Sakura | Carton Brewing Company

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53 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Carton Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
cartonbrewing.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
53
Reviews:
16
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
9.33%
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
7
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 16
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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
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 kuishinbo_tantei
3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of acurtis
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brother_rebus
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Looks too clear for a wheat beer. Doesnt smell like rose blossom too much. But something floral. Iiked it a lot though. Very tasty. Great carbonation too. Well done.

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Photo of tempest
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice, this is a tasty, well balanced gose with just a mild salty undercurrent. The cherry blossom is tough to pick out, but that doesn't matter as it works well with the lactic tang.

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Photo of Hessian257
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of grahuba
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheGent
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ArtZan
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stofko1992
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jjd315
3.36/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz can dated July 14. Poured into Kane tulip glass.

L: 1.5F head with OK retention, some lacing, and a little cap and ring. Beer is a straw/light gold.

S: Sour cherries, floral scents, yeast, light Belgian malts.

T: Sour cherry dominates, believe it or not I actually pick up the sushi rice, yeastiness and cracker maltiness, a little bit of salt on the back end, but seems less briny than a gose, which this is not.

F: Light body, medium carbonation, sour lingers on palate but it's not wildly out of balance. Good, innovative construction. Refreshing summer beer. Maybe a tad watery, but it is supposed to be a lighter offering.

O: So this has been the topic of a lot of chatter as a failed effort, but I think it's a good example of what it says it is, which is NOT a gose, which is more malted wheat, citrus, and coriander in addition to the salt. This is billed as a cherry salted sour ale and it delivers all of those things.

People like what they like; fair enough. I like this.

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Photo of liamt07
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rfgetz
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rifugium
3.27/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of allenson21
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Antc2382
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of krome
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wise456
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of dar482
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
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 tobelerone
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
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 von_kaiser
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jgunther71
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cath
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Buck89
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter. A hazy golden color with a frothy white head. Smells like wheat and bread with a faint floral, perfumey note. The taste is interesting, with a wheat up front, notes of black cherry and cola, and a mildly tart, salty finish. Not as tart as most Goses that I've had, but definitely interesting.

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Sakura from Carton Brewing Company
3.86 out of 5 based on 53 ratings.
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