Sakura
Carton Brewing Company

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Style:
Sour - Berliner Weisse
Ranked #371
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
87
Ranked #20,829
Avg:
3.89 | pDev: 8.74%
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
62
From:
Carton Brewing Company
 
New Jersey, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  1
Gots
  7
SCORE
87
Very Good
SakuraSakura
Notes: 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.
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tobelerone from New Jersey

3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Aug 26, 2016
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2beerdogs from California

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Oct 03, 2016
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Tim725 from New Jersey

3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aug 05, 2016
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AlpacaAlpaca from New York

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Aug 04, 2018
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newbeeraday from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jan 26, 2017
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orcrist_cleaver from New York

3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice, mid-summer's corn gold. Lightens to bright yellow when held up to light. Spotty, bubbly head that's slightly retentive.

It has a lot of salty brininess, a lot of tart Bing cherry. So much of the latter it even become a bit cloying at times, which is surprising because the beer is so fresh, refreshing and light flavorwise.

Jul 22, 2016
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Gtwreck45 from Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jul 27, 2016
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kuishinbo_tantei from New York

3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Oct 29, 2016
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brother_rebus from Maine

4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Aug 09, 2016
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Yancey82 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has a very interesting flavor profile. There is a bit of sweetness to balance the sour. The salt is very pronounced. I like it as a solid sour. May revisit this after a few more. Thanks to my bro for visiting Carton and gifting me this.

Jul 27, 2016
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Antc2382 from New Jersey

3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Aug 09, 2016
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Tbone2131 from Connecticut

3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aug 27, 2018
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MacMalt from New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this on draught in a bar. It was served in a pint glass. It poured a clear golden-honey color with virtually no head or lacing. It smelled of brine with a distinct cherry aroma. Like a true Gose, it starts sour but quickly gives way to a salty finish. The cherry is present throughout - it starts sweet and ends tart. With its modest ABV of 4.5%, you could drink several without really feeling it. However, for me the Gose is an acquired taste and I'd find it difficult to drink more than one. I thought the cherry is a nice touch and gives Sakura character, which I would expect from a Carton offering.

Jul 26, 2016
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Buck89 from Tennessee

3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Aug 13, 2016
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Nickwierda from New Jersey

4.62/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

Sep 23, 2016
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BEER88 from Washington

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aug 07, 2016
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Jsalz21 from New Jersey

4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Oct 02, 2018
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CharlesK from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sep 13, 2016
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thatche2 from Georgia

3.08/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Aug 01, 2016
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q33jeff from New Jersey

2.27/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

**
07/28/2016
On tap at blend, served in pint glass.
LOOK: Yellow color, little head.
AROMA: very little. Not bad, just weak.
TASTE: sour, lemon, salt, pear....not my cup of tea. Strong flavors, just not great.
FEEL: Medium body, sticky.

Meh
**

Jul 29, 2016
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

5oz: nice, lightly flavored; light golden with minor haze; sea foam and citrus, cherry hints; lightly tart with nice level of salinity; refreshing

Aug 18, 2019
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cp45 from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Oct 12, 2019
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paulish from New York

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 19, 2020
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Vylo from New Jersey

4.41/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aug 30, 2019
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tempest from New York

3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Jul 25, 2016
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Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 62 ratings