Blackberry Farm Barrel Series - Alban Farmhouse Red

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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.77/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Ale aged in Alban Vineyard red wine barrels.

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3.4
drowland (9164) - Georgia, USA - NOV 8, 2017
10/17/17. 750mL bottle from Habersham. Red pour with a big khaki head. Lightly tart aroma, red wine, tannic, hints of caramel, leather. Okay flavor, hoping for more sour, light cherry tartness, caramel, leather, red wine, big mouthful of pennies. Okay, but disappointed.

4.4
balloonbuffoon (666) - - AUG 25, 2017
25.4floz (750ml) bottle), 10.21.2016 (I’m guessing BOD), $17, poured into a tulip glass. Looks marvelous - reddish-brown with clarity and a soft beige head. Good sour aroma with notes of musty grape. Palate exhibits many nuances that are balanced well to create a sour brown with oak, currant, and black pepper flavors. This is one good-ass ale.

4
ContemplateBeer (2097) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 2, 2017
750 ml bottle from Gralehaus; on the occasion of my 11th wedding anniversary; shared with Boo. Aroma: Very Rodenbach-like, but fruitier; bright, tart cherry and hints of berries; caramel and oak are lighter, but present. Appearance: Translucent, reddish dark brown with a foamy tan head that settles into a ring. Flavor: Rich fruits up front, especially light to moderate tart cherry; caramel is fairly muted, but does help to balance the tartness; more oaky towards the finish with lingering light tartness. Palate: Medium body, slick texture, soft carbonation, long finish. Overall: An excellent offering in the spirit of Rodenbach. Paired nicely with our Chess pie.

3.7
rustbucket0873 (460) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - MAY 29, 2017
Pours ref with tan head. The aroma is fruity, wine, and cherry. The flavor is cherry, grape, fruity, and slightly tart and dry, very good very tasty

4.3
nearbeer (5636) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 8, 2017
750 ml. bottled 2016/10/21. Translucent, deep copper body has a ruby tint and a thin but enduring film of foam. Aroma of brown sugar, red wine, mild funk, persimmon and a hint of cream. Flavors start as a mix of the same, then turn to a medium tart under-ripe plum and berry mix. The rich, mellow toasted oak emerges after a few sips and helps develop a spicy vanilla note. Hints of cocoa and white pepper also sneak in later. Medium-plus body has a medium-high carbonation and a nice balance from several directions. Not the sourest in the style but very tasty and I’m always glad to see something besides subtle variations on the same Saison from BBF.

3.8
oobawa (1804) - Tennessee, USA - APR 3, 2017
Good sour red, if a bit muted in most respects. Nose comes on strong, oak and sour cherries wafting up from the pint, underlined by mild notes of barnyard and must. Appearance seems sedate; the color’s good, but the head disappears quickly and lacks any lace. Starts with a burst of berry tartness and white grape, then gains a woodsy undertone adding oak and mild vanilla, and the finish takes a determined vinous bent. Fades yeasty and tart with some funk rising up from the depths, a mild bitterness not far behind thanks to the oak. Only gets better as it opens.

3.6
weihenweizen (4167) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - MAR 11, 2017
Refrigerated 75 cl brown bottle poured into a glass. Dark crimson red with medium beige head. Aroma is light yeast, medium body, medium carbonation, and little lacing. Taste is tart cherries and oak.

3.9
BeerandBlues2 (13872) - Escondido, California, USA - FEB 25, 2017
Bottle at Brewvival. Pours clear tawny with a medium, frothy off-white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is moderate funky red wine, cracker malt, farmhouse yeast. Flavor is moderate tart red wine, cracker malt with oak notes, lightly acetic with a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

3.6
DSG (15312) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 21, 2017
[1/29/17] Bottle/Can/Crowler/Growler at the RateBeer award ceremony bottle share at Flamingo Hotel in Santa Rosa. Funk, cellar, lemon, yeast, tart, fruity, slightly astringent and bitterish.

4
drfabulous (8683) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 18, 2017
750 ml bottle cork and caged. Deep reddish brown in color. Cherry sour brown up front. But really balanced with a touch of chocolate in finish. Not enamel stripping or harsh. Light red wine. Spot on.


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