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RATINGS: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 88   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Arbor Brewing Company is proud to offer this exclusive, limited-edition, hand-packaged and bottle-conditioned ale in the Belgian Aged Pale tradition. Our interpretation of this rare Belgian stye was created by aging our Larry Hoppe Double IPA for six months in gueuze-innoculated oak casks and then bottle conditioning for a minimum of two months. The result is a unique ale with a bright golden hue, moderate carbonation, and a burst of complex fruity, spicy, sweet-tart, and earthy flavors, with a quenching acidity in the finish. As with most bottle-conditioned ales, there may be a thin layer of sediment on the bottom of the bottle. For best results, uncork slowly and decant gently into a glass without disturbing the sediment.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (24665) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2012
Bottle. Variegated golden brown color, thick tan head with good retention, solid lacing. Aroma of dusty brown bread and light citrus, with a touch of spice. Taste is an odd but interesting combination of bitter and sour that pretty much works, with a peppery finish that just a bit too bitter. Overall, a nice try that is certainly unique.


3.9
jgb9348 (6250) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2016
Hazy brown coloured body with a thin off-white large bubbled head. Aroma of sour grapes, apples, pears and a very subdued oaky and dry note. Medium-bodied; Assertive funky flavour at first with apples, pears, yeast, grain, alcohol and sour grapes all around, showing some light alcohol and a fresh fruit note. Aftertaste shows a lot of sour funky notes with dry flavours, a bit of hay and grass, a lot of yeast and alcohol flavours and some smooth sweetness that shows a lot of fruity characteristics. Overall, a nice funky beer with a lot of flavour and much less of any hops or an IPA-style than you could imagine, but definitely worth sampling if you like wild beers. I sampled this 75 cL bottle purchased from Merchant’s in Dearborn, Michigan on 24-July-2015 for US$15,99 sampled at home in Washington on Christmas Day on 25-December-2016.

3.5
Mark_Eck (1948) - - JUN 15, 2016
Notes from summer. Draft. Pours a hazy dark golden color. Aroma and taste are sour fruits, some floral and citrus.

4.2
ads135 (4607) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 12, 2016
A really nice beer courtesy of Brandon. Surprising flavor considering it bills itself as a bourbon barrel IPA, but its a sour through and through. Pungent, a nice mellow funk.

3.4
Meilby (11495) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 17, 2015
Draught @ Ashley’s, Ann Arbor, MI
Pours hazy deep golden/amber with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, citrus, tartness and some dried fruits. Taste is medium sweet, medium bitter and light sour with a long fruity, tart and bitter finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

3.4
yngwie (17049) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 15, 2015
Bottle, 75cl, at Jolly Pumpkin, Ann Arbor. An unclear dark amber colored beer topped by a small light beige head. The aroma has a touch of vinegar, some oak and berries. Some caramel in the flavor, with oak, vinegar, tannins and berries. Tart, full bodied and nicely carbonated. Lasting finish. A bit too straight forward this one, but nice. Interesting with the bitterness showing up at the very end only. 150615

3.8
rumproasts (5356) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 10, 2015
tap at 2015 michigan winter beer fest. deep golden with small head. very flavorful balance of sour and hoppy elements. dry finish.

2.4
umich03jm (3513) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - SEP 23, 2014
Tap at The Oak. Copper-orange pour with a small head that fades to a messy film. Aromas are burnt plastic, rotten fruit, leather, red wine, and basement funk. Tastes like rotten fruit and red wine. Yuck. Pretty dry and a little grainy too. Not good.

2.4
arminjewell (9635) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 27, 2014
Pour on tap at One Eyed Bettys, hazy orange pour with white head, aroma brought notes of sour fruit, sourred hops, hints of caramel, some funky grainy notes with a touch of oak, not that appealing. Taste is a mix of sour grass, grain, biscuit, caramel into some weird chemical, plasticky note, hits of yeast. Bleh.

3.1
unclemike (3121) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - JUL 24, 2014
Pours a chalky color brown. Floral hops on the nose has a light hop flavor. Medium bodied Sourness prevails and a slight funk to this beer. A decent beer wont try again

4
superspak (5584) - Michigan, USA - JUL 12, 2014
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2014 vintage bottling. Pours lightly hazy deep orange amber color with a 2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tart cherry, green apple, lemon peel, tangerine, pineapple, red wine, oak, hay, straw, grass, light pine, leather, musty funk, light pepper, light vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity and balance of fruity/funky yeast, hops, and oak barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of tart cherry, green apple, lemon peel, tangerine, pineapple, red wine, oak, hay, straw, grass, light pine, leather, toast, musty funk, light pepper, light vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Good amount of fruity/oaky tartness and slight bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart cherry, green apple, lemon peel, tangerine, pineapple, red wine, oak, hay, straw, grass, light pine, leather, toast, musty funk, light pepper, light vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of fruity/funky yeast, oak barrel, and hop flavors; with a great malt/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately acidic, and slightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Sour DIPA. All around good complexity and balance of fruity/funky yeast, oak, and hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV with the balanced acidity. A very enjoyable offering.


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