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Biere Royale - The Commons Brewery

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76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 13
Gots: 13 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
The Commons Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: hopsbreath on 06-01-2013)
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Reviews by hopsbreath:
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4.26/5  rDev +10.4%

New stuff from Commons always has my interest. This one is only on-tap at The Commons at this time. The description on the chalk board is very simple; "Sour Ale w/Black Currants". From what I gathered, the base is similar to Urban Farmhouse with a good dose of spelt. It was soured using Nancy's Yogurt from Eugene.

Vibrant looking beer looks very similar to pomegranate juice cut 50/50 with club soda. Thin fizzy white head recedes quickly to a wisp ring. Gotta love that color!

Smell is a little muted, but it's pure lactic with a splash of of the fruit. Who doesn't like lactic?

Again, very lactic in the taste with a splash of the fruit. Kinda grapey after the swallow.

Thin, spritzy, and dry. Make a toast with this in a flute.

Another winner guys, you continue to impress.

hopsbreath, Jun 01, 2013
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750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Bright deep pink body. Huge white head. Settles to a thick collar.

Smell - Wacky. Very phenolic. Bananas. Light berry fruitiness in the back end. No acidity that I can tell.

Taste - Sweet berry fruit up front. Lots of banana phenols. Tartness in the middle that dies down again and finishes sweet and fruity again.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation. Light body. Very light sourness.

Overall - Strange beer. Not one I'd be interested in trying again.

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Thanks to Dan for sharing & hosting :thumbup:
Quick review from written notes.

Bottle was a slow gusher. Poured a dark orange and showed some spotty lace with lasting surface coverage, well carved based on the visual.

Fruit salad and plummy esters in the nose, almost a hefe yeast banana quality.

Sharply sour with a clean finish, some fruity yeast esters linger in the background. There's a disconnect from the intense fruity complexity of the aroma and the simple, sour taste. Overall it's ok, but wouldn't seek it out.

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Picked up a 750 of this at Bier Thirty in Bown last week for a very reasonable $13ish... Pours with a short lasting white head... the brew is very pretty, slightly hazed dark pink, almost purple hue. The tannic and tart currants are more than present... lactic without being overdone... the berries are the big player... don't think this saw any time in wood, instead it just lets the bugs and the currants play... I really like this one, simple but not a "training wheels" sour... Light bodied with plenty of carbonation makes this one finish pretty fast.. I wish Boise saw a more than a couple of cases.


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Pours a clear, bright pinkish red with a foamy, very lightly pink tinged white head.

Lots of lactic tartness upfront, with a definite fruity backing from the currants. Has slight nutty, almost woody finish that I think comes from the spelt that is used in the malts.

Medium body, fizzy, foamy active carbonation.

A very well done sour ale. Not a lot of complexity, just a solid lactic base with fruity currant highlights.

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Biere Royale from The Commons Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.