Blackberry Grove
Cigar City Brewing

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Wild Ale
4.06 | pDev: 7.64%
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Notes: BlackberryGrove is an American Sour Blackberryale that experiences three fermentations. Primary fermentation is conducted with lactobacillus, a bacterial that sours the wort. The secondary fermentation takes place when we add an aleyeast. The tertiary fermentation is spurred by the addition of blackberries. The acidity of this elegant ale cuts fatty foods and oily fish from the palate beautifully. Pairs well with mussels cooked in gueuze, ceviche terrines and rich, creamy cheese or cheesecake.

IBU: 7.5
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macrosmatic from Florida

3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into an El Catador Barrel-Aged glass.

A: Purplish red - nearly the color of cranberry juice - and mildly hazy. Forms a thin white head, though it fades quickly, with lower visible carbonation than expected.

S: Lactic tart, berry fruitiness, and mild Lactobacillus funk. Husky pale malts, and the weird dishwater aroma that many of CCB's sours have as well. Some lemony citric acid mixed with the blackberry pie filling. Decent aroma, but it doesn’t hit me quite right.

T: Tart berries, dry citric acid, and a modest Lacto funk. Lactic acid bite and the tart underripe blackberries. Grainy pale malts again. Dry and tart finish with more husky “dishwater” in the hang.

M: A light body, with carbonation sensation just a bit lower than desired. Low alcohol presence.

O: This isn't my favorite, though it’s not the worst of the “Lactobacillus Grove” series. The blackberries add a nice sweet and tart balance.
NOTE: I won’t change the rating, but this did get significantly better after eating some curry chicken wings. I'm not sure quite what to make of that, but if you're going to drink this, either let it warm significantly, or have it with some food. Or both.

Jun 17, 2018
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ELS from Florida

4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer surprised me. It has a great balance of a very pleasing sour lacto taste and a slightly sweet blackberry flavor that comes in towards the end. Neither overwhelms but works well in a very drinkable, refreshing beer. I also picked up a little bit of a wood flavor. Not sure where it came from but it adds to the overall enjoyment (for lack of a better word) and dare I say complexity of this sour. I would definitely seek this out.

Jan 15, 2017
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DVMin98 from North Carolina

3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade with a buddy in Tampa. As soon as I opened it, it gushed, but not to where half the bottle was lost. Just a bit of head emanated from the top. Poured a beautiful light purple with a 3 finger head. Smell was a bit of fruit, funk, etc. Not over the top. Taste was tart, blackberries (muted), some funk. Fairly effervescent mouthfeel. Prickly but pleasant. Overall, it was a nice, refreshing beer.

Jan 10, 2016
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Rimbimhoot from Illinois

4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

T: Blackberry jam, lactic, tart, fresh blackberry, lemon peel, yogurt, sweet, light earthiness

O: First sour from cigar city and this one is damn good

Aug 16, 2015
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indurTheB from Florida

3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Much better than the Cherry Grove, and sweeter and easier to drink than the Apricot Grove. This beer is good, refreshing, but not as "complex" as some of the other blackberry sours available.

Jul 05, 2015
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.18/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Pretty purple body. Medium white head and medium collar. Musty smell, light berry. Mostly acidic aromas. Some fruity malts. Much more fruit in the taste. Sour berries. Kind of a messy sourness. The blackberry flavor peaks in the finish and gets a little bit vinegary. High carbonation, medium light. Kinda disappointing.

Jun 23, 2015
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Pourharddrinkslow from South Carolina

3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look - A dark pink/purple color. Not very transparent. Exceptionally dark for a sour.

Smell - Very little going on here; A mild yeasty sweetness.

Taste - A little tart, a nice sweetness. Has a slight puckering sourness to it. Nice and smooth.

Feel - Light and bubbly.

Overall - A good sour, slightly different than what I would prefer; but still very pleasant.

Jun 09, 2015
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wingnutter from Florida

4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Give this beer 4-6 weeks if you can - it's a little sharp when fresh, and the fruit isn't at the forefront...a month or so softens up the CCB Lacto Grove beers, IMO, and lets the fruit really come through. That said, its still a delicious sour. I always make it a point to hit the brewery whenever they release a Lacto Grove beer, they are not to be missed.

May 29, 2015
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Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 88 ratings