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Summer 2010 Vintage - Blackberry - Almanac Beer Co.

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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 15.71%
Wants: 22
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Almanac Beer Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: nataku00 on 02-20-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Our golden ale reflects a dueling love of classic Belgian ales and American hops. We balance two row barley, pilsner malt and wheat with a touch of Magnum bittering hops added at the beginning of the boil, and a California-sized addition of Citra hops added at the end of the boil. This late hop addition adds a delicate grapefruit-peel aroma. We then age the beer in used oak wine barrels from California wineries with two hundred pounds of fresh Cherokee Blackberries, and another fifty pounds of Marion, Ollalie and Boysen Berries. All of our berries were hand picked at the family owned and operated Sebastopol Berry Farm.

After six months of barrel aging with the fruit, we blended the barrels back together with freshly brewed "base-beer" to reinvigorate the citrusy, hoppy aroma. Blended beer is re-fermented in the bottle to provide a final layer of complexity. Bottle conditioning provides a natural carbonation of superfine bubbles, similar to classic sparkling wines. The finished bottle is alive, and will continue to evolve and change over time, gaining nuance and character for years.
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Ratings: 78 | Reviews: 48
Photo of DaveHS
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #1713

A-Pours hazy light amber with rusty copper highlights and an inch of foamy, eggshell white head. Leaves sheets of intricate, soapy lacing down the side of the glass.

S- Musty, tart aromas of blackberry, citrus rind, vanilla and horse blanket. There’s a hint of funk, but it remains on the periphery.

T/M- The first sip is tart on the tip of the tongue, with a mouth coating wave of slick, earthy yeast. The berry flavor comes in residually, with a backbone of delicate citrus, most likely attributable to the Citra hopping. The finish is a soft decrescendo of zested grapefruit skin and subtle bitter hops. Mouthfeel is bright and refreshing, with balanced, somewhat prickly carbonation.

O-Really nice stuff, in the vein of the better Jolly Pumpkin releases. I look forward to seeing what these guys come up with next!

Photo of ScottMansfield
4.92/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thick head on the pour. Deep peach color; fairly clear for a bottle conditioned brew. Solid cooperation of oak, grapefruit, and berry tang. The oak holds to the finish. Lots of flavor but not overwhelming. Dry and crisp; would not know this had fruit in it, but there is certainly another dimension besides malt, hops, and oak. Get this while you can.

Photo of nataku00
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap served into a fluted glass. This beer pours a hazy reddish-orange, bits of scarlet at the edge of the glass. Thin soapy head with a few large bubbles right at the edge of the glass, off white leaving some light lacing with a little swirling. Plenty of tiny bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass, effervescent.

Nose is citrus peel, juicy red berries, tart and astringent grape peel, light woodiness. Very fragrant beer that improved as it warmed up some.

Tastes follows through, lemon, bit of grapefruit bittering, with a hint of red berry sweet and sour. Light oak tannins mid tongue and finishes with a bit of astringency.

Light bodied with lighter carbonation than I was expecting. It looked champagne like but the bubbles are much gentler than their activity in the glass visually. Very easy to drink, alcohol is well hidden, and the beer is very refreshing. Nice first effort from Almanac.

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Summer 2010 Vintage - Blackberry from Almanac Beer Co.
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