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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

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HonusWagner (2218) - Florida, USA - AUG 24, 2016
A weird surprisingly sweet sour ale, with nice malty characters reminiscent of, like,a flemish red or oud bruin. Cool beer.

4
DuffMan (10602) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 23, 2016
Bottle shared at game night. Medium orange amber, lasting g off white head. Tangy and spicy, red wine and light vinegar, compulsively drinkable.

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Bule (2239) - California, USA - MAR 31, 2017
750ml bottle pours a brown color with a bit of head. Flemish red kind of malt profile. Noticeable oak from the barrel is a little harsh. Brandy comes through strong.

3.9
Theydon_Bois (20452) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2013
Bottle at Bruces, from TGG Bend, 31/07/13. Hazed golden amber with a thin off white head. Nose is vinous, tarte apricots, bitter orange, light funk, subtle burnt citric fruit notes. Taste comprises tarte orange, soured apricots, lemon rind, light boozey tones, funky notes, grassy farmy light earthy notes. Medium bodied with a little oomph, fine carbonation, dry finish, The alchohol is very well integrated or a double digit affair - great work!

3.9
Sarlacc83 (2287) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 17, 2013
750mL from Corvallis. WARNING: This one may blow up on you. My bottle was more than happy to gush over. A: Darkened orange with a fluffy, lasting white head. Some yeast floating around in this one, which is probably a result of the turbulent opening. N:Well integrated funk and ample white wine grape, oak, lemon zest. Getting some of the brandy with a nice sweet overture. This smells very inviting. T: Slightly soured, very oaky, and quite sweet. This has a lot of interplay between those elements with some nice cherry and wine grape to add some fruitiness/citrus. Slightly earthy. M: Medium bodied/slightly full with a round mouthfeel. O: Overall a really nice addition to Ale Apothecary’s lineup. While not quite as strong as the regular Sahalie I’ve had, this is still worth seeking out. Though it does have a scary high ABV so be warned.

3.9
50belair (3680) - Florida, USA - AUG 20, 2013
Bottle shared by Tony. Clear dark yellow pour with a white head. Mandarin orange aromas. Effervescent, with mild mandarin orange and baby aspirin notes. It better than I just made it sound. Tasty, with a good body and mouthfeel.

3.9
merc7186 (3142) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - DEC 18, 2013
Aroma: Yeast, Belgian Sugar, Mildly Musty Appearance: Hazy Orange/Golden Straw Hue, Passes Mild Light, Thick White Head, Some Lacing Taste: Belgian Sugars, Yeast, Mild Oranges Mouthfeel: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Drying

3.9
craftycarl21 (2339) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 17, 2014
Big thanks to that jerk MrChopin for bringing this to the tasting! Mostly clear golden pour, small fizzy head. Really great apricot, earthy cheesecloth, woody zippiness, drying citrus to counteract, in part, the higher alcohol. Booze well hidden. I’m down with it.


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