Golden Canary | Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant

Golden CanaryGolden Canary
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Golden CanaryGolden Canary

Brewed by:
Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
Oregon, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.25%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ccrida on 07-21-2011

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Ratings: 121 |  Reviews: 22
Photo of Alieniloquium
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.

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Photo of IrishColonial
3.5/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of Soto
3.75/5  rDev -15.2%

Photo of yourefragile
3.75/5  rDev -15.2%

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.75/5  rDev -15.2%

Photo of cpetrone84
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.

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Photo of ccrida
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.

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Photo of John_M
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
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.

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Photo of DefenCorps
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.

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Photo of dielaughing
4/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of black13
4/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of 2beerdogs
4/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of shelby415
4.04/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Thorpe429
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.

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Photo of itsiilegal
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

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Photo of claspada
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.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of bum732
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jegross2
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of DrMindbender
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SourinQns
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of franklinn
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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Golden Canary from Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
Beer rating: 98.3% out of 100 with 121 ratings
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