Cellador Ales

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American Wild Ale
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4.3 | pDev: 5.58%
Cellador Ales
California, United States
Notes: Murex is a blend of six beers aged in oak wine barrels ranging in age from 4-16 months. This blend was created to showcase a pretty mild acidity and natural seedy flavor that could both be enhanced by the natural character of the berries. We used whole organic boysenberries at 2 pounds per gallon, which gives the beer a very deep purple color. Murex has an insane amount of fruit flavor and aroma, while somehow still showcasing the underlying beer that’s hidden in there somewhere. Our blending has been trying to shift towards making beers that punch you in the face with flavor, but that you can still drink a whole glass of without wanting to die, and which still has layers of complexity that can only be uncovered by a slow and methodical drinking approach, that lets the beer warm and reveal it’s secrets. Murex pulls this act off perfectly.

In the 15th century BC the carnivorous sea snail known as the Spiny Murex was coveted for it’s mucus which when sun dried turned a color called Tyrian Purple, and used as a die for the clothing of kings. The deep color of the berries in this beer reminded us of this Historical story. Plus, mûre in French means blackberry, the close cousin of the boysenberry. Enjoy!
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4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is very dark purple in color. It poured with a short pink colored head that quickly died down, leaving a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of sour boysenberries are present in the nose along with hints of vinegar.
T: The taste follows the smell and is both sour and tart with lots of flavors of boysenberries along with notes of acidic vinegar and hints of oak from the barrel aging.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and rather tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather bold with all of its acidity, sourness, and tartness but it did seem to be more rounded out than I would expect from the blending of the different beers.

Serving type: can

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4.71/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Deep dark red like a wine.
S: Strong boysenberry flavor.
T: A slow start of fizz into boysenberries that fades into an aftertaste of honey.
F: Like a berry soda.
O: Decent unique boysenberries.

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Murex from Cellador Ales
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 9 ratings