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RATINGS: 94   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99/5   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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Barrel-Aged Sour Beer Refermented with Cherries

Montmorency and Balaton cherries from Michigan were added to mature, sour, barrel-aged beer, and allowed to referment to dryness. Unfiltered, unpasteurized, and 100% naturally conditioned.

Balaton is a registered trademark of Michigan State University.

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4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ernesto987 (5625) - Arizona, USA - NOV 8, 2016
Bottle, incredible cherry flavors, deep sweet fruit flavors, finish is all cherry. Some light tartness to balance sweet flavors.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ClarkVV (6067) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 30, 2016
Batch 1 bottled Jan 2014, drunk 10/10/16.
Lovely cherry pulp-beige-golden body is topped by a small, but dense, pink-flecked head. High clarity leaving plentiful sediment behind.
The plaster just pours forth from this thing. Incredibly cleanly-fermented and lagered with no rough edges or messy esters. Even the cherries, still very apparent, hold mostly skin and pit characteristics, with very little malic acidity. Soft, vanilla-honey-tinged malts seem to be quite well-attenuated from the nose. Wheat-like character is present as well. Very elegant brett notes add very light band aid, soft guava-lemon and there is just a hint of gentle lactic acid on the end, mixing with the deep, rich, yet understated cherry character. No alcohol or flaw.
Just as breathtaking in the mouth, with even, mellow cherry notes that are nonetheless still very bright and flavorful, especially at 33 months of age...Soft, yet malty, but exquisitely dry with soft, biscuity malt and wheat notes and very fine carbonation. A pinch of lactic acid underscores the cherry and lightly tart brett acids. Mild funk, light band aid and black pepper. Incredibly drinkable and hard to believe its even 6.7% abv. The only thing I could think to possibly complain about here is that its, perhaps, TOO clean and mild. Maybe some more funk would do it nicely, I guess? I dont know, this is pretty divine. And that plastery minerality....

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
koleminer20 (2699) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 18, 2016
From notes. Enjoyed this during the 2nd Annual Kellys Island Bottle Share on September 18. 500 mL bottle. Batch 2. The pour is a bright red color with a light pink head that falls down quickly leaving no lace. This is sour as hell. The cherry just bursts right out of it. Its got a strong funk, light oak, and a ton of sour cherry. Its clean, to the point. The flavor is much of the same. There is a blast of sour cherry right up front, and slowly the oak and a light vanilla come in. There is a hint of sweetness before the back end, but its well done. The mouth feel is excellent. Tart, crisp, light, with a great carbonation and a puckering sour cherry on the finish. My mouth waters as I finish this, and I want to keep drinking it! JK kills this one.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ajnepple (5448) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 6, 2016
3 oz pour (bottle?) at Hops & Pie. Vibrant reddish appearance with a white ring of foam. Aroma of sour cherries, funk, light vanilla and a hint of oak. Similar flavor, fresh cherries, tart, sour and puckering with a medium body. Absolutely delicious overall.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (5696) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - OCT 2, 2016
500 ml. shared bottle. Pours a somewhat hazy pale red with a small pinkish head. Aroma of fruit, funk, and wood. Taste is tart cherries, funk, and oak. Very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (4771) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 12, 2016
At Fofa. A lovely red pink with a berry aroma. Waxy berry tartness, light acidity, good stuff. 3.9

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aleigator (831) - GERMANY - SEP 12, 2016
Pours a hazed ruby red color with no head at all. Smells of acetic, unripe wild cherries with a gentle funkiness to em, which allows a riper, sweeter fruit quality to unfold on the nose as well, adding to the beers prominent tartness, with an earthy stone pit quality. Has a higher, well fitting carbonation, with a light, very refreshing and challenging, complex body. Tastes of sweet cherries right from the beginning, which turn more sour the longer they remain on the palate. This is due to a sparkly, stony mineral uprising, as well as an uncompromising acetic tartness, which almost swallows the cherry complexity as for its dry and pungent impact. Finishes with more funk, leather, dried hay and old mushrooms among grilled cherry stones, an opposing crispness resulting from white lemon zest and a late but taste defining sweetness of sun ripened cherries. Wow, this is a great gateway sour between classic Lambics and AWAs. It certainly got a higher acetic level than its belgian counterparts, while it sucessfully lends an unexperienced sweetness to the cherries, like adding salt to caramel, just to emphasize its sweet qualities. It manages to appear naturally with a very silk mid palate and finish, which brings many well desired funky and tart nuances to light, complimenting to the refreshing cherry fruitiness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (9647) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 18, 2016
RBSG 2016 shared at the Grand Tasting after-party in the hotel lobby. Bottle. Hazy deep pink. Aroma is crushed dark cherries, notes of yoghurt and singed hair. Cherry yoghurt, light vinegar, moderate leathery and cheesy funk character. Very nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JulienHuxley (5659) - Trois-Rivires, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 17, 2016
Sample from bottle at fofa. Bright red pour with thin white head. Aroma is quite nice, tons of cherry, tart cherry, lactic notes, plain yoghurt. Taste is tart, quite lactic and citric, nice cherry flavor, not really sweet. Palate is light-med bodied with good carbonation. Tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (5570) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 14, 2016
Bottle pour at FoFA. Beautiful slightly hazy bright red with a small white head, some retention, leaving little lacing. Aroma is really cheesy and lactic along sweet - but not jammy - cherries, some funk, soft leathery brettanomyces and mild herbal/leafy notes. Taste is moderately acidic with again a rather strong cheesy/lactic presence, more cherries than in the aroma, leathery brettanomyces, mild mineral spiciness and herbal notes. Medium body. Soft carbonation. Lactic and cherries finish. The fruits comes out beautifully in this one. Acidity level is controlled and drinkability is good. Might be a tiny bit too cheesy for my liking but otherwise a world-class cherry sour.


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