The Jaspers - Bullfrog Brewery

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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 8.78%
Wants: 100
Gots: 11 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Bullfrog Brewery visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: PaulMPap on 05-07-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Scheduled for release on the first Friday of May 2010, this sour red has been patiently maturing in oak barrels for 18 months and will be bottle conditioned a further 4 months prior to release. Why 'the Jaspers' you ask? Check out Frank Herberts novel 'The Santaroga Barrier' and find out.
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Reviews by ptykozoon:
Photo of ptykozoon
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pretty dark orange, head evaporates into a layer, lil bit of lacing.

Lots of oak, cherry, vanilla.

Aforementioned along with a light acidic citrus, raisin. Fairly sour for a Flanders Red Ale.

Nice light carbonation, as it warms up it dissappears.

Really liked this one, cherries and oak were balanced perfectly, along with a nice sour pang more reminiscent of an AWA.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing this bottle. Bottle 370 of 378.

The beer pours a reddish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is sour cherries with some caramel malt. The flavor is light funk, oak, tart cherries and vanilla. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very good sour beer that lived up to the expectations I had.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into an acbf tasting glass. Bottle 81/378.

Pours a very light golden wheat color that's slightly hazy with a small white head. Nose is tart and funky, very crazy and super sweet.

Taste is very tart and rich, super sweet and tasty. Its got a very nice tart sour tartness it's really solid an tasty.

Photo of chinchill
3.59/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Large shared bottle (thanks Dan).

Pours hazy reddish-brown with a decent head.

Funky and tart aroma with a faint hint of vinegar.

Flavor, as expected, much better than the aroma suggests. Tart , early puckering, with a multitude of soft, ripe fruit notes. Approaches 4.25.
Near medium body with medium carbonation.

Photo of glid02
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Andy - thanks!

Pours a hazy amber-orange color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of tart red cherries with good amounts of funk. Also present are very mild hints of vanilla and even milder hints of vinegar.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Tart medium fruits with mild amounts of funk. Midway through the sip the fruit flavors sweeten a bit and light vanilla flavors join in. The fruit flavors turn tart again before a solidly tart ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could easily have another.

Overall this was another solid sour from Bullfrog. Not quite world class but certainly not far off. Worth a shot.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Steve (fbm115) for this one. Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a Cantillon Iris glass.

A: Pours a light brown thin film of a head that generates coarse bubbles around the rim of the glass. Beer is a semi-cloudy brownish-red. Lacing is thin and subtle with good retention.

S: Raspberries, cherry, oak, and ethanol. Very pure and aromatic. Fruity and quite rich overall.

T: Sweet at the outset. Dry, tart, and slightly acidic at the middle. Also, hints of cherry, raspberry, and a slight yeasty bitterness. Mildly vinegary and bready at the finish with a spicy aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Oily and sticky in the mouth with a spicy accented finish. Aftertaste lingers.

D: A really tasty offering from Bullfrog and I'm glad I had the opportunity to try this one. Perhaps still a bit young and I'm sure it'll develop wonderfully through the next year or so. Can't wait to revisit this!!

Photo of akorsak
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Foofaa for bringing this corked and caged bottle, #366 of 378.

A: The red ale is a reddish brown, ruddy color, opaque. My pour generated a small head, nothing to get too excited about, although it did last for most of the glass.

S: The nose is acidic, tart with a cherry aroma that Flanders-style beers (both red and oud bruin) tend to have. A vinegary acetic aroma runs alongside the cherry, a contrast to the tartness. The red is no sour bomb; it's not a vinegar lovefest.

T: Much like the "S" above, the Flanders red is bold without going overboard. Balance, at least for me, is the key as I dislike the sharply acetic reds. This ale meets my criteria, retaining its balance throughout. Acidic tartness, predominantly in the form of semi-sweet cherries, starts the ale off. Mid-sip, acetic flavors start to creep in, drying the ale out. More cherries and a mouth-puckering dryness return at the end of each sip, a pleasant finish.

M: The mouthfeel is tart, moreso near the finish than at the start. Despite the tartness, it is restrained, I can see this ale going overboard on the sourness; luckily it doesn't.

D: Approachable. Flanders red isn't in my wheelhouse but it's hard to argue with this beer.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a huge thanks to the kind ne ba who sent this one down to me to enjoy. i decided to crack this one open this afternoon. served cold and into multiple tulips. this one was consumed on 09/12/2010.

the pour was nice, damn nice with a dark brown color with ruby highlights that come though as you hold them up to the light. nice tight head of light tan that kept up along the top throughout the session as it settled down.

aroma of tart cherries and rich sour notes that really come through as it warms up. huge farmhouse funk and vinegar notes that just would not quit. silky smooth feel and a rich warm tone let the flavor really just pop off the tongue with each sip. cherries, plums, sour and tart notes that bounce against a light woody note and rich malts. really complex, with a dark red wine finish that has a touch of light tannic notes.

overall a very solid sour and one of the best i have had from bullfrog in a very, very long time. i would have to recommend this one to anyone.

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Nick. Hazy cherry red, nicely carbonated. A slim white head slowly settles to a thick collar. Strawberry and raspberry aroma, red wine, balsamic vinaigrette, a little brown sugar. Vinegary palate, ripe berries meet light brown sugar and oak. Light-bodied, tannic and vinous in the finish. Pretty damn good, Bullfrog is often underwhelming to me, but this is a very solid Flanders red ale.

Photo of StormKing47
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Bmoyer0301 with him and stakem. Another fine Bullfrog sour...

A- A nice ruddy brown with a ruby hue. A nice and smooth stream of bubbles revealing a good amount of carb lead up to a thin white head. A great looking beer. Man The Bullfrog brews some art.

S- A sharp and pleasant lactic sourness right away greet me. As it warms up I continue to indulge in the lactic sourness and can pick up a sweet aroma of oak, vanilla bean and some earthy, must undertones. Very pleasing and subtle.

T- Wow! A great opening of mustiness, sharp acidity and lactic sourness. As it warms the finish is a quick snap of lactic sourness with heavy wood and vanilla hints. Very nice and tasty.

M- A great coating and syrupy feel are welcomed, but then you are hit by the puckering sour and tingly carb to push all the flavors around. A sharp acidity and a faint tartness are also provide a great depth and balance.

D- Yes sir! the acidity is sharp, but low and not overpowering. The always welcomed lactic sourness is divine and well integrated with the vanilla and oak undertones. The carb is just right and provides for a great experience.

Another solid offering from The Bullfrog. Keep them sours coming!

Photo of Thorpe429
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to mday for opening up a bottle of this.

A: Pours a nice dark crimson with hints of some brown murkiness going on. Nice tan head with a bit of lacing.

S: Loads of cherry aromas come alongside some nice tart characteristics along with a bit of acetic acid and hints of oak.

T: The cherries come through again alongside lactic and acetic acid. Some oak and vanilla make their way in as well.

M: This is where the beer really stands out. The creaminess of this was really nice all around, and the balance between the creamy nature of the brew, the acidity, and the sweetness really made for a pleasurable experience.

D: One of the best things I've had from Bullfrog to date, which is saying something as I'm a huge fan of almost everything they do.

Photo of AgentZero
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to Sean.

A - Orangish brown color with a little bit of a tan head that left a few random spots on the sides of the glass.

S - Little bit of funk, some tartness, some oak, vinegar, and a bit of sharp notes. It smells initially good but there is some astringency in there that is not all that great.

T - Cherries, tartness, vinegar, wood. It's a little too much on the vinegar sie for me, although it's not a bad Flanders Red. The harshness knocks it down a little bit.

M - A little astringent, medium bodied, with moderate carbonation.

O - This beer was okay, it had too much oak and astringency which made it a little hard to drink. Still, it was solid, wouldn't mind having it again.

Photo of AleWatcher
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this as an extra in a great trade-- thanks my friend!

Reviewed from notes-- still trying to get caught up!

It's a coppery amber kind of ruby color. A whitish/off-white cap with some pink hues to it.
Smells like raspberries and sour cherries. Some oak, a touch of char.
(takes a break to watch a scene from "Walk Hard" that I had put on in the background)
Tart but sweet up front before the oaky vinegar comes around. All the while the notes of raspberries and cherries weave in and out of the foreground.
This is nice... probably not worth a great deal of hype, but nice nonetheless.
Medium body with good level ofbubbles.
I could drink this, but it is truly only better than average-- it certainly isn't setting any benchmark levels here.

Photo of PaulMPap
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured brownish, slightly funky odor, tart up front mellows out to malt not overly carbonation just perfect medium to full body. The east coast oude tart. Mix between Flanders and American wild ale. It's a hybrid as the brewer says. Definitely a tasty beer well worth the wait. The brewer, Terry, broke out some bottles. My first bullfrog brew and definitely good.

Photo of womencantsail
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a dark amber color with a somewhat minimal off-white/khaki head.

S: The nose is sour cherries, vinegar, and a bit of oak. The lactic acidity is there but not the primary aroma and only a bit of funk.

T: Quite a bit of cherries to the flavor, which is nice. A fair amount of acetic and lactic acids, and a light funk that is somewhat wet oak/hay in nature.

M: The body is medium with a decent level of carbonation and a dry, slightly tart, finish.

D: A good barrel aged beer from Bullfrog. Not quite as good as Black Cherry Bomb, for example, but still a pretty good beer.

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Todes for sharing this ultra-rare brew. Consumed at the BA Brandy Hunahhpu release.

A - It pours a tannic-brownish-red hue, with a scant head that quickly fizzes away.

S - Basic lactic-acetic tartness, of considerable strength, initially greets me. As I wait for it to develop some complexity and fruity or earthen tones, it simply doesn't. It just sticks with that sour-acidic one-note.

T - This beer is quite sour and potent, it is however a one-note brew in flavor and aroma. It is a good one-note, though. Having this brew in the same session as Cuvee de Tomme, Red Poppy and Portsmouth Flanders Red, amongst others, it is apparent how limited this flavor palette is; not dynamic at all, the taste does not develop or segue from the same persistent one-note (the same could be said of the Portsmouth FR.)

M - Very dry and acidic, but lacking in effervescence.

D - Overall this brew seems very rustic and simple; take it as you will. I generally prefer a more nuanced, sophisticated and complex brew, especially in the sour/wild/flanders/lambic range of brews.

Photo of stakem
4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle # 284/378 big thanks to Bryan (wishuwerebeer) for cracking this open tonight.

Poured into a snifter this brew appears a clear dark amber color with a finger of copper tan head. Patchy lace clings to the glass. Constantly rising bubbles maintain the yellowish tanned film that resides across the top of this brew. Each swirl of the glass revives the cap of foam.

The aroma is malty sweet but in a not so normal malty sweet kind of way. It smells strikingly similar to cherry pits and some other fruity suggestions similar to a bit of pear/apple skins. Also included in the nose is some significant brett contribution smelling of wet leather. There is a solid about of woodsy character smelling not only oaky but also with a smooth mellow vanilla quality that rounds out the fruit character and really downplays the brett smell. Once warm, there is an increased amount of funky cheese smell along with a touch of alcohol. The smell of this beer is absolutely fantastic. There is so much to take in, I love it.

The taste of this brew has a sharp tartness from the brett that is a mixture of wet leather and tart cherries. There is some extra fruit flavor included tasting somewhat like apple skins. A flavor of toasty caramel grain comes through but overall maintains a dryness not typically associated with this sort of caramel malt flavor, but it really works. A cheesy funk flavor resides inside the mouth along with a bit of tart cherries. The dryness of this brew makes the tongue salivate and at times seems somewhat exaggerated by the dry woodsy flavor of the oak. In the background there is a smooth vanilla flavoring that does not quite come forward as bold as the nose would lead you to believe.

There is a minor puckering quality about this brew that encourages you to take another sip. It is medium bodied and lightly carbonated yet still has a prickly quality on the tongue. There is little to no indication of the alcohol in this brew despite it being enjoyed at a temperature which has to be pushing 60 degrees at this point. This brew leaves such a mix of flavors that at times seems just to linger with a woodsy oaked flavor that is fantastic and absolutely enjoyable if that sort of thing does it for you.

Photo of number1bum
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #331 of 378.

Pours a reddish brown color, medium hue, with about a finger of light beige head. Head is pretty bubbly and took a vigorous pour to produce. Keeps pretty well actually, with a full lace all the way to the bottom of the glass.

Smell is really complex, with aromas of dark fruit, cherries in particular, plus some grapes, black currant, oak, vanilla, some must and earth. Some pepper too. It's not super tart but it has a pleasant tartness and some general funk.

Taste is a bit more sour than the nose. It's not a mouth puckering sourness but instead has a very pleasant tartness while remaining quite smooth. Lots of fruit flavor; cherries come to mind again, plus some black currant and grape. There's a nice oaky flavor, with subtle vanilla notes as well plus a hint of pepper. There is also some must and some brett character.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, pretty softly carbonated but crisp and sharp because of the tartness. Slightly acidic in the finish.

This is very drinkable for a sour beer, primarily because the sourness isn't over the top. I don't know how true to style it is, and frankly I don't really care. I doubt Bullfrog does either. It's a very enjoyable beer and another job well done by Bullfrog.

Photo of HopHead84
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Bottle shared by DaSilky at Stone Sour Fest, thanks Todd! The beer pours hazed dark red with a small beige head.

The aroma is tart dark fruits, mostly cherry, with a moderate lactic quality and light Brett notes. There's a decent amount of vinegar in the aroma.

The flavor is tart lactic cherries with a moderate acetic quality and a subtle Brett character that contributes a slight musty quality. The finish is moderately sweet, with notes of oak and a lingering dark fruit tartness. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

A quality interpretation of a classic style.

Photo of urwithdave
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to Captinredbeard for hooking me up with a couple bottles...Corey, U da man! I have been lucky enough to try this on a few different occasions. This review is coming from notes from a sour tasting.

A- Pours dark brownish red in color. Two fingers of a off white head that dissipates rather quickly. Some sudsy lacing left behind. Lots of bubbles racing to the top.

A- A balsamic vinaigrette comes to mind with a tart cherry character. The oak is present along with mild suggestions of some funk. The cherries are really pretty big in the nose.

T- Starts out with a semi-sweet cherry profile that quickly turns tart, not very sour, but tart. The oak is definitely noticeable and there is a bit of lemon zest thrown into the mix. Not as much vinegar in the taste as was suggested in the nose. A really well balanced offering.

M- A bit acidic with a fairly high level of carbonation. Not quite a champagne level of carbonation, but we are getting close. A bit more body wouldn't have hurt this one, it was pretty light. The finish is tart with a dry oak feel to it.

D- A very drinkable brew! Quite tasty, I could have polished off multiple glasses. Very glad that I have two bottles, because I'm looking forward to seeing what a little time will do this one.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Frank (Avalon68), Jeremy and Kevin (MrChopin) for the crazy beers we had during this tasting including this one!

A-dark ruby red that is crystal clear, tan to light brown head with a little lace left behind.

S-the nose is huge and brings tons of cherry with lots of acetone behind giving it a rubbing alcohol aroma. the cherries go throughout with a touch of raisin in the back.

T-the taste has a nice sweetness to it up front with notes of tart acidity in the back. cherries are quite prevalant, plums behind, notes of red wine. the finish has a good bit of acidity to it with underlying notes of ak and vanilla.

M-so smooth on the palate, huge carbonation to balance a syrupy texture on the palate, good crisp finish, somewhat dry.

D-this is extremely tasty and well balanced. good sweetness with nice levels of sour acidity. the oak blending is done very well to add a great element to the beer.

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Jaspers has a ruby colored body and a solid white head. Good retention and lacing.

The aroma is pretty good, with notes of sourness, cherry, wood, vanilla, vinegar.

The flavor begins with a fairly acidic edge to it, that comes with quite a bit of sourness. A solid oak character comes out next, bringing a bit of vanilla with it, and also some noticeable cherry flavor. Next comes a moderate bite of red wine vinegar.

Fairly full body, but with a little bit higher carbonation than you might expect, and just a little bit of a puckering sensation.

I really like this one. Complex and sour without being overwhelming. The sourness and the wood flavors are nicely mixed. Nice example of a Flanders Red.

Photo of callmemickey
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #150

A: Dark brown with a slight reddish hue. Slightly transparent around the edges when held to the light. Some yeast in suspension with quite a bit of debris settling in the bottom. Moderate sized off-white head forms with a vigorous pour before forming a nice skim with 80+% coverage. Nice bubbly ring. Spotty lacing.

S: First blast is of slightly sour cherries. The fruit is followed by a nice earthy oak character along with hints of vinegar, red wine, and some brett to round things out. Suggestive of a moderately sour and tart flavor to come.

T: The cherries fade a bit to the back as the red wine, vinegar and oak move toward the forefront. Nice level of acidity and tartness lifts the flavors to the tip of the tongue. The dark cherries lend some sourness toward the tail end of each sip.

M: Smooth, medium bodied. Acidity, tartness and sourness are all present without being too punishing. All in all the beer is delightfully restrained in all aspects. A nice lingering funk is pleasant as well.

D: A top notch flanders red. A great release with a great beer. Will savor my remaining bottles over the next few years.

Photo of Slatetank
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My 1,200th review - Thanks to tenderbranson for sharing this corked and caged bottle, #54 of 378 -poured chilled from the 750 mil into a tulip

A - A deep crimson/burgundy color w/ mild haze and light tan head w/ pin sized bead and spotty lace clings to the glass

S - A huge vanilla and cherry blend of aromas w/ sour notes of acidic wild yeast and light lemon odor w/ a mild spice in the background

M - A very acidic and juicy feel w/ slight sweetness and mild tannin in the back of the cheeks w/ slight sharpness at first w/ mild bitterness and highly carbonated feel. The middle has more fruit tartness and the finish is slightly fruity w/ sour and dry texture

T - A black cherry flavor which carries some sourness with it w/ mild lemony acidic flavors kind of like a cherry lemonade taste w/ vanilla and slight woody worcestershire and peppery qualities. The taste has a mild currant and earthy flavor w/ mild oaky tinge and lemony notes go well with the tart fruit and mild bitterness. The red has a nice earthy foundation for the juicy sourness

D - a very drinkable brew from Bullfrog, thanks to tb69 for sharin this , the light vegetal and mild acidic flavors w/ light malt and yeast balance is pretty impressive. I wish they could release this frequently

Photo of Sean9689
3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes. 750ml bottle poured into New Beligum tulip/snifter. Split with some of the Chicago crew at yet another random tasting.

A - Pours dark ruby red, off-white head, not much lacing at all and some bubbles here and there. Otherwise, just a base ruby red beer.

S - Cherries, oak, tart/sour notes.

T - Sour cherries, some oak, medium level of tartness.

M - Light body, light carbonation, dry finish.

D - Very solid brew we have here. I think I like this one just as much as Oude Tart and Red Poppy although the limited availability and what I'd have to give up for another bottle hurts this one.

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The Jaspers from Bullfrog Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.