Sour Golden Ale
Backacre Beermakers

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Backacre Beermakers
Colorado, United States
Wild Ale
Ranked #70
Ranked #750
4.37 | pDev: 7.55%
Mar 10, 2022
Feb 25, 2013
Sour Golden AleSour Golden Ale
Notes: This sour golden ale is fermented entirely in oak by a multitude of microorganisms. Barrels of multiple ages are blended for balance, then 100% bottle conditioned to high carbonation. Blends generally have an average barrel age of 18 months, plus 6 months conditioning in the bottle. ABV varies by vintage but is roughly 7.5%.

Blend Dates Distributed Alcohol by Volume Lot Code
1 July 2012 - July 2013 8.5% none
2 August 2013 - March 2014 7.2% none
3 April 2014 - September 2014 7.1% none
4 October 2014 - February 2015 7.6% none
5 March 2015 - July 2015 7.7% none
6 August 2015 - February 2015 7.3% none
7 March 2015 - September 2016 7.3% BL07
8 October 2016 - present 7.2% BL08
9 April 2017 - October 2017 7.2% BL09 Weston, VT
10 November 2017 - March 2018 7.0% BL10 Weston, VT
11 April 2018 - October 2018 7.0% BL11 Weston, VT
12 November 2018 - February 2020 7.0% BL12 Weston, VT
13 March 2020 - July 2021 6.8% BL13 Weston, VT
14 July 2021 - present 7.0% BL14 Weston, VT
15 February 2022 - present. 7.0% BL15 Denver, CO
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4.47 by Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania on Mar 10, 2022
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4.82/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by hops_for_thought from New York

Poured from a bottle (blend 13) into a applewine glass

L: pours a highly carbonated (but not a gusher) clear darker golden yellow (srm ~3) with a thick and loud white head that fades after a couple minutes. Tight, quick, and consistent visible carbonation. Basically no head left

S: this is a beautiful, balanced, and light lambic-style nose. Great notes of peach, white grape, light lemon with an undercurrent of barnyard funk and some slight cheesy aged hops character. Oak and earthiness adds great complexity and depth to what's at first a very light aroma. Funk builds as it's warmed in the glass in a solid, balanced way. Slight hay, under-baked bread, uric acid, over-steeped tea

T: jeez, this is just excellent. Follows the nose extremely well, with this fresh pressed apple cider / white grape juice flavor that builds wonderfully in complexity and depth. Those fruit notes from the nose (peach, white grape, tease of lemon) all come through, giving way to those earthier/funkier lambic notes in the middle. Fruit and funk mixes well through the long finish, great acidity throughout. More of that funk as it's warmed, beer evolves nicely in the glass

F: medium- body, medium+/high- carbonation. Very light and effervescent, refreshing, drinkable

O: I am madly in love with this beer. It delivers such light, beautiful fruit character with balanced funk and wonderful acidity. Champagne-esque with some funk

Jun 03, 2021
4.3 by Jdells09 from New Jersey on Aug 28, 2020
4.35 by paresis from Massachusetts on Jun 24, 2020
4 by pepesylvia from Pennsylvania on May 14, 2020
4.39 by SadMachine from New Jersey on Mar 13, 2020
3.89 by Mikexw from New York on Feb 28, 2020
4.63 by edthehead from New York on Oct 20, 2019
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4.56/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by brother_rebus from Maine

B12 bottle cracked 9/6/19 in a snifter:

Deep ureic clear golden with some bubbles rising.

Complex and peculiar smell. Sone spice. Some earth. Tart. Dander. Oak.

Very oak. Tart n sour but more citrus than acetic. Lightest hop hint.

Feels great. Fizzy entry on the tongue. Pretty full body. Nice and smooth withiut a hint of 7-8%. Pale and subdued carb off the back.

Overall very impressive and balanced beer. Will try 2nd bottle in a year or so.

Sep 07, 2019
4.35 by Duncian from Pennsylvania on Aug 08, 2019
4.42 by Vivs85 from New York on Jul 07, 2019
4.5 by Griffith from Connecticut on Apr 24, 2019
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4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by TheGent from New Jersey

Backacre Sour Golden Ale

Look: Translucent, crystal clear golden straw color. This beer looks like apple juice. Some bubbles streaming toward the top. A foamy bone white head falls as quickly as it rises, leaving zero head and lacing.

Smell: Granny Smith apple, less apple cider, and even less apple cider vinegar. I don’t want to give the impression that this beer is anywhere close to being overly acetic. But there are hints of that profile. Peach, apricot, pear, lemon juice. Herbal notes including lemon grass, bay leaf. A slight must. Mostly fruity, some floral notes and some earth.

Taste: This beer is acidic. At first I thought it was dry, but as I drink it more it seems less dry to me. Apple cider, apple cider vinegar, white vinegar, lemon juice, Granny Smith apple skin, white peach, purple/tart blueberry, white grape, grapefruit juice and pith.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation but bubbly enough.

Overall: This is a very nice beer. As far as barrel aged golden sour ales go, its got more of an apple cider aspect to it then I’m used to. I like that flavor, and it makes the beer stand out. Is it the most complex beer in this style I’ve had? No, if that’s what your looking for. When I say cider I’m thinking along the lines of something like Domaine Dupont. It’s fruity, floral and somewhat earthy.

Mar 11, 2019
4.86 by Vicirus from Massachusetts on Feb 24, 2019
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4.62/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

batch 12

wonderful funky and earthy aromas, oak.

palate is similar with a funky fruit characteristic throughout, wonderful level of acidity, medium+ but not overbearing. oak and vanilla complimenting the tart lemon and underripe peach notes, musty apricot skin and a pleasant grain character throughout. wonderfully balanced, enjoyed this a lot, especially as it warmed and opened up with even more complexity.

Jan 27, 2019
4.3 by liquorpig from Massachusetts on Dec 15, 2018
4.27 by Samact from Vermont on Nov 17, 2018
4.15 by Hendry from Vermont on Nov 05, 2018
4.42 by CheapBeerBuzz from California on Jul 30, 2018
4.25 by t2grogan from Arizona on May 05, 2018
5 by Sk8sean86 from Massachusetts on Feb 26, 2018
4.5 by fosters9 from New York on Feb 05, 2018
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4.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by GreesyFizeek from New York

This one pours a slightly opaque light yellow, with a small head, and only a little bit of lacing- it looks pretty lightly carbonated.

This has a great stone fruit wild funk to it, with sweet tarts, lemon rind, and grassy funk.

It's crazy that this beer isn't fruited, because there's such a distinct stone fruit character to this. There's a hint of oak, with some white wine and grape character, but the dominant character is definitively fuzzy peach and sweet apricot.

This is pretty lightly carbonated, giving this a very soft and velvet feel. There's a pretty high level of drinkability, due to the lack of a lingering sourness on the palate.

There aren't many breweries out there that only make one beer. But when that one beer is as good as this one, I guess you can get away with it.

Dec 04, 2017
4.44 by swanfungus from California on Dec 03, 2017
4.6 by xtonytx from Connecticut on Nov 26, 2017
4.5 by sachie23 from New York on Nov 17, 2017
4.48 by dleiner from New York on Nov 11, 2017
4 by Lucoli from New York on Nov 09, 2017
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4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by JLK7299 from North Carolina

Got this on a tip from a bottle shop owner in Vermont. Man what a score! It’s is one of the better sours I’ve had. Absolutely delicious. Have 2 more aging in my closet. Going to hold out for next summer if I can!

Oct 29, 2017
4.68 by von_kaiser from Connecticut on Oct 22, 2017
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4.17/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by johnnnniee from New Hampshire

Sample from the bottle at Beer Meets Wood.
Hazy golden color with a decent bubbly white head.
Earthy light funk with plenty of tart fruits to counter. Clean well crafted stateside "gueuze" Completely impressed with this offering, I went back for seconds.

Sep 30, 2017
4.33 by beantownsour93 from Massachusetts on Sep 28, 2017
4.25 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts on Sep 25, 2017
4 by Dizzy242 from Massachusetts on Aug 06, 2017
4.45 by jheimbigner from Washington on Aug 06, 2017
4 by halo913 from Connecticut on Jul 27, 2017
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by yasky from Canada (ON)

Golden pour, smaller white head. Big time sour aroma, Citrus, pear, barnyard, funk. Citrus up front, funky, green grape, berry, slightly acidity. Lighter body.

Jul 04, 2017
4.24 by Jhfinn from New York on Jun 22, 2017
4.59 by BEER88 from Washington on May 28, 2017
3.91 by Sammy from Canada (ON) on May 22, 2017
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