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RATINGS: 501   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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This is a beer that will make you rethink your definition of beer. It doesn’t taste like any beer you’ve ever had, yet it doesn’t taste like anything else either. Pushing the limits of brewing is what makes this job so much fun. Malted barley, wild yeast, hand picked Muscat Grapes, and French oak wine barrels are just a few of the things that went into crafting this beer. Breathe deep, take a long sip, and enjoy the creation in your hand.

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4.1
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUN 13, 2007
750mL bottle, batch 1; many thanks to Scott for this one! The carbonation on this is a bit nuts: I spent the last few minutes covering the top of the bottle while trying to wash out a tulip glass with one hand. Very fizzy pour, with carbonation reminiscent of pouring a soda: fizzy, effervescent, and quickly gone, leaving a cloudy, dull golden color without any sign of head: almost like grapefruit juice. Everything afterwards is exquisite. Dense, layered aroma, showing some brett and funk and sour cherries and grapefruit; mouthwatering tartness, with a pleasant citrus and fruity core. Average carbonation. Generous mouthfeel: dense, jaw-poking tartness at the forefront, with plenty of lively citrus and grapefruit and cherries; excellent density of fruit, with some tropical stuff in there as well: pineapple and passion fruit; some toasty vanilla and buttery notes find their way in from the barrel, along with the wonderful, generous fruit profile. Lengthy, tart citrus and light oak finish. Definitely an interesting take on the style: less cherries than usual, with a lively citrus spritziness and a pleasant tropical fruit twist, and an effervescence suggesting Champagne.

4.2
bu11zeye (13140) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 8, 2007
(750ml bottle) Pours a cloudy yellow with a medium (quickly diminishing) white head. Aroma of mustiness, sour grapefruit (as it is peeled; the zest), and woodiness. Flavor of sour grapes, citrus, and brett with a subtle wood finish. If you like sour this is the beer for you!

4.3
Hair (3) - Corona, California, USA - JUN 4, 2007 does not count
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2007 Pours a cloudy yellow/gold with a pure white head that is large but fades quickly. Head is sort of soapy, and there is no lacing because the foam simply slips down the side of the glass. The aroma is of lemons and brett. A lot of brett funk in the aroma, but not in the flavor. Tastes like grapefruit juice (not in a hoppy way) and lemons (juice and rind). Very easy to drink if you like sour flavors. Very refreshing, though not super complex. More brett should come in with time. Being a sourtooth, I love this. Thanks HopHead75 for the beer. I feel very special to have got to try a bottle of this out on the West Coast.

3.8
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JUN 3, 2007
Hazy dark yellow body with a hint of brown and a medium ring of bubbles. Nose-coriander, grapefruit juice (big time). Taste-medium acidic, dry, citrus juice, wood, grapefruit, light tannins, a little alcohol on the back end, grape skin, medium to high CO2, light wheat. A good taste, but a bit one dimensional leaning towards too much grapefruit/citrus taste.

4
drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 2, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2008 #600 rating! thanks to dickinsonbeer for this one. 750ml bottle. batch 1. pours cloudy lemon with a thin white head around the rim that eventually formed. nose has white grapes, peaches, subtle oak, ginger (?), and musty. Flavor of white grapes, oak, tart lemon, and slight ginger. intense sourness in the middle and finish. carbonation is high and spritzy. mouthfeel is medium to light. the acidity is extremely high esp. in the finish. this reminded me of RR temptation but this is more acidic and lemony and less white winey. this is a great beer, but i found the acidity way too high making this difficult to drink at times and the brett was hard to find. 4.0

750ml, batch 1, thanks to holdenn! after reading my previous rating wow is this different. pours a horrible hazed grapefruit juice color with no head. nose of grapefruit, orange, lemon, and pinnapple with a slignt mustiness. flavor is sharp grapefruit and pinnapple, lime, mango, and acidic, really sour. low carbonation but lively going down. like a tropical sour drink, wow this has gone down hill. 7/2/7/3/15 = 3.4

4.3
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAY 30, 2007
Bottle shared by Dickinsonbeer. Cloudy, pale yellow color with a small white head. Nice aroma of tropical fruits, citrus, candi sugar and mild oak. Flavor starts off mildly sweet before turning nice and tart with some vinous notes. Lots of fruit(lemons, grapes, pineapple) as well as a touch of Brett. Really, really nice beer.

4.2
zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAY 28, 2007
Hazy, pale yellow, with a quickly disappearing white head. Aroma is pineapple, lemons, funky oakiness, and some hops. Flavor is similar to the aroma, pineapple, lemon, hops, oak, funk, some grape, and sugar. Rather tart, but in a very nice way. Mouthwatering and interesting. Another winner from Captain Lawrence.

4.7
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 24, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2008 Bottle brought over by puzzl and shared with IMtheOptimator. Pours hazy with a small head. Smells of pineapple, pine, pepper, lemons and sugar. Some wood hints emerge after a few minutes. Tastes very tarte with lipsmacking sourness. Palate is tarte with the finish slightly bitter. One of CL’s best beers to date!

4.5
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2007
Bottle from the brewery. Very hazy golden in appearance with a medium off white head. Aroma is awesome, tons of grape, brett, funky, oaky, with alot of fruit, citrus, lemon, pineapple are just some that come to mind. Taste, is alot of tart fruit right off the bat as well as soft oak. Lemon, mango, white grapes, with just the right amount of sweetness to compliment the harsh (but pleasant) sourness. Some musty yeast makes an appearance in the taste as well. Finshes mouth puckeringly tart. A unique, and downright amazing creation from Scott Vacarro.

4.4
puzzl (3260) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2007 Bottle shared with jjpm and IMtheOptimator, provided by... me! Second sample of this beer, actually. Very pale yellow pour, with a wit like appearance, and still having little bits of grape floating around. Awesome. Pineapple lemon funk aroma, acidic, lactic acid, a touch of fruit juice sweetness. The fruit really comes out in the flavor, though, with a perfect residual sweetness to compliment the big tartness. Pineapple, guava, white grape. Sourness really shows in the finish, with the fruit undertones carrying it through. Very unique in its blend of sweet and sour, and an absolute pleasure to drink. Very well done beer!


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