Arbor Brewing Sodibo Barrel Aged Blond Ale (Sour Series) - Arbor Brewing Company
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4.1/5 rDev +3.3%
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2013 vintage. Pours lightly hazy light orange amber color with a 2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clingsaround the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big sour apple, cherry, lemon, pear, grape, clove, pepper, hay, straw, vinegar, oak, leather, musty funk, white wine, herbal, light honey, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of oak, malt, and wild yeast esters; with good strength. Taste of sour apple, cherry, lemon, pear, grape, hay, straw, vinegar, clove, oak, leather, musty funk, white wine, herbal, light honey, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy/fruity acidity on the finish; with lingering notes of sour apple, cherry, grape, pear, lemon, hay, straw, vinegar, oak, clove, pepper, leather, funk, white wine, light honey, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and balance of oak, wild yeast, and malt flavors; with a great acidity/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately acidic mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent sour blonde ale style. All around great complexity and balance of oak and wild yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on with moderate acidity. A very enjoyable offering.
11-21-2013 05:23:20 | More by superspak
4.21/5 rDev +6%
Sodibo went into the barrel a blonde but came out orange-amber. It has plenty of visual flare but is far from clear. Its bubbles aren't hearty enough to sustain a head but have enough life to produce a continuous fizz that's sound echoes in the glass like a crackling fire.
The beer smells just like a Gueuze (which makes sense since it's been aged in oak barrels inoculated with Gueuze). American Wild Ales typically get every bit as funky and tart (if not more than) any authentic Belgian Lambic, but few have characteristics that are identical to them - this one is a dead ringer for something from the Senne Valley.
Like all great barrel-aged beers, Sodibo has distinct features that combine farmhouse earthiness, cellar mustiness and citrus acidity. It has flavours of sour-peach candy, mildewy wood, buttery pears, hay, and a tremendous amount of granny smith apple. The influence of the oak makes it rather reminiscent of a barrel-fermented Chardonnay.
Wine drinkers might enjoy the oaky Chardonnay flavour or perhaps the delicate, Moscato-like effervescence and sweetness. Either way, they'll be surprised it's beer (so, it's worth noting, will most beer drinkers). But those familiar with Lambic will be enthralled; the cider vinegar tartness dries out the palate, practically stripping the mucous membrane from your throat.
Sodibo is a complete, masterfully executed sour ale. Great success! Michigan residents are spoiled to find this on the shelf next to Cantillons that are twice the price - it's just as good. Those constantly seeking out rare, sour offerings from the Bruery and the likes really aught to focus some attention on Ann Arbor Brewing; they continue to impress.
11-02-2013 05:34:14 | More by biegaman
3.73/5 rDev -6%
Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this
Appearance: Medium amber / dark caramel, aggressive pour yields a small, eggshell white head, fades to a borderline nonexistent head, leaves some streaks of lacing
Smell: Sour and funky - lots of wood, acidic and lactic sourness - some big tartness and vinegar - funky and musty - some barnyard weirdness - some pale grains in the back, hay, and light fruits
Taste: Sour and interesting - lactic and acidic sourness, borderline mouth puckering - very tart - some barnyard and musty basement funk - a very strong vinegar component - lots of oak - some apple and pear, with a ton of lemon - pale and caramel malts at its base - very wet overall
Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of medium, especially for a sour, nice carbonation, wet finish
This is a nice sour. There's a lot going on here. Not the most refined, a little too wet for my taste, but worth a try.
08-30-2013 21:16:55 | More by angrybabboon
3.61/5 rDev -9.1%
Thanks to Jas45678 for the bottle.
Appearance: Hazed burnt orange with some lighter honey-brown when held to light. Aggressive pour yields a quickly dissipating dirty-white head. Leaves a small bubbly collar. Moderate carbonation with no lacing.
Smell: Oak and ripe cheese. Funky with a big citric bite. Some acetic sweetness as well. Floral with a bright fruitiness. Some apple and grape skin. Loaded with fresh oak barrel. Musty basement with some damp yeast. Very light malt base with a little sweetness.
Taste: Heavy on the oak. Dipped an oak stave in a very light blonde. Malts are incredibly light and almost disappear. Huge citric bite with some acetic sour-sweetness as well. Layered sour and funk, but the oak dominates. Fruity with some funky cheese layered in the back. Damp earthiness. Hay and apple skin. Some.grape skin. Oak never quits.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a moderate carbonation. Astringent like whoa. Women lingering citric elements.
A nice owned American wild. The oak is a but much in the long run, but some age will help temper that. Not the most complex fake on the style, but it has charm.
08-30-2013 21:09:15 | More by Goblinmunkey7
Arbor Brewing Sodibo Barrel Aged Blond Ale (Sour Series) from Arbor Brewing Company
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