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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.78/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Sour Brown ale aged for 28 months in a barrel with green plums.

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3.2
FlacoAlto (4220) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Batch & Bottle #: 11’, 123/204; Sampled December 2012
A vigorous pour into my Bruery tulip produces a one finger thick, lightly brown tinged, amber colored head. The beer is a concentrated amber, almost plum like color, that shows a clear, bright ruby hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of tart fruit, perhaps a touch of acetic acid, some tannic oak, a light woodiness that can seem a touch green at times, berry like fruit notes, and perhaps a touch of cherries. The oak character gets more pronounced as the beer warms up, but is still fairly well balanced by the tart fruit notes.

Perhaps a touch more tart than the aroma suggested, but not really all that sour. Quite dry, with very little sugar, this is accentuated by a tannic, woody, oak finish that helps to dry things out further. The oak brings a touch of spiciness to this beer. The tartness is mostly lactic in character, but seems to have touches of other acid notes to it. Touches of toasted malt character are barely noticeable, but contribute a sort of hay / dried grass like note towards the finish; really though the rich maltiness one might expect in a Sour Brown doesn’t seem to be here anymore; perhaps a hint of nutty toasted malt character comes out as the beer warms up. Fairly light bodied, though it is not watery. As the beer warms up soft vanillin notes from the oak start to come out, but this is still quite subtle.

Interesting, but this is 2012 and sour beer attempts like this just don’t have the newness or intrigue to them any more. American brewers are really going to need to step up their game, and hopefully the experience gleaned from beers like this will turn into a direction and finesse that will lead to a really good sour. Still this is more than serviceable, and even enjoyable, but seems a bit simplistic in the end.

3.9
jcartamdg (3535) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 28, 2012
pours a copper brown with no head. Aroma of tropical fruit and vinegar. Taste follows, coconut and citrus, pretty sour

3.9
TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2012
Bottle acquired in trade. Pours a richer deep brownish amber pour. Richer haze. Froty tannish head. Laces ok. Aromas are dark plums, sour lactic elements. Some dark fruit, lemons, acid, and oak. Initiall is medium sourness, dry plums, sourness, rich elements. Some middle is richer sour plums, a bit of cherry, firm lactic presence. Touch of vinegar. The plums give it some deeper fruit flavor, shying away from a more vinegar or acedic presence. Some oak, gentle carmelized or biscuity malts give some chase, firm sourness yet not overwhelming linger on the finish. Some vinegar, bit of red winey like qualities, cherries, plums, lactic. Well balance with some firm flavors for the style. Tasty.

3.8
alexsdad06 (10817) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JUL 1, 2012
Sample at Jackie O-s. Pours a slightly hazy brown color with a small bubbly beige head. The aroma has tart plums, some hints of caramel, wood, and this note that I can only describe as the Jackie O-s funk. The flavor has the tart plums, wood, caramel, sour apple, slightly acidic and some funk. This is another very drinkable sour from Brad and the crew. I need to try this in a bottle soon.

3.5
durhambeer (2585) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 22, 2012
Bomber shared by JCB. Pours dark brown; fairly still. Nose shows acetic notes, cherry and wild sour fruits, wood. Tastes surprisingly like pickle brine. Odd, but not bad.

3.4
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 19, 2012
Thanks to Puddintane for the bomber! Deep brown pour with minimal carb and lacing. Nose is mildly acetic, deep funky fruit, and some wet wood. Taste is briney, with ripe plums coming along fairly prominently. A modest dark sour with some bitterness, solid overall.

3.9
j12601 (13099) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Bottle at a tasting at James’ place courtesy of James and his giant cellar. Pours a deep brown with a medium sized beige head. Barrel and wood, salty, touches of dark fruit and cherry. Medium bodied, lightly tannic, slight acid and toffee, a bit of funk. Long funkiness and warm barrel notes. Tannic and woody. Cool and interesting.

3.9
jtclockwork (17284) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 30, 2012
Bottle. Pours dark brown with tan head. Nose/taste of sour plum, tart fruit, salty caramel, wood and light vinegar. Medium body.

3.5
emacgee (4705) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAR 19, 2012
Shared by JCB. Pours murky brown with one finger of dirty tan head. Nose is.....sour/tart, notes of cherry skin and a singular acetic character. Acetic flavor, very tart and acidic. Lightly phenolic with some fingernail polish.

4.4
reggiedunlop (3726) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2012
Pours an opaque dark brown with a medium tan head. Aroma is oaky and tart with a notable fruitiness that is sour...vinous...balsamic and slight sweet raisin notes. Flavor is tart and fruity...acidic...an unripened fruit note and earthy oakiness...malty...definite sour plum!...it works well!..im hardpressed to figure how the flavor could be better. Mouthfeel is light and lively and the finish is dry and very tart. Excellent!!


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