Golden Canary | Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant

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Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
Oregon, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.25%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ccrida on 07-21-2011

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Reviews by jaasen64:
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4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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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.

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Golden Canary from Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
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