Balaton
Side Project Brewing

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From:
Side Project Brewing
 
Missouri, United States
Style:
Sour - Flanders Oud Bruin
Ranked #1
ABV:
5%
Score:
98
Ranked #454
Avg:
4.43 | pDev: 5.64%
Ratings:
230
Status:
Active
Rated:
May 07, 2022
Added:
Feb 11, 2016
Wants:
  75
Gots:
  50
SCORE
98
World-Class
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Notes: Balaton is our Wild Missouri Brown Ale that was fermented in and aged in local Chambourcin Barrels with Missouri microflora for over a year with Michigan Balaton Cherries. We wanted Balaton to be soft, yet complex, so it is only 5% abv with a higher level of Brett influence and more impactful oak presence to balance out the signature Side Project acidity and the tart, cinnamon notes of the cherries.
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4.49 by Jkolls from Ohio on May 07, 2022
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4.32/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Rug from Massachusetts

Blend #2, unsure of the year

We’ve arrived (far too soon) at my last beer from my recent trade with merpunk1. This is the highest rated Oud Bruin on BA, and the combination of chambourcin barrels and cherries has me excited to try it. It’s also pretty cool that it’s only 5%, so I imagine it will drink very easily

Pours a dark reddish brown with a finger of tan head that quickly fades to a thin ring and leaves minimal lacing

There’s a decent amount of complexity going on in the nose on this one, given that some of these can be one-dimensionally tart. I’m picking up on aromas of tart black cherry, dates, red wine vinegar, sweet red grape, toffee, brown bread, and a touch of cinnamon

The tartness is really forward in taste, but the complexity is still awesome. On the front end of the sip I’m tasting black cherry, chewy grape, brown bread, sharp oak, and light cinnamon. The swallow brings notes of tart black cherry candy, red wine, toffee, dates, and a touch of leather

A light medium body pairs with gentle tingling carbonation, resulting in a sharp and tart beer. Finishes lightly sticky but still retains enough tartness to keep it from being cloying

This is delicious stuff. Man I really wish I had easier access to Side Project beers, they make truly fantastic stuff

Jan 04, 2022
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4.48/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by kitch from Hong Kong

A 375ml bottle, blend #2, poured into a Tilquin stemmed glass.

Appearance: A dark maroon almost cola colour, with a half finger pinkish tanned head that dissipated quickly to a ring around the glass while leaving only sparse lacing.

Aroma: Sweet dessert, cherry pie, cherry, almond, berry yoghurt, caramel.

Taste: Sweet, sour and tart, cherry, almond, caramel, cinnamon, oak, with acidic notes especially on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Absolutely wonderful aroma, and while taste was enjoyable, it wasn’t as amazing as the aroma.

Dec 18, 2021
 
4.25 by Sparky44 from Illinois on Aug 22, 2021
 
4.38 by chepi141 from Missouri on Mar 16, 2021
 
4.22 by Jangoon24 from Illinois on Oct 22, 2020
 
4.53 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana on Sep 05, 2020
 
4.35 by MTKATL from Georgia on Jul 13, 2020
 
4.5 by eawolff99 from Minnesota on Apr 27, 2020
 
4.32 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Mar 17, 2020
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4.39/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Harrison8 from Missouri

Pours a bloody-burgundy-ruby with a finger of off white foam that bubbles away quickly. Aroma is rich dark cherry, tart green apple, plum and a little cellar stone at the base. Tangy twist is well defined and melded into the profile. Flavor profile is dark cherry, cellar stone, grassy, herbal, plums and figs. Initial profile is a burst of tangy sour that recedes to reveal a lightly sweet finish. Mouth feel is crisp and medium-thin. Overall, lovely dark cherry qualities wrapped up into a mild tangy and sour ale. Remarkable.

Served in a 12oz Side Project tulip from a 375mL bottle. Blend #2.

Feb 07, 2020
 
4.46 by kevindp9 from Arizona on Dec 20, 2019
 
5 by Ziosa from Missouri on Dec 18, 2019
 
4.4 by HopBelT from Belgium on Oct 30, 2019
 
4.29 by Mikexw from New York on Sep 30, 2019
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4.02/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by TimG_0913 from Delaware

Cherry and tart. Little hint of cinnamon.

Sep 29, 2019
 
4.4 by PugsandBeer from Florida on Sep 29, 2019
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4/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Rristow from Ohio

Tasted from bottle. Pours a ruby purple with white head. Aroma of cherries, grapes, vinegar. Taste is moderately to heavily sour tart. Lots of cherry on flavor with wine sourness. Quite puckery but well done.

Jul 29, 2019
 
4.46 by kjkinsey from Texas on Jul 25, 2019
 
4.1 by CraftFan5 from New Jersey on Jul 10, 2019
 
4 by jschott75 from Illinois on Jul 07, 2019
 
4 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts on Jun 23, 2019
 
4.44 by Duncian from Pennsylvania on Jun 21, 2019
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4.39/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by REVZEB from Illinois

Got to have at a bottle share, thank you for your kindness stranger! Pours murky red with a ring of pink tinted white foam. Smell has deep and non-sweet cherry with brett, oak, flowers, and some of vinous elements. Taste as much of what the nose lead on, the cherry is the clear leader but very wild, floral, vinous, and has a strong wood backing. Slightly acidic and tart on the finish, but my overall impression of this beer is wild and botanical. As always for side project, it is a well-made beer. The feel is wild, sneaky bright, properly oak soured, and very well-balanced, the right amount of brett. A fun take on the style

Jun 13, 2019
 
4.55 by Danielr26 from Michigan on Jun 13, 2019
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3.97/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
by Sabtos from Ohio

Pouring dark and foggy Flanders-like reddish-brown, a fuzzy, fizzy khaki head quickly dies to a thin ring.

A very sour punch hits up front as very cinnamon-marzipan forward cherry pie flavors come with toasty crust and all. Charred oak backs as the crisp tingly light body finishes semi-dry with a touch of lemon. It's almost roasty at times.

Jun 10, 2019
 
4.71 by Hyptochrons from Massachusetts on May 23, 2019
 
4.45 by Eman17 from Illinois on May 18, 2019
 
4 by dohedan from Michigan on May 18, 2019
 
4.16 by WoolEnthusiast from Connecticut on May 15, 2019
 
4.49 by warnerry from Michigan on May 02, 2019
 
4.42 by RyanTheLion13 from Iowa on Apr 29, 2019
 
4.44 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota on Apr 27, 2019
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4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Biggiekrock627 from Maryland

Opened a bottle and as it warmed up the cherries really came to the forefront.....like a tart cherry blast that created almost a mouth watering pucker.....just wanted to drink more and more. Paired with some chevere, truffle honey and crusty bread. Amazing

Apr 19, 2019
 
5 by WolverineFan1243 from Colorado on Apr 14, 2019
 
4.75 by PprBurke from Virginia on Mar 24, 2019
 
4.34 by Ssippisam from Minnesota on Mar 21, 2019
 
4.58 by ragnar3 from Iowa on Mar 10, 2019
 
4.37 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut on Mar 08, 2019
 
4.5 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts on Feb 22, 2019
Balaton from Side Project Brewing
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 230 ratings