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells much like the deScription suggests: soft apple and pear up front with notes of oak and a touch of apple cider vinegar alongside a nice Flanders backbone. Tastes like it smells with a pleasantly sour/lactic medium-bodied mouthfeel. A good example of the style.

5
Savage_Night (438) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 23, 2016
Pours dark orange with a vibrant red hue and a small white head that slowly grows larger do to its vigorous carbonation. AROMA: wheat, yellow pears, bitter sharp apples, wine oak notes, slight earthy funk, grassy, tart, yeast esters, tangerines, mellow spices, berries, floral hops and herbs. TASTE: wheat, pears, bitter sharp apples, white wine acidic, slight earthy funk, tangerines, mellow spices, tart berries, herbal hops, caramel, stone fruit, grassy and light peppercorn (carbonation). AFTER TASTE: tart, caramel, wheat, wine acidity and citrus with a crisp tart fruity finish. Happy Birthday Helena.


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