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Scarlet Letter - O'so Brewing Company & Tap House

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 7.21%
Wants: 21
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
O'so Brewing Company & Tap House visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
A light bodied, tart and refreshing sour blonde ale refermented in French oak barrels and aged on plenty of Wisconsin cranberries. Central Wisconsin is cranberry country, so it was easy to fall in love with the idea of aging our insanely tart sour ale on this beloved super fruit. We used two pounds of cranberries per gallon for maximum pucker factor. This is what taking chances is all about.... Going all out and ending up with something this wonderful.

(Beer added by: thebigredone on 01-26-2014)
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Pours a murky red with no head. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, grain, cranberry, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour grain, cranberry, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but quite sour.

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The beer comes in an absolutely sexy bright red color.

The beer has a perfect balance of tartness in the front. It is assertive, but then cuts off right at the point of being puckering. There's a nice rush of cranberry flavor and sweetness in the middle.

What a well made wild ale.

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Thanks to Nick for providing this one :thumbup:
Quick review from written notes.

Really nice color, bright red with pink foam, spotty foam and irregular arcs of lace in the glass. Clarity is sharp and the color is very saturated.

Cranberries are noticeable in the nose, slightly farmy with a Brett note of sterile gauze that I'm not fond of, but it wasn't distracting.

Bright and tart cranberries in the taste, moderate lactic sourness. Pretty simple and straightforward, maybe to a fault somewhat. Seems very dry and attenuated already. Crisp feel with an almost nonexistent finish. Overall it was very drinkable with plenty of cranberry sourness as advertised. Hopefully more depth with the next batch.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 02:04:31 | More by emerge077
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kojevergas

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml brown glass bottle with appealing understated label art and unbranded silver hood-and-wire cap over a cork acquired in a trade with the always-generous Duff27 and served into an Avery stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; I'm really in the mood for a sour.

Served cold - at fridge temp - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours nary but a quarter finger head which fizzles away inside 10 seconds, leaving no lacing.

Body colour is a nontransparent translucent red-pink with amber hues. No floating yeast particles are visible. Appears undercarbonated.

Overall, it's looking above average for an American wild ale. I'm looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Cranberries, other berries (raspberries, maybe?), subtle oak, Belgian blonde malts, and a tart subtle sourness. I think this is all lactobacillus; it's too clean and clinical to have been truly spontaneously fermented. Clean barley. Not as sour or tart as I'd like, but it's certainly appealing.

No hop character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Belgian blonde malts, tart cranberry, faint oak (especially on the finish), light acetic character, some acidity, and still more tart cranberry. The cranberry works well here, and isn't as sour as you might anticipate. It's a refreshing enjoyable beer with a pleasant taste. I could go for more sourness and tartness, but it's nevertheless a tasty brew.

Above average depth and duration of flavour. Average intensity of flavour.

It's well balanced and built. Very cohesive and focused. Has plenty of complexity. It's not the most subtle sour I've tried, but for a cranberry sour I think they did a nice job.

I think they delivered on the premise of a cranberry sour quite nicely.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Crisp. Refreshing. Clean. Acidic. Juicy. Medium-bodied. Light on the palate. Has a nice presence on the palate and never quite puckers.

Not gushed, hot, oily, boozy, astringent, or harsh.

Dr: A very enjoyable cranberry sour from O'so. I quite like it and while it's not the best American brewed sour out there, it's got a nice flavour. It's not often you see cranberries used in beer, but they've executed it well. I'd certainly have this again and would recommend it to friends. I'll finish this bottle with ease.

Low B

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 03:08:59 | More by kojevergas
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Scarlet Letter from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
93 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.