The Subtle Blend Montmorency Barrels
Garden Path Fermentation

The Subtle Blend Montmorency BarrelsThe Subtle Blend Montmorency Barrels
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3.85 | pDev: 4.94%
Garden Path Fermentation
Washington, United States
The Subtle Blend Montmorency BarrelsThe Subtle Blend Montmorency Barrels
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Photo of snaotheus
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle shared with family.

Pours slightly hazy golden with small head. Smell is mild, tart, old greens.

Taste is moderate tartness, strong funk and wood. Definitely some cherry fruitiness. Buttery, Chardonnay flavor.

Mouthfeel is fluffy, a little oily.'s good, it's very interesting, but not great.

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Photo of kemoarps
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a mostly crisp rich golden bauble with a fresh of white head that swells and seems content maintaining its soft perch atop that honey body.

Nose is initially a light tart funk with some faint in quantity but rich in quality honey sweetness backing it up. Very faint berry juice in there as well is the closest I find to the cherry addition. Oak is likewise faint at best.

Cherry comes through more pronounced on the tongue, though even then it's still more the earthy/spicy side of the fruit. That's the lead in where it meets with some earthy funk and a sweet/sour ribbon which must be from the interplay of the honey and the yeast. This forms the final bridge to a vinous green oak character which carries through to the finish which is oaky and features a slight reprise of the cherries. Lingers on into bitter alongside that green oak character.

This is really gentle and well done for the most part, but that particular expression of oak is not my personal preference and is a big enough component of the back end of the brew as to detract somewhat, for me specifically.
Worth noting that as it warms, the different notes become less distinct and blend together a bit more, which I find myself enjoying slightly more.

A solid first introduction to these guys' beverages, though, and I look forward to the other one of theirs I have in the fridge, and to trying other stuff from them going forward!

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Photo of flagmantho
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a tulip. Full disclosure: cherries are my jam.

Appearance: pale golden hue with plenty of haze and a thin layer of fizzy foam atop. The head doesn't last too long, but it's otherwise a nice-looking farmhouse-type beer.

Smell: malty, with a hint of oak and just a little bit of funk. The cherries are subtle in the aroma, but are just present enough to be interesting -- and enticing.

Taste: smooth, slightly sweet malt, just a hint of cherry, and a hint of funk that suggests Brettanomyces all combine to create a complex but restrained overall flavor. It's a good blend, and I dig it.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a great big carbonation and big, fluffy creaminess. Right up my alley!

Overall: although this is not a "cherry bomb", per se, I really like the subtle use of cherries here. Definitely recommend.

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The Subtle Blend Montmorency Barrels from Garden Path Fermentation
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 5 ratings