The Jaspers
Bullfrog Brewery

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Bullfrog Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States
Sour - Flanders Red Ale
4.08 | pDev: 8.82%
May 18, 2017
May 07, 2010
The JaspersThe Jaspers
Notes: Scheduled for release on the first Friday of May 2010, this sour red has been patiently maturing in oak barrels for 18 months and will be bottle conditioned a further 4 months prior to release. Why 'the Jaspers' you ask? Check out Frank Herberts novel 'The Santaroga Barrier' and find out.
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3.5 by oline73 from Maryland on May 18, 2017
3.75 by BMart from Pennsylvania on Apr 29, 2016
3.75 by dfhhead25 from Pennsylvania on Apr 25, 2016
3.75 by halo3one from Georgia on Jan 02, 2016
4 by jrob21 from Georgia on Oct 28, 2015
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3.59/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by chinchill from South Carolina

Large shared bottle (thanks Dan).

Pours hazy reddish-brown with a decent head.

Funky and tart aroma with a faint hint of vinegar.

Flavor, as expected, much better than the aroma suggests. Tart , early puckering, with a multitude of soft, ripe fruit notes. Approaches 4.25.
Near medium body with medium carbonation.

Jan 04, 2015
4 by spycow from Illinois on Aug 19, 2014
4.75 by enelson from Illinois on Apr 26, 2014
4 by nrs207 from Pennsylvania on Apr 02, 2014
4.25 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts on Mar 29, 2014
4 by DaveHack from Pennsylvania on Mar 29, 2014
4 by baybum from Pennsylvania on Nov 05, 2013
4 by ShanePB from Pennsylvania on Oct 27, 2013
3.75 by FeDUBBELFIST from Pennsylvania on Oct 26, 2013
3.5 by beernads from Florida on Oct 20, 2013
4.25 by BARFLYB from Pennsylvania on Apr 25, 2013
4.5 by oglmcdgl from Pennsylvania on Apr 21, 2013
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4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by DmanGTR from New York

Review from notes

Deep mahogany with garnet hues, quite clear, whitish head that left some bubbles on the glass. Lots of sour cherry, oak, plums, and a bit of sherry as well, indicating its oxidation content. Sweet and sour in the front, presenting a cornucopia of dark fruits and berries, which relays to a farmhouse funkiness and musty slabs of wood. Finishes tart and herbal. Very delicate and a pleasure to drink.

Feb 17, 2013
3.25 by westcoastbeerlvr from California on Jan 09, 2013
4.25 by orangesol from Pennsylvania on Jan 06, 2013
3.75 by acurtis from New Jersey on Nov 24, 2012
4.25 by vissai from California on Oct 09, 2012
3.75 by Kaydogg from Pennsylvania on Jun 28, 2012
3.75 by mdillon86 from Pennsylvania on Jun 28, 2012
4.25 by JMRSN from Pennsylvania on May 03, 2012
4.25 by surlytheduff from Tajikistan on Apr 16, 2012
4.5 by WeisGuy from New York on Jan 16, 2012
4 by whartontallboy from New York on Jan 12, 2012
4 by imperialking from Illinois on Jan 03, 2012
3 by ygtbsm94 from Utah on Dec 20, 2011
4 by Exiled from Texas on Dec 07, 2011
4 by Rochefort10nh from New Hampshire on Nov 25, 2011
5 by Photekut from Tennessee on Nov 17, 2011
4 by sideshowe from Pennsylvania on Nov 16, 2011
4.25 by djrn2 from New Jersey on Nov 14, 2011
4 by monsterzero from Massachusetts on Nov 14, 2011
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3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by AleWatcher from Illinois

Got this as an extra in a great trade-- thanks my friend!

Reviewed from notes-- still trying to get caught up!

It's a coppery amber kind of ruby color. A whitish/off-white cap with some pink hues to it.
Smells like raspberries and sour cherries. Some oak, a touch of char.
(takes a break to watch a scene from "Walk Hard" that I had put on in the background)
Tart but sweet up front before the oaky vinegar comes around. All the while the notes of raspberries and cherries weave in and out of the foreground.
This is nice... probably not worth a great deal of hype, but nice nonetheless.
Medium body with good level ofbubbles.
I could drink this, but it is truly only better than average-- it certainly isn't setting any benchmark levels here.

Aug 28, 2011
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3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by AgentZero from Illinois

Bottle thanks to Sean.

A - Orangish brown color with a little bit of a tan head that left a few random spots on the sides of the glass.

S - Little bit of funk, some tartness, some oak, vinegar, and a bit of sharp notes. It smells initially good but there is some astringency in there that is not all that great.

T - Cherries, tartness, vinegar, wood. It's a little too much on the vinegar sie for me, although it's not a bad Flanders Red. The harshness knocks it down a little bit.

M - A little astringent, medium bodied, with moderate carbonation.

O - This beer was okay, it had too much oak and astringency which made it a little hard to drink. Still, it was solid, wouldn't mind having it again.

Aug 19, 2011
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3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by andrewinski1 from New Hampshire

Shared with Bendurgin on his birthday! Happy birthday Ben! Poured into a tulip. Nice dark reddish brown color. The head is small and spritzy.

The aroma is slightly metallic cherries.

The taste is slightly sour with just a touch of malt sweetness to go with it. The balance makes for really easy drinking, and the finish has a nice sour lemon zest kick.

The body is medium-light. The carbonation is relatively mellow.

I like this one. One of the better Ouse bruins or Flanders reds I have had.

May 05, 2011
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4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Bendurgin from Maine

Andy cracked this one open for my birthday. Thanks. Poured into a tulip. This is a dark red with a thin bubbly white head.

Lots of tart cherries in the aroma with oak rounding this out. Acidic vinegar and a little bit of sweetness finish this one out nicely. Sweeter on the pallet with a deep cherry flavor and notes of vanilla. Musty oak flavors and a slight tartness sum up the flavor. Vinegar is toned down on this quite a bit in the flavor with a more mellow tartness than what the aroma implies.

Light bodied with soft carbonation. One of the better examples of the style I've come across. I may even say my favorite to date.

May 05, 2011
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