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Blue Cheer | Bullfrog Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bullfrog Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States
bullfrogbrewery.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A Black-n-Blueberry sour ale aged in retired oak bourbon barrels for two years with multiple strains of wild yeast.

Previously released as Bullfrog Sour Black and Blues

Added by akorsak on 06-01-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
34
pDev:
9.07%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
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Gots:
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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle. Purple body. Big head. Smells of bourbon. Blueberry. Bretty and earthy aroma. Vanilla too. Tastes of berries. Bourbon cuts into the sweetness. Earthy finish. Light tartness. High carbonation. Medium body. Amazed at how well the blueberry has survived in this. And that it isn't incredibly sour.

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Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of brian4beer
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of cfrances33
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of BucketBoy
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of jbuddle
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of mothman
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #1900

Thanks to Sean for managing to hit a want of mine that I never thought I would try!

Pours a white head. Color is a ruby hazed raspberry red. Good retention.

Aroma: A lot of berries. Black and blue of course. A nice sourness with some funk. the bourbon shows a little. Oaky. Very fruity with a little acidicness. Awesome.

Taste: Tons of the same berries. The bourbon blends in nice. There is the same touch of lemon acidity I got in the nose and it comes with a hint of medicinal cherry. Oaky. Funky and sour. Old tasting, but the fruits still taste fresh.

Mouthfeel: Sour, but clean. Light bodied with a medium to high amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, a great sour and I was super impressed. I never expected to try this and it was actually very good. The berry flavors were awesome. Very drinkable.

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Photo of mikereaser
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of AgentZero
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Sean for sharing this rare treat.

A - Nice novelty with a purple beer. Bit of white foam that didn't stick around for long and left nothing on the sides of the glass.

S - There's a lot of oak, not really much bourbon. Good tartness with acetic acid, slight bit of berries on the nose.

T - Some oak, barrel, vanilla, some berries. There's a decent bit of tartness in this one. Not really a ton going on here, but there's a decent tartness and acidity that is enjoyable. Could stand to be a bit more complex.

M - Lighter bodied, good carbonation, dry finish.

O - Fruit could stand to be more present, this is pretty staight-forward but could use some more going on. Good, not great.

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Photo of Bmoyer0301
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of CaptinRedBeard
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

from notes

rich red liquid poured out into the glass. Full of haze and cloudiness the cherry color really just popped about as big as I could have imagined. Amazing head of nearly three fingers in height just rises up over the top of the glass, coating everything it touches and not faded for anyone. Stunning.

The aroma was to die for. Deep, tart raspberries were so strong and prevelent it was almost unlike anything I have come across before. Huge aroma, lightly tart, but yet sweet with hints of like woody notes in the back that are all but buried by the huge fruit flavor. Simply amazing as it rolls across the tongue, smooth, even carbonation just a wonderfully rich fruit flavor that would not quit. Raspberry and cherry dominate here with a light tartness

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Photo of Sean9689
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The final "rare" Bullfrog bottle that I've been searching for, thanks Frank! 750ml C&C bottle poured into mini-snifter.

A - Pours a nice dark violet color, off-white head, no lace, retention, some bubbles here and there on top.

S - Nice sour/tart, funk, fruity berries, oak. Where's the bourbon barrels? Pretty much like I expected and all very solid. The tartness is there but I would have liked a little bit more here.

T - Sour/tart fruity notes, berries, no bourbon, oak. Like the nose, where's the bourbon barrels in this? I think it would have taken this beer to another level. Alas, nowhere to be found. The berries are nice and the tartness is light to medium...needs a bit more.

M - Body is light, good carbonation, dry finish.

O - Really enjoyable but I couldn't exactly pick out the blueberry or blackberry in this one and the barrel character isn't there. That said, I can pick out a "fruity" character, which I like. Overall, a decent wild from BF but nothing that blows me away.

Edit: Just opened another bottle on 03/23/12 and this bottle was simply amazing. More berries and excellent sour/tart notes. We were all super-impressed so I'm adjusting my rating based on that bottle. Not sure if it was storage condition or what, but this bottle aged much better.

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Photo of MasterSki
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sean (and Frank) for sharing this one - the last of the much-heralding Bullfrog rarities. Served in an Alvinne snifter.

A - Quick-dissolving white foam settles to a thin ring. Quick-moving bubbles permeate and attractive purple body - reminds me of blackberry juice.

S - Lots of oak, acetic acid, perhaps a hint of bourbon but mostly sharp oak. Surprisingly muted, with not a ton of the advertised blueberries and blackberries.

T - Taste is again somewhat understated, with a blend of fruity berries, oak and vanilla, and mild lactic acidity. Much more berry flavor the the aroma, but still kind of lacking in intensity.

M - Very dry and tannic, medium-light body. Moderately active carbonation, and no alcohol heat. Lots of oak.

D - I think this is my least favorite of the "rare" Bullfrogs. Perhaps it's fallen off, but I found the fruit character somewhat lacking. Nothing really wrong with this beer, it's just a bit bland and doesn't sufficiently deliver the advertisted flavors. Easy to drink though.

Edit: Sean was generous enough to open a bottle of this on a random Friday night. It was significantly better than the one we had at Epic Tasting #2.

A - Significantly better head retention yields a thick collar and wispy patches.

S - Tons more beery presence, and even a hint of the promised bourbon. There's a plastic note amid the oak and lactic sourness, but this is quite enjoyable.

T - Significantly more berry tartness, jammy goodness, and sourness here.

M - Similar.

D - A much better beer, and a good example of bottle variation, as I think these came from the same cellar lineage. In any case I bumped S, T & D up to 4.0 from 3.5.

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Photo of mikey711
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep pinkish purple, with good transparency, not much lacing to speak of except it poured a Rose like head.

S: Lots of berry notes with some funky hay and earth notes. Some grape and blueberry skins, and a hint of oak. Fair mustiness present as well

T: I found this to be a very unique beer, the blueberrys provided a bit of sweetness and a tannin quality while the blackberrys added a tartness and a slightly puckering sour feel. Very earthy at times as well

M: I found the mouthfeel to be inconsistent, at times it was lively and bubbly, but it also the flavors seemed muted at times.

D: I couldnt have been happier finally trying this beer but i do think it may have peaked. I imagine that the fruitiness would have been much sharper, still this mellowed out quite nicely and i would jump at the chance to try it again

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A huge thanks to Mikey (MIkey711) for this one. 4oz. pour from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a Cantillon flute. Had at a tasting on 6/4/11. Reviewed from notes.

A: Standard pour yields a .5 finger pale, pastel pink head with moderate retention. Beer is a clear pink-purple. Lacing is non-existant. Par for the style.

S: Nose is berry sweetness. Very unique. Band-aid and Brett funk linger in the background. Not much to say here since I haven't had a whole lot of experience with the blackberry and blueberry aromas. Nice though. Not overly aromatic.

T: Opens tart and crisp. Blackberries are prominent. Straw, wheat, and blueberry sweetness in the middle. Dry tart finish with a sweet berry aftertaste. Simple but very clean, refreshing, and balanced.

M: Light bodied with good carbonation. Abrasive, bubbly, and lively in the mouth and crisp and refreshing going down. Dry finish with a slightly lingering aftertaste. A lively beer.

O: There are sours that demonstrate complexity and there are sours that demonstrate balance. This is definitely the latter. It may be that I'm not familiar with the overall flavor profile here but there doesn't seem to be a whole lot going on. Still, this is a near perfect balance between sweet and tart. Very refreshing, crisp, and enjoyable.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tim for sharing this rarity.

A: The pour is a hazed purple-red color, with a pink head that is well retained.

S: A nice tart fruit note. Plenty of blackberries and blueberries which provide tartness and tannins. Hints of grass and wet oak with a little bit of mustiness.

T: Mild funkiness with plenty of tartness. Lactic acidity along with tart blackberries and blueberries. Grass, straw, and oak provide some nice depth along with a little bit of acetic acid to the beer as well.

M: Medium in body with a moderate to high carbonation and a dry finish.

O: I was hoping this would be good, but wasn't quite sure what to expect. A solid beer, but it's too bad I probably won't get to try this again.

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Photo of JAXSON
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Early 2010 rate.

From a bottle, pours crimson red, bright and glowing when held to the light, with a big, pink, cotton candy head that actually has little specks of blackberry seeds or something on top. Could not be more attractive to look at. Really perfumey nose, sweet and sour berries, lots of brett, and something deeper like powdered sweet tarts. Fresh blackberry and strawberry seeds in the mouth, tons of ripe flavors bursting out. Very lactic sourness on the finish, very tart and sour through out but with enough fruit sweetness to not be dry or thin. Some alcohol heat comes through in the finish, it's a really nice touch actually. Extremely rich, fragrant, and perfume-like. I would have liked a bit more balanced nuance between the sweet and sour elements, as the fruit is kind of muddled in the finish. Nice, big finish, a lot of brett and funk, really robust, a signature of some of the better Bullfrog sours I've had.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to treyrab for sharing this at our incredible tasting. This was the fifth beer that we enjoyed on the first night of the tasting.

The body of this beer is a translucent reddish violet color capped by a thick white fez of foam that, as is the case with so many other sours, dissipates into nothingness almost immediately, leaving behind no hint that it even existed.

The aroma is extremely funky, and the blueberry and even strawberry aromas are complemented nicely by the funk. The flavor is certainly filled with fruit - again the blueberries are dominant, but I can also discern some raspberry character as well. As with Frambozen, there is a nice sourness and funk without any astringent or overwhelming acidity. Vanilla from the barrels comes through as almost as afterthought. We all agreed that they barrels used for this aging must have been very old, used to avoid stealing focus away from the beer itself.

This beer is very nicely balanced, both in the presentation of the fruity flavors and barrel characters and the juxtaposition of sweet berries versus the sourness imparted by the yeast and the bacteria. A little light on carbonation, and somewhat lighter than was expected.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the many rarities treyrab shared at the Most Epic Fucking Tasting You Wish You Were A Part Of. Thanks, man!

The pour is clear raspberry red with a thin pinkish white head with decent retention and nice lacing.
The nose is great, with plenty of berry character. I get a lot of raspberries and strawberries, which is interesting, given that blueberries and blackberries went into this beer. Maybe its the bugs that are the cause this shift in the nose? In fact, it reminds me of the Frambozen I had earlier today. Moderately vinous with some vanilla, I'm rather surprised by the lack of bourbon here, especially since this beer spent 2 years in the barrel. The funk character is low, moderately grassy. Sourness is rather clean.

The palate opens with a big lactic sourness with some acetic character, along with a great blend of berries - strawberries, raspberries, sour cherries. The sourness is mostly lactic, and the funk is low as it is on the nose. Finishing very dry with low tannins and a blend of lactic and acetic character, this beer is light in body with high carbonation, resulting it being quite spritzy and juicy. However, it comes across a touch watery (unlike Frambozen), which is why I have to dock this. Again, this isn't as complex as some of the Belgian fruit lambics, all of which I prefer over this. In any case, I'm very thankful for having had a chance to try this rarity. Thanks again, Trey!

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Photo of CoolJosh
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Generously shared by Treyrab at the
"Most Epic F'ing Tasting Ever!" One of the most anticipated beers of the tasting.

Poured into a stone 4 oz taster. Looks so beautiful and sexy. A vibrant cherry with a light pink head, very hazy.

The nose is a little bit underwhelming, but still caries that signature musty Bullfrog Funk. Slight vingegar/lemony funk.

The taste is more complex than I was anticipating. Lovely blueberry flavors, on top of tart unripened blackberries. Very spritzy with some nice lemon backlashes. The carbonation is definitely alive and kickin'. Some very nice vanilla flavors accent the beer very well, with a light oakiness still present. Not acidic by any means, more on the sweeter side for a sour ale. Really glad I got to try this, I don't think I will be seeing this one ever again...

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Photo of treyrab
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks goes out for this beer. Having spent 2 years in barrels, I was very excited to try this. I anxiously awaited this and split it at the Philly Tasting of the Ages.

A: Unlike other Bullfrog Beers, this did not take a jackhammer to get the cork out. The cork came out effortlessly with a nice pop and nice sour funk bursts from the bottle. The beer pours an absolutely gorgeous berry red and purple with nice violet hues. A nice pink lacing sits atop the beer. Amazing look.

S: The smell starts with a nice dry oak and strawberry funk. Very dry smelling with some light lemon zest and underlying berry character. Not too much berry in this, yet it has the distinctive Bullfrog funky yeast. Two years in the bottle has done this one good.

T: Starts with a nice dry oak and lemon zest. The berry flavor is a bit more strawberry than blueberry, but the berry flavors are tart and funky. The berry flavors are a bit muted, and by no means sweet--rather dry and tart with some blueberry skins.

M/D: Nice and perfect prickly carbonation that really coats your tongue with sourness.

Overall, a great Bullfrog offering that was a masterpiece. Thanks again!

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Blue Cheer from Bullfrog Brewery
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 34 ratings
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