Rose Cassis | Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room

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Brewed by:
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
Oregon, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed on July 12th and bottled on September 8th, 2005. I used locally grown black currants to give this beer an intense berry flavor. Made with love, reverence and respect for the great beers of Belgium.

Added by orbitalr0x on 12-13-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 47 |  Reviews: 36
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3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of MasterSki
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared by ChrisPro. Served in a snifter.

A - Minimal head settles to a partial ring of bubbles. Murky purple-tinged salmon body.

S - Odd mix of cassis, some pale malts, a light yogurt touch. There's an odd medicinal note, but somehow this is strangely compelling. Not much tripel character left - if it was ever there in the first place that is.

T - The taste is a mix of cassis and Hair of the Dog's distinctive German malt backbones. The fruit is quite natural and less medicinal than the aroma. Less lactic too - just straight-up fruit and malt, with a touch of oxidation.

M - Lower carbonation, some surprising albeit low-to-moderate alcohol warmed after 7+ years. Chewy texture, medium body.

D - Better than expected, as the reviews seem somewhat bipolar on this one. I can't tell whether this is past its prime or if the aging smoothed out its flaws. I'd certainly be willing to drink another bottle, but I don't think I'd actively seek it out, especially considering the scarcity. I think everyone else liked this more than I.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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5/5  rDev +37.4%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes

muddy and rustic brownish red with a huge off white head and a huge amount of lace.

Smell is a strong dark fruits, mixed with licorice, with hints of caramel and rasberry dark plums and figs as well. The taste is very very sweet. Deep flavors of licorice and candy, is that dark cherry I taste.then the currants and figs come through with a touch of spice and a nice well rounded finish, very nicely put together

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Photo of craytonic
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very cloudy, muddy pour, a dark ruby-purple.

Smell: Black currants, brandy, spice

Taste: Similar to the smell, but a bit muddled - I get black currants, spice, brandy and brown sugar

Mouthfeel: Very full body, alcohol is very noticeable.

Overall: I'm glad they retired this one.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. The hiss upon popping the cap suggests that plenty of carbonation remains after 5+ years, and that indeed is the case. A steady stream of visual bubbles continually replenishes the modest head. What lies underneath is frankly a little odd, though; it sort of looks like a purplish mud puddle.

Thankfully it smells better than it looks, reminiscent of mixed berry jam. Tastes even better. Sweetness comes in the form of spiced french toast. A general berry fruitiness up front gradually evolves into tart currant midswallow and into the finish. A nice soft feel that seems to gently usher the Belgian aspects of the base beer into the mix. Banana bread and a gentle clove character reveal themselves as it warms. Perhaps a touch of white chocolate. A little must.

Overall impression: Not much to look at, but otherwise quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mday for opening this bottle. Served in a snifter.

Pours near purple and it is quite cloudy. No real head or lacing. Maybe a bubble or two on top. The nose is a bit herbal and fruity with a bit of the fruit coming through. The taste is slightly sweet with a bit of an astringency. The fruit doesn't really come through. The finish is really quite dry on a fairly-light body for what it is. Slight vitamin character on the finish. Overall, decent enough but I'm guessing this has seen better days.

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Photo of emerge077
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Decanted carefully off the yeast, it pours an amberish brown, but gets murky in the glass. More like a purplish red mud puddle. A finger of foam rises and vanishes. There's a white ring around the edge, and it's glassy still in the center. A swirl rekindles the skim momentarily.

Big wine must aroma, juicy berry/currant, yeasty sourdough, it shows it's age a bit, but still is pleasant.

Grape jelly minus the sweetness, tart currant, tannic bitterness, full bodied and savory, mellow carbonation. Dry herbal bitterness and oak in the aftertaste, sort of musty. Probably wouldn't hang on to this any longer, drink 'em if ya got 'em.

Thanks to Jason for sending this some time ago, it held up over 5 years...

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3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It is not often - in fact, never - that I get to describe a beer as mauve. That weird brown that's in between gray and purple. Low carbed and very murky, but the fascinating color wins it style points.
It is of currants and roses, sweetly wafting its fragrance upon my face. Tastes similar, very floral, quite a bit curranty, earthy yeast presence. It was delightful to try this and worth the chance even if it wasn't completely fantastic.
Alan had this 2005 vintage in bottles at the place for $15.

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Photo of Sammy
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

3rd cassis in 5 days. This aged bottle had vegatable flavour in it. Poured very cloudy fruit mixture, with Caesar head. Emits a refreshing fruit, with grapefruit notes. The mouthfeel is creamy with an acidic element. Outside of the veggie aspect, there is a mostly green grape and raisin flavour. A good tart berry? Only in those last little residue drops.

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Photo of younger35
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this brew quite a bit ago from JohnGalt1. I love Hair of the Dog and I really love fruit beers so this is gotta be good right? Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip.

Brewed on July 12th and bottled on September 8th, 2005.

Appearance- Pours an extremely murky pinkish purple with a nice half finger creamy pinkish hued head. Amazingly that beautiful cap and collar remains the entire beer yet no lacing is to be seen.
Smell- Wow, extremely pungent. Loads of earthy currants tingle the nostrils as a slightly tart zing is present. Dark black cherries and even a bit of strawberries peak out as well. It has a bit of a yeasty Belgium thing going on as well. Caramel and toffee get into the mix as well. Definitely an odd sort of combination but interesting.
Taste- The nose sort of translates into the taste pretty well. Starts with a fairly big blast of black current that is earthy and lightly tart. I don't think I can stress the earthy part enough. Maybe some raspberries and blackberries as well. A pinch of rhubarb gets in the mix as well as an underlying bitterness. The beer is slightly sweet overall but there is a bit of pithy tannic bitterness under it all. I don't get the oak per say but I get the tannic vanillin that it's left behind. The beer finishes with a long lingering raisin finish and a tiny tart twang.
Mouthfeel- Really heavy body with a soft kiss of carbonation that is barely noticeable.
Drinkability- Quite an interesting beast we have here. The beer is deep and earthy and fruity all at once. It's like liquid raisin bran or something. An extremely interesting beer that I'm glad I had the opportunity to try. Thanks Toby!

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4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to JohnGalt1 for this brew.

2005 Vintage

Poured into a chalice a very cloudy milky purple color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger fizzy/creamy head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, very slight yeast note, lots of black currant notes, with some caramel. The taste is kinda sweet, malty, bitter, fruity, nice little carbonated punch. Medium body. Drinkable, a pretty tasty brew, glad to have gotten a chance to try it.

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1.97/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Chilled bottle into a glass. A gift courtesy of ramnuts.

A: The pour captured a surprising amount of sediment, resulting in a murky brown body, the color of watered-down chocolate milk, with a finger of lightly pink head. Retention is about a minute, and the cap recedes to a pretty substantial collar on the drink but leaves no lacing behind.

S: Black currants and earth. Moderately pungent, and kind of one-dimensional.

T: Black currant, chocolate, and tannins. Weakly tart and just slightly dry -- I feel like the beer would be much improved if it had been more tart and dry.

M: Light-bodied, low carbonation. ABV was well hidden. It honestly felt like drinking a cherry soda.

D: A surprising disappointment from an otherwise stellar brewery. And I suspect ramnuts was playing a prank with this one...

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Photo of ccrida
4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my large St. Feuillien goblet, Rose Cassis (2005) is a ruddy cider color, very murky, with an off-white head that settles to a long lasting skim but leaving almost no lace. The sediment was well compacted, and while it looked hazy, there was no sediment at the bottom of the glass, which I sipped slowly.

Smell is super strong. As I poured this from the bottle, it hit me like a ton of bricks, and I have to admit, I was scared. Big time black currant, sweet alcohol, a little earthy. I really like it though, and am super impressed how robust it is considering it's age.

Taste is also heavy on the currants and super tannic, way oaky, with a tart, dry finish.

Mouthfeel is pretty creamy, medium body. Did I mention how tannic this is???

Drinkability is ok, interesting, and better then I thought - for some reason I had pretty low expectations for this. A tasty, rich beer, not one I need more then one of in one sitting, but a nice desert beer. Probably will continue to age for a while, of course the fruit will fade, but has held up awfully well so far, going on 4 years.

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3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle courtesy of josephselander poured into a tulip.

Pours a bizarre-looking opaque milky brown with hints purple and a pinkish white head that hangs around as a solid collar for a while and leaves no lacing. Looks like grapefruit juice with a shot of coffee added - seriously.

The smell is dominated by currants - a big sweetness with additional fruits thrown in, maybe blackberries and cherries. There is also a bit of dry woodiness and hints of tartness.

The taste is extremely powerful and has a heavy black currant sweetness with lots of sugar in the background and the finish has a slight tart fruity character. There is a solid yeast presence in the middle before the vinous finish.

The mouthfeel is also extremely interesting as it feels almost like pureed fruit, with a thickness that I'm not accustomed to. It's not a heavy mouthfeel, but it's like there's sediment coming through on every sip. The carbonation is very subtle and soft.

This is one of the more unique beers I've ever tasted. I'm not going to say it's a great beer, but it's not like I've got a lot to compare it to. The sweetness definitely starts to build up over time and I wouldn't want to drink more than one bottle of it. That said, a tasty experiment from HotD.

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3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased by largadeer at the brewery.

Poured into my snifter. The beer looks like extra cloudy grapefruit juice.

The aroma is of cassis and wood with some light cherry notes. Oxidation imparts some sherry character. The taste is of black currants and berries (no specific variety). Light acetic acid notes blend with sherry-like oxidation and wood notes.

The beer is light bodied with low carbonation. I've never had anything quite like this beer and I'm glad I was able to try it.

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Rose Cassis from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 47 ratings