The Jaspers | Bullfrog Brewery

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Bullfrog Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by PaulMPap on 05-07-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 77 |  Reviews: 43
Reviews by ptykozoon:
Photo of ptykozoon
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pretty dark orange, head evaporates into a layer, lil bit of lacing.

Lots of oak, cherry, vanilla.

Aforementioned along with a light acidic citrus, raisin. Fairly sour for a Flanders Red Ale.

Nice light carbonation, as it warms up it dissappears.

Really liked this one, cherries and oak were balanced perfectly, along with a nice sour pang more reminiscent of an AWA.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing this bottle. Bottle 370 of 378.

The beer pours a reddish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is sour cherries with some caramel malt. The flavor is light funk, oak, tart cherries and vanilla. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very good sour beer that lived up to the expectations I had.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into an acbf tasting glass. Bottle 81/378.

Pours a very light golden wheat color that's slightly hazy with a small white head. Nose is tart and funky, very crazy and super sweet.

Taste is very tart and rich, super sweet and tasty. Its got a very nice tart sour tartness it's really solid an tasty.

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Photo of chinchill
3.59/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of glid02
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Andy - thanks!

Pours a hazy amber-orange color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of tart red cherries with good amounts of funk. Also present are very mild hints of vanilla and even milder hints of vinegar.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Tart medium fruits with mild amounts of funk. Midway through the sip the fruit flavors sweeten a bit and light vanilla flavors join in. The fruit flavors turn tart again before a solidly tart ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could easily have another.

Overall this was another solid sour from Bullfrog. Not quite world class but certainly not far off. Worth a shot.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Steve (fbm115) for this one. Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a Cantillon Iris glass.

A: Pours a light brown thin film of a head that generates coarse bubbles around the rim of the glass. Beer is a semi-cloudy brownish-red. Lacing is thin and subtle with good retention.

S: Raspberries, cherry, oak, and ethanol. Very pure and aromatic. Fruity and quite rich overall.

T: Sweet at the outset. Dry, tart, and slightly acidic at the middle. Also, hints of cherry, raspberry, and a slight yeasty bitterness. Mildly vinegary and bready at the finish with a spicy aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Oily and sticky in the mouth with a spicy accented finish. Aftertaste lingers.

D: A really tasty offering from Bullfrog and I'm glad I had the opportunity to try this one. Perhaps still a bit young and I'm sure it'll develop wonderfully through the next year or so. Can't wait to revisit this!!

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Photo of Photekut
5/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of akorsak
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Foofaa for bringing this corked and caged bottle, #366 of 378.

A: The red ale is a reddish brown, ruddy color, opaque. My pour generated a small head, nothing to get too excited about, although it did last for most of the glass.

S: The nose is acidic, tart with a cherry aroma that Flanders-style beers (both red and oud bruin) tend to have. A vinegary acetic aroma runs alongside the cherry, a contrast to the tartness. The red is no sour bomb; it's not a vinegar lovefest.

T: Much like the "S" above, the Flanders red is bold without going overboard. Balance, at least for me, is the key as I dislike the sharply acetic reds. This ale meets my criteria, retaining its balance throughout. Acidic tartness, predominantly in the form of semi-sweet cherries, starts the ale off. Mid-sip, acetic flavors start to creep in, drying the ale out. More cherries and a mouth-puckering dryness return at the end of each sip, a pleasant finish.

M: The mouthfeel is tart, moreso near the finish than at the start. Despite the tartness, it is restrained, I can see this ale going overboard on the sourness; luckily it doesn't.

D: Approachable. Flanders red isn't in my wheelhouse but it's hard to argue with this beer.

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Photo of mdillon86
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of enelson
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a huge thanks to the kind ne ba who sent this one down to me to enjoy. i decided to crack this one open this afternoon. served cold and into multiple tulips. this one was consumed on 09/12/2010.

the pour was nice, damn nice with a dark brown color with ruby highlights that come though as you hold them up to the light. nice tight head of light tan that kept up along the top throughout the session as it settled down.

aroma of tart cherries and rich sour notes that really come through as it warms up. huge farmhouse funk and vinegar notes that just would not quit. silky smooth feel and a rich warm tone let the flavor really just pop off the tongue with each sip. cherries, plums, sour and tart notes that bounce against a light woody note and rich malts. really complex, with a dark red wine finish that has a touch of light tannic notes.

overall a very solid sour and one of the best i have had from bullfrog in a very, very long time. i would have to recommend this one to anyone.

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Nick. Hazy cherry red, nicely carbonated. A slim white head slowly settles to a thick collar. Strawberry and raspberry aroma, red wine, balsamic vinaigrette, a little brown sugar. Vinegary palate, ripe berries meet light brown sugar and oak. Light-bodied, tannic and vinous in the finish. Pretty damn good, Bullfrog is often underwhelming to me, but this is a very solid Flanders red ale.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of StormKing47
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Bmoyer0301 with him and stakem. Another fine Bullfrog sour...

A- A nice ruddy brown with a ruby hue. A nice and smooth stream of bubbles revealing a good amount of carb lead up to a thin white head. A great looking beer. Man The Bullfrog brews some art.

S- A sharp and pleasant lactic sourness right away greet me. As it warms up I continue to indulge in the lactic sourness and can pick up a sweet aroma of oak, vanilla bean and some earthy, must undertones. Very pleasing and subtle.

T- Wow! A great opening of mustiness, sharp acidity and lactic sourness. As it warms the finish is a quick snap of lactic sourness with heavy wood and vanilla hints. Very nice and tasty.

M- A great coating and syrupy feel are welcomed, but then you are hit by the puckering sour and tingly carb to push all the flavors around. A sharp acidity and a faint tartness are also provide a great depth and balance.

D- Yes sir! the acidity is sharp, but low and not overpowering. The always welcomed lactic sourness is divine and well integrated with the vanilla and oak undertones. The carb is just right and provides for a great experience.

Another solid offering from The Bullfrog. Keep them sours coming!

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Photo of ShanePB
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kaydogg
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to mday for opening up a bottle of this.

A: Pours a nice dark crimson with hints of some brown murkiness going on. Nice tan head with a bit of lacing.

S: Loads of cherry aromas come alongside some nice tart characteristics along with a bit of acetic acid and hints of oak.

T: The cherries come through again alongside lactic and acetic acid. Some oak and vanilla make their way in as well.

M: This is where the beer really stands out. The creaminess of this was really nice all around, and the balance between the creamy nature of the brew, the acidity, and the sweetness really made for a pleasurable experience.

D: One of the best things I've had from Bullfrog to date, which is saying something as I'm a huge fan of almost everything they do.

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Photo of JMRSN
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of AgentZero
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of PaulMPap
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured brownish, slightly funky odor, tart up front mellows out to malt not overly carbonation just perfect medium to full body. The east coast oude tart. Mix between Flanders and American wild ale. It's a hybrid as the brewer says. Definitely a tasty beer well worth the wait. The brewer, Terry, broke out some bottles. My first bullfrog brew and definitely good.

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The Jaspers from Bullfrog Brewery
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