overall
98
94
style
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 458   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 266   ABV: 8.85%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This Northwest Style Sour Ale is a blend of soured Triple, Blonde Quad and Golden ales that have been refermented with the fresh pressed juice of white wine grapes. The beer spent more than six months of lactic fermentation and aging in small oak barrels. 9.2% ABV

2009 Project: 8.33% ABV
2011 Project: 9.73% ABV
2012 Project: 8.85% ABV
2013 Project: 9.30% ABV

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4.2
superspak (5508) - Michigan, USA - JAN 30, 2017
750 ml bottle into tulip glass; 2015 vintage bottling, 10.1%. Violent gusher upon opening, lost a couple ounces. Pours lightly hazy pale golden yellow color with a 2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big tart/sour lemon, lime, peach, pear, green apple, white grape, white wine, oak, hay, straw, funk, light pepper, wheat, cracker, light honey, light leather/vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, grapes, wine barrel, and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart/sour lemon, lime, peach, pear, green apple, white grape, white wine, oak, hay, straw, funk, light pepper, wheat, cracker, light honey, light leather/vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Moderate fruity/lactic tartness and light yeast/tannic oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, lime, peach, pear, green apple, white grape, white wine, oak, hay, straw, funk, light pepper, wheat, cracker, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, grapes, wine barrel, and moderate pale malt flavors; with an awesome malt/tartness balance; and zero puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from tartness and carbonation, increasing through the glass. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp/grainy/acidic, and lightly tannic balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Minimal warming alcohol for 10.1%. Overall this is an outstanding fruited sour ale! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, grapes, wine barrel, and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and pretty refreshing to drink for the big abv, thanks to the modest acidity. Great brett complexity with balanced fruit, wine barrel, and malt flavors; with minimal lingering sweetness. Not overly funky or lactic, but solid amounts of both. A highly enjoyable offering all around.

3.6
androman (2290) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - JAN 28, 2017
On tap at Kompaan Craft Beer Baar, Den Haag, (Opening Party 2017). Nose is brett, wheat malty. Body is clear pale, head is medium, cream white, creamy, fully lasting, good lacing. Aroma is apple juice, brett, malty. Medium sweet, medium sour. Finish is medium lasting fruity medium sweet sour. Light body, slick texture, soft carbonation. Easy, refreshing sour beer, simple but nice one.

3.6
jmgreenuk (9313) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - JAN 12, 2017
Sample at Borefts 2016. Poured a hazy straw colour with a thin white head. The aroma is acid sour citrus. The flavour is moderate sour with a light crisp zesty citrus fruit, yeast, light hop palate. Medium bodied with average carbonation.

4
RedSox2004 (1869) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - DEC 25, 2016
Crystal clear yellow with a fluffy two-finger head and a bit of oily lace. Aromas of tart grape, lemon and grass. Flavor is the same, with strong tartness up front offset with a touch of grassy hops. Medium body, high effervescence, velvety smooth mouthfeel and a lingering tartness in the finish.

3.6
Vaiz (4460) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 21, 2016
Tasted at Borefts Beer Festival 2016. Creamy, white wine, grapes. Slightly sour.

4.1
Msdrbeat (777) - East Lansing, USA - NOV 18, 2016
On tap at Hopcat. This is an awesome sour. Great grape taste. Super solid mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.7
Renobob (2064) - Besançon, FRANCE - NOV 18, 2016
Bue à la pression au Borefts Beer Festival 2016. J’avais d’autres choses à faire que de prendre des notes ;)

3.8
markoijelena (3113) - Belgrade / Amsterdam, SERBIA - NOV 10, 2016
Draft at Borefts De Molen Beer Festival 2016 Bodegraven, The Netherlands. 23.09.2016. Pour it hazy golden color with no head. Aroma citrusy and dry. Taste smooth nice sourish, lemon, grapes, fizzy carbonation, woody, nice balanced, interesting.

4.1
wchesser (2071) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 3, 2016
2013 bottle in Autumn 2016. Clear orange gold. Nose is concord grape juice, some light funk. Taste is medium sour but balanced overall with tripel profile showing through. Flavors of Welch’s grape juice (concord), belgian yeast esters, sweet malts. Very surprised by the concord profile given that this is supposed to be white vinefera juice but it works for me.

3.3
jc1762 (1371) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 31, 2016
Tap into a snifter showing well filtered orange with no head. The nose shows subtle notes of acidic and tart white wine. The palate is highly carbonated and light bodied. Flavors of malt with grape juice (I know it’s supposed to be white wine but it doesn’t really work well together). Lightly tart with no bitterness. Strange in general, but not wholly bad.


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