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RATINGS: 82   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Saison aged in wine barrels with plums, Cabernet, concord, and muscat grapes. Our first California Wild Ale is brewed with a blend of Cabernet and Muscat grapes from Alfieri Farms, Concord grapes from Hamada Farms, and plums from Twin Girls Farm – all located in the fertile San Joaquin valley. Aged for over a year in used wine barrels, this sour ale blends rich flavors of the 2011 Autumn harvest with farmhouse funk. Enjoy with aromatic Taleggio cheese and rich duck confit.

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4.1
tom10101 (6228) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 19, 2015
Bottle (375 ml) shared with the Quebec crew. From Vahe, thanks!

Appearance: Slightly hazy bright golden with a small white head and little lacing.

Aroma: Oh that’s interesting! Bright plums and grapes carried by brettanomyces along white wine, must, oak and light minerality.

Taste: Grapes are dominants here, but there’s still some bright plums with brettanomyces, moderate acidity, winey notes, oak and mineral notes.

Palate: Medium body. Medium carbonation. A bit winey mouthfeel. Dry and grape-y finish.

Overall: Superb fruited sour with a bright grape presence, good balance, nice complexity and a barrel treatment that isn’t overwhelming but definitely add to the beer. I loved it.


4.1
mcberko (18583) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 18, 2014
12 oz. bottle, sent from Glouglouburp (thanks a lot, Dany), pours a cloudy golden with a small white head. Aroma is heavy on the grapes, with lots of grape must, grape juice, and light notice of the wine barrels. Flavour is complex, wild and dry, with very dry grape must, grape skins, and peaches, accentuated beautifully by the wine barrels, making this dry and biting. Quite wild, though I don’t think there is any brett or other such critters in here. Excellent stuff.

4
bursprak (3283) - Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 21, 2014
Bottle @ home. Nice clear orangish pour with tiny lacings on top. Lots of green grapes, plums, some earthiness, apricot and some cereal. Finishes nice and dry.

3.9
slowrunner77 (12594) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 12, 2014
"Crazy complex aroma of oak, funk, and various light fruit and grapes. Flavor pretty much matches the aroma, but then has an oddly absent finish. This is a higher quality sour than expected, though, and probably my favorite Almanac brew to date."

3.7
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - SEP 8, 2014
Bottle: Slightly hazy amber-copper hybrid with a quickly fading beige head. Aroma of musty grapes, mildly vinous oak, some dark plum, sweet raisin, & a touch of Brett-like funk. Taste is quite tart, but not exactly "sour" or puckering. Vinous grape notes, bordering on Merlot with deeper notes of rum cherry & blackcurrant. A touch of oaky tannins towards the finish, ending with a hint of musty hay, lightly acidic lemon, & grape skins. Dry, sharp mouth feel. Overall, a very nice sour ale.

4
Experiment_Ale (1098) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 28, 2014
At The Common Table with Jacob, Justin, and Cody. Pours hazy orange with zero head. Aroma is orange, hint spice almost a hint if cinnamon. Taste is nice funky, orange, flower peddles.

3.7
djd07 (15342) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 24, 2014
Bottle thanks to Mike. Pours a cloudy orange with small frothy white. The aroma is strong grape, oak, funk. Thin mouthfeel with strong funk, grape, light tartness, easy to drink, very good.

3.5
umich03jm (3513) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUL 14, 2014
Bottle thanks to the local group for sharing. Pours a hazy amber color with a small fizzy head that fades to thin ring. Aroma has lots of red wine and brett with some flowers. Tastes like red wine, grape juice, and brett barnyard funk. Strong sourness is a bit more than I like but still pretty solid overall.

3.9
Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - JUL 12, 2014
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate floral, herbal, plus, and light citrus. It pours a transparent golden-orange with a one finger white head that quickly fades to a very fine ring. The flavor starts with with moderate citrus with a touch of white grapes. The finish has lemon, white wine, lemon peel, sweet tarts, and a hint of floral notes. It?s light bodied with moderate-lively carbonation.

4
garthicus (2942) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUN 26, 2014
Thanks to ACD. Appearance: cloudy orange, small white head. Aroma: where do I even start? Floral, sour, herbal, great nose, underripe grapefruit, cranberry. Just a feast for the nasal senses!!! Flavour: sour and floral and grapefruit, spicy, swirling around in my mouth, some dryness, lovely long tangy bitter finish. This is a winner. Thanks Alex.


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