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Brewed by Lovibonds Brewery
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Henley-on-Thames, England
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

bottled
available

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RATINGS: 66   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottled; Occasional. Has been seen on keg.
2012 World Beer Cup Gold Medal Winner.

This beer started as a fermentation mistake with our flagship Henley Gold, giving us the sourness and drinkability of a Berliner Weisse. It tasted great but we thought it would be interesting to add a wild character to the beer. we filled used Frencg Pinot Noir barrels with the sour beer and a host of other good bacteria and wild yeast, then closed the door.

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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
The_Osprey (6826) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2015
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2016
May 2016 - Keg at Brewdog Camden as Lovibonds Pinot Noir Barrel Sour Grapes. Orange, still, pretty clear, small foamy off-white head. Aroma is vinegary, honey and lemon, some wine. Body is medium to light, spritzy carbonation, slightly foamy, tooth-coating and enamel-stripping. Taste is rounded sour fruits, tart lemon, softly woody, dates, red grape finish. Nice flavour, pity about the palate on these sour beers. Was licking my teeth for a few hours after this one. (3.8)

August 2016 - Bottle share at Chrisos as Lovibonds Sour Grapes, 5.4%, red wax. Cheers Ed. This beer is better from a bottle. Genuine lambic notes. Sherbety, grape, lime, soft acidity, musty, oak. Lovely. (4.1)

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EdKing (2431) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2015
Bottle from Bottle Shop Bermondsey. Nose is lemon, light funk, lemon peel, tart, urine, lightly sweet, light grain, soda. Taste is grapefruit and lemon rind tangy bitter citrous fruit, light, soft on the palate beer, with moderate tartness and some lovely soft red wine vinous notes, little cheese rind. Nice English lambic which whilst only moderately tart and lightly funky, has a lovely balance of flavours and a unique red wine vinous softness.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tdtm82 (1700) - Essex, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2015
Aged bottle thanks to my very good friend - 1970s Boy - Cheers mate! Aroma is woodruff; Sauvignon Blanc; lemon tart; brett and barnwood. Taste is like sherbot bon-bons; lactose; good drinkability. Dry but well-balanced. Excellent.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (11191) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 18, 2015
Keg at the vintage. Pours hazy golden, nose is funky, lemon, taste is sour fruit up front, dry toffee finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (15247) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Bottle thanks to Colin. Shared at BA Cake Tasting. Pours cloudy gold white head. Nose/taste of oak, white grape, lemon, funky yeast and cracker malt. Lighter bodied.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
vtafro (6854) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Bottle thanks Jtclockwork. Yellow pour with white head. Light grape, funk, other tart aromas. Light wine, oak, some grape and sour flavors.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
downender (8039) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2014
On keg at Small Bar, Bristol, July 2014. Hazy gold with a decent, white, head. Tart fruits, some funkiness, a touch of sweetness. Excellent.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
gnoff (9626) - Mlndal, SWEDEN - AUG 31, 2014
Bottle 75 cl at Sweet & Sour, Stila, 2014-08-30. Thanks to rlgk!
2012 vintage, BBE 2015.
Hazy pale golden color, smallish white head. Light acidic, apple, some perfume scent, also a bit of elderflower. Acidic, green currants taste. Fizzy mouthfeel, low bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
_angst_ (4560) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2014
Bottle courtesy of rlgk. Pours hazy yellow with a frothy white head that leaves some spotty trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is tiny sour and funky with crackers, yuzu juice, white grapes, hay, barnyard, dry soil and lemon zest. Taste is sour and tiny fruity with crackers, lemon juice, yuzu juice, hay, dry soil, barnyard, minerals and lemon zest. Mouthfeel is crisp, dry, tart and light bodied. Finish is slightly sour and funky with crackers, yuzu juice, white grapes, hay, dry soil, barnyard, minerals and lemon zest. Refreshing!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tkrjukoff (4306) - SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2014
Bottle, pours pale golden amber with a small off white head. Aroma is fruity funky stable honey cellar. Flavor is as aroma nice astringent touch of barrel.


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