Barnstormer Series - Close Encounter
Blue Star Brewing Company

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Blue Star Brewing Company
Texas, United States
Flanders Red Ale
3.84 | pDev: 13.02%
Dec 19, 2016
Nov 15, 2011
Very Good
Notes: 2 year aged sour beer blend with hints of tamarind and prunes.
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Rated: 4.08 by JohnBender from Texas

Dec 19, 2016
Rated: 3.55 by GarbageMan10 from Texas

Jul 24, 2016
Rated: 3.89 by MLDucky from Texas

Apr 11, 2016
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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Blue Star Brewing Company "Close Encounter"
on tap at the brewery on 2 November 2015

Appearance: Slightly hazy deep copper beneath a full head of creamy off white froth. Excellent retention and lacing.

Aroma: Sour and caramelish with a hint of vinegar and earthy funkiness. Fruity with red berry and tart red apple.

Flavor: The sugar and tart are balanced... the funky/sour edge dominates but the sweetness is able to bring it around. Fruity with dark skinned fruit, cherry, and raspberry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light in body, gently effervescent and somewhat creamy.

Overall: A bit "WACKO" but accessible to fans of sour beers.
Feb 04, 2016
Rated: 3.36 by vickersspitfire from Texas

Nov 16, 2015
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Reviewed by Myotus from Texas

3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
I never do live reviews from a brewery, but since they don't bottle, here it goes.
LOOK: It was presented to me into a pilsner glass with a quarter finger's worth of an off-white foam head. Amber in color with a moderate amount of cloudiness. Rising bubbles are large in size and moderate in quantity. Lacing is very thin and subtle.
SMELL: Has strong aromas of tamarindo that meet with mild aromas of sour yeast, oak, and bready malts.
TASTE: Strong tamarindo and sour yeast flavors enter initially. Mild bready malt, oak, and peach flavors follow up immediately after.
FEEL: Light-bodied and moderately carbonated. Goes down smooth. Finishes with a mild dryness. Sourness from the beer playfully agitates the tongue.
NOTE: Pretty good. The description says it has a hint of tamarind, but this is a tamarind bomb. It would be better if the tamarind was balanced out by something.
Oct 26, 2015
Rated: 3.49 by zonker17 from Texas

Jul 30, 2015
Rated: 4.09 by Pug from Minnesota

Jun 29, 2015
Rated: 4.29 by Gagnonsux from Texas

Jun 09, 2015
Rated: 4 by kylehay2004 from Illinois

Apr 11, 2015
Rated: 1.87 by Dicers from California

Feb 28, 2015
Rated: 3.97 by Ryno3031 from Texas

Feb 06, 2015
Rated: 4.13 by LXIXME from New Mexico

Dec 28, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by StephRai from New York

Sep 27, 2014
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Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
On tap at the brewpub in San Antonio.

Appearance: Pours brown with low clarity, but not quite hazy. The head leaves little lacing.

Feel: Near medium body and medium carbonation.

Flavor: Markedly tart. Puckering tartness. Some tamarind flavor at a well set level. High tartness for style. Approaches 4.25.

O: Bold and recommended. .. and this from someone who doesn't like tamarind or many sour beers.
Jun 21, 2014
Rated: 4 by Tiernan from Texas

Jun 20, 2014
Rated: 4 by AgentMunky from New York

Jun 03, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by bkeller04 from Texas

Jun 01, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by Zaximus from Colorado

Apr 11, 2014
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Reviewed by Hoptometrist from Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Served on tap into a snifter.

A- Poured a dark reddish brown with off-white frothy head that left splashy lace.

S- Big sweet and sour chilli notes, dark fruits, and vinegar sourness and astringency.

T- Big sweet and sour chili notes, tart raspberry and dark fruit notes, and quite a bit of astringency not unlike nail polish.

M- High carbonation dry, and quite a bit of astringent burn on the finish.

O- A really unique and creative sour ale that I enjoyed, but a little went a long way. After a while it reminded me of sweet and sour sauce.
Jan 31, 2014
Rated: 4 by Gregaroo from Pennsylvania

Nov 05, 2013
Rated: 4.75 by Radome from Florida

Nov 03, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by yankinwis from Wisconsin

Feb 26, 2013
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Reviewed by Mora2000 from Texas

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I was happy to find one of Blue Star's sours on tap during a recent trip to San Antonio.

The beer pours an amber color with a large white head. The aroma is very heavy on the acetic acid, with a little bit of toffee mixed in.

The vinegar is also present in the flavor, but there is also some nice tart dark cherry notes as well as some toffee and a little bit of brown sugar. Overall, the beer is very sour and makes your cheeks pucker quite a bit. That being said, the beer is easy to drink and quite enjoyable.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
Nov 15, 2011
Barnstormer Series - Close Encounter from Blue Star Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 24 ratings