Golden Canary
Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant

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Wild Ale
Ranked #67
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4.42 | pDev: 7.01%
Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
Oregon, United States
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Notes: A foeder conditioned blend of golden ales, Golden canary marries a bready malt base with bright acidity, earthy funk, and mild barrel character from a portion of the blend maturing in oak barrels for 1-3 years in our wild cellar. open now for notes of stone fruit, green apple, and citrus zest—or let it mature further to allow the wild character to develop complexity over time.
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BerryKumquat from California

4.26/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: A golden yellow color.
S: Strong pungent oak.
T: A tartier saison dupont. This is a tarty strong saison with bold farm notes and a crisp dry finish.
F: A tarty farm house.
O: A strong saison dupont with no downside.

Aug 14, 2021
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FFreak from Vermont

4.39/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a wine glass. Beer is mostly clear, not a lot of color, but some lemonade color with a pinkish tint. Tall head that dissipates quickly. Aromas are of tart lemon and cherry, with just a hint of funk. Taste is a straight up wonderful blend of sweet and sour, with white grape juice and lemonade on top of sweet tart candies. Sour but not puckering. Mouth feel is just right. Overall, a great semi-sour ale from Block 15.

Jan 30, 2017
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DefenCorps from Oregon

3.98/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2014 vintage. Thanks, Brian!

Clear amber pour with a thin, white head with good retention and minimal lacing. Nice nose, a blend of lactic and acetic acid, fruity, tart, vanilla, bright, some oak. Mild musty sweetness, damp basement. Mildly doughy. Palate opens fruity and sour, dominated by acetic acid, bright and fruity. Moderate lactic acid, a little yogurt like. Mid palate is sweet with honey and doughy toast. Mildly sweet and moderately acetic on the finish. Funk is minimal on the palate. Quite delicious.

Aug 16, 2016
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.3/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep golden body. Almost no head. No collar.

Smell - Lots of caramel. Mild acidity. Some oak. Not a very exciting smell.

Taste - Much more acidic. Bright white-wine-like sourness. Sweet caramel. Oak.

Mouthfeel - Medium low carbonation. Moderate sourness.

Overall - It's good, but not very exciting.

Nov 25, 2014
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cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -14%

Pour is a caramel amber, transparent, with a tight white head. Nose is quite bright, lots of peach aromas, leathery brett, lightly dusty. Taste is also fairly bright, lots of peaches, brett is strong, dusty brett, notes of leather. Light body, well carbonated, a bit oily. Flavors are bright and well pulled together.

Sep 27, 2014
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dirtylou from New York

4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

on-tap, beermongers in Portland

Extremely tart - kind of makes one's face hurt. Tastes of raw oak, sharp stinging funk, lemon rind, dust, a touch of brett, apricot. Cool to be able to try this - definitely a winner from a brewery who mixes gems and clunkers like no other. ISO : Bottles.

Jul 08, 2013
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jaasen64 from Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle served lightly chilled and poured into HF stemmed glass. Thanks a ton Michael (black13) for this big want! Reviewed live with a full pour.

A- Pours a slightly hazy orange golden with some translucency and very minimal head, a flat top, and some sporadic carbonation. Fairly minimal lacing which slides back down into glass. Overall has a nice look for a sour golden.

S- Tarty with a little bit of sweetness. Aromas of lemon sweet tarts, light brett lending some slight barnyard funk, balanced malts, and some oak hiding in the background. Decent aroma strength with nice balance between the tartness and lemony sweetness.

T- Lemony sweet tarts up front, followed by a lactic tartness and some lightly funky brett, finishes with an acidic kick followed by more brett and very tart lemons with a hint of peel and oak mixed in that lingers for awhile. Well balanced, the acidic kick is a bit too much, but otherwise this beer tasted very good.

M- Medium bodied, spritzy with a decent amount of carbonation, finishes with a light acidic kick.

O- This was a very good soured golden ale that definitely had it's fair share of tartness/sourness. The beer was well balanced with lots of flavor and a nice level of funk mixed with acidity and tartness. So far Block 15 has really impressed me and I hope I can continue trying more of their beers. I definitely recommend seeking this one out.

May 14, 2013
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AlexFields from Tennessee

4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Opened at 4/20 tasting.

Pours a bright, almost neon apricot, not much of a head but a very pretty color.

Smells of pretty pure lactic sourness, sweet peachy fruit, hint of funk mostly sourness.

Very tart sourness, lactic, lots of peach and some apricot. Reminds me a little of Duck Duck, delicious.

Good carbonation, good drinkability despite the sourness.

Excellent sour, probably the best Block 15 beer.


May 12, 2013
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Huge thanks to Rathakem for this Block 15!

375ml bottle with pressure cap.

poured into Block 15 tulip glass.

Appearance: Slightly opaque golden yellow bodied beer with almost a full finger of bone white head. The head drops down to a thin ring around the tulip.

Smell: Big bright citrus especially lemons. Some lactic tartness and a hint of funk.

Taste: Nice mix of lemons and oranges, really big citrus flavors. Hints of pineapple sweetness, a hint of white grapes, and a hint of wheat malt. Moderate tartness with just a little bit of dusty and horse blanket funkiness. Nice oak barrel that is contributing a decent amount of woodiness. Just a hint of earthy notes hiding in the background of this beer. Really well balanced and complex sour ale. Mild lingering tartness from this beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. The carbonation levels are exactly where you would want it to be. The 7.25% abv is hardly noticable and the beer drinks like a 4 to 5% wild ale. Its just very well brewed beer here. The beer has a little better than a semi-dry finish.

Overall: I gotta be honest here this beer is on the same level of RR Beatification. To compare the two beers... Wild Canary is actually a little more balanced and less aggressive version of Beatification. Though I do prefer the higher carbonation levels of the Beatification and Beatification is a better looking beer with a bigger head. None the less this Wild Ale really impressed me and I am glad that I seeked this beer out. I gotta tip my hat to Block 15 for brewing and blending this outstanding beer.

May 07, 2013
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Sarlacc83 from Oregon

4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased last year. Been waiting for it to mature a little before cracking into it.

A: Beautiful lemon yellow with hints of orange at the edges. Foamy head turns lazy after an aggressive pour. Slick off the glass.

N: Apricots, gouda cheese, and some faint vinous grape. Has a soapy quality (in a pleasant way), lemons and oranges. Granny Smith apples. Some light pepper spiciness and some earth. Pleasantly funky and fruity. Might be a little light, but it’s certainly enjoyable.

T: Wow. Big fruit flavor. Lots of peach and apricots. Some leather and grains from a horse stable. Grapes round the outside. Oak adds a zesty woodiness. Fresh squeezed lemons. This really hits the sweet spot on the sourness scale. Still puckering, but oh so balanced. Slight acetic acid might be the only negative.

M: I believe it’s comparable to the Belgians. Prickly and lighter on the feel.

O: By far the best sour out of Oregon, and it’s not close. I look forward to seeing how these evolve in the bottle.

Feb 22, 2013
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John_M from France

3.91/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Hop and Vine the other day.

The beer pours a peachy gold color with good head retention and light lacing all around. The nose delivers considerable sour funk and vinegar, though there's enough other stuff going on as well to keep things interesting. In addition to the predominantly sour aroma, I pick up some light vanilla, some apricot and a hint of honey. Still, there's no denying that the sour profile dominates on the nose. The flavor profile replicates the nose, with the fruit and vanilla helping to balance the sour component. The sour in this beer isn't completely overwhelming, but once again, it still completely dominates the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long sour and tropical fruit infused finish. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, and if you like sour wild ales, this beer is definitely pretthy drinkable (with a manageable abv.). An interesting beer, but at least for me, the 4 ounce serving I got was more than good enough.

Feb 18, 2013
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itsiilegal from California

4.11/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Beautiful pale apricot body with thin white lacing.

Dusty, musty, woody, vinous aroma.

Intensely vinous sour with a very slight residual pineapple sweetness. Dry oak, woody and tannic. Slight booze backbone at the end.

Surprising full mouth feel. Expecting champagne like effervescence, instead more rich and mouth coating.

Another amazing beer from Block 15. Unique take on a sour, lies somewhere between Sanctification and a Gueuze with a little apricot thrown in for good measure.

Drank in a Block 15 tulip
Aged 6 months
Paid $8.99

Feb 13, 2013
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claspada from New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy orange in appearance with a small white head that quickly dissipated leaving little to no lacing.

Aromas begin with musty, dusty oak with some emerging fruitiness of pineapple, citrus and apricot. There is some sour fruit and a lactic presence as well.

The tastes follow the nose with a light apricot, white vinous notes, grape skin and green fruit like pear. Then the lactic, acidic sourness takes hold and balances the fruit and oak flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to low carbonation. Finish is tart, with some balanced sweet fruitiness and drying Brett yeast. A bit on the sweeter end if I had to say one way or the other.

Overall this was quite nice and a really great blend of sweet fruit and sour, drying oak Brett flavors. This would be heaven in a warmer climate but I didn't want to lose the fruit and wine flavors which would have faded by the time spring came around. Very high quality wild ale even though it lacks a great complexity, still extremely enjoyable and drinkable for an American wild.

Dec 21, 2012
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Thorpe429 from Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a cervoise. Thanks, Aaron! Nose has nice lactic edge with light fruit. Some stone fruit and cherry. Moderate acidity. Light acetic. Nice. Light body. Another pretty good offering from Block 15. Really nice brewery that has been from good to excellent, in my opinion. Looking forward to more from them.

Dec 16, 2012
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MasterSki from Canada (ON)

4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Kan - thanks! Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - White foam settles to a thick collar, wispy cap, and a few splotches of lace. Murky orange-yellow body.

S - Lots of tart peach and stone fruits, lactic sourness, lemony citrus - is there fruit in here? Only mild funk, and a bit of Sweet Tarts candy flavor and oaky vanilla. Quite excellent.

T - Taste is similarly enjoyable, with intense orange and lemon citrus flavors, stone fruits, pale malts, lactic and acetic sourness, light musky and sweaty funk, and mild oak in the finish.

M - Medium body, with pleasantly zesty carbonation. Dry finish, with a touch of lingering stickiness. The acidity gets fairly intense by the end of 4oz, although it never reaches critical levels.

D - This was really good. I've only had one other beer from these guys, and it was a stout so I didn't known what to expect. Evocative of Lost Abbey's better golden sours in the balance of funk and acetobacter. I'd greatly enjoy having a bottle of this beer for myself.

Nov 25, 2012
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DaveHack from Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into tulip.

Pours a hazy, golden yellow. Nice white, fluffy head sits atop.

Smells of tart fruit and a little oak. Strong musty presence as well.

First taste is an oaky tart fruit. There is a sharp acidity as it goes down...I love the burn!

Makes my mouth water, I immediately want another sip! It is a little heavier bodied than I'm used to in a sour beer, but it kicks ass.

This beer is a homerun! Try it if you get the chance.

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

Nov 23, 2012
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Gobzilla from California

4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a bright orange in color with yellow highlights and a nice finger of bubbly head that left some good lacing sticking to the glass.

S: whoa... very delicious aroma in this beer consisting of nice apricots, nectarines and citrus with a little funk, tart lactic character, some acidity but also a little oakiness.

T: I gotta say this tart nectarine apricot flavor has to be one of the best in an american wild but also had good citrus notes, great oakiness, some sweet maltiness, a little acidic character and a touch of funk.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, fruity, acidic, mildly funky and tart finish.

O: Damn this beer was good, definitely on my top 10 fruit forward american wilds. Good lookin out on this one beezler!

Nov 17, 2012
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.94/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Skuter for sharing this one at Tieman's tasting.

Pours a murky orange-yellow with a foamy khaki head that fades to nothing. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some fruity and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with an acidic finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Nov 11, 2012
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HopHead84 from California

4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Bottle from Luke, thanks! Poured into Lost Abbey stemware.

A: Yellow orange with an inch of soapy white froth. Good retention, and sheets of lacing are left behind. A bit cloudy but it hasn't sat in the fridge long enough for the yeast to settle. Nice color.

S: Man, this stuff smells great. Nice citrus profile, redolent of apricot, lemon, and orange with notes of oak and earth. There's some sweet malt in the background adding depth. The beer is cheesy and horsey with a little leather. Lightly tart with a firm lactic profile. There's a touch of pixie stick sweetness in there as well.

T: The flavor is nice as well, though not quite as good as the nose. The beer exhibits an even blend of acetic and citric acidity, both being at a pleasant lower moderate level. Moderately lactic with drying oak on the palate. The flavor has cheesy and brackish notes as well as some leather. Piquant lactic barnyard citrus finish. The beer has a nice sweet-tart thing going on.

M: Lower medium body with medium carbonation. Dry and sticky mouthfeel.

Overall: I'm surprised at how good this is. I've had some solid stuff from Block 15 but this is definitely the best. It reminds me a lot of a Lost Abbey blond sour.

Oct 15, 2012
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HuskyinPDX from Washington

4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 8.30.12
Thanks Seth.

A - Pours a cloudy-golden orange with a small fizzy off-white head that fades to the edges quickly.

S - Tart, oak and Belgian yeast.

T - Tart citrus, lots of oaky wood, Belgian yeast and funk. Wow.

D - Good carbonation with a lighter body. Tart finish.

O - Tart and citrus - Belgian style with lots of oak influences.

Sep 06, 2012
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JohnGalt1 from Idaho

4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Midweek tasting.. and Inflatablechair busted out something special from his Oregon travels.. Thanks Sam!!

Pours a hazed bright orange/yellow... nice head and lacing...

The nose is sharp sour notes.. lactic and no apologies... tart and little else. Loving it.

Funky and sour.... very lemony... no acetic notes... sooo sour and sooo very drinkable.. fruity.. tropical... and somehow just a HINT of sweet/tart to drag this one to the VERY good territory.

Body is lite/medium... carbonation is good/great... impressed.

Surprised I enjoyed this one as much as I did... Great out of the gate and will get better with a 3-9 months in the cellar... but seriously, drink one of these fresh just so you know what you have... Nicely done.


Aug 17, 2012
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cbrunpc from Oregon

4.57/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought 6 bottles of this beer from B15. The other five are being aged.

A-Cloudy, i am colorblind but it looks orange.
S-Lets you know you are in for a sour beer
T-Sour, tart, i think some of the oak barrels come through.
M-light on the pallet
O-Great beer. I am excited to see how this ages. Cant believe it is already off the taps at the brewery!

Aug 17, 2012
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ccrida from Oregon

3.87/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A blend of barrels ranging from 6-21 months old. On draught at The Bier Stein, Golden Canary is murky dark gold with an small white head leaving no lace.

Smell is big, bright funk. It's got a fair amount of acetic acid (vinegar), some brett notes bringing the barnyard.

Taste is quite good, it's got a fair amount of sweetness, tempered by the acid, sweet-tart like. There a little bit of husky graininess as the only off-note. The a vinous quality, wine barrels maybe? Some vanilla and caramel notes as well. Low pucker, but a nice wild for sure.

Mouthfeel is dry, spritzy, medium bodied.

Drinkability is good, this is a tasty wild with appreciable complexity, my only knock is the graininess.

Jul 22, 2011
Golden Canary from Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 126 ratings