Ron Burgundy | Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Belgian Tripel aged in a red wine barrel with blackberries and wild yeast for 18 months.

Added by akorsak on 05-01-2011

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Photo of akorsak
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm sending out the old year with a nice bottle from the reserves, Ron Burgundy, a wine-barrel aged tripel. Seeya 2011…

A: The tripel has a bright red tint, due to a combination of the red wine barrels and the blackberries. The red verges on opacity but falls just short. A thin head, including reddish remnants, wisps around the lip of the beer.

S: The tripel has done nicely, aging out the funkiness to a greater degree than the fresh version. Here, lemony citrus emerges through the sweet blackberry and tannic barrels. The blackberry is far more pronounced, a juicy aspect that lifts the ale. The tannins are drying, trying to suck everything else out of the tripel. Complex and quite nice.

T: Ohhh. This is now officially nice. Blackberry up front, funky sourness in the middle and dry red wine in the finish. That sentence sums things up but doesn't do the ale justice. The blackberries are juicy sweet, possibly my favorite berry when served outside of beer. The sweetness sets up the tartness, lemony, mid-sip. As with step 1 to 2, the funk leads right into the tannic dryness of the red wine barrels. Oak and strength come through, sweet but rich. The wood is softer with vanilla notes; the barrel is vinous and dry. The ale, initially unfocused (but still good) has really come together nicely, complex and full. And it is just spritzy enough to seem appropriate for NYE.

M: The mouthfeel is clean, nicely transitioning between flavors. Funny, the tripel never really came up in my review. So perhaps a brief mention is warranted. The tripel seems to add the strength and fullness; booze over Belgian spicing. That's okay though, the rest of the flavor profile more than makes up for it.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a flared pokal.

Thanks to the Central PA group of the Gang Bang BIF for this bottle!

I'm Ron Burgundy? This stuff pours a hazy...well, burgundy, topped by a half-finger of dirty off-white foam. The nose comprises sweet caramel, sweet toffee, tart raspberry, and banana peel. An odd-sounding combination, indeed, but one that definitely comes out smelling rather nice. The taste holds notes of orange peel, tart red grape (both flesh and skin, separately), and then more of the same from the smell. Not bad at all. The body is a light-ish medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry-ish finish. Overall, a pretty solid brew, one that shows what a wine barrel can do when coupled with the right style. You stay classy, San Diego...

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Photo of Deuane
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tripel aged in a red wine barrel with blackberries and wild yeast for 18 months.

A-Brilliant, ruby red color with a thin, bright white head that vanishes quickly.

S-Mildly musty with the sharp twang of blackberries and oak astringency. Light notes of malt sweetness.

T-A battle royal between the sweet/sour blackberry profile and the dryness of red wine barrel. Tart, then sweet, then dry....a very nice play on the palate.

M-Medium-light bodied with nice lingering flavours with a building dryness.

D-A very solid and deceptively easy drinking 11% brew. I love the sweet/dry flavour play and the mild tartness. You stay classy, Lancaster!

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Iron Hill Lancaster Sour event.

A – Pours burgundy red with no head at all leaving very little lacing down the glass.

S – Smells of strong blackberries, tart funk, spicy yeast, and some dry wood tannins. The berries are sweet, offering some contrast to the sourness.

T - Starts off with some tart sweetness from the blackberries quickly giving way to a mix of dry oak/woody tannins from the red wine barrel, strong puckering sourness, and some more berry sweetness. Everything works well together but nothing really ever takes the reigns to guide this one to greatness.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Full feel with a mix of berry sweetness and funk in the finish, lingering for a short time.

O - This one was good but it really never blew me away. I liked how the berries have held up their end, somewhat surprising considering how long this one has been sitting in the barrel with all that yeast. Pretty good overall, glad I got to try it.

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Photo of stakem
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Kegatron for picking this up for me!

From a cork and caged 750ml into a couple of snifters. The usual suspects at my house demanded a sour or something different to break up the memorial day stout tasting. This brew appears a clear ruby red with a finger of off-white head. The cap fades leaving spotty lacework on the glass. A swirl revives the head with a pinkish hue to it.

The smell of this brew is bright with notes of Brett that include plenty of berry-like sweetness to the nose. This offering smells like it is going to be tart and has a light medicinal quality to it's scent from the pairing of the alcohol and berry. As it warms up, a light funky quality emerges with some stinky cheese aspect.

The taste includes berry character somewhat like cherries that lends itself to a medicinal flavor. The cherry flavor is tart with some acidity. Light lactic notes couple with an herbal and earthy flavor somewhat like cherry pits, only more tart almost like not ripened. There is a light alcohol touch mixing with the tart character of the brew that makes for a dry finish that is quite enjoyable and lightly spicy.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. Very easy drinking despite the high level of alcohol that i felt was very well integrated. I never really felt like I was drinking a triple during this experience. The barrel contribution, fruit addition and wild nature of the bugs really transformed this brew. Nicely done.

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Photo of HopHead84
2.96/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5


750ml into a snifter. Described as a Belgian Tripel aged in a red wine barrel with blackberries and wild yeast for 18 months.

A: Reddish pink with a finger of pinkish white froth.

S: Bready sweetness with some sugar and vinegar. Strong Belgian yeast character. A little blackberry and leather. Smells like a blend of tripel and a simple sour.

T: Vinegar in the flavor with just a hint of blackberry. Low level of acetic acidity. The base tripel really shows, with sugary bread notes and oak. Pretty bland.

M: Lower medium body with medium carbonation. Dry and sticky mouthfeel.

Overall: Not bad, but mediocre at best. Not really worth trying, to be honest. A waste of $25.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: pours a bright cherry red, clear appearance, pinkish head, no retention, little particulates present

S: first thing that I smell is a dash of spicy Belgian yeast, notes of cloves, this mingles with some candied cherry, minor bubblegum comes through as well

T: spicy and yeasty, a flash of tartness followed by a bit of syrupy sweetness

MF: medium body with relatively low carbonation for a tripel

O: this tripel is unlike any other that I've tried, the addition of fruit makes things a bit funky and overall sweet

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Alan and company for opening this up. Always glad to sample some IH beers that I have missed.

Ron Burgundy looks just like that, a red burgundy shaded color pours out the 750ML C&C bottle. Some bubbles pop up looking tannish but eventually dwindle, leaving the liquid looking like juice. The aroma is mainly blackberry but some other berries pop up. The Chadds Ford barrels impart a nice red wine scent. Some underlining bugs and a hint of acetone. It's very fruity smelling. Taste is exquisite, blackberry, blueberry, berry. Some oak and vanilla, some red wine, some bugs. I don't really pick up on the base golden ale at all, this is a old ass bottle after all. Bottom line is I like it and the 11% is not a huge intrusion. Feel is medium with a small tartness imparted with a small acetone hit at the end, which aint all that big. A great beer, Ron Burgundy delivers, yet I think 8oz of this stuff would be plenty for anyone.

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3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ron Burgundy has no head and a body that is a mix of purple and pink.

The aroma is oaky and fruity at the same time, with a noticeable bit of sourness.

Ron Burgundy is an exceptionally dry beer, with spicy oak making up a pretty good share of the flavor profile. The berries are fairly prominent also, providing both fruity flavors and a bit of sweetness. Just a touch of grapes linger in the background also. A mild to moderate amount of sourness pops up from time to time, mostly in the beginning and end of each. Ron Burgundy is dominated by barrel characteristics, and if I had could only use one word to describe it I would probably say “dry.” A little bit boozy too.

The mouthfeel is pretty full, dry, and a bit biting from the sourness.

Rin Burgundy is a nice blend of sweet, dry and sour, all rolled into one. Pretty good beer. Although it is a bit hot, it isn't insanely boozy considering the relatively high ABV.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap for the 'Make it Funky' event -served chilled on tap.

a deep red appearance w/ purple hues and cloudy w/ no head w/ subtle bead which is /is not there in random placement. Strong berry aroma w/ black raspberry notes high in the nose like mixed berry pie w/ tart fruit scent and like a blackberry turnover with the yeast adding spice and slight funk accent. the feel is loaded with juicy and tannic texture both like biting into a seed of a raspberry and moderately high in carbonation with alcohol following and a mildly creamy middle with a pretty boozy finish.

The taste is a bit high in alcohol midway, but tangy and berry up front with light spic and medium juicy notes w/ a bit of vinous like pinot noir with light jammy tinge and slight sour finish with a log tannin w/ moderately high alcohol in the flavor which makes this the closest to drinking wine for me flavor-wise. I like the way the fruit and wine notes of the barrel have left their imprint on the tripel. A very good Tripel overall w/ great oak and fruit combo but needs to mellow because of the refermentation in the barrel giving a high alcohol flavor accent to this and the low body w/ mild sourness is decent

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2.93/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle, pours turbid raspberry with a slight ring of head. Nose is heavy on wet sock brett, red berries, mineral. Mouth is oppressively heavy with brett, loose sugars, sweet red berries, wine oak. Loose and flabby, overly sweet as I feared. Soapy, pasty texture. "Banana esters." A bit of chemical, acetone. Without much finesse or balance, too much of everything.

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3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to fosterjm for the bottle at a recent tasting. 750 ml c&c bottle served in a Southern Tier tulip.

A: Pours a hazy grapefruit color with a white head forming on the pour. It recedes quickly to a thin ring.

S: Tart cherries, some wine and a sweet bread malt profile. Base shines through a little bit.

T: Definitely tart berries with some wine-like aspects to it. A little cheesy with some bready malts.

M: Light bodied with a medium high carbonation level.

O: An interested beer as it had both tart and sweet facets. Thanks for the share James!

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5/5  rDev +26.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm Ron Burgundy? Perhaps not but this beer is! I had to pick this up when I was in Lancaster over the weekend. Big fan of Anchorman so this caught my eye right away.

The beer poured out as a very nice looking red color. The head was thin while it poured out but as it sat the white head started to form after the pour. Very interesting, I've never seen something like that happen before. The smell of the beer was a little tart on the nose but has a fruity kick to it also. The taste of the beer at first had some form of acidic flavors to it. The flavors also consisted of some tart berries and yeast along with some oaky vanilla. The mouthfeel was great then. Overall I found this beer to be becoming more and more smooth. The tartness fades away after a bit. Found this to be quite a good sour ale.

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Photo of Bmoyer0301
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Well If i was going to judge the label and bottle appearance I would have to say that its pretty dull. Its just a plain Belgian cork and caged bottle with a piece of string around the neck and a brief description card hanging from the neck. But, who honestly judges a beer by its label? I know I don’t and it’s all about the content inside what matters most. I wrangled the cork out which slid our fairly easily after I got it started and a initial burst of berries poured out from the bottle neck. The glass I decided to use tonight is my new favorite in the collection, my Lost Abbey goblet which is a piece of artwork all on its own. As I started to pour I tiled the tall glass hard to make sure of not having a foam over but the head seems to be pretty tame. Only a one finger thick prickly off pink / salmon colored head lingered on top and broke away quite quickly. When I hold the glass up to the light I am getting a deep plum and purple color almost like it was blended with a Merlot wine and blueberries. On the final viscosity check I gave a generous swirl and was left with a tiny amount of lacing which slid down the walls and dissipated quickly.


Right out of the gate, brett is taking over the aroma with the berry essence right behind it. Huge amounts of esters from the Belgian triple base beer and some green apples sneak in there too. Let there be no mistake that the oak and red wine are playing a huge part here too, just such a nice melange of sweet, funky, and booze notes. In the finish and as my glass warms up I am starting to notice the heat alcohol much more.


I feel like I’m playing jazz flute with Ron Burgundy now! This is huge on the flavor scale, providing so many sensations like sweet, oaky, dry wine, tart, and of course fruity. Again, the first level of complexity is in the brett which seems to put a taming on all the fruit flavors here. Next, the oak is just so prominent with earthy notes and some slight vanilla that just roll around your mouth with every sip. Of course I can’t forget the fruit, this is just loaded with blackberries and a sort of cherry flavor which throws me off but is still a great component in the overall package. The finish is long an dry with more oak and yeasty phenolic funk right behind it which makes you keep coming back for more.


I don’t think I can find anything bad to say about this beer, honestly it was probably one of my favorites that I have had in a long time. I really need to get back over to their pub to grab another one of these. If you are in the southeastern part of Pennsylvania or northern Delaware you need to get over to Iron Hill and try their beers. Now this bottle was a limited edition and there still might be a few floating around the pub if you ask but don’t forget about their other reserve bottles they keep on hand. Overall, I would say that this was a winner and I would highly recommend this to any sour beer fiend or to someone who thinks fruit beers are for sissies becuase this one is bad ass. If you can find it..get it or if you can trade for all means go for it because who knows if it will be made again. Well until next time…

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Photo of Florida9
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A brownish pink liquid covered with a dirty pink head. Leaves a moderate bit of lacing.

S: Smells of cherry and fruits with a little vanilla.

T: Rather fruity. Lightly sweet caramel malts, cherry, apple, and red grapes. Mildly dry. Tartness pops as it warms.

M: Medium bodied with an easy carbonation and absolutely no bitterness.

O: Overall, a nice beer.

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Photo of ThoreauLikeAGirl
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Rich (phillybeer7779) for bringing this to the tasting.

described as a wine barrel aged tripel
750ml caged and corked bottle.

poured an absolutely gorgeous hazy burgundy/raspberry color.
not much head at all. what was there disipated fairly quickly.

Smell: This one is Funky with a lot of tart berries (raspberry? blackberry).

Taste: Sweet blackberries up front. very smooth and mellow. Not as sour as the nose made it out to be. Not very sour at all, actually. Very brett. dominant, though. The brett. lingered in the flavor long after. A little bit of oak. Dry finish.
Would probably sour more with age, but it is great as it is now.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Ron Burgundy from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 25 ratings