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English Old Ale
Ranked #76
Ranked #18,449
3.88 | pDev: 9.54%
Illinois, United States
Very Good
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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 68
Photo of sposter4
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time ive had this style. 10 oz draft pour. Pours black with tawny colored head that leaves a nice lace. Smell is almost entirely made up of roasted malts. Taste is smooth and also dominated by sweet German malt character with some acidity and some vanilla and dark fruit. Very unique style worth a try.

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Photo of Dactrius
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Extremely interesting. Not a style I've had before and one that I have a hard time describing. Mildly sour but with a lot of clearly German character to it. Tasty in small doses but not something I'd want to drink of a pitcher of or anything.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours an extremely dark cranberry with a loverly firm off white head. Nice to look at.

Nose is a bit confusing. Hints cocoa and purple fruit but not real assertive. Pleasant for what you get.

Taste is not terribly appealing. Has a flavor profile of smokey old purple grapes with undertones of chocolate. Interesting and worth trying but not sure I could really drink a glass.

Finish is actually more cocoa/chocolate than anything else. Should be noted that stays pretty interesting and gets better as it warms.

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Photo of bnes09
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Toasty, malty, sweet with rich dark fruit notes. Mild wood character. Hint of lactic tartness. Full bodied. Low carbonation and sticky feel. Well balanced.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

i think this one might be part of that wild sour series too, but i had it on tap and didnt get a lot of information on it. i have decided adambier isnt something i think i love, the few examples i have had have been awfully weird and not particularly worth it or redeeming. this one isnt as dark as others i have seen, but still flavored almost entirely by the malt until the sour yeast kicks in. moderate acidity, but it seems to be all in the middle instead of the finish. the grain then comes back with a toast crust and bran muffin malty thing, thats a little sweet. like the roles of the grain and the yeast got reversed, or at least their places in the lineup. im not sure how well german malty beers lend themselves to sour stuff, my experience outside of gose and berliner is minimal, and it seems the more flavorful grains have a weird translation. some dried fruit, some brown sugar, lemon acidity, just strange and not at all cohesive, but different enough to hold my attention for a whole beer. i plan to keep experimenting with destihl stuff, they really seem to have the entire spectrum covered.

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Photo of jwc215
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Three Cellars, Franklin, WI:

Pours dark brown with a lasting creamy head. Web-like lacing sticks down the glass.

The smell is sour - cherry - and wood. Very pleasant.

The taste is of sour cherry, vinuous notes, dry wood. A firm sweet medium-dark malt backbone balance it and adds smoothness. Slight pepper from the alcohol is well-integrated. Complex and delicious!

Full-bodied and smooth despite acidity and abv.

Sour, but balanced. The complex characteristics tie in well together.
I'm not sure I've ever had an "Adambier", but this meets the brewery's description very well! A wonderful, sour, but well-balanced, enjoyable brew!

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Photo of homebrew311
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served on tap at barvarian lodge. Pours a deep dark brownish purple with velvety head. Nose feature earthy pithy fruit wih notes of raisin, carob, and molasses. Very interesting layers on the nose. The taste is mildly tart with strong syrupy dark fruit flavors and decent malt profile. Reminds me a bit of a sour porter with tartness and chocolate intertwining. Mouthfeel is heavyish with mild carbonation. Overall, super unique and pretty tasty.

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Photo of emerge077
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Destihl, quick review from notes. Served in a small flared pilsner glass.

Reddish orange brown, ruddy and murky tone with some visible carbonation and tan foam on the surface. Pretty good retention, all said and done, with noticeable lacing in the glass.

Aroma is pretty nondescript, the main letdown of this beer.

Tastes like a mellow Flanders Red, brewed with dark chocolate, raisins, and currants. Definitely some bitter chocolate and fruity dried currant notes in the mix, along with a light tartness that is more lacto derived than the typical Destihl vinegar bomb. Brisk carbonation, medium bodied and easily savored, though I didn't feel like another $3 glass let alone a $4o growler. Lol.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a snifter at Beer Market - Schaumburg.

Finishing the night off with a semi-obscure German style. It pours a clear midnight topaz topped by a half-finger of glowing off-white foam. The nose comprises dark fruits, light wood, dates, walnuts, and a hint of plum. The taste holds notes of dried maple syrup, tart blue raspberry, mild red wine vinegar, dry wood, rich caramel, and a smidgen of dark greens. The combination is somewhat odd, the sweeter elements giving way to the sour ones. Imagine a poorly drawn yin-yang symbol: there's cooperation, but harmony seems a touch lacking. Interesting, if nothing else. The body is a stolid medium, with a rather light moderate carbonation and a slightly slick feel. Overall, a deeply intriguing beer, one I ended up enjoying more than I expected to on my first sip.

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Adambier from DESTIHL Brewery
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 68 ratings