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RATINGS: 92   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Blurring the line between beer and wine, this barrel-aged blend clocks in at 8.1% abv and is full of roasty, tart, tobacco, and leather notes, tempered by a solid malt backbone which provides for a wonderfully silky mouth-feel.

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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sic1314 (4967) - Leiden, - JUL 13, 2013
Shared by Kermis. Poured a medium brown with a frothy head. Aroma of zesty berry fruit, very Flemish in style. Medium body, flavour is bitter sweet and very fruity. Not my choice of beer, but good at the style.


4
FlacoAlto (4220) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 4, 2017
A steady pour produces a two-finger thick, brown tinged, dark tan colored head. The beer is a concentrated brown color that shows a clear, ruby-hearted, brown hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of brandy steeped fruit, nutty toasted / roasted malt, toasted oak, some balsamic like fruitiness, vinegar preserved plums, and cherries. There is a hint of savory smokiness here that melds with the roasted character, and there is quite a bit of toasted, brown bread aromatics.

The beer is nicely tart, with a finish that tastes of muted balsamic vinegar, but without the acetic bite. Lingering toasted / roasted grain adds a bit of burnt astringency, and a deep, lingering, roasted nutty note. Subtle prune flavors, an almost smokiness, as well as a ripe, cherry flavor, spicy brown grain, chewy brown bread flavors, slightly burnt toast, and a subtle strawberry note. The carbonation adds a nice texture and effervescence to a light-medium body that has a bit of palate lingering viscosity to it; this beer drinks very easily and lightly for the strength though.

This is a contemplative brew that is growing on me the more I sit with it; don't get me wrong it was good from the beginning, but it is approaching great the more I dig into it. Nicely complex, there is a whole lot of flavors / aromas happening here, but it all remains quite well integrated. This has a lot of grain character to it, at least compared to many a beer that is on the funky / sour side of the spectrum.

4
jc1762 (1609) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 20, 2017
Thanks James for sharing the bottle! Poured into a wineglass showing lightly filtered coffee brown with sparse white foam lacing. The nose shows moderately tart notes of vinous red wine. The palate is light bodied and moderately carbonated. Moderately tart with subtle flavours of plum and light cherries. Very similar to Bruery’s Tart of Darkness.

3.8
beerplace (2040) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 22, 2017
750ml bottle shared at Brian’s. Pours a dark reddish brown with a beige head. Aroma and taste are soury, roasted malt, barrel, some cherry and balsamic. Good stuff.

3.8
fiery1 (1665) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 22, 2017
750ml bottle @ home(picked up the bottle from the brewery). Pours a dark brown with a decent beige head. Nose is subtle but imparts a sour note of a mix of cherries or wine. Flavour is quite sour, but it’s backed by a lot of complexity. There’s a nice mix of wine, hint of leather, barrel, and a pleasant malt backbone.

4
nickd717 (4886) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 7, 2017
Bottle, 750ml, pours dark reddish-brown with a small tan head. Aroma is porter + wild yeast, roast and chocolate, tobacco, vinous notes. Flavor is great, complex, vinous, tart raspberry, dark chocolate, vinegar, toast. Medium body, great smooth feel yet biting at the end, with prickly carbonation. This is legit, or as MC Hammer might say, sufficiently legit such that it shall not discontinue.

4.1
baraciisch (3375) - California, USA - JUL 2, 2017
Bottle from Pangaea... Brown with reddish hue in color... Aroma of cherries, some acetic and vinous notes... Flavor is nutty malts, red wine, cherries, chocolate, tobacco, leather, some acetic notes... funky yeast, mild tartness, delicious beer ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
rouhlas (3783) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - APR 27, 2017
750 ml shared with friends, from trade with bytemesis. Thank you Mike!! Dark brown color with some red notes, nice beige head. Yeasty and light malty aroma, funky, barnyard notes, tart dark fruits, vinous, grapes, wood. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.

4
Mr_Abner (388) - Michigan, USA - APR 5, 2017
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a light khaki head. Some messy macing left behind after a few sips. Aromas of funky yeast, chocolate malt most prominent. Taste is tart with a slight sweetness underneath. Flavors of a robust American porter are definitely there: chocolate, some roasted malts, some light spiciness underneath. The tartness, funk, and chocolate are most prominent. Medium bodied; silky & smooth texture; lightly fizzy carbonation. Finishes dry.

3.6
ClarkVV (6862) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 7, 2017
Bottle, I believe probably late 2014, drunk 1/25/17.
Huge amounts of maize-hued head show strong retention atop a dark, mahogany-chocolate body. High clarity.
Fairly aggressively sour in the nose, with salinity, chocolatey roast, treacle and very light caramel. Dark cherry, lemon and strong lactic notes seem to be the dominant notes here and there isn’t a ton of depth, though the dark malts could be hiding a lot of the yeast/bacterial expression. No alcohol or flaw.
Very, very sour in the flavor with dark cherry, hard lactic and moderate acetic notes. Plum, prune, raisin and strong roast adding bitterness and dark fruit character. The body is malty, though at this point, quite highly attenuated and even though it provides a soft, malty texture, the sourness seems to have really come out strongly as the beer has aged. Clean, with a touch of sharp alcohol and other strong esters. Just a bit too sour at this point, but a nice beer nonetheless.

4
djd07 (15544) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2016
Bottle at WTF 3. Pours a dark brown with small beige head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is oak, roast, dark fruit. Thin body, nice roast, funk, leather, very sour, really enjoyed this.


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