Oak And Orchard - Blueberry, Boysenberry And Black Currant
Epic Brewing Company

Oak And Orchard - Blueberry, Boysenberry And Black CurrantOak And Orchard - Blueberry, Boysenberry And Black Currant
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Style:
Wild Ale
Ranked #943
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
90
Ranked #9,354
Avg:
4.06 | pDev: 6.16%
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
49
From:
Epic Brewing Company
 
Utah, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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Gots
  6
SCORE
90
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Oak And Orchard - Blueberry, Boysenberry And Black CurrantOak And Orchard - Blueberry, Boysenberry And Black Currant
Notes: Brewed with blueberries, boysenberries and black currants.
Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 49 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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BerryKumquat from California

4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Light barrel aged color.
S: Decent dark berry color.
T: A wild rush of three berries Very enjoyable, soft and unique.
F: A berry mix.
O: A very unique triple berry fusion.

May 24, 2020
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a blueberry juice tinted burnt orange with a one finger head that fades to a ringlet; squiggles of lace line the glass

Smell: Lactic boysenberry and black currant with these assertive berry elements tempered somewhat by the more subtle blueberry tones; oaky, as well

Taste: Lactic berry tones come through, just as in the aroma, with acetic sourness building, through the middle; oaky and dry with a tartness that lingers into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A nice fruit blend that pairs well with the base beer

Oct 24, 2019
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minterro from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Got this one from the brother for my birthday!

A&S: aroma on this one is intoxicating. Very aromatic, I am getting a lot of black currants followed by acidic sourness and blueberries. Not sure if I'm getting boysenberries, but I haven't had too many boysenberries to compare it to. Color is great, cherry crimson but the head is so-so dying very quickly and leaving nothing.

T&M: Overall the taste is pretty good but a little on the medicine side especially in the aftertaste. Very fruity upfront and not as sour as I expected from the aroma. I get the black currents as it fades to the aftertaste. The body is pretty amazing. Medium to highish carbonation, and the body is medium light.

Overall: Pretty great! I am not sure of the price, so I can't give a recommendation. But I would say anything under $10 per bottle would be worth it for me.

May 27, 2018
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. Release 'TROIS', DEN#4438.
Reddish, amber colored body. Fizzy head disappears. No lacing.
Dark fruit aroma (blueberries and boysenberries) with some oak.
Taste of tart fruit, with oak barrel and yeast funk.
Medium, smooth mouth feel.
Good combination of tart and funk, with oak tannins.

Feb 10, 2018
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Unknown vintage (release #5?); drank 9/17/17 @ the Yarchives.

See-through purple appearance.

An even pour yielded a small white head; almost no lace.

Blueberry, strawberry & mild tart lemon notes in the nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Blueberry & dry strawberry flavors up front; mildly tart lemon notes on the finish.

Fruit forward, tart but not puckering & easy to enjoy. Well done!

Sep 18, 2017
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a lightly hazed ruby red with a two finger fizzy pink head.

S - Aroma is tart blueberries, boysenberries, black currants, lactic acid and oak.

T - The taste follows the aroma. Bleuberries, boysenberries, black currant, leather, ligh lactic acid and oak.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Soft mouthfeel with a crisp dry finish.

O - This is a very nice fruited wild ale. The balance of sweet and tart is excellent and the 8.5% ABV is hardly noticeable.

Jun 15, 2017
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superspak from Michigan

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into tulip glass; release #1, bottled in 11/2016. Pours slightly hazy reddish/pinkish orange/light purple color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy light pink head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big tart/tangy raspberry, blueberry, blackberry, plum, red grape, currant, fruit jam, oak, wheat, cracker, pepper, hay, straw, and grass; with lighter notes of vanilla, leather, musty funk, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, berries/currants, wine barrel, and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart/tangy raspberry, blueberry, blackberry, plum, red grape, currant, fruit jam, oak, wheat, cracker, pepper, hay, straw, and grass; with lighter notes of vanilla, leather, musty funk, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tartness and yeast/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/tangy raspberry, blueberry, blackberry, plum, red grape, currant, fruit jam, oak, wheat, cracker, pepper, hay, straw, grass, light funk, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, berries/currants, wine barrel, and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/tart/spiciness balance, and zero puckering flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from tart/spiciness and carbonation, increasing through the glass. Medium-plus carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, bready/grainy/acidic, and lightly tangy/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 8.5%. Overall this is a great fruited sour/wild ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, berries/currants, wine barrel, and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink with the balanced tartness/acidity. Very nice Brett complexity, jammy fruits, and wine barrel presence; with a solid malt backbone. Not as funky or sour as I hoped for, but still has a nice amount. A very enjoyable offering.

Jun 10, 2017
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$ 13 (Including tax)/12.7 oz bottle ($ 1.02/oz) at Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA.
Release #3. No bottled or best by date. Stored at 42 degrees. Served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Aroma – quite pleasant fruity odor with some tart sharpness.
Head small (Maximum 1.5 cm, aggressive pour), pink, fizzy, rapidly diminishing to a two mm ring and no layer.
Lacing – none.
Body – reddish, slight haze, slight effervescence.
Flavor – begins tart and fruity but without any distinct flavors. No “beery” components, ie no malt, no hops, no alcohol. Allowing it to warm on my tongue released a massive tartness that forced me to either swallow or spit it out (I swallowed).
Palate thin, watery, fizzy carbonation.

One bottle of this is enough, thank you. Rather average sour/wild fruit based ale. Not something you want lying about your mouth for long. The absence of lacing, fizzy head, and short head retention time are typical of some wild ales and as such do not detract from the ratings.

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 3.5, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.5.

May 27, 2017
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Stevedore from Oregon

3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle served in a snifter glass. Pour is medium-lighter purple-pink body, one finger white head, short retention and not much lacing. Smell is more boysenberry than anything else, light brett, mild lactic acidity, touch of oak, with a subtle blueberry pie. Flavour follows, not too complicated but the brett is there, a bit of oak and almost non-descript fruit. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied, good carbonation, a bit thin with a fair bit of acidity. Overall, a decent fruited sour although it lacks a fair bit of depth.

Apr 18, 2017
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MFMB from Idaho

4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep purple with minimal head. Nose is of sour berries. Taste of sour blueberries and light oak. Very sour with a clean woody taste on the back end. Light to medium body. Nice and tart but very drinkable. Epic makes excellent sours.

Mar 06, 2017
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ljc973 from Michigan

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a faint pink with minimal head. Smell is a melody of tart fruits. Taste is more funk and acidity than fruit. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but acceptable for the style. Overall, a very good sour. Although it's pricey (I paid around $16/375ml), it is definitely worth a try.

Feb 14, 2017
Oak And Orchard - Blueberry, Boysenberry And Black Currant from Epic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 49 ratings