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South - Fort George Brewery + Public House

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Ratings: 5
Reviews: 3
rAvg: 4.06
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Fort George Brewery + Public House visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: RedDiamond on 07-08-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 5 | Reviews: 3
Reviews by RedDiamond:
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4.67/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Brewed to a Belgian tripel design, this strong summer beer is aged in pinot noir barrels with a healthy measure of fresh raspberries. The fruit achieves a relaxed yet prominent raspberry flavor and a welcoming Belgian raspberry fragrance. Ft. George serves South in a 12-oz. snifter focusing its aroma and capturing its bright white head and eager-to-please lace. Bittering plays a supporting role only.

A fruity beer with a dry finish, South achieves a sublime subtlety that arrives as something of an afterthought. Wine notes from both the pinot barrels and the fruited fermentation contribute a nuance of complexity that enhances the raspberry and Belgian elements.

Pay attention to this one and you'll be rewarded with more than you anticipate or first encounter.

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3.75/5  rDev n/a

Photo of canucklehead
3.78/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter that really shows this beer, this is a barrel aged (Pinot Noir) Tripel that is peachy red in colour with a fruity nose. The beer tastes of dark grape notes and belgium yeastiness. Could be more complex but the drinkability was great. Given the name this is all about the fruit and the influence of the barrel.

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4.08/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I tried this beer several nights ago (7/14) in a 12 oz. snifter at Bailey's Taproom.

The notes I found: "Made with 100% French pilsner malt, brewers fermented the beer with Belgian Wit yeast, aged half in Adelsheim French Oak Pinot Noir barrels, half on 80 pounds of fresh raspberries in stainless steel tanks, and then blended the two together."

Availability of this summer release is limited to the the brewery in Astoria and a handful of pubs in the Portland area and along the coast (I understand only 5 kegs made it to all of Portland). Alcohol is 7.8%.

A: Terrific rosy red/orange, reasonably murky-looking. Lots of tiny bubbles creep up the glass, heading toward a finger-head of rich, light ivory-colored cream. Coating lace in huge curtains.

S: Plenty of musty/earthy berries and a subtle wheaty/yeasty funk. Hints of barrel-aging give an acerbic twang, one that's not so much 'woody' as it is 'vinous'.

T: I was a little surprised at first by an aggressive bitterness. The expected tang of soil and berries blends well with that vinous, grape skin pungency. French pilsner malts are used and add a cracker-like dryness. A few hops: they give a dry 'bitter pill' medicinal flavor at times, but also a juicy grapefruit citrus. One interesting aspect I didn't really get in the aroma but pick up quite readily in the flavor is a perfume-like floralness, like rose petals or hibiscus.

M: Really appreciated the smoothness of this one; fine carbonation keeps the feel soft and lush, despite a body that falls between medium and light. A dry bitterness last a long time, with some oaky tang holding as well.

D: Liked this beer well enough; it's very good for sipping and has a stealthy drinkability, belying an alcohol content approaching 8%. This may be tough to find, but is certainly worth getting if you stumble upon it.

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4/5  rDev n/a

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