Quincedence | Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States | website

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Thorpe429 on 01-04-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Arbitrator
2.63/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Chilled bottle into a glass, opened to celebrate my defense. Thanks, Ted.

A: Pours a cola brown body. It's dark in the center, but translucent at the edges. It has a beige head with poor retention.

S: It's tart and vinous -- specifically, cabernet or merlot. The red grape aroma is unmistakable.

T: Cabernet manifests itself up front, lending a vinous note to the whole flavor. It carries a light tartness, as well. Mild vanilla and some oak. I pick up hints of caramel and toffee, but the base beer is otherwise quite well hidden. I don't really know what quince tastes like, but there is a key-lime like flavor and some tannic bitterness that reminds me of old apple skins (this pulls into the finish). The wild yeast doesn't seem to have done much to the beer yet; it has a way to go to dry out, and the finish has maybe light hints of funk, and that's only because I'm searching for it.

M: The brett seems like it hasn't had time to do its work. The wine barrel is the most expressive, along with perhaps the fruit, which I can't really tell because I don't know what quince tastes like. The bitterness in the finish is clashing.

D: To be 100% honest (and maybe cynical), the label description reads like a series of one-up attempts to cover up an infection. Overall, I feel like the base beer was poorly chosen, and it is obliterated by the barrel, fruit, and brett treatments. I didn't hate it, but I was pretty meh about it.

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Photo of Bendurgin
2.83/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Andy shared this one. Thanks homey. Poured into a tulip. Pours a coloa brown with a finger of bubbly tan head. It settles with a little bit of soapy lace.

A little strange on the aroma. It reminds me a roasty wine (which I don't think exists). Pinot aroma with apples and some roasty malts. This simply reminds me of an infected stout. Roasty char flavors with a little bit of a coffee-esq finish. It has a bit of a sour apple flavor with a grapey flavor to boot. Roasty and sour sums it up.

The body is medium and the carbonation is enough. Very dry on the finish. Overall this is interesting. The falvors are good and the aroma is good. I'm just not sure how well they all work together. Glad to try it, but I'll leave this for the rest of you beer geeks.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.86/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Believe it was Rich that shared this beer.

A: The pour is a dark brown color with a tall off-white head.

S: Really a weird nose. Pretty heavy on the malts, especially toffee and toast. There is a mild tartness to it (quince?), and some light fruit notes. Quite a bit of barrel, especially char.

T: The flavor isn't really any better. Roast and charred oak with some tartness and dark fruits. There is a bit of sweetness and toffee. Heavy wine flavor and tannins are really overpowering.

M: Medium in body with a medium carbonation.

O: This was not enjoyable. All the wrong flavors were intense/dominant.

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Photo of craytonic
2.9/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Murky dark pour, very small head

Taste: Very vinous, with a big malty dose and what I guess are Quinces

Taste: Odd beer, not particularly wild. I guess the fruit I can't pin down is a quince. Very vinous and malty with some vanilla, oak, caramel and toffee. Weird jolly rancher flavor.

Mouthfeel: medium body and carbonation

Overall: Not particularly appetizing, wild or sour.

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Photo of rmaste6282
2.97/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle poured into The Bruery snifter. Good carbonation, not much lacing or retention.

Aroma is fruity, kind of raisin or prune like, sourness apparent. Getting some chocolate and roast.

Flavor is good in the beginning and middle but has a weird lingering aftertaste. Gets smoky as it warms, a medium amount of roast. The aftertaste ruins the beer for me, medicinal or something off. Not terrible but not worth seeking out either.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.02/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Sean for sharing this one. Served in a Nolet's taster tulip. A scottish ale aged in wine barrels with quince.

A - Big tan foam that settles to a thin cap and thicker collar, leaving behind nice splotchy lacework. Semi-transparent red-brown color with a ruby glow to it. Quite attractive.

S - Smell is...odd. A combination of peated malts, Jolly Rancher sour apple candy, and vinous notes. Flavors are clear and defined, but don't seem to integrate very well.

T - Again, it's a strange mix of smokey and treacle malts, tart apples, and an intensely tannic, starchy finish (I'm guessing from the quince). Not particularly "wild" at this point.

M - Medium bodied, with medium carbonation and well-hidden alcohol. Very dry, with tannic fruit husk character in the finish.

D - Probably my least favorite Jackie O's offering. If you're going to chose a base beer like this one for a wild, it probably needs a lot of time and aggressive "bugs" to develop (a la Good Mojo, which took nearly 8 years). I'd skip this and have one of their stouts instead.

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Photo of koopa
3.05/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle # 31 of 204 received in a trade.

Appearance: Pours dark brown with a 1 finger khaki crown that displays medium retention and some lace.

Smell: Wine, apples, a light wildness, and a dark malty base.

Taste: Oh wow much worse than I expected. Sweet tarts, raisins, sour crab apples, wine and a terrible quince pith. When the "featured ingredient" is the worst aspect of the flavor profile I must ask why the beer was made at all.


Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with average carbonation. Not offensive but completely boring.

Overall: WTF is overall? The drinkability is held back by the flavor. Perhaps some aging would allow the wild yeast to develop and the "back side of a lime with boat loads of grapefruit pith" quince flavor to disappear. I guess I like my quince 1 way - being quoted in the film "White Men Can't Jump" by Rosie Perez while on Jeopardy and answering questions from the category "Foods that begin with the letter Q"

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Photo of sweemzander
3.09/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks again to Kyle for sharing! Bottle # 194/204.

(A)- Pours a deep dark brown color with some white bubbles.

(S)- A lightly tart apple and pear aroma. Some malty richness behind that with obvious vinous qualities.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. A light tart apple/pear aspect with a rich malty raisin and dark fruit/wine-like characteristics.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Lightly tart and fruity with a rich raisin background.

(D)- An interesting take on the style. Sweet and tart with a nice rich foundation. Age would help this alot, but I just feel like its really missing alot of sour and funky attributes I like to see for a wild.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the release party at the pub.

A-pours a dark cola brown with little to no tan colored head.

S-the nose is of sweet green apple and a touch of pear, light bretty undertones but faint, there are some sweet dark malts and notes of dry oak.

T-this is very sweet almost cloying. oaky and brett up front with golden fruits and lots of sugary flavors. sweet dark malts from the base beer are lightly evident in the back and a hint of sourness but faint.

M-medium body and slightly griany on the palate with a very dry finish.

D-overly sweet and messy. te sweet malts of the scottishand the sugars of the fruit make it so sugary, the sourness is very light and the brett isn't vibrant. this is drinkable as the fruits are interesting but all the sugar detracts from overall quality.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. The color is very dark red, and looks almost black in the glass. There is a tan foamy head, that leaves a bit of sticky lacing.

The aroma is full of apple when I pour into the glass. A deeper whiff gets more vinegar with a little bit of cocoa from the darker malts. All the aromas are good, if a little confusing.

The taste starts out sharp and sour, followed by a little sweetness with some more chocolatey malt flavor. There is a distinctly tart grapefruit rind flavor in the finish.

The body is light to light medium. There is mellow carbonation that feels smooth.

I wouldn't say the flavors are bad; they just are strange together. Looking at each category individually this does okay; but put together in one package, it's a bit messy. File this under fun to try once but I'd be think more than twice about getting it again.

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Photo of veinless
3.41/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2011 bottle shared with AwYeh - thank you son.

A: Opaque, extremely dark maroon body. Head is a light whitish-brown and stays around for a while after receding initially.

S: A kind of generic plain sour smell, but still pleasant. Beer specific sour smell is upfront followed by punchy fruity sourness. Pretty muted smell overall.

T: Caramel laced with the sour fruit up front is interesting. Tastes like a granny smith apple, and the caramel doesn't offer sweetness, just the burnt aspect of caramel. Briefly has a spell of hoppy bitterness, but it is shortlived, and a nice interlude.

M: Slightly fizzy, gets creamily foamy halfway through the sip. Leaves a nice sticky feel afterwards. Very pleasant feeling to savor sips with.

O: Solid sour, but unremarkable in terms of specific taste. It would have helped if I had a clearer handle on what quince tastes like, but the fruit aspect wasn't as forward as I would've liked. Still a good beer though.

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Photo of starrdogg
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BZero007 for picking this up for me at the Jackie O's release.

Beer pours a dark brown with hints of red and hard to see through. The smell is much more roasty than I expected, the roasted malt stands out while there are hints of wine lurking in there as well. The taste is sour and tannin-y, but the scotch ale base really dominates and takes over the flavor, especially in the finish. There's a chocolate maltiness that really stands out, it has all of the components of a very good beer, but they don't quite come together as I had hoped. The mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side, I honestly think this beer could've benefited from a little more body.

Overall I had high hopes for this beer, but it fell a little short of them. I think Jackie O's is onto something with a sour scotch ale, but the strong malt profile of the beer just takes over here and the sourness falls by the wayside. This beer would be outstanding if the fruit and sour were a little more forward and the maltiness a little more subdued.

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Photo of oline73
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

We had this at a tasting hosted by finewinemike. He also provided this bottle. Poured into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown that had a red tint at the edges. There is a layer of light tan head and a decent amount of retention.

Smell: Sweet malt with some fruit and a mildly sour vinegar like note.

Taste: This beer is very interesting. A bit smokey with some malt sweetness and mild fruit. There is a good amount of sourness, but the finish was a bit muddles and confusing for me.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I thought some of the flavors in this beer clashed a bit. Very interesting and not bad, just a bit weird. Really cool to get to try this.

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Photo of waltersrj
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour thanks to johndoe8! Bottle# 175/204

Pour: Cola brown with hints of golden hue and an off white, densely foamy head around an inch high.

Nose: Fresh apple, cherries, caramel, vanilla, oak tannins, slight red wine vinous notes and Brett.

Taste: Cherries, apple, vinous red wine, drying grass, Brett yeast, oak, vanilla, caramel (from the Scoth ale) and lemon on the end. Really fantastic and complex.

Mouthfeel: Creamy at first with a great dry finish...almost a musty finish which I really like and fits this beer well.

Overall: A great surprise...Jackie O's knows what they're doing and I'm really excited to try some more!

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Photo of akorsak
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A scotch ale base, aged in wine barrels, funked up with quince added. What the hell is quince? Bottle 95 of 204, thanks to stakem.

A: The ale is a dark chocolately color, like a good scotch ale should be. A thin head accompanied the ale, quickly disappearing.

S: The tannic dryness is immediately evident. Scotch bodies, malty and rich, are fleeting in the nose (they come through fully in the taste). Sour notes follow the wine barrel, along with a fruity sweetness.

T: An interesting melange of flavors. The tannic flavors, incredibly dry, are strong, sapping any residual sweetness (pre-fruit). Behind the wine, a peated scotch ale emerges, chewy and rich. That base beer aspect is fleeting, yielding to a mild fruit sweetness. The funkiness conspires with the tannins to further dry out the body, adding a dirty citric taste. Interesting, no doubt about it. I'm not entirely sold on darker sour beers, the juxtaposition just seems inappropriate.

M: The mouthfeel is sweet and sour, an unusual pairing of wine barrel, funk, and fruit. The scotch ale that appears mid-sip is a highlight.

D: I believe that the beer weighs in around 9%, a big heavy beer that packs a great deal of complexity into bomber.

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Photo of earthboundagain
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ok we have a muddy looking black brew with red highlights. The head was not really there, but I do se a few spots of lace. The nose is quite different, we have wine barrel mixed with a sweet funk. Ok the taste is definitely stronger then the nose. The wine barrel oakiness hits first followed bye a sour funk that flows into a light fruitiness. The beer is on a medium body with enough bubbles to get the job done.

Very unique brew, I would love to taste a bottle of this in say 2015.

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Photo of stakem
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle #75/204 secured at Jackie O's release and shared with friends.

This brew pours a deep ruby brown color with pretty decent clarity when held to the light. A tan cap of foam appears and as it slowly recedes leaves a webbing of lace on the glass.

The aroma of this brew is toasty with notes of caramel mixed with oak. There is a vinous aspect that mixes with a funky note. A light amount of vanilla sweetness coupled with a light metallic twang note emerges. This brew has an interesting nose, it is deep and complex but doesn't totally meld well together, it is somewhat haphazard and like I am smelling a different offering each time I bring my nose to the glass.

The taste of this brew is tangy and a bit sharp with a contrasting modest bitterness that is lightly acidic yet enjoyable. The funky portion of this brew coupled with metallic notes and seemingly smoked base create a bit of a flavor that I perceive as being quite plastic-like. More sips create a deeper flavoring of minerals and light smoked character. Once this brew comes up to temperature, the smoked aspect of this brews malt really comes forward.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Bubbly in the feel and easy drinking. Not overly sour so it is fairly easy to approach but the vast contrasts in flavors make this brew quite peculiar. I had no problems finishing my portion and reaching for more but this really is strange and quite a unique offering to wrap your tongue around. I'd love to see Brad revisit something like this but with a different base beer, the smoked malt coupled with bitter fruit and funk was a bit too different.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Stakem for bringing this to my wild ale tasting yesterday. Poured from the chilled 22oz into a tulip.

The color is deep ruddy brown w/ translucent clarity and small beige cap which is made up of tightly packed bubbles and spotty lace clings to the glasss. The smell is unique as the fruit that is used in the brew -very vinous yet earty with a slight toasted element from the dark malts and hints of the wine barrel giving off some slight sour aromas. The feel is good with a nice amount of carbonation, yet it has a very dry and astringent quality which makes it hard to consume in large swallows. The roasted tinges are there in the texture along with mellow fruity tanginess.

The taste is certainly the strangest thing I have had recently with all of the components : scotch ale, wine barrel and quince combined to make a real frankenstein of a beer. The flavor is slight toasted and earthy like a scottish ale with the mild smoke notes and light cocoa effect, yet there is some wine tannin in the taste and odd tropical yet bitter quince flavors in the background giving a real odd, not quite unbalanced, yet slightly disjointed taste. I enjoy it at the same time it is an anomoly. The drinkability is both good and off I could definitely finish a bomber myself, but it is good for sharing. I think if you dislike the flavor of quince you won't enjoy this. I really like quince even though a little goes a long way.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown colored beer with an off-white head that had some moderate lacing.

S - Really interesting nose on this, which I'm assuming is due to the quince. Bit of an earthy barrel nose with some vinous notes and a light, sweet fruity aroma that I found pretty appealing. Some peat, funk, and sour notes as well. Complex.

T - Peaty and tannic on the front, with a rush of sweet fruit flavor which once again I will guess is the quince. Some interesting malt notes. I actually liked this a lot more than most in my tasting group, and think it might get better with some time.

M - Decently carbonated, medium bodied.

O - I kind of like this, there is a big fruit rush at the end, and the base beer is interesting. Apparently it's somewhat polarizing, I'd be curious to see what this one does in a couple years.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky reddish brown. Not much head. A thin ring of white bubbles clinging to the side of the glass but relatively flat. Smells very tart and sour. A nice hint of sweetness. On the tongue there is a touch of woody oak but mostly a sharp sour tart that melds nicely with the fruitiness. I have never had quince fruit but i have to assume that's the light fruity taste im getting. The tartness is well balanced with the base beer. Overall. Vry tsty

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Photo of brew3crew
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at jackie o's

A- dark brown to black with almost no head.
S-can really smell the cabernet wine barrels
T-the sourness is more than I expected. Wine barrelling really shows. My palate isn't sophisticated as it should before this one
M-medium bodied and smooth
O-very good and a lot more sour thzn I was expecting

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Thorpe429 and Amyliz4. Thanks Mike and Amy!

A: The beer appears dark brown with crimson highlights. The head is light beige, about a half inch thick, has good retention, and leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

S: The aroma is unique. Sour, funky, odd, boozy, fruity, wild - it's definitely intriguing and has piqued my curiosity.

T: The beer is quite piquant. Again, the flavor is unlike any other I have yet found in a beer, and thus, a bit challenging to accurately describe. Surely, the quince fruit is largely responsible for these unusual flavors. The beer has a nice tannic quality to it, as well as an oak aroma and taste from the barrels. There is a healthy level of sourness / funkiness that, along with the wine, quince, and oak barrel, make for a beer with deep complexities.

M: Boozy and sour, funky and odd. Medium bodied, with appropriate carbonation.

D: What an interesting and memorable beer. Well worth a try.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a snifter and enjoyed on 7/1/2011

pours out a dark murky brown, for some reason i was expecting more of a light color, but very nice look to it with good lacing and a prominant head on top.

First whiff seems a bit light to be honest, light funk, sour notes, pears, and hints of malts starting to come though. No alcohol present at all and the sour seems very understated at this point. The forst sip totally redeems it though as the sour fruits and oak notes start to perk up. Nice touches of grapeskins, sour, sour grapefruit like flavors rip through the palate. Dark fruits, prunes, hints of vanilla and light notes of brown sugar can be picked up through the haze of barnyard funk. Rich medium body is more then well carbonated and really lets the flavor pop across the palate. Final sips are dy, vinegar rich and full of apple and pear back flavors. i am guessing the apples and pears are the quince? no clue but it tasted damn nice and was much sweeter then i thought it would be.

not a home run but a decent hit for jackie for sure.

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Photo of AwYeh
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared courtesy of my good friend Jesse13713 who I attended the original bottle release with; unsure of the bottle number but I'll update if I can figure it out. Reviewed from two sets of notes.

A: The most noticeable thing about this beer is its large, tan, frothy head, standing atop a maroon-tinged deep brown body. Really great looking beer, very unique while keeping everything in great proportion with another.

S: Sweet and sour tangy flavors are all over the place. I've never eaten anything with quince in it that I can remember, but growing up we had a quince tree in our backyard, and the flavors here are distinctly reminiscent of the times I snuck tastes of the quinces from that tree.

T: Very powerful, tangy fermented fruit taste shows up first with a sharp caramel sweetness following. Lots of plum and oak flavors; I was very impressed with the balance. The finish is very long and sour, quite enjoyable.

M: Very dry and sharp; lightly carbonated. Honestly, mouthfeel is good here, but since it doesn't detract from the beer at all, it's hardly an accessory with the strong flavor that Quincedence offers.

O: This is a good and strong sour. The two glasses of it that I've had didn't seem particularly diverse from sip to sip, but that didn't detract from its greatness as a beer. If you're at Jackie O's and they have it around again, or if you're lucky enough to have a bottle, I highly recommend it.

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Photo of Tripphop
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the 4/2 release party. The sour has mellowed out a lot and is better integrated than the last time I had in in February. The color on this one is funny, a brownish haze with light edges, almost a yellowish tint. Smell is of funky exotic fruit. Very tropical and enticing. Taste is awesome, great tart fruit and mellow chocoaltey base. The sour flavors in this one are very cool and match up nicely with the dark malts. What is a Quince anyway?

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Quincedence from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
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