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Close Encounter | Blue Star Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Blue Star Brewing Company
Texas, United States | website

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
2 year aged sour beer blend with hints of tamarind and prunes.

Added by Mora2000 on 11-15-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
17
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
16.88%
 
 
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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 17
Reviews by chinchill:
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3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of Tiernan
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of StephRai
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of bkeller04
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of zonker17
3.49/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of vickersspitfire
3.36/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gregaroo
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of yankinwis
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of MLDucky
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Radome
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Photo of AgentMunky
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Garbageman10
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Pug
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zaximus
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Close Encounter from Blue Star Brewing Company
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