Cellar 3: Nouveau Tarte
Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Wild Ale
Ranked #761
Ranked #12,147
4.14 | pDev: 6.76%
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States
Notes: Sour red ale aged in bourbon barrels
Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 20 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a mahogany color with ruby highlights; atop the liquid sits a two-fingered rocky head; decent retention and spotty lacing

Smell: Tart cherry, prune and tamarind blend with Bourbon and oak aromatics

Taste: Lactic tart cherry tones are buttressed by prune and tamarind with a lingering sweetness hanging around underneath; through the middle, the Bourbon arrives to provide both the sweet and boozy elements; the finish is acetic, though the fruit tones continue to provide complexity

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation; puckery

Overall: Green Flash has done a nice job building a very complex sour ale here

Dec 20, 2017
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Lucular from Maryland

3.23/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Oddly bitter, mouth-puckering (not in a good way) and astringent. The bitterness completely takes over the light notes of bourbon and (at least what I was expecting) Flanders red ale flavors.

Aug 07, 2017
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The sun kissed character of toasted malt, the red cherry influence and the oaken spice all work in tandem to frame a deliciously sour taste of which the Green Flash team can certainly be proud.

Toasty, fruity and strongly vinous-like, the beer's scent is sharp with toast, cocoa, toffee and balsamic. More soothing in taste, the first sip reveals a hard candy simplicity along with caramel and butterscotch. Dark reds and garnet browns frame the beer's color while a creamy khaki head builds.

Fleeting sweetness and building sourness frames the middle palate while the taste of peppercorn, dry toast, roasted pecan and kettle corn bleed into a sour taste of red wine, balsamic glaze, cocoa and toast. The wood complexities of bourbon, vanilla, caramel and spice fuel a shot closure of fruit and wine.

Medium full for a sour, the beer's oily texture seems to mute its more prevalent sourness, dryness and crispness. Still the beer wins out with its peppercorn charm and its tequila-like influences lingering deep in aftertaste.

Feb 18, 2017
Cellar 3: Nouveau Tarte from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 20 ratings