RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 3.64/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
A lightly hopped Amber Ale that has been aged in a Merlot barrel with Brettanomyces added for two years. Brett-like aromas followed by a big biscuity malt with Brett flavor.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (11472) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 16, 2014
Man, doesnt taste like its been in a barrel for so long. Smells like an amber still, but is dry with light to moderate funk. Its mellow for a sour and only lightly shows any wine, but is pleasant and fairly complex."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rayOfBeer (674) - El Cerrito, California, USA - FEB 22, 2013
Tap: hazy burnt orange with smallish white head. Aroma is tart/sour with yeast funk a little caramel and orange blossom. Flavor is a rather smooth, creamy sour grape/tart cherry with a touch of caramel and some light bisquity grain notes. Overall, rather easy drinking for a sour with lots of flavor, I like it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 10, 2013
On tap. Clear reddish golden with a fizzy white head. Green apple, caramel, vanilla and oak aroma and taste with a tart dry finish with a bright crisp palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - FEB 9, 2013
On tap at Beer Rev Tastival. Aroma is of sour, yeasty bread and slight vinegar. Taste is more hops and sour, some saison characteristics. Palate was average. Good beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
joeneugs (6314) - Livermore, California, USA - JUL 29, 2011
On tap at the Barrel House. It pours amber with a small orange head. The aroma is straight up balsamic vinegar with some notes of berries. The flavor is the same and extremely acetic with some off notes of nail polish remover. Burns the throat on the way down and is in no way a pleasant sour ale. Palate bruising with some nicer notes of dried apricots and balsamic vinegar. I give it a few extra points for ambition. This may suffer from extended aging in the barrel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - NOV 29, 2008
Tasted on tap at the Bistro Barrel Aged Beer Festival on 11/15/2008. This sour ale poured a medium brown color from the tap. Small sized white foamy head. The aroma is caramel and soft, fruity and bretty. A medium bodied sour ale. The malts are caramel, fruity and sweet. The hops are earthy and floral. Touch of funk, horse blanket and must. The funk is kind of subdued but adds a nice presence to an amber ale. Not as funky as I thought it might be but it works. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly funky.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - NOV 27, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2009 A favorites from the Bistro Barrel Fest, pours beautiful reddish brown with no head. The nose is Brett funk, sweet malt and caramel. The flavor is the same, with the Brett standing out and a sweetness following. Lively on the palate and a great oak finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (8971) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 18, 2008
Draft. Rich amber beer with a big cream colored head. Malty, yeasty, tart aroma. Tart, malty, yeasty, lemony fruit flavors. Medium body. Tart, malty, fruity (lemon & stone fruit) lingers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JUN 22, 2008
bottle from rodger. Still as its straight from the barrel. Very vinous and winelike. Sour undertones. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (9977) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 19, 2008
On tap at Toronado. This dark amber ale poured with a thin beige head and a sour aroma. The sweet caramel malt base is overwhelmed by the brett-induced sour fruit flavor. However, the result is very pleasing to the palate.

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