Strawberry Fields
Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant

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American Wild Ale
Ranked #1,283
Ranked #16,049
3.92 | pDev: 9.44%
Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
Oregon, United States
Very Good
Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 54
Photo of Blackop555
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy, pinkish gold. bubbly, short, white head that Fades fast.

Smells tart fruit, yeast, strawberry, Oak and earthy hints.

Tastes tart Fruit and Berry, lemon, Citrus. Followed by light yeast Funk and light earthiness. Finish is dry with a light strawberry linger. Medium body and fizzy medium carbonation.

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Photo of markgugs
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

375ml cellared bottle poured into a stemmed Night Shift white wine teku.

The color is an interesting hybrid of cranberry and rose/blush and takes on a more golden color when you hold it up to the light. A fizzy, bubbly bone white head forms and looks to quickly dissipate but winds up sticking around throughout. Sticking with the interesting theme, the nose is unique in that it's fruity and funky, but it's hard to pinpoint just what those scents are. I get multiple berries - strawberry for sure but also those cranberries again - and the barest hint of acetone, which I'm super-sensitive to. That sticks around in the taste, but is thankfully masked by tart berries and some barnyard, but the body is very thin. Overall a nicely-crafted wild that manages to deliver on both tartness, sweet fruit, and funk, albeit in a restrained manner. Solid, not otherworldly.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.1/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour is a slightly hazed orangish yellow with a thin white ring. Nose has a fair but of vinegar, faint strawberry, some light oak and vanilla with a touch of musk. Taste is light, strawberry and some oaky barrel. Mushroom funk and fairly tart with a light sour finish and low carbonation.

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Photo of stakem
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle into a snifter. The brew appears a pale golden color that is clear initially but gets pinkish and clouded as you get towards the bottom of the glass. A fine ring of white head holds around the glass.

The aroma is unmistakeable strawberry blended with wheat and a hint of lemony lacto. A pretty simple and inviting nose. The taste includes wheat with lots of earthy strawberry. It is tart with lemon and trace funk/earthiness.

This is a light bodied brew with a low level of carbonation. It had a surprising amount of strawberry character with lactic tartness. I can see why some might be upset diving into this as expecting a wild, it really feels like more of a fruited wheat beer. Effortlessly drinkable and something I could/would easily sit down and crush 64oz of at a time.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.27/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: No cap at all on a slightly hazed peachy gold. Almost no carbonation on the pour. Very still thanks to the barrel.

Smell: Big hit of oak over a very mild citric tartness. Some ripe strawberry runs through the back, but it's soft. Mildly lactic with a very light malt base. Some backing malt sweetness, but the oak dominates. A bit more strawberry comes out as it warms, adding a nice fruity sweetness. Ripe fleshy strawberry with the slight tart/bitter edge associated with the fruit. Very mild funk.

Taste: Very slight strawberry sweetness with a nice tart edge. Some underlying powdery yeast funk. Oak is assertive, but not aggressive, adding a nice woody and damp layer to everything. Some minor malt sweetness as well. A bit of apple and flower petal. Tartness is mostly lactic with some citric bite on the finish. Warming pushes everything up a bit, giving a it a more pronounced puckering tart coupled with a huge burst of oak and ripe strawberry.

Mouthfeel: Slick and a bit wet with almost no carbonation. Body runs right down medium. A bit more attenuation would help here, something a bit drier.

Overall: Strawberry Fields for an afternoon.

Definitely drinkable, but it loses a little something with the mouthfeel and the abundance of oak. Maybe a bit more time in the cellar would help. It's got a nice fruit component, which helps. Definitely worth trying if you have the chance.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.39/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

3.25 A: Mildly hazed yellow orange color. Not much carbonation and I didn't really get a head to form.

3.5 S: Balance between acidity and funk. Barnyard funk with horse blanket, hay, and dry wood. Strawberry is there, but only in mild-moderate amounts - gives a nice tartness to it though. Also some wildflower and apple orchard funk. Tangy lactic acid complements the strawberry fruitiness. Pretty good.

3.25 T: Taste for the most part follows the nose. Mix of acid and funk. Barnyard funk listed above with earthy apple orchard. Again strawberry is mild, but adds a bit of tartness. Lactic tanginess. This has the complexity, but it's missing depth of flavor.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Could use a lot more carbonation, but it's not that big of a deal. Moderately creamy.

3.5 D: It's a decent beer, but there's a lot better options out there.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opened at 4/20 tasting.

Pours a golden wheat color, fairly attractive but not much of a head.

Smells of big sweet strawberries, lactic sourness, a touch of brett maybe not a lot of funk. Lots of great strawberry character, I'm surprised at how much given how light of a fruit strawberries are.

Pretty sweet and fruity again in the taste, fairly sour and a little dry, a bit of wheat like flavor, some other fruits besides strawberry--banana maybe, or peach. Very good.

Carbonation is fair, pretty light body, no booziness really, good drinkability.


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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to Rathakem for this Block 15 wild ale!

375ml bottle with pressure cap and cork. No "pop" noted as the cork comes out of the bottle neck.

poured into Block 15 tulip glass.

Appearance: opaque light pink bodied beer honestly it looks like pink lemonade or grapefruit juice. An aggressive pour yields a very thin white cap with a few large bubbles that quickly dissapear leaving behind a fine white ring around the outside perimeter of the tulip.

Smell: The first thing that I smelled while pouring this beer was vinegar. Once all the beer was poured into the tulip, the vinegar smell went away. Really balanced nose primarily smells of berries, musty/dusty funk, and oak barrel.

Taste: A mild and fruity tartness starts off the beer; mainly a berry medley of strawberries and raspberries also a hint of lemony citrus. Hints of wheat/hay/straw. Next, the oak barrel and the funk, which are just as well balanced as the nose. The oak is the biggest player in the flavor profile, but it is fairly mellow with woody, and even some earthy notes. The funk is similiar to a dusty and musty basement. The finish on this beer seems to blend all of the different elements of this beer together seemlessly with a mellow lingering tartness.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with low carbonation levels. A major hang up with this beer is the lower carbonation levels. The beer has a little bit less than semi-dry finish. Despite the lack of carbonation, it is still a nice drinkable beer. Not a chance that you would think of this beer to be an 8% beer, its drinks like its around 5%.

Overall: The lack of carbonation was the downfall of the beer and it didnt look that great either, but I feel that most folks should still be able to look past those factors and really enjoy this beer. It did not distract from the overall effect of the beer as a whole. Another enjoyable beer from Block 15! I wish that I could have tried Strawberry Fields when it was a fresh beer with more carbonation, that would probably be the game changer with this beer.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2012 bottle opened on 11.30.12
Thanks Kelton

A - Pours a pale orange-pink with no head at all.

S - Tart wheat, woody and some sweet fruit.

T - Tart wheat and lemon with a strawberry finish.

D - Lower carbonation with a medium body.

O - Tart wheat, lemon and strawberry, light and pleasant. Not usually my style, but I quite enjoyed this one.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, purchased @belmont station in PDX

appearance: cork is really well in there - served in my lost abbey teku, basically no carbonation - slightly cloudy peach-orange body

smell: strawberry dusted in sugar, some tartness, oak

taste: Interesting stuff - definitely got some sweet strawberry, some oak, vinegary acidity, some residual sweetness.

mouthfeel: lacking carbonation - possibly by design, light tartness

overall: interesting stuff - not very refined, but in the right direction

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Aaron! Served in a Block 15 tulip. Poor shows a beer that is undercarbonated and quite hazy. No head formation. Nose is pretty mellow. Flavor is nice with mild strawberry and a hint of acidity. Very mild funk. Super light and drinkable, even though it’s lacking in carbonation.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.26/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy orange, no head

S: Lots of strawberry. Light acetic and lactic funk.

T: Somewhat diluted berry flavor. A little yogurty. Lightly tart and somewhat earthy.

M: Thin and low carbonation.

O: Not actually bad, quite drinkable, but a bit of a disappointment from Block 15 (and compared to when I've had this on tap previously).

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Photo of DaveAnderson
3.32/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

375ml bottle, capped and corked. Rather optimistic, if you ask me, as this beer was almost completely flat. Hazy, straw-colored beer, and no head. The flatness is a slight disappointment, but not uncommon in the style.

Right away, I catch a whiff of funk, but there's something odd in the mix. It takes me a minute to realize that's the strawberry. It's not totally harmonious.

I'm not sure it works that well on the tongue, either. I think I would have enjoyed this beer quite a bit more without the strawberry. It has a very satisfying sourness and light body that allow me to overlook the lack of carbonation.

In the end, I wanted to like this beer more than I liked it.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle thanks to black13. Poured into HF stemmed glass. First ever 375ml bottle that I've seen that's capped and corked. Note- bottle says 8%.

A- Pours a grapefruit color of pink, red, orange, and yellow- definitely has a very fruit appearance. Not much in terms of head but for this type of beer that isn't too surprising. Nice carbonation.

S- Very nice tartness that has a slight vinegar quality mixed with a pleasant scent of strawberries. Not the tartest beer I've had, but definitely has a very nice level. Fairly aromatic and definitely one of the better aromas I've encountered in a wild.

T- Vinegar, strawberries, tangerines, finishes with a nice vinegary tartness (maybe a tiny bit too vinegary) and some light oak. Lingering lightly tart fruity aftertaste of strawberries and some lemons. Although the aroma was slightly better this had a very nice taste for a wild with a pleasant fruity flavor balanced with a nice tartness.

M- Fairly light bodied, nice carbonation although a little bit more wouldn't hurt, drinks very easily.

O- This was my first Block 15 beer and I was definitely pleasantly surprised at how good it was. For a fruited wild ale this was very good and I enjoyed it a lot. This beer is drinking great right now, but I imagine some age would improve this beer nicely. Some of the fruit might disappear, but the sourness might become a little bit more pronounced and well rounded (instead of being more vinegar). I definitely recommend trying this out if you get the chance.

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Photo of jdense
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bailey's PDX, 11.4.11.

Nary any head due to full pour, deep gold clear body with pinkish highlights, not a lot of visible carbonation nor much lacing. Berries are fairly prevalent in the nose along with good dose of barnyard funk, horse blanket, minimal hops, a bit floral. Taste is nice balance of sweet and tartness, certainly more tart than sweet. Mouthfeel on the light side of medium, average effervescence, puckering dry finish. A bit sweet for the style, but the strawberries were a fairly unique touch, might up the bacteria dosing next batch to procure more sourness to flavor profile.

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Photo of tcampbel1
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Belmont Station on 10/27/2010

A-I was suprised by the color. I guess I was expecting a pinkish tint, but the color was more of a burnt yellow. Very frothy head.

S-There is a strong and sweet strawberry smell (as expected). Some lingering bready malt smell as well. Slight to no funky aroma.

T-Well there is very little strawberry taste. It's there, but not overpowering. A little bit of wheat and sweetness. Again slight if little funk.

M-Pretty carbonated. Very good effervesance.

O-Very well made beer. Glad I was able to try this. While sweet, it was still very drinkable.

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Strawberry Fields from Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 54 ratings