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Golden Canary - Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant

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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 6.77%
Wants: 172
Gots: 15 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.25% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ccrida on 07-21-2011)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Skuter for sharing this one at Tieman's tasting.

Pours a murky orange-yellow with a foamy khaki head that fades to nothing. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some fruity and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with an acidic finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

UCLABrewN84, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of djrn2
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

djrn2, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a cervoise. Thanks, Aaron! Nose has nice lactic edge with light fruit. Some stone fruit and cherry. Moderate acidity. Light acetic. Nice. Light body. Another pretty good offering from Block 15. Really nice brewery that has been from good to excellent, in my opinion. Looking forward to more from them.

Thorpe429, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of acurtis
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

acurtis, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev -9.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of SocalKicks
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

SocalKicks, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

largadeer, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
4.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Kan - thanks! Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - White foam settles to a thick collar, wispy cap, and a few splotches of lace. Murky orange-yellow body.

S - Lots of tart peach and stone fruits, lactic sourness, lemony citrus - is there fruit in here? Only mild funk, and a bit of Sweet Tarts candy flavor and oaky vanilla. Quite excellent.

T - Taste is similarly enjoyable, with intense orange and lemon citrus flavors, stone fruits, pale malts, lactic and acetic sourness, light musky and sweaty funk, and mild oak in the finish.

M - Medium body, with pleasantly zesty carbonation. Dry finish, with a touch of lingering stickiness. The acidity gets fairly intense by the end of 4oz, although it never reaches critical levels.

D - This was really good. I've only had one other beer from these guys, and it was a stout so I didn't known what to expect. Evocative of Lost Abbey's better golden sours in the balance of funk and acetobacter. I'd greatly enjoy having a bottle of this beer for myself.

MasterSki, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of beernads
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

beernads, May 08, 2013
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

Rochefort10nh, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of yourefragile
3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

yourefragile, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of John_M
3.93/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Hop and Vine the other day.

The beer pours a peachy gold color with good head retention and light lacing all around. The nose delivers considerable sour funk and vinegar, though there's enough other stuff going on as well to keep things interesting. In addition to the predominantly sour aroma, I pick up some light vanilla, some apricot and a hint of honey. Still, there's no denying that the sour profile dominates on the nose. The flavor profile replicates the nose, with the fruit and vanilla helping to balance the sour component. The sour in this beer isn't completely overwhelming, but once again, it still completely dominates the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long sour and tropical fruit infused finish. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, and if you like sour wild ales, this beer is definitely pretthy drinkable (with a manageable abv.). An interesting beer, but at least for me, the 4 ounce serving I got was more than good enough.

John_M, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.38/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Midweek tasting.. and Inflatablechair busted out something special from his Oregon travels.. Thanks Sam!!

Pours a hazed bright orange/yellow... nice head and lacing...

The nose is sharp sour notes.. lactic and no apologies... tart and little else. Loving it.

Funky and sour.... very lemony... no acetic notes... sooo sour and sooo very drinkable.. fruity.. tropical... and somehow just a HINT of sweet/tart to drag this one to the VERY good territory.

Body is lite/medium... carbonation is good/great... impressed.

Surprised I enjoyed this one as much as I did... Great out of the gate and will get better with a 3-9 months in the cellar... but seriously, drink one of these fresh just so you know what you have... Nicely done.


JohnGalt1, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of ShanePB
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

ShanePB, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of HopHead84
4.48/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Bottle from Luke, thanks! Poured into Lost Abbey stemware.

A: Yellow orange with an inch of soapy white froth. Good retention, and sheets of lacing are left behind. A bit cloudy but it hasn't sat in the fridge long enough for the yeast to settle. Nice color.

S: Man, this stuff smells great. Nice citrus profile, redolent of apricot, lemon, and orange with notes of oak and earth. There's some sweet malt in the background adding depth. The beer is cheesy and horsey with a little leather. Lightly tart with a firm lactic profile. There's a touch of pixie stick sweetness in there as well.

T: The flavor is nice as well, though not quite as good as the nose. The beer exhibits an even blend of acetic and citric acidity, both being at a pleasant lower moderate level. Moderately lactic with drying oak on the palate. The flavor has cheesy and brackish notes as well as some leather. Piquant lactic barnyard citrus finish. The beer has a nice sweet-tart thing going on.

M: Lower medium body with medium carbonation. Dry and sticky mouthfeel.

Overall: I'm surprised at how good this is. I've had some solid stuff from Block 15 but this is definitely the best. It reminds me a lot of a Lost Abbey blond sour.

HopHead84, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

iL0VEbeer, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.38/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 8.30.12
Thanks Seth.

A - Pours a cloudy-golden orange with a small fizzy off-white head that fades to the edges quickly.

S - Tart, oak and Belgian yeast.

T - Tart citrus, lots of oaky wood, Belgian yeast and funk. Wow.

D - Good carbonation with a lighter body. Tart finish.

O - Tart and citrus - Belgian style with lots of oak influences.

HuskyinPDX, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of Cynic-ale
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Cynic-ale, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of chippo33
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

chippo33, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of dirtylou
4.46/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

on-tap, beermongers in Portland

Extremely tart - kind of makes one's face hurt. Tastes of raw oak, sharp stinging funk, lemon rind, dust, a touch of brett, apricot. Cool to be able to try this - definitely a winner from a brewery who mixes gems and clunkers like no other. ISO : Bottles.

dirtylou, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of ccrida
3.88/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A blend of barrels ranging from 6-21 months old. On draught at The Bier Stein, Golden Canary is murky dark gold with an small white head leaving no lace.

Smell is big, bright funk. It's got a fair amount of acetic acid (vinegar), some brett notes bringing the barnyard.

Taste is quite good, it's got a fair amount of sweetness, tempered by the acid, sweet-tart like. There a little bit of husky graininess as the only off-note. The a vinous quality, wine barrels maybe? Some vanilla and caramel notes as well. Low pucker, but a nice wild for sure.

Mouthfeel is dry, spritzy, medium bodied.

Drinkability is good, this is a tasty wild with appreciable complexity, my only knock is the graininess.

ccrida, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of claspada
4.19/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy orange in appearance with a small white head that quickly dissipated leaving little to no lacing.

Aromas begin with musty, dusty oak with some emerging fruitiness of pineapple, citrus and apricot. There is some sour fruit and a lactic presence as well.

The tastes follow the nose with a light apricot, white vinous notes, grape skin and green fruit like pear. Then the lactic, acidic sourness takes hold and balances the fruit and oak flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to low carbonation. Finish is tart, with some balanced sweet fruitiness and drying Brett yeast. A bit on the sweeter end if I had to say one way or the other.

Overall this was quite nice and a really great blend of sweet fruit and sour, drying oak Brett flavors. This would be heaven in a warmer climate but I didn't want to lose the fruit and wine flavors which would have faded by the time spring came around. Very high quality wild ale even though it lacks a great complexity, still extremely enjoyable and drinkable for an American wild.

claspada, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of kscaldef
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

kscaldef, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of Gobzilla
4.45/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a bright orange in color with yellow highlights and a nice finger of bubbly head that left some good lacing sticking to the glass.

S: whoa... very delicious aroma in this beer consisting of nice apricots, nectarines and citrus with a little funk, tart lactic character, some acidity but also a little oakiness.

T: I gotta say this tart nectarine apricot flavor has to be one of the best in an american wild but also had good citrus notes, great oakiness, some sweet maltiness, a little acidic character and a touch of funk.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, fruity, acidic, mildly funky and tart finish.

O: Damn this beer was good, definitely on my top 10 fruit forward american wilds. Good lookin out on this one beezler!

Gobzilla, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of eawolff99
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

eawolff99, Oct 16, 2014
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Golden Canary from Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
97 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.