Summer 2010 Vintage - Blackberry | Almanac Beer Co.

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Summer 2010 Vintage - BlackberrySummer 2010 Vintage - Blackberry
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Almanac Beer Co.
California, United States
almanacbeer.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our golden ale reflects a dueling love of classic Belgian ales and American hops. We balance two row barley, pilsner malt and wheat with a touch of Magnum bittering hops added at the beginning of the boil, and a California-sized addition of Citra hops added at the end of the boil. This late hop addition adds a delicate grapefruit-peel aroma. We then age the beer in used oak wine barrels from California wineries with two hundred pounds of fresh Cherokee Blackberries, and another fifty pounds of Marion, Ollalie and Boysen Berries. All of our berries were hand picked at the family owned and operated Sebastopol Berry Farm.

After six months of barrel aging with the fruit, we blended the barrels back together with freshly brewed "base-beer" to reinvigorate the citrusy, hoppy aroma. Blended beer is re-fermented in the bottle to provide a final layer of complexity. Bottle conditioning provides a natural carbonation of superfine bubbles, similar to classic sparkling wines. The finished bottle is alive, and will continue to evolve and change over time, gaining nuance and character for years.

Added by nataku00 on 02-20-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
81
Reviews:
50
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
15.32%
 
 
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21
Gots:
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Photo of macrosmatic
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to eyebereej for sending this one! While received a few years ago, after a long cellar slumber I finally opened it. Reviewed from notes (drank 10/17/16). Poured from a 750 mL bottle into an El Catador barrel-aged glass.

A: Hazy dark gold, with over a finger's worth of white head that has pretty decent retention. A good amount of visible carbonation as well.

S: Vinous, berries, and oak. Sweet malts with notes of caramel and toffee and with a bit of oxidation. Some booziness as well. It smells almost like a barleywine at this point.

T: Blackberries with mild tartness, caramel sweetness, vanilla and bready malts. Mild oxidation is again apparent. Some oak, vinous character, and a mild booziness. It ends with more caramel malt sweetness overlaid with fruity tartness and a mild amount of hop bitterness (just alpha acid at this point, but it remains mild).

M: Medium body. A lot of carbonation sensation still, and the alcohol seems more prominent than expected.

O: Still a pretty decent beer. Unfortunately, I don’t know what it once was. But at this point, it tastes like a blonde barleywine with some tart fruit in it. But still enjoyable.

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3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Amber color, over an inch of white head on it. Despite the fruit additions, this one comes through with respectable clarity under any circumstance.

Aroma was mild oak, berries, mild tart.

Taste was pretty clean, no funk, yeast mild, hopping mild. I can't figure out the classification for this beer. It doesn't fit in any one category. Its like equal parts mild fruit beer, mild pale ale.

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3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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2.02/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a snifter on 6/1/12

Bottled 5/29/11
Bottle No. 3065

Thanks to Nickd717

A) Clear, golden amber. Thin layer of foam with some ring retention.

S) Plastic, fake blackberry aroma, grains, and a soft oak note. Mustiness is on the low side. Light fruit tones.

T) It doesn't taste nearly as good as it smells. Dank oak turns to stale, wet swamp grass and grump, sleepy fruit suggestions. Blueberries are all but gone.

M) Light body with moderate, prickly carbonation. The finish is vinous and a tad earthy and funky.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled May 2011, opened May 2013.

A – Bright, opaque, dusty honey body. Fine, bone-white head has ok retention and lace.

S – Sweet honey, banana pudding, mixed berries, vanilla, sweet rice.

T – Sharp acidity. Lemon-lime Gatorade, fermented berries, honey, wheat, touch of oak.

M – Big carbonation on a smooth, medium frame.

O – A few years did this bottle well. Great integration on an excellent flavor profile. Another great beer from Almanac.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle No. 344

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey golden color with a modest head that leaves some splashy lace

Smell: Blackberries and wine barrels, with Belgian yeast undertones and a grassy character

Taste: The Belgian yeast character overwhelms the front end (I read somewhere that this was the Duvel strain) with the tart blackberry aspect developing in the middle; after the swallow, the wine barrels add a tannic dryness, with the tartness of the berries bringing up the rear

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: There is a lot going on with this beer, almost too much; the yeast strain is a bit too strong for the rest of the flavors and the blackberries might be just a bit too tart without adding enough of their fruit; having tasted some other Almanac beers lately, I think this brewery is coming along from some of the elements that are distracting in this beer

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3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one at jmgrub's birthday tasting.

Bottled 5/29/11. Bottle # 1152.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, berries, wine, and wood. Taste is much the same with a slightly sour berry flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and light.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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Summer 2010 Vintage - Blackberry from Almanac Beer Co.
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