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Close Encounter - Blue Star Brewing Company

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86
very good

10 Ratings
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Ratings: 10
Reviews: 3
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 8.02%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Blue Star Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
2 year aged sour beer blend with hints of tamarind and prunes.

(Beer added by: Mora2000 on 11-15-2011)
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Reviews by chinchill:
Photo of chinchill
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%

On tap at the brewpub in San Antonio.

Appearance: Pours brown with low clarity, but not quite hazy. The head leaves little lacing.

Feel: Near medium body and medium carbonation.

Flavor: Markedly tart. Puckering tartness. Some tamarind flavor at a well set level. High tartness for style. Approaches 4.25.

O: Bold and recommended. .. and this from someone who doesn't like tamarind or many sour beers.

chinchill, Jun 21, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of Tiernan
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Tiernan, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +0.3%

I was happy to find one of Blue Star's sours on tap during a recent trip to San Antonio.

The beer pours an amber color with a large white head. The aroma is very heavy on the acetic acid, with a little bit of toffee mixed in.

The vinegar is also present in the flavor, but there is also some nice tart dark cherry notes as well as some toffee and a little bit of brown sugar. Overall, the beer is very sour and makes your cheeks pucker quite a bit. That being said, the beer is easy to drink and quite enjoyable.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of bkeller04
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

bkeller04, May 31, 2014
Photo of Gregaroo
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Gregaroo, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of yankinwis
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

yankinwis, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of Hoptometrist
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%

Served on tap into a snifter.

A- Poured a dark reddish brown with off-white frothy head that left splashy lace.

S- Big sweet and sour chilli notes, dark fruits, and vinegar sourness and astringency.

T- Big sweet and sour chili notes, tart raspberry and dark fruit notes, and quite a bit of astringency not unlike nail polish.

M- High carbonation dry, and quite a bit of astringent burn on the finish.

O- A really unique and creative sour ale that I enjoyed, but a little went a long way. After a while it reminded me of sweet and sour sauce.

Hoptometrist, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of Radome
4.75/5  rDev +19%

Radome, Nov 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

AgentMunky, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of Zaximus
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Zaximus, Apr 11, 2014
Close Encounter from Blue Star Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.