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Sour Golden Ale | Backacre Beermakers

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4.37/5
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333 Ratings
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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:
#498
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
333
pDev:
7.55%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
134
Gots:
59
Trade:
10
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Reviews by Gatch:
Photo of Gatch
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: It is what it says it is!

S: Fresh, hard apple cider. Super sour and slightly funky and yeasty.

T: Yeasty, dry, grassy, barny, and overall delicious.

M: Massive carbonation but so effervescent and even refreshing.

O: Everything you expect it to be and more. Very unique. Very Vermont. This is exactly what it says it is. A sour, tart, but light, farmhouse style ale. Awesome!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of cavedave
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a just-a-bit cloudy white gold color, with a huge topper that relaxes to a scant ring in the course of ten minutes given it to "open up".

Luscious aroma, tart and rounded yeast notes, earthy and citrus from hops?, bugs? Don't know. but smells great. Just a hint of floral and a bit of vinegar too.

Taste outshines aroma in the best way, just a bright blast of goodness. Rounded tart and a hint of vinegar pick up touches of herbal, citrus, wine, and sour that never burns. It pushes the limit of how much lemon, how much vinegar, how full the yeast component gets, how dry the sip becomes, how much of a hint of sweet can remain to balance it. This one is in my sweet spot for wild ales, YMMV.

Very full bodied and dry on palate, a bit of lemon drop as it warms and I continue sipping, very fine finish.

Marvelous beer, slightest dings for the bit of lemon drop I got, super delicious and intense. Highly recommended.

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Photo of clay23
4.79/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I had been searching for the beer for a while and finally got a bottle at Three Penny Taproom. The look was a bright golden hue and a nice funk smell. The beer is carbonated perfectly and tastes of hay and gives you that nice pucker at the end. Others have reviewed that its not complex- it doesn't pretend to be- it is exactly as it says- a golden sour and for that it hits all the points. I would search this out again

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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 kevanb
4.07/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass.

The beer pours a hazy and cloudy golden apricot color, copper hues, a fizzy white head appears, loose bubbles that have moderate retention and leave no lace. The aroma is nice, gueuze-y funk, a bit cheesy, light citrus, mushroom earthiness, straw and oak, mild and delicate, very inviting. The flavors are pleasant, funky hay, barnyard, straw, mild citrus, aged hop, certainly has some gueuze like aspects, less cheesy than the nose, moderate mushroom earthiness, light and sweet oakiness. It's more complex and refined than the nose, which is a somewhat heavy on the cheesiness and swiftly turns earthy, which is welcomed as the intricacies are more pronounced and the beer has a real opportunity to express itself. The mouthfeel is nice, lively, zippy, high carbonation that is never abrasive and finishes easily with a slight pucker.

Verdict: A nice American Wild Ale from Backacre, when given the time to warm up and aerate, it definitely has the hallmarks of the gueuze that inspired it's creation. Funky, lively, zesty, bright and delicate, good harmony as you drink it, perhaps a bit overly funky and mushroomy up front on the nose, but all in all, a nice beer from a small brewery.

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Photo of SkiBum22
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of olradetbalder
2.9/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Blend 2, shared with Jimski.

Pours Yellow.
Smell is tart, some off notes
Taste: Not at all what I waa expecting, some butter (diacetyl) in the taste that really makes is of. Part from that, there is not many notes of apricots. Sour and butter does not match at all.

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Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of doremite
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -8.5%

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

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

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dawkins
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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 dirtylou
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, split

A very intriguing beer - a blender using wort from "local" breweries - not sure who these breweries are but Hill Farmstead seems like a decent guess? Nice golden body - pretty tame aroma and not particularly indicative of whats to come. The flavor profile is pretty crazy - not extremely sour but layers of fruit that imparts many different distinct flavor - apricot, peach, sugar, sweetness. Bright and complex - this was great.

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Photo of blabaer
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of fthegiants
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Ace1117
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gonzoillini
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of hooliganlife
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.14/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pale yellow body. Clear. Brief white head. Then nothing.

Smell - Funky. Woody and lemony. Some estery notes. Slight vinegar aroma.

Taste - Sharp sourness. Lemony. Very oaky. Again a slight vinegar flavor. Grainy. Crisp.

Mouthfeel - Light and pleasantly sour. High carbonation.

Overall - Clean and really enjoyable sour.

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Photo of MPPHISH
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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Sour Golden Ale from Backacre Beermakers
Beer rating: 4.37 out of 5 with 333 ratings
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