Cerise Sour Blonde
Almanac Beer Co.

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American Wild Ale
4.08 | pDev: 10.29%
Almanac Beer Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Cerise Sour BlondeCerise Sour Blonde
Notes: This beer is inspired by the long and hot summer days in the San Joaquin Valley—the fertile basin that yields much of California’s bountiful produce. This tart blond ale was brewed with Rainier and Bing cherries from Bella Viva Orchards and fermented with our house sour culture and aged for many months in used wine barrels to create a tart, cherry-kissed wild ale.
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Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a tulip to a deep golden orange topped by a finger of dense off white head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S; Smells of cherries, sourdough bread, light funk, and a little oak
T: taste is a huge puckering sour with loads of cherries, some funk, light oak, and a hint of vanilla. Swallow is more sourness, cherries, funk, and slight lingering oaky wine barrel.
M: This beer is on the lighter side of medium with effervescent carbonation which is perfect for the style while the acidity gives this one a drying finish.
O: Overall this is a pretty intense beer. It has a huge sour note but fortunately the other flavors are up to the task to keep if from being totally one note. Fairly good complexity and a good representative of the style. Worth a try if you can find it.

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Photo of jlindros
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Had this one for a little while, not date on the bottle

Pours a white bubbly smaller head with sticky lacing, mostly clear blond honey color with rosy almost strawberry juice hue.

nose nice souring funk, sour blonde with nice acidity, a ltitle berry almost strawberry like, a little tart cherry and faint cherry cough syrup, an almost cranberry tartness, with sweetness, candy fruit, and a faint vinous

Taste starts very sour, mouth puckering, big acidity, acetic acid and lactic acid, nice souring bacteria, little wine vinegar, mild vinous notes with some buttery barrel mixed in the background, lots of sour fruit, a ltitle berry and cranberry again but more sour cherries, candied fruit and sweet syrupy notes, good funk level. Little flemmy finish, quite sour and acidic, lingering berry and cherry.

Mouth is med bod, a little syrupy, tart and very acidic, little flemmy, with lighter but OK carb.

Overall pretty nice, cherry doesn't hit you over the head like I thought it would, great souring and funk, nice acidity, little ont he sweet syrupy side but not too bad, and maybe a bit more carbonation would have helped. I liked the barrel and wine but wish both brought more to the table.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to eyebereej for sending this one! Reviewed from (long-standing) notes. Poured from a 375 mL bottle into a 7venth Sun snifter.

A: Fairly hazy, orangish brown-gold. There’s a thin white that fades quickly and low visible carbonation.

S: Lactic tartness and sour cherries, dry white wine and dry wood. A modest funk. Very nice aroma, though not overly strong.

T: Tartness from lactic acid and cherry juice flavor. Yeasty, with a citric lemon bite and milder dry vinous character. Some bready malts and mild barnyard funk as well. The dry oak tannins near the end contribute to the very dry finish.

M: Medium body, good carbonation sensation, and the alcohol is well-hidden.

O: A pretty darn tasty beer. This is one of my favorites from Almanac’s Farm To Barrel series that I've had to date.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours blonde with a slight haze and pink hue. Aromas of lacto sour, slight vinegar, oak, and slight acidity. Taste follows nose with mild acidity, lacto sour, oak barrel and slight funk. The cherry was nearly non existent since it was aged in a fridge for a year and half but tastes none the less

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.61/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle with some Lost Abbey stemware
Notes taken on 02/07/2015

A: Pour is a golden honey blonde with a faint copper blush. Nice clarity to this one with virtually no bubble action to it. Only a slender film of short lived suds appears over top. Looks a bit flat in the glass and almost like a Scotch whiskey would. Has that same golden amber glow going on.

S: The nose is heavy apple cider with a touch of red wine vinegar mixed in. I get some faint cheesy lacto funk with dried lemon peel and a small sample of tart cherries. Finishes out with some earthy oak and a bit more of the cherry notes developing. Not bad for the most part. Pretty forward on the cidery notes I would say.

T: This is quite tart and acetic actually. The vinegar qualities are pretty prominent here and almost to a disparaging point. I would say it’s a good blend of 70% apple cider and 30% red wine or sherry even. Flavors start to mellow out into more wet grains and golden stone fruit with a nice subtle tart cherry oak filled finish. Heavier than I prefer but growing on me as I make my way through the drink. Some light lemony lacto presence noted.

M: The mouthfeel is too heavy for my enjoyment. Carbonation is low giving a much more syrupy feel to the beer. Lacks that effervescent froth to help lighten the delivery and tease the palate.

D: A nice to try but far from being one of the greats. Trying to give this one fair shot as there are some nice subtle flavors here and there but it just wasn’t that great overall and the mouthfeel is severely lacking.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle into tulip. Bottled July 2014.

A: Pours a clean pumpkin-amber color with a couple fingers of fizzy off-white head that quickly faded into nothingness.
S: Bright tart crisp notes of the base beer with a touch of sweet cherry juice on top. The barrel and yeast add some damp, musty, complex funk. The fruit is mildly perfumey.
T: Clean barrel funk, interesting and subtly complex earthy, spicy, woody, musty, and funky bug combination. More depth to the tartness than just a clean lacto beer. The cherry isn't over the top but adds a nice tannic red fruit character that has a pleasant but mild sweetness. The finish is full of tart red fruits and is a tad vinous, and I get some vinous sour red apple flavors in the finish alongside some lingering butter oak.
M: Light body, crisp and light mouthfeel with frothy but scrubbing carbonation and a very dry and lightly gritty tannic mouthfeel.
O: This was really enjoyable and, just like most Almanac beers, is another great example of American sour beer. More complexity than many other sours available.

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Photo of TruePerception
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almanac's Cerise Sour Blond, blond ale brewed with cherries (Ranier and Bing) and aged in wine barrels. 7% ABV.

A: About half a finger of head, but it dissipates so quickly to nothing that it's hard to say for sure. No lacing. Decent sheeting. A lot of color variance to this one. Orangeade orange along the top and near the bottom. Gradients to a red-orange in the center. Very foggy looking white, with a yellowish tinge, in the dimple.

S: Funky, musty cherry aroma with a lot of sourness up front. Slight peach skin. I do smell both the more stone fruity aroma of Ranier cherry in with the more acidic cherry aroma. Faint dry oak. Very faint lemony scent.

T/MF: Hmm. More sharp and bright lemony tartness up front that shift into a more lime note, with just a touch of the lime peel bitterness. A hint of peach skin at the very front. Most of the acidity is very short, leaving a fairly clean taste on the tongue, with just a touch of acidity along with the Ranier cherry left to ride out the finish, soft and decently long. Some of the initial acidity splashes onto the sides of the tongue and holds there a little more than down the center. Just a touch of carbonation of the palate.

Not quite what I was expecting, but quite good, all the same.

Poured from a 375mL bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got in a trade with RaulMondesi. 375 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 7/10/2014. Pours very hazy deep orange/amber with a 1 finger fairly dense off white head with solid retention, that reduces to a spotty cap that lingers. Some slight spotty lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of tart cherry, lemon, green apple, red grape, caramel, toasted bread, hay, straw, grass, oak, light vinegar, light musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/funky yeast, cherry, wine barrel, and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of tart cherry, lemon, green apple, red grape, caramel, toasted bread, hay, straw, grass, oak, light vinegar, light musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of fruity/earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart cherry, lemon, green apple, red grape, caramel, toasted bread, oak, hay, straw, light vinegar/funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of fruity/funky yeast, cherry, wine barrel, and malt flavors; with a great sweetness/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, crisp, and fairly creamy/acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice fruited sour ale. All around good complexity and balance of fruity/funky yeast, cherry, wine barrel, and malt flavors; and very smooth to drink with the balanced acidity. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy apricot color; not the most impressive head and it fades away quickly though it leaves a fair amount of dots behind

Smell: Lactic sour tones, lemon, wine grapes and fig, some funk but not much cherry

Taste: Lactic sourness, up front, with lemon and fig; the acetic tones build in the middle, with the cherry and oaky vinous character making an entry in the finish; nicely funky in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; crisp and puckery

Overall: This beer would likely score higher if its first name wasn't "Cerise" as it is a tasty sour that is only lacking in the cherry aspect

Thanks, snakeey11, for the opportunity

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Photo of Rutager
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A. Nice amber-orange with a good amount of haze and a thin white head.
S. Big lacto sourness, some sour cherry and sweet malt with a sweet woody funk.
T. Very sour, some flanders-like malts and cherry flavors coming through with some bright sour cherry as well. Some light barrel funk and a drop of white wine as well.
M. Medium body, medium+ carbonation.
O. Very acidic, would worry about my tooth enamel disappearing if I drank it often but it's good stuff right now.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep apricot body. Off-white head pours thin with nice retention and low lace.

S - Absolutely fantastic nose. Firm sourness, tart fruits, pear, cherry, fig, lavender, and a touch of caramel. Soft and incredibly well balanced.

T - Dry opening of cherries, Golden Delicious apples, and green grapes. Tart lemon, lavender, and sour warhead center. Touch of caramel on the backend before a dry oaky finish.

M - Bright mouthfeel, medium body.

O - A delicious, complex american wild with nice depth.

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.2/5  rDev -46.1%

Pour is lightly hazed amber with a thin foamy white head. Nose is a bit all over the place and virtually no cherry. lots of phenolic plastic notes, citrus, light grain, faint wood. Flavor is a bit tighter, less phenolic plastic (still a touch there), hints of cherry, more citrus, high acidity, faint acetic. Light body, strong carb.

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Photo of metter98
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy reddish yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that quickly died down, leaving large wispy laces of bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge, and bits of lacing down the sides.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sourness are present in the nose along with slight hints of cherries. The cherries become a little stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is mostly sour and has some notes of tart cherries.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite quaffable for a wild ale because it isn't overly tart or sour. It wasn't nearly as complex as some of the best wild ales, but was enjoyable to drink.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of CHickman
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%

Bottled July 2014: Pours brown copper color with a 2 finger fizzy tan head that dissipated quickly and was noisy like a seltzer bottle opened. There were a ton of bubbles racing up this very active brew that leaves no lacing, but does percolate in the middle like a hot spring.

Smell is sour and tart, with cherry, sweet berries, light caramel, funky yeast, red wine, oak barrels and the classic barnyard funk which is a mix of wet animals, wet cardboard and mud. Classic European homage with a fine countryside aroma.

Tastes like it smells, but starts out with a tart fruit sweetness, followed by sour cherry and raspberry, funky yeast, red wine, white wine, oak barrels, wheat bread or soft sugar coated cereal, fruity hard candy, and lighter accents of the classic barnyard funk (a mix of wet animals, wet cardboard, rotting fruit and mud). It’s very tart/sour to the point of almost being bitter like grapefruit, and there’s a lot of complexities but not a lot of real exciting flavors that jump out. It hides the ABV quite well, but the taste is a little less exciting than I was expecting.

Mouthfeel is thin with zesty carbonation, a light to medium body and a sour bitterness that is like licking citrus fruit.

Overall it was good, but this was my first Almanac beer and it didn’t live up to the hype on the brewery. I’ll try some more of their brews before I pass full judgment.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a murky reddish brown color with a thin light brown head. The head fades pretty quickly, leaving behind a flat looking beer.

S: Pretty faint smell. Has a bit of a tart edge to it, making me think I could be in for a good amount of sourness. An almost metallic smell lurking along with some baked red apple. Really not smelling a lot here though.

T: It's rare I come across an Almanac sour I'm not a fan of. But this just doesn't do it for me. Has a light, citric twang right off the bat and there's just a hint of sour red cherry beyond that, but that's about it. The beer is undercarbonated, and under-soured (if that's a thing). It just tastes like it wasn't allowed to sour as long as it should have. Not horrible, but I would definitely not to back to this, especially with all the other good beers Almanac makes.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared with Curran tonight.

Pours a hazy orange color, with a no head, some active visible carbonation, and no lacing.

Smells like cherry, lactic acid, and not much else. Smells nice, but wish it was a bit more complex.

This tastes good, but again, it's not really complex. There's some light tart wine notes, with a bigger emphasis on both sweet and tart cherries. Beyond that, there's not a whole lot going on. It does taste good, though.

This one is light bodied, with a very crisp and spritzy mouthfeel. It's pretty highly carbonatated, but still pretty drinkable.

This is pretty solid, far from the best sour I've ever had, but I still enjoyed it.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%

A-Cloudy amber orange, not much carbonation or head.

S-Mild cherries, grapes/wine, mild oak and the blonde ale base comes through.

T-Starts with a nice mild cherry flavor, with some tartness, the grapes come through along with a little bit of the oak.

M-Lighter, not much carbonation but s semi crisp and dry finish

O-Another solid sour Almanac.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.32/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Murky orange body. Small white head and a thin collar.

Smell - Musty cherry. Stone fruit acidity. Pale malt.

Taste - Cherry is a little lost here. More generically stone fruit. I get some of the wine barrel here though. Pretty sour. Musty cherry in the back end.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Not a lot of cherry here. Seems a misnomer.

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Photo of Jcardot
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Pleasantly surprised by the lack of fruit taste. Nice tart and lingeringing kick to the tongue that left a puckered smile on my face. Will enjoy again. Look forward to trying more Almanacs as they arrive in Colorado.

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Photo of Jonada
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375 ml bottle poured into a teku glass

Appearance: Pours a murky orange color with less than a finger of a fizzy head that dissipates instantly. Body is very hazy and barely translucent.

Smell: Grain, faint cherry, some lemon acidity. Aroma strength somewhat weak.

Taste: Pretty similar to the aroma, but with more cherry presence (still not terribly strong though). Slight grain presence in the finish with a medium/high clean sourness and a touch of lacto.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, but somewhat watery. Carbonation is medium.

Overall: Decent sour American wild ale. Enjoyable, but wouldn’t seek out again.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i really like all of the stuff almanac makes, but this may be the least impressive of the lot. i was expecting bold cherry because their other fruited beers are so robust, but the cherries in this are almost weak, not adding a whole lot to the beer. the base sour blonde is obviously excellent, almanac has that part dialed in, but i keep waiting for the fruit to pop and it never does. the color has a faded reddish hue, cloudy and soft looking, but it never really develops with the cherries. its not sweet either, which is a plus, but dont exxpect this to be kriek-like in nature, its not even close. its a pale sour beer that uses the fruit just as an accent. well made but not as unique as their other stuff.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Oh yes. Quite yes. All kinds of yes. Straight down the line like Johnny Cash walking a DUI test: this thing is solid. Just nice and light and puckering. The cherries are an excellent edition like Grandma baking Thanksgiving dessert.

Another good one from Almanac, yep!

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another alamanac picked up locally (YAY!!!) enjoyed from an almanac flute.

a - brew pours a murky orange fizzy head that was gone almost immediately. opaque.

s - nose screams sour cherry and creamy white wine.

t/m/o - beer has a nice acidic sharp tinge. sour cherry, lemon, and fermented green grape. very vinous. creamy white wine with a dry finish. fairly sour...very nice golden sour with cherry highlights. really interesting combo...but it works.

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Photo of dar482
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

The beer comes in a light orange with a tinge of the red from the cherries.

The aroma has a huge pop of lemon tartness, a medium minus amount of funk, with a hint of cherry fruit.

The flavor follows with a medium plus tartness in up front. A light powdery sugar body in the middle along with a touch of cherry flavor. The beer dries out like white wine as the barrel gently comes through. Hints of funk are in the back as well.

An exceptional brew from an underrated brewery.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%

Poured into a teku glass.

The head is fizzy and quickly dissipates. The body is a hazy orange with robust carbonation. No lace is visible. 4.1

Big cherry aroma, but with the burnt caramel and malt of an oud bruin. Slightly sweet on the nose, but mostly tart and sour. 4.25

Sour, lip-puckering cherry and other fruit flavors are first apparent, before a maltier sweetness like caramel and vanilla enters subtly. A burnt flavor on the finish adds another layer. It occurs to me this kind of tastes like a Jolly Rancher. 4.3

Well this beer is sour as a bite into a lemon, but it isn't the vinegary sour. It has a subtle creaminess and touch of sweetness, and some citrus burst. It's light, but with all this sourness you can't just swill a bunch of these. 4.3

For such a sour beer, this is still quite a treat. It will make your mouth pucker, but not in disgust. Many wonderful flavors here that work in marvelous union. 4.3

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