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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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4.4
bytemesis (9240) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Bottle. Pours hazy golden amber with a small off-white head that dissipates with nice lacing. Aroma is tart, cherry, lemon, fruit, touch of hay. Flavor is the same, with a bit of red wine. Light sweet and light plus tartness leading to a dry finish. Just a bit of woody astringence from the barrel treatment. Medium body, champagne-like mouthfeel. Quite the nice beer.

4.3
nimbleprop (8761) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 5, 2016
375ml bottle pours a clear orange with some cloudy, white head. Nose is cool, lots of fruit, peaches, strawberries, grapes, passion fruit, lightly floral, some fruit roll up. Flavor is tart with a little lemony acid, peach, nectarine, some golden raisin, light candy, currant, some Eastern European white wine. Lightly tart finish but also dry on the finish. Excellent.

4
jredmond (8648) - New York, New York, USA - APR 20, 2013
Bottle courtesy of Adam (burg). Thanks man. Pours a hazy murky orange creme body with light fizzy white lacing. Aroma at first seems fecal, but then turns straight to 5 year aged Gouda - super cheesy. Mouthfeel is medium to light with notes of tart fruit, cheese, light sour funk.

4.4
PhillyCraft (7939) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2013
12 0z Bottle. Pours hazy copper with light to medium bubbly head. Taste and smell of Grape bubblicious, plum, sweet tart, big concord and muscat skinnage, lavender, sour cherry, basement funk. Light to medium body. Great.

3.8
BMan1113VR (7929) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 28, 2013
Bottle. Pours with a hazed, sunset orange hued body with a moderate off white head that succumbs to the acidity. Tart aromas, lots of damp wood and wine barrel with lot of funk, damp leaves and pickled fruits. Plums and very tart grapes. Plenty of tannin and soil. Mild vanillin. Flavors are sour (cleanly) funky, and juicy fruit. A hint of a young Brett Cheerio character, a touch malty, earthy soil and strong earthy wine barrel and oak. Vinous. Very juicy albeit muddled fruit character. Good acid and tannin balance. Cleanly lactic acidity. Pretty good stuff. Moderate to slightly lively carbonation, decently puckering and dry. Good stuff!

3.9
TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2013
375 ml bottle courtesy of 808Breaks. Thanks, dude. Pours a golden orange hue, gentle haze but closer to transparent, with lively carbonation, cakey brighter white head atop. Good filmy layer. Laces ok atop with firm lacing overall. Aromas are firmer plum, a bit tannic and dark fruit driven. Red and sweeter white grape mix, gentle oak, subtle tannic quality is quite mellow. A lot more dark fruit and skin presence in this one. Sweeter grapes mix in, some lactic acidity, decent funk and cobwebs, mellow to decent oak, vanilla. Initial is medium to decent sourness, a firm grape and plum melange of flavor. Red and purple grapes, some dry tannic skin meet plums, gentle white and muscat sweeter grapes start to come in. Some firm lactic elements, yogurt, big tannic grapeskin throughout. Medium oak. Some funkiness is a touch bretty. More fruity, tree fruit grape and dark fruit compliments. Red grape, touches of muscat, a great melange of flavor. Oak, lactic elements, firm tannic feel into the middle and backend. Some funk, gentle sweetness is subtle. Wow. Really well put together. I really thougt these flavors would clash, but it really works well. A big rich tannic red might have hurt this. But a more neutral barrel with some red grape tannic feel and sweet muscat feel somehopw really works together. Plum element really works well, compliments in a more subtle manner. Really comes together. Kinda amazed. Really looking forward to the next 3. Wow. Nose is a bit muted, but otherwise the beer delivers

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.

4.3
dmac (6471) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUN 2, 2013
Bottle via trade. Poured a tea brown body under a smaller mostly white head. Aroma was tart and loaded with sour acidity, grapes, white wine, funk, medium bodied with average carbonation and a long lingering sour sour finish. Flavor is the same as the aroma, sour and funky with notes of white wine, grapes, lemon, oak. This is one great beer.

4.2
joeneugs (6372) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 12, 2013
On draft at the 2013 SF beer week opening celebration. It pours a pale yellow/orange with an off white head. The aroma is grapefruit sour, mild musty hay funk. Peachy with hint of white vinegar. The flavor is clean grapefruit sour with hints of pepper and white vinegar. A little hay, but mostly clean grapefruit, sour tart goodness. Yummers!


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