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Sakura | Carton Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Carton Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States

Style: Gose

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Can beer transfer time?
Cherry Blosoms are wistful
Trap nostalgia

With Sakura we drag the joy of Spring’s regeneration into the languid summer doldrums. The evocation of that ethereal moment when winter is gone and the warm weather is drifting in; rebirth through age captured in the delicate aromatic waft of the cherry’s blossom. A simple salted sour lightened and dried with sushi rice in the mash; the promise of warmth ending dormant chill, brought forward to accentuate balmy summer evenings. Drink Sakura and revel in the yin-yang of captured impermanence.

Added by sloan123 on 07-14-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 52 |  Reviews: 16
Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Traded for this beer months and months ago and finally got around to it today, right after the cherry blossoms for this year have run their course. The bottom of the can says "[email protected]" above the date of 7/14 but thankfully, this didn't taste too old or skunked when I poured it out and sipped it. This was a typical Gose in most senses but it was just a bit too salty for my likes and some of the other flavors could have been a bit more pronounced in the end.

Golden, thin, and with plenty of head, this had the look that one would expect from a Gose. Hardly any lacing left behind as I worked my way through this as the liquid slid down the side of my Carton glass pretty easily. Can't say what Rose tastes like but there wasn't much of it in the aroma as there were faint hints of lemon, cherry blossoms and tartness underneath the more potent salt. Much more of the latter was in the taste with a bit of hibiscus thrown in for good measure. The malt was a basic cracker and I had hoped that the sushi rice would stand out more, like when I had Sake many moons ago. The finish and carbonation was light, brisk, and just right for something of this ilk.

The same could be said of the alcohol as it was so low that I couldn't even feel it. While not a winner, this was a great beer for the season that like most other Goses, would hardly offend anyone who enjoys the craft. Not outstanding but a welcome change from the higher hopped brews that I tend to enjoy more. Just wish it had some more discernible flavors to it!

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Photo of liamt07
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of newbeeraday
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of malfunxion
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of EnthusedAboutBeer
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of von_kaiser
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big thanks to @SammyJaxxx for another unique and tasty Carton offering.
Poured from a 12 oz can.
Slightly hazy peachy straw in color. White fluffy head advances and retreats, leaving some light lacing.
Smells a tad sulfury, then moves to a slightly acidic vinegar note which is soon followed by a gentle floral cherry note, and then sea water. Sounds strange, but I'm along for this ride.
Taste is more of a dance between the salt, subtle sour cherry, floral notes, and then salt again. But just when you think it ends, the floral comes back and lingers in the finish. Very interesting.
Overall, it's such a unique damn beer that I wouldn't know what else could be done here.

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Photo of Nickwierda
4.62/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Jesus I love this goddamn beer. Starts out lightly sour, then gives way to touches of salinity and a hint of the plum vinegar and cherry blossom, curving ever so slightly sweeter on the finish. Nothing punchy, nothing in your face, just beautifully subtle. But still incredibly flavorful, and the transition from tart to salty to umami (from the sushi rice?) to sweet is a real mindfuck. Augie says this beer serves a distinct utilitarian purpose: to quench the thirst, a low abv crusher for the Jersey summer swelter. Fair enough, and I agree to some extent - I could down four or five of these on the beach on a hot day in mid-July. But really, I think this is one to contemplate and appreciate for its subtle complexity. Fucking beautiful. I wish I'd bought a case.

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

Photo of Cath
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CharlesK
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of unclekeith
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DucksFan16
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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Photo of jjd315
3.36/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of allenson21
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hessian257
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tobelerone
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Growler fill from Underground coffee and ales in Highland NY. Typical gose but one of the heaviest on the salt I can recall. Quenching and lemony with solid acidity but doesn't rip a hole in your stomach. Medium light body and medium carbonation. Leaves you coming back for more and more. In your face salinity.

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Photo of dar482
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a straw color with a medium haze.

The aroma jumps out with tart lemon, vinegar, lots of salinity, bit of sweet crackery malt, bit of floral.

The flavor follows with a full tart quality, a mix of lemon juice and Warhead, tart candies, with lots of sea water and salt to balance it out, a bit of vinegar, onto a dry finish with touches of salt lingering.

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Photo of Act25
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I find this Gose to be a great replacement for their clam-juice and lemon grass injected digger. Way more subtle, way more old world meets new. This is salty enough to enjoy with raw oysters or sushi. It's feminine, like sex, like licking your girlfriend.
4 for originality and sexiness.

A: Very hazy peach yellow with a finger of foamy head that subsides into a ring, but neither laces or lasts (too much veg and salt).

S: Smells like an seining net or an ocean breeze near a clam hut. Saline, sexy, earthy, which is what you love or hate about it. If born near the sea, love.
T: Salty, sour fruit, and sour aspirin, drying finish. A sexy floral long taste that balances the seaward foretaste.
MF: Dry and crisp with an earthy, drying, sexy, tongue-on-skin, oral sex kind of aftertaste.
O: Original, personality, reminding me of past and future loves.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.27/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TheGent
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rich_K
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Sakura from Carton Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 52 ratings
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