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RATINGS: 74   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   EST. CALORIES: 292   ABV: 9.72%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
EL CUATRO is made of barley and caramel malts co-mingling with lactobacillus and brettanomyces. After brewing and conditioning, the beer is transferred into brandy & whiskey barrels to age for over a year during an extended Brettanomyces Lambicus fermentation. Prior to bottling, the beer is blended with a small portion of year-old SAHALIE. The only hops added to this beer arrive from the aged SAHALIE. 
The brandy barrels and wild yeast fermentation give EL CUATRO a plum & cherry fruitiness balanced by the slight toast of the malt body.

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BOSSbrewer (2705) - Arkansas, USA - JAN 31, 2015
Bottle at a tasting at Butler's place. Pours amber with thin white head. Aroma is tart apples. Spice. Lemons. Flavor follows. Very lemony. Tart. Really nice beer. Thanks to Butler. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
SudsMcDuff (8468) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2015
Robin: “Let’s go!”

Batman: “Not you, Robin. They have strict licensing laws in this country. A boy of your age is not allowed in a drinking tavern

3.2
fiulijn (21019) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 9, 2014
Tasting at Matt’s
Hazy amber color with small head. Sour aroma, hint of acetone and nuts. Strange flavor, on one side there is some good maltiness, on the other side there is a strong acetone feeling; the underlying sweetness tries to keep some drinkability, but the result is aggressive, too acidic. This beer is way too aggressive, unclassy; if you need a sour beer, pay for a Belgian Gueuze instead.

3.7
sebletitje (10286) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 6, 2014
Bouteille 75cl via trade, thanks to Rado_. Actual abv shows 8.73%. Bottled 27/02/2014. Ambrée trouble, col fin blanc-cassé. Arôme est très vinaigré dès l’entrée de jeu sans pour cela sembler surfait, mais ce côté acétique en reste cependant fort présent. Note un rétro nasal de barrique proche d’un vin rouge cuit. Un bouquet malté caramel reste également bien présent. Palais rappelle une vieille brune avec un mélange agréable entre le malté et la barrique et ce profil un peu acidulé,dans ce cas ci aigrelet assez prenant. Le tout laissant penser à un cidre caramélisé accompagné d’une présence fruitée rouge de vin. Seul point faible restant ce profil aigre fort tenace qui aurait été trop gênant sur une bière de plus faible pourcentage d’alcool.

4
b3shine (9079) - Indiana, USA - NOV 15, 2014
750 ml bottle to snifter (shared by Dogbones). Looks good; a cloudy caramel orange with eggshell head. Smells tart and funky with a nice brandy barrel presence. Tastes like it smells with a pleasant medium-bodied mouthfeel. Great beer, and dangerously drinkable.

3.9
Ferris (16301) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 10, 2014
Bottle - Light sour ketchup, cherry and nice sweetness. Clear copper with and beige head. Big tart notes, some vinegar and cherry notes. Ketchup and quiet nice.

4.2
mcberko (18589) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 10, 2014
750mL bottle, pours a hazy amber orange with a small white head. Aroma brings out loads of brandy barrels... wow, the elegance here is very high. Flavour is just as complex, with loads of brandy barrels, some candied sugar without being cloying, and more brandy. Phenomenally elegant and complex. The lack of hops is not really noticeable, as this is very well-balanced. Excellent stuff.

3.8
djd07 (15356) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 19, 2014
Bottle thanks to Chow. Pourd a cloudy copper with small beige had that lasts. The aroma is strong brandy, oak, funk. Thin mouthfeel with light booze, grain, funk, sour finish. Very good.

3.8
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - SEP 12, 2014
Beer Bloggers Conference - San Diego - Huge sour flavors lots of yeast lingering. Love the brandy barrel flavors that also come through.

4.2
PapaSkeetSkeet (1010) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - AUG 5, 2014
March 2013 Batch. Gold with vanishing white head, hazy-to-cloudy with meandering wisps of yeast. Aroma/flavor are light and clean lactic. Incredibly smooth and drinkable with a medley of berry-like fruit: raspberry, blackberry, etc. Body is light, but moderately effervescent. Delicious, went down quickly. Underrated.


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