RATINGS: 123   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.48/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
African-style ale, based on West African tradition. Brewed with sorghum and has notes of spice and fruit. Unfiltered.

Shakparo style beers originated West African and are brewed with sorghum. Our Shakparo is light and refreshing with hints of fruit and spice, and is presented unfiltered as is traditional with this style.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDIPSO (6298) - Wauwatosa, USA - JAN 10, 2007
Quite cloudy amber liquid with a taller beige head that diminishes quite quickly. Sweet caramel with a touch of dark candi in the aroma. Nothing real strong, just somewhat mild, in a relaxing sort of way. Dry caramel flavors with a lightly woody and wheat undertone. Agree with the other assessments that this does have a mild Belgian quality, lIkely from the yeast. Light fruit in the finish, with raisins and a touch of melon. This reminds me of there base brew for the old belgian raspberry.

Kleg (446) - The Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2017
Is it possible to give a score lower than 0.5?? Clear light gold pour with a white head and poor retention. No lacing. Nose and taste are both astringent mouthwash and Band-Aids. Nasty stuff. Drain pour. Gluten free sucks.

hesatbird (4) - California, USA - MAR 25, 2017 does not count
It is great that they do a gluten free beer, but it came off a bit too sweet, relative to other GF beers - like Ghostfish (Seattle) or Groundbreaker (Portland) IPAs.

Drake (14332) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 15, 2016
12 ounce bottle from the brewery, 9/9/16. Hazy yellow amber, thin fizzy off-white head that fades almost immediately. Aroma of doughy, nutty malts, rice, a bit of citrus. The taste is bready malt, sorghum, rice, lemon, soy. Thin. Kind of a mess. Gonna give them a little bit of benefit of doubt, though, cause sorghum beers are never good. Fiftieth traditional ale rating!

ozzy70 (1334) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 6, 2016
12 oz. bottle. My bottle says 6.5% ABV. Pours hazy straw, no head. Aroma was grains, musty hay and spices. Taste was fruity, and some sourness. Not bad.

rondphoto (4508) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JAN 27, 2015
bottle @ Jungle Jims / Eastgate OH --- Clear light amber, thin rim head, no lace. No bubbles or life. Aroma is a little malt and off-putting vegetable. Taste reminds me of the alcohol-free brews out there - semi-malt that goes nowhere interesting while adding carbonation bite on the swallow to even things out. If it were 0% abv, I’d say it works, but at 5.7%, no thank you.

Sledutah (7977) - Utah, USA - JAN 10, 2015
12oz bottle from Supermarket Liquors
Pours clear golden with a small white head that dissipates quickly, no head. Aroma of ripe fruit, sugar and herbal. Taste is yeast, earthy, medicinal, dry finish
Better than most gluten free beers, but that’s not saying much.

tonypreto (130) - Akron, Ohio, USA - DEC 3, 2014
12 oz bottle poured into pint. Yeasty like aroma. No head at all. Easy to drink, tastes alright. I didn’t get the fruit notes. Better gluten free option, but other than that, a pass.

HonusWagner (2248) - Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2014
After Mbege, I knew I needed to tick this bad boy. It’s basically like a midpoint between a saison and a wine cooler. Fizzy, grapey, slightly acidic, it’s not as awful as it could be.

onceblind (10864) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 5, 2014
Clear golden with a bubbly fizzy head. Spicy fruity nose, though not like a saison. There’s some honey and guava with a black pepper and spice note. The flavor brings that same honey and guava note from the nose, with a wee bit of herbal spice and muddled yeast dough. Strange. Enjoyable, but strange. Also, the body is like, soda-levels of fizzy.

degbert (1776) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 26, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear light gold with a large-grained white head and a lot -- I mean, a LOT -- of carbonation. It might say it’s unfiltered, but I don’t see any sediment or particulate in it. Nose is the typical burnt sugar I expect from gluten-free beers, along with slight bandaid/latex, black pepper, and a little stone fruit. Starts out sweet, then immediately shifts into a heavily acetic sourness; flavor is short and astringent, and while there’s some stone fruit, green apple, and grain there, it’s buried under apple cider vinegar. Finish is murky and muddy. Not good.

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