Dogpatch Sour | Almanac Beer Co.

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Dogpatch SourDogpatch Sour

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Almanac Beer Co.
California, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This barrel-aged wild ale is named for our San Francisco neighborhood and pays tribute to the Flanders Red style of beer. Aged in wine barrels, this lightly tart ale is brewed with California Rainier cherries using a house blend of wild yeasts, bacteria and SF sourdough yeast. Pair this complex ale with ripe figs & blue cheese or seafood bouillabaisse.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to analogchainsaw for sharing this one at Wowcoolman's tasting.

Batch 1. Bottled Autumn 2013.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with grain, red wine, wood, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with earthy sour cherry and grain flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but has a better sour fruit smell in the aroma in my opinion.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

i like this better than the other fruited variants of it. its gritty in texture, almost dirty earthy. dense and just a little pink. its sour beer first, fruity second, with the cherry putting in about as much as the red wine barrel, really cool. wild sourness lacto maturity and a lot of malt character in this, wheaty and a hint sweet. Cherry is just in the finish, and the red wine tannins exacerbate the dry pucker. Acidity is high, oak character is prominent, and the overall quality of this is enormous. Rad to have it on tap too. Thanks to hops and pie for that. More bubbles would make it feel perfect, but I like the light prickly and dry density. World class no doubt. amazing to me that this and the cerise sour are both cherries in red wine, but this is such a flavorful and honestly superior use of those ingredients comparatively. its really excellent.

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Photo of brentk56
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Batch 1

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber color; the soda-like head fritters away quickly; a few dots of lace linger

Smell: Acetic cherry, oak and vinous red wine

Taste: Dry, acetic cherry flavor, up front, with some oak and vinous aspects developing; increasingly sour in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation

Overall: A decent, but fairly one dimensional sour; not among the best Almanacs I have sampled

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Photo of kojevergas
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Craving a good sour. 7.50% ABV confirmed. 375ml brown glass label with attractive printed-on label art and branded pressure cap acquired at a SoCal bottle shop for $10.99 and served into a flared stem-snifter in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are fairly high; I really liked their Farmers Reserve No. 3 sour.

"Ale brewed with cherries and aged in wine barrels." Label identifies it as a Flanders style Red; reviewed as such. Batch No. 1. "Bottled Autumn 2013" (yet I bought it in July...).

Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a half finger wide head of beige-khaki colour. Thin and weak, with poor (~30 second) retention. No creaminess or frothiness. Zero lacing.

Body colour is a dull murky orange-brown; not real attractive. Semitranslucent but nontransparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Not looking great so far, but I'll give it the benefit of the doubt.

Sm: Fermented cherry, light tart sourness, a dab of lactobacillus yeast, and spritzy red wine. Quite clean and clinical for a sour; it's not alive or spontaneous. Some oak tannins, but the wood itself isn't real pronounced. Light sourdough. Some funkiness from the yeast. Acidic yet tame in classic Flanders Red fashion. It doesn't have the sour/sweet balance of something like Rodenbach, but it's largely to style. I don't know that the wine and sourdough elements are really working for it, but I'll find out when I taste it. A mild strength aroma.

T: It's got a nice tart fruit (cherry) presence, which is definitely the highlight of the flavour profile overall. Some clean indistinct malts lend it a bit of needed sweetness, taming the mild acidity. It's got a light oak undertone replete with oak tannins; it's not a "woody" taste per se, but the oak lends it a refined veneer. Any red wine si quite subtle and adds little. I'm liking the yeast notes; a bit of lacto, some funkiness, a kiss of biscuity character. I imagine all the sourness comes from the lactobacillus and the doughy notes come from some other yeast strain. Sourness and acidity increases from the open to the climax, eventually shrugging off the tartness for a moment on the climax to expose a bit of an acetic edge. Overall, while it's a bit empty on the open in terms of flavour, the balance is pretty good. Complexity is respectable, but far from ideal for the style. Some nice subtlety at play here. I'm liking it. Refreshing and pleasant to drink. Its reticence makes it more approachable but does limit depth of flavour. Intensity and duration of flavour are both above average. Pretty good amplitude.

No alcohol comes through. No hop presence. I don't notice any off flavours.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Acidic. Good thickness. Full bodied for a sour. Good presence on the palate. Complements the flavour profile well. Good execution overall.

Dr: A likable little Flanders Red which could use more oak presence, complexity, and subtlety. Worth trying once at its $10.99 pricetag, but as good as it is I wouldn't get it again when Rodenbach can be had for less than $2.00. It's certainly a tasty sour and I'll continue to pick up the stuff Almanac's putting out. Drinkable and enjoyable. I might recommend it to friends. Hides its ABV well. Refreshing. If you like the style and you can accommodate the price, this is a worthwhile brew to pick up.

High B

Might develop favorably with age, but I doubt it'd get substantially better and I wouldn't let it sit more than 2 years maximum.

A tulip is ideal.

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Photo of emerge077
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Thanks Skye for this one!

Poured a copper orange color, lasting foam and lacing, good clarity.

Aroma was sharply acidic, fairly one dimensional and not overtly of cherry.

Taste was also puckeringly sour, maybe an 8/10 on my sourness scale. Indistinct fruit in the background, very citric and sour upfront, short lived in the finish. Spritzy and medium bodied. It was pretty good though not something i'd probably get again. Needs more nuance and fruit character.

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Photo of mothman
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pink peach color. No head.

Flavor is very sour and tart. Tart cherries. Fairly fresh. Decent amount of acidity. Lemon juice. Has a grapefruit flavor to.

Overall, a surprisingly good sour. Unexpected. I like it.

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Photo of jlindros
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch 02, thanks to FosterJM, shared with threelions

Decent fizzy head that fades fairly quickly, typical wild, hazy orange peach red hue.

Nose nice cherry, sweet cherry like, fruity, juicy cherry flesh, very faint hint of barrel and vinous notes, like a little wine. Mild tartness but no real funk, big lactic acid.

Taste starts very sour, tart cherry, fresh sweet cherry, cherry flesh and juice, then acidic bite, malic acid up front, big lactic acid and acetic acid. Mouth watering gland blasting sour. Very faint toasted barrel note, no vinous or wine though. Finish is flemmy, acidic bite that fades bit leaves some heat, more tart cherry and lingering sour.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, lighter carb, huge acidic bite.

Overall crazy, but great. So much acidity with different acids, great cherry, but very very little wine barrel. Gotta remember to take my tums. I do wish the barrel notes were a bit bigger.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown 375ml bottle. Batch 1.

A: Pours a hazy sunburst orange with an initial half-inch, large bubbled, white head which fades to the rim leaving spotty lace.

N: Sour cherries, damp wood, basalmic notes an ode to the Flander's style, slight funk and yeasty. On warming the Rainer cherries become more prominent.

T: Sour cherries, lemon zest, oak tannins, grainy, vinous. Not complex or layered but well integrated.

M: Semi-moderate body and carbonation. Astringent/tart lemony and tannic finish.

O: Potential for cellaring is good to see how the funk might evolve. Cherry flavor component is already fairly light, so additional aging may not have much impact. Nice fresh. Solid, but I feel Reserve #3 and #4 are superior.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this with my, feel very lucky to get to try this wild ale.

The color is golden with thick hazed look and orange hue with fine bead spots of lace stick. The smell has the fragrance of tangy fruit with sourness evident in the smell and lactic lemony odor with mellow woody notes but predominantly pie-like cherry smell with slight funky spice. The feel has the intensity of sour right away with medium high carbonation and dry woody tannic texture with astrinent but not to the extreme of acetic let's say with wild yeast tangy/puckering quality in the dry finish.

The flavor almost knocked me taste buds out like an awakening or intense energy burst with sour cherry juiciness and mild fruity lactic acid with lemony sour element with lots of tart cherry skin and juice acidic fruit intensity with a dry taste almost a singular type of flash and long residual sour flavor which is borderline harsh but not to the point of displeasure like an acetic more like biting ripe sour cherries. This was a Wow! beer for me, none of the medicinal or candy-like cherry flavor you might expect just a rush of tart fresh sour cherry intensity!

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Photo of mdfb79
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%

From 12/10/14 notes. 12 oz. pour in a tulip type glass for $8 at RnH in NYC.

Pours a hazy bright orange-amber with one to two inches of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident. Sour strawberries and sour dark fruits, tart berries, vinegar, sour black cherry candy, spice, fruity malts, some earthy malts, and bready malts at the end. Some funk and sour wine in the taste as well. Acidic, big sour bite in the taste. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall a very good beer that is super sour; very good and very mouth puckering. More complexity and sourness in the taste; if you like big sours definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer appears orange and hazy with a quarter inch or so of off-white head. My wife's is significantly redder and darker. The aroma brings wine barrels, oak, cherries, yeast, farmhouse funk. Lovely flavor with wine character leading the way. Prominent cherries with cherry juice and oak. Light to medium in body with a mild puckering finish. Terrific. I would really like to have this again.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Brewed and opened in 2013

A - Bright and effervescent. Peach and honey body with a soft cranberry hue. The vibrant carbonation is enough to support a thin halo of white head.

S - Soft, complex, and well integrated. White wood, black cherries, brown sugar, and a touch of bazooka bubble gum. A deep, round sour note slowly builds to balance the sweet fruit of the front end.

T - Dry apple, tart cherry, bright wood, and tannins. Super dry and oaky, especially through the finish. Almost too dry.

M - Light body. Par carbonation.

O - Nice but not great. Somewhat disappointing. If it was any other brewery I wouldn't be, but as one of my favorite breweries I hold Almanac to a higher standard.

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Photo of stakem
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375ml poured into a snifter. The brew appears a beautiful clear orange color with a white fizzy cap. The smell is mildly bretty and vinous with some oaky barrel and cherry skin/pits. The taste is all the same with some alcohol warmth and slight herbal bitterness. This is medium bodied, effervescent carbonation and overall real nice stuff.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2

Pours a cloudy brown hued amber. Nose is a biting funky thing. The flavor on this is superb! I started going for a sip, which turned into more. And then some more. Very easy to drink and refreshing. Yet it has the earthy funk, mild old fruits, and lactic on the back - and no short supply of it either. This is well done. Carbonation is a bit high as some of the others of this series have been, but who cares. I could drink a gallon of this.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Binny's. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip. Batch No. 4.

A - White foam quickly sizzles to nada. Lightly hazed cherry-amber body. Some tiny bubbles visible.

S - Well, it smells really sour. Sour cherries, lactic acidity, some vinegar, and light vinous oak. A bit of farmy brett in the periphery.

T - Taste is also very sour. Lots of cherry vinegar and vinous oak. There's some medicinal brett in the finish and a vaguely bready quality; guessing that is the sourdough yeast?

M - Medium body, very dry and tannic. Pleasant moderate carbonation. Very, very acidic. Lots of pucker and enamel-stripping sourness.

D - It's an American Wild Ale, with the quintessential heavy-handed lactic acidity and brett flavors. Cherries aren't as potent as I would like, particularly since I love Rainier cherries. I had no problem crushing a 375ml bottle during Thursday Night Football, but it gets pretty acidic and stomach-churning.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #1. Poured in to snifter.

A - Cloudy opaque bright orange/amber colour with a thin layer of white head.

S - Sour vinegar-like aroma up front with a big oak presence. Some lighter cherry notes and a bready sweetness also come through.

T - A dry sourness without being puckering. Sweet breadiness, oak, sour cherry and some grape notes. The cherry was very muted and definitely not as prevalent as I had hoped.

M - Medium body. Dry. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

Poured from 375mL bottle into my Val-Dieu goblet.

Appearance: medium amber hue with a moderate haze and a light effervescence. The thin layer of white foam dissipated pretty quickly. Not too unexpected for a sour.

Smell: moderately sour aroma with a nice, rich fruitiness and a big barrel-aged character. There's plenty of oak, vanilla and bourbon in this guy; I rather like it.

Taste: very sour up front, followed by a sweet malty flavor with just a subtle hint of cherries. I am a big fan of cherry beers usually, and I like the subtlety with which they're employed here. The finish is sweet and a little astringent, whether from sourness or from the wood. This is a damn fine beer.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a moderate carbonation and decent creaminess. There's a bit more body to this than I would normally expect from a sour; I dig it.

Overall: very drinkable and refreshing sour. Most of the elements are, if not subtle, then employed with a sophisticated restraint. Very nice.

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Photo of Derek
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled May 2015.

Crystal clear, copper-red, no head.

Lots of sour cherry in the aroma, with a bit of funk.

Fairly sour with some earthy funk. Definitely some bacterial action here.

Moderate body has a moderate acidity, with a drying finish.

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Photo of rudzud
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Received in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a slightly hazy reddish golden hue with an absolutely EXPLOSIVE head. Talking a full 4+ fingers here. Does leave nice sticky side lacing though and a good creamy blanket.

S - Aromas of quite funky horse blanket, super saison like. I do get very nice vinous notes, however, the cherries are super faint...probably due to the fact that they used Rainier cherries (which are rather subtle flavoured).

T - Taste is quite tart, nice cherry notes, strong wood/tannins. Lightly flemmy, lacto notes, the finish is mighty dry and almost enamel peeling. Still, would like to see more cherry. Nice vinegar notes too.

M - Mouthfeel is quite dry and very nicely carbonated for the style.

O - Overall, this was a solid wild ale. Quite sour, wish there was more sour cherry notes in this though.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange, ruddy color. Frothy head. Not much lacing. Smells of richly tart and piquant cherries. I get a pronounced young red wine scent also. Wood and underripe red fruits. Balsamic vinegar. Tang bang! Really tart upfront with a lingering sourness. Lasting tartness. Wet woodiness. Acidic and vinous. Super young cherries. Finishes with a biting dryness. Very impressive power of flavor. Body is quite light. Already said it, but its very acidic. This was a tasty beer! A pricey brew that I don't regret purchasing.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle of batch 2. Presumably from 12/2014. Served in a stemmed glass 2/12/2015.

A- Medium copper orange body, half finger white head, not much retention, no lacing. Drops into a thin collar, and eventually not a whole lot.

S- That west coast AWA aroma- lactic acid mostly, but a bit of bright citrus. Red wine, cherries. There's a good bit going on here.

F- Lactic acid, red wine tartness, tannins, oak, tart cherries, more lactic acid, finishes with a mild citrus bite. Very nice tartness that provokes a bit of salivation, a mildly harsh, burning finish. Kind of like a Warhead, but with a mild red wine character- in some ways, the subtle dark fruit, tannic flavour reminds me of sherry or port.

M- Thinner-medium body, a bit lower in carbonation and not as fizzy and crisp as expected, but still very good. Cleans off the palate perfectly in between IPAs.

O- Pretty good wild, not one that ranks among the best but it's very tasty in its own right. It has that house yeast flavour, but at the same time it's a bit more complex than their usual offerings. It's a poor man's Consecration, I think- less complexity and more tartness.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Paccamacca for this beer!

poured into tulip glass.

Bottled Autumn 2013; batch 1.

Appearance: slightly murky orange bodied beer with almost 2 full fingers of white head that drops down to a thin ring.

Smell: cherrys, oak barrel, and white wine; they all are prominent in the nose, but they are all well balanced not overpowering the other smells.

Taste: This Almanac sour has the wine notes leading the way with a hint of mildly tart cherries and lemons. Decent dose of oak and earth notes. Hint of yogerty funk. Finish tastes like a cherry jolly rancher.

Mouthfeel: low end of a medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation levels. Crisp clean sour that has really nice carbonation. Tart without being overly sour adds to the drinkability of the beer! Nice dryness that builds as you drink the beer.

Overall: After having 3 different Almanac sours, it seems like Almanac's calling card in sour beers is a subtle wine barrel notes with fantastic balance of the fruits used in the sour. It has been unmistakable in all three of the Almanac sours that I have sampled thus far. I enjoy the uniqueness of the Almanac brand sour beers. They may not be as high end as Cantillion or Drie Fontenien, but they are biting at the heels of these breweries.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle, batch 2, Mar 2014. Thanks, Chris!

A mildly hazy red with a dense off white head that falls off quickly leaving no lacing, this looks solid. The nose is awesome. Brought alive by the combination of cherries and red wine, there's a blend of stone fruit, buckwheat honey, lactic acid and a mild but appropriate vinegar note. A little vanilla is present as well, along with a little bit of raspberry. The cherry character is just outstanding.

As great as the nose is, the palate is better. Bursting with juice, fleshy sweet and sour cherries, cherry skin tannins and a wonderfully complementary red wine vinegar note, this is brilliant stuff. The mid palate brings in flavors of honey, a little sugar, vanilla and oak. The funk is moderate and similar in character to the other Almanac sours I've had - earthy, damp hay - but this time around, the fruit character dominates it easily. There is also that characteristic malt flavor, rustic, earthy, mildly oxidized even, but it is not particularly intrusive on the palate. Medium light in body with moderate carbonation, this beer finishes long, juicy, tart and refreshing. Highly recommended.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale gold with white film. 3.75
Tart, lactic nose with a hint of strawberry. 3.75
Thin malts, some acetic bite, a sweet balsamic hit, cherry stones, tannins, and a Dispirin end. 3.75
Lean, dry, lactic fizz. 4

This is claiming to be a Flanders Red but I get no red fruit, herbs, mustiness, sweet hit on the finish or anything else - and where’s the barrel? There are some winey tannins and the cherries come through, but the underlying beer seems to be just about tartness. Lacto over Brett, at least, which I always prefer. Maybe I'm just spoiled by Rodenbach, but this is without, for me.

Good notes but lacking in overall depth. 4

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 4.15.14
Batch No. 2

A - Pours a hazy reddish-orange with a fizzy off-white head that is gone fast.

S - Tart cherry, red wine, oak.

T - Very tart and acidic, not much cherry, a touch of red wine.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Very acidic and oaky. Light on the fruit.

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