Sour Golden Ale | Backacre Beermakers

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4.37/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Backacre Beermakers
Vermont, United States
backacrebeermakers.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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


Added by corby112 on 02-25-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#671
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
337
pDev:
7.55%
 
 
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Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of t2grogan
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sk8sean86
5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of fosters9
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of swanfungus
4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of xtonytx
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sachie23
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dleiner
4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lucoli
4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JLK7299
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of von_kaiser
4.68/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of johnnnniee
4.17/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of beantownsour93
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nichols33
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dizzy242
4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jheimbigner
4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of halo913
4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of yasky
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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Photo of Jhfinn
4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEER88
4.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sammy
3.91/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vfgccp
4.08/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of happyreefer
4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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Sour Golden Ale from Backacre Beermakers
Beer rating: 4.37 out of 5 with 337 ratings