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Barrel Aged Brown Ale With Balaton Sour Cherries | Stone Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by jaydoc on 05-13-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#27,136
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
38
pDev:
13.21%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
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The flirtation of sour ale among the craft beer landscape has finally seduced the brewers of Stone Brewing Company. Dipping their toe into the sour pool yields a dark, malty and savory beer that's dissected by wild yeast for an earhen set of complexities. Additions of cherries suggests that their inspiration reaches into the Flanders region of Belgium.

Their oude bruin lays down a base of brown malt for a toasty, chocolaty, nutty type of savoriness that draws the nose near and catches the eye with dark brown and rusty maroon edges. Its dainty creme-like froth lies just above the dark and tangy scent of cherries. Its taste is supple and sweet with toast, nutella, hints of chocolate, chestnut and hard candy.

As the sweetness drifts and the toasty malt foundation breaks apart, the sourness of the ale and the sidecar of cherries emerge with a piquantly sour middle palate. Red cherries carry a robust bordeau wine charm while the earthy flavors are suggestive of deeply weathered oak with a mossy, soiled, mushroom-like game flavor.

As the ale trails into the earthen sourness of balsamic and damp hay, its medium-like body trends cola-like with hints of chocolate covered cherries (dipped in red wine, of course), lingering in an acidic, medium-length aftertaste.

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3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.69/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Looks enticing and beautiful, with a nice auburn color and artistic lacing that never dies.

Smells of barrel, booze, light tartness and some fruit. Great nose.

The taste follows the nose, with a very balanced mix of sour, barrel and dark-fruit sweetness. Vanilla, toffee, rum, pickle juice... complex and delicious.

Mouthfeel is good for the style, with a nice long finish and a satisfying after-sip feel that stays in the mouth for a while.

Overall, this is an incredible beer that is almost as good as my favorite Russian River sours.

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4/5  rDev +7.8%
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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -19.1%
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4/5  rDev +7.8%
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
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2.75/5  rDev -25.9%
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3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
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4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
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3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Pittsford Pub in Pittsford, NY.

This one pours a murky crimson brown, with a very small head, and essentially no lacing.

Smells like bourbon, oak, cherries, and sweet malt. Just a little hint if vinegar on the nose.

I tend to not dig sours that have a vinegary quality to them, and unfortunately this one has a mild undertone to it. Fortunately, it's not overwhelming, but I can just imagine this beer would be way excellent without it. Other than that, it's very mildly sour, with a nice sour cherry flavor, some mild bourbon, oak, and sweet caramel malt. Definitely an interesting change-up from Stone, but not perfectly executed.

This is medium bodied, with a moderate level of carbonation, and a crisp, slightly juicy mouthfeel.

Fix-up a few of the issues I mentioned up above, and this would be an absolutely excellent beer.

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3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 38 ratings
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