Summer 2010 Vintage - Blackberry | Almanac Beer Co.

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Summer 2010 Vintage - BlackberrySummer 2010 Vintage - Blackberry

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Almanac Beer Co.
California, United States

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.

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Photo of Arbitrator
1.79/5  rDev -53.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. $20 a bottle.

A: Pours a hazy goldenrod body with fluffy off-white head. Decent retention with some lace.

S: Powerful nose of tannins, light spice, and an afterthought of blackberries. I find myself looking for some expression of the Belgian yeast or whatever went into this beer and find it lacking. $20 a bottle.

T: Remarkably tannic for something that doesn't use the word "tannic" or "oak" or "hey we aged this in barrels" in the title. This is marketed as a blackberry ale first and foremost, and the berries are totally miss-... oh, there they are. They're just weak. And they remain weak and overpowered for the duration of the bottle. Plus the beer is surprisingly sweet, like some kind of sugarcane oak juice. At least the taste presents shotgun spatter of phenols to, uh, redeem nothing. $20 a bottle.

M: Syrupy. $20 a bottle.

O: Considering the $20 pricetag, I expected a LOT more, and the numerous fake reviews inflating the score aren't appeasing my irritation. This is a poster child for the price-inflating, crap-delivering bullshit that craft beer is becoming. Skip it.

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Photo of Ryan011235
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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Photo of largadeer
2.36/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks for sharing this one, Mark.

Cloudy blond body topped by a tall, lasting head that leaves plenty of lacing behind.

Very vinous aroma with a somewhat ambiguous berry undercurrent. The barrel presence is huge, a bit excessive. There's a Belgian ale yeast character beneath the barrel and fruit, lending a slight wild funk and spicy phenols.

A muddled fruit flavor hits the palate first, followed by a shit-ton of oak. Tannic, bitter, astringent, surprisingly a bit boozy too. The fruit has an indistinct, kitchen sink quality to it. Pretty rough mouthfeel, somewhat chalky. Fruitiness lingers throughout. Yeast contributes some phenols and a hint of stonefruit. The astringency really seems to linger and grow on the palate the more you sip on it. I didn't mind the beer at first, but it became difficult to drink after a few ounces.

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Photo of beddachedda
2.61/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bought this at City Beer to try a new American release before I zip off to Belgium today. First review, I felt that after dropping $18 on a bottle of beer that had all A/A+ ratings I should review it to give a counter-point.

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Brooklyn tulip-style pint glass, July 1, 2011. Bottle No. 2437, bottled 5/29/2011.

A - Pours a clear straw color with an inch of white head. Looks good for a Belgian Pale.

S - Heavy berries (black I can only assume) and a little bit of that funk ever so present in BPAs. No slouching on the heavy berries though.

T - This is where I was disappointed. Fruit sweetness and very crisp on the front end, but it transforms to harsh charcoal / sulfur / metallic bite on the finish. Not the kind you get from an overly hoppy beer, but the kind you get from sucking on a penny. This really hurt the drinkability of the beer and I drain poured half the bottle after realizing that I had lots of other things to choose from that I'd rather have.

M - Light, refreshing mouthfeel, if not for the finish of the beer this would be a very pleasant, light drinker.

O - Disappointed. High hopes for this beer that were dashed. At $18 a bottle, and with such stunning reviews so far, I was expecting more. Nice to try, and hopefully it was just a bad bottle, but I will not be revisiting this.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.01/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer pours a hazy golden color with a huge white head. Sort of strange appearance for a beer with blackberries...

S: The nose is intensely grassy with a lot of oak and not all that much blackberry. More than berries, it smells like wine and red grapes. It's quite jammy and very, very sweet.

T: As with the aroma, the flavor is very sweet. There is actually a decent flavor of berries to it, but it's like blackberry jam with wine and oak chips in it. Heavy on the sugar and just cloying overall.

M: Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation.

O: This was not something I'd care to have again. Just really all over the map and unenjoyable.

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Photo of mjl21
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip. Bottle #2107. Bottled on 5/29/11.

A-Pours a hazy orange that looks pretty nice when held up to the light. The first pour yields a nice two finger head that has some good staying power. Plenty of bubbles can be seen rising to the top.

S-Belgian yeast dominates the nose at the start and is very indicative of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. There are faint hints of berries and red wine. The two aromas remain subtle throughout and are not as pronounced as I expected from a barrel aged beer that is loaded with four types of berries. As it warms it picks up a lot of apple aroma. I found on the second pour I got more berry character in the nose, but it still was not as strong as I expected.

T-Like the nose, it starts out with a ton of yeast flavor. After the yeast taste passes, I get fruit/jam flavors, but I would be hard pressed to say it was blackberries had I not read the bottle description. After the fruit/jam flavor, there is definite red wine character that I found was too strong. The barrels used impart some vanilla flavor. Towards the end there is a decent amount of bitterness. It finishes with some spice and a flavor reminiscent of a Sweet Tart. In between sips I got an unusual metallic aftertaste that I found to be distracting and after a few sips really began to wear on my palate. I did find on the second pour it was not as harsh on my palate, perhaps due to an onset of palate fatigue.

M-It is a little light in the body. As mentioned above, after the first 8 ounces the beer was severely drying out my mouth. The carbonation level started out fairly well but dissolved at a quick pace after the first 10 ounces.

D-I found overall the components just didn't mesh that well and if I'm paying $21 for a bottle I expect a little more from a beer. Would be curious to try the sour version of this beer.

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Photo of popery
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From notes 7/28/11. Draft at Shotwell's Almanac release event. I think I’ll like this beer after some time in the bottle/keg, but it’s a bit muddled for me, now. Some berries in the nose but not enough. The fruit presence is underwhelming and lacks the juicy, jammy quality of better fruit beers. There’s also a light caramel flavor that's probably the strongest single non-barrel note. Some pleasant citric bitterness cuts through the finish but doesn't quite reign in the sweetness. Oddly, it’s also a bit over-tannic for my taste. I’m getting a lot more straight oak than wine from the barrel. There's a musty funkiness, which could develop into complexity but it's not really working here and comes off more chalky than anything. The yeast, hops, fruit and barrel kinda clash, and the beer seems more like a directionless, kitchen-sink offering. Appearance is a dusky orange color with a big white head. Feel is light on carbonation but I'm distracted by the tannic oakiness. As for the style, it's not a great BSPA but I don't think it's trying to be - either way, hard to rate against the style, except for in a vague personal enjoyment scale. I’ll be interested to see how it develops and will revisit this review when I crack open a bottle.

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Photo of aasher
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This bottle was courtesy of BrewerB, thanks Brian! Kudos for hitting another want of mine and helping me knock off a new brewery. I had seen this in the first FT post about it so I looked it up. I was intrigued enough to throw it on my Wants and here we are.

It pours a nice and somewhat cloudy honey gold in color with a one finger frothy white head. It smells of Belgian yeasts, a good amount of spice, light honey, and some ever so slight blackberry syrup. I didn't get any blackberry initially and had to return to it to go on a search. At least you do get some. The flavors are full of spicy Belgian yeasts and alcohol. The alcohol is pretty overbearing. The blackberry is barely present at all. It's so faint that I can't detect if it's artificial or authentic. You have to think about it. For a beer that has blackberry in the name I had hoped it would be detectable. The longer it warms to room temp you do get more blackberry however, but should you ever have wait? It eventually even creeps into the aftertaste. It drinks like the style tends to. Overall this is a beer that fell short of expectations but was slightly intriguing. If this is $20 I would not have purchased it. It doesn't provide anything special or out of the ordinary. Wine barrel, blackberry? Please intensify.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Chris aka spycow for sharing this one.

A - Yellow colored beer, poured with a small, white head that had decent retention and faded to a partial ring.

S - This smells pretty good to begin with. There is some nice tartness and blackberries. The wine barrels give it some added complexity that make for a pretty pleasant aroma.

T - It starts out sweet with a small about of blackberry taste and a little bit of wine. Unfortunately it ends rather harshly, with considerably too much phenolic ethers on the finish, making it not very enjoyable to drink.

M - Syrupy, medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

O - Not great. Smell was pretty promising, but the taste just went south and didn't deliver. They should make another beer.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ordered this bottle from Blackwell's. Served in a Mikasa tulip.

Pours a light orange color with a single-finger white head and a bit of lacing as it goes down. The nose brings some light Belgian yeast and a bit of earthy spice plus mild oak and wine. Faint berry presence in the background. Flavor is Belgian yeast and mild fruit. Some spice there as well as light tannins and a mild blackberry character. Not sure everything blends together all that well, and the fruit doesn't really add all that much; it's basically just a tease. Light body and good carbonation. No alcohol. Pretty decent, but not worth the $20 price tag.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

interesting beer. i have had a couple of these sent to me recently.

Light amber in color and very cloudy. Nice little touch of white on the top as well that reached a heightof around an inch before settling back down.

Light grain aroma with hints of berries and light fruits was welcoming, albeit a touch light for me and came off not like i honestly thought it would. Smooth, mellow, and a bit bland on the taste. Lots of dark berries in the taste tried to cover up a lack of depth and an otherwise slightly bland overall vibe. Still decent feel and a very smooth, easy drinkability.

overall this was not bad at all, i think i was simply hoping for alot more

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Photo of MasterSki
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jason for sharing this one. Served in a Hill Farmstead glass. Didn't jot down the bottle number.

a - A few fingers of white foam settle to a thick cap, leaving a some swatches of lace. Hazed golden body with some visible carbonation.

S - Spicy Belgian yeast - some what farmhouse-esque. Oak, light white wine, bready malts, some nebulous fruit character. I don't find anything screams blackberry here, and I eat blackberries all the time.

T - Taste is a little less exciting. There's some spicy Belgian yeast, light stone fruits, buttery chardonnay oak, and a slightly unexpected astringent finish. Again, not much blackberry.

M - Medium-light body, pleasant carbonation, fairly dry and tannic. Alcohol is perceptible but on par for the listed 8%.

D - Not much blackberry, but otherwise a decent wine-barrel aged Belgian golden. Perhaps a bit over-oaked though. Not something I'd want to drink in large quantities. I noticed later pours were more purple-hued - perhaps the blackberries are separating out?

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Photo of brentk56
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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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated 5/29/11.

Orange colored body with a good bit of haze, and an off-white head. Retention and lacing are both quite good.

Some fruity hops, a little bit of wood and some Belgian yeast. Not really what I expected.

The flavor takes less from the hops than the aroma, but there is still a fairly aggressive grapefruit flavor. Sugary sweetness mixes with a good dose of Belgian yeast that is lightly fruity, with just a touch of peppery flavor. A decent amount of barnyard type flavor mixes in, and the beer is slightly tart also. Wood is also noticeable, and the berries come along with it, but they are quite muted. Overall, it reminds me of a saison.

The carbonation is similar to what a saison should be also; light with lots of bubbles.

Interesting beer, but probably not worth the 18 bucks I paid for it.

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Photo of bigaltemple
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

#3075 Bottled on 5/29/11

Thanks to leschkie for the LIF

A - Pours a hazy, pale straw color. Four-finger, fizzy white head slowly settles to one-finger width and remains throughout the drink. Some light patchy lacing.

S - Can't say anything is extraordinary about the nose. I do detect some oak from the barrels. Berries don't really come through, or are a little overpowered by the yeastiness.

T/M - I do enjoy it. Berries come through more and more as it warms. No sign of being 8%. Definite wine/chardonnay characteristics. Highly carbonated. Very prickly and delightful.

O - Has some very good things going for it. Liked it enough to be interested in Almanac's other "seasonals".

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from K&L Wines. Bottle 3284 bottled 5-29-11.

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Pours a cloudy, dark golden color. Nice head of fine bubbles, that dissipates to a thin layer that stays with the beer to the end. Lots of lacing.

Smell: Smells of citrus (grapefruit), with a hint of blackberries, red wine, and honey. The smell is pleasant, and gets better as the beer warms.

Taste: The Belgian strong ale really came through in the taste. It was sour as well, but not from the blackberries, as there was much less blackberry flavor than expected. The tartness increased as the beer warmed. Also a bit of a strange metallic taste.

Mouthfeel: The beer feels nice in the mouth; a good level of carbonation but smooth. Tasted a little like a wild (sour) ale.

Drinkability: Not bad, but I would have preferred a little more blackberry.

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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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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting and complex creation.Dark coloured body. Yeasty initially, and then bold berry fruity flavour, finishing with abundant merlot tannin flavour, and somewhat drying. The smell did not give away the mystery of the berries. Tremendous range of flavour, best experienced at about room temperature. I could not knock this bomber off myself, but could easily do so with two or three people round a campfire.Thanks Tom.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 5/29/2011 - #3266 - poured from a capped 750mL bottle into my Troubadour tulip.

A hazy tangerine to amber gradient supports a rocky stiff-peak fist of ivory which nearly creeps out of the glass to take a look around. Superior retention, dense 3-D tendrils of lacing.

Gentle aromatics suggest wildflowers, lemon zest, and champagne, with a very faint oak-derived funk. Low pale/pils malt notes add support.

Very unusual flavor profile with a mix of boysen,black, and other dark berry notes - surprisingly tart and remaining so as the subsequent sweetness you might expect from the fruit is replaced by a tangy white wine element. The sour flavors are balanced by yeast and accentuated by the crisp malt and fruity hops. Low phenolics and tannins arrive in the finish which is lightly oaky with a kiss of grapefruit and passion fruit from hops which present just enough bitterness to bring things to a bone dry conclusion.

Medim-bodied, soft, creamy, and effervescent mouthfeel with well integrated alcohol.

More of a fruit beer than a proper BPA, really style guidelines should be set aside when evaluating this singular ale. As others have noted, it is flavorful, unique, and fairly expensive (though not a bad value considering the time, labor, and ingredients that went into it's production). Maybe more aimed at wine afficianados than beer drinkers...still quite enjoyable and perfect with lighter summer dishes from the region.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
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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Photo of rodbeermunch
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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Photo of pixieskid
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow this thing got some hate, personally never heard of it, and was happy to try it when it was offered by a few fellow expats here in Paris.

Med body, syrupy and slick, nice spritzy carbonation.
Rich and dry white wine notes upfront with touches of blackberry.
Nice citrus; lemon peel throughout with hints of woodiness and suggestions of Chardonnay. Finishes with a touch of heat, nice earthy tone, and lingering woodiness.

Overall; thoroughly impressed and thought it was an interesting beer. The blackberry was certainly underwhelming, given the advertisement on the label...I can understand some peoples frustration...don't think I would have paid the 20 bucks but am glad to have tried it and think it was pretty solid.

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3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to stupac2 for this one...
Bottled 5/29/11, Bottle # 79

A: Pours a cloudy yellowish gold/peach/grapefruit with a massive amount of pure white head. The foam takes a bit to settle, and leaves a nice bubbly layer along the surface of the beer. There is a solid amount of lacing to this brew as it drinks.

S The nose is straight up funky and sour. I get a definite hit from the wine barrel aging, as well as a good helping of funky yeast. I also pick up notes of mild grain, big citrus, and some serious alcohol.

T: It's sweet to start with the funk coming on strong right after. The sweetness carries through in the middle, where it mixes with some citrus. The finish is bittersweet, funky, and a bit dry. I really don't get any blackberry at all.

M: Medium bodied beer. It looks light, but there is a good amount of heft to this one. It starts out sweet and cloying, but gets really yeast and funk-i-fied in the middle. The finish is a mix of all of those, and in the end it is a bit dry.

O: Solid beer. I remembered it more fondly the last time I tried it, but it's still a good beer. Now that I have had the opportunity to write down my thoughts, I don't think I'd seek this beer out again.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

629th Review on BA
Bottle to small snifter

Bottled 5/29/11
Bottle #1707

Thanks to Bman1113vr for this one

App- A golden looking brew with a puffy one finger head that dissapaited rapidly and left a subtle amount of cling to it. Was a little tinted with some orange and that brought out a nice sheen to the beer.

Smell- This smell quite tart and tannic like with the hop, zest and blackberries taking center stage. Was a nice aroma just a bit bright and spitzy.

Taste- Taste followed the nose but was a bit unbalanced to the aciditic side. The bubbles of the bottle conditioning add a nice touch to the flavor and complexity of the beer. Very forward with the hoppy zest characteristics.

Mouth- Medium bodied and high carbonated. The bubbles really do a job on your palate and expand what this beer is. Its a nice spritzy rep of the style.

Drink- I am very happy to have had the chance to try this. It was very different from a lot of the beers in the BSPA style or sour or wild ale. It was different and I think the blackberries threw me as a flavor I am not used to.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to cousin Mike for bringing this out Labor Day weekend. Never heard of it at the time, so glad to be in the know now.

Poured a clear light amber color, good 1.5" head, lots of clarity for a beer w/ fruit in it. Aroma was a little bit virgin oak, fruity berryness is minimal, but present, thankfully not funky or horse blanketish. Delivers ample berry flavor, with the slightest tartness. Not a sugary fruit beer, this is high quality.

Belgian yeast is very subdued. Don't let that aspect keep you away from this beer if its not your thing. I was kinda shocked to see it classified as a BSPA. The yeast and hops are not in the driver's seat.

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Summer 2010 Vintage - Blackberry from Almanac Beer Co.
3.85 out of 5 based on 81 ratings.
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