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The Rare Barrel Bellatrix
94 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.
The Rare Barrel Bellatrix

Style: Sour

ABV: 6.3

94
Aroma: 11
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 18
Mouthfeel: 5

The Rare Barrel Bellatrix

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What the brewers say

“Bellatrix is a blend of golden sour beer aged in oak barrels with a stunning amount of blackberries. Fermented with a collection of various yeast and bacteria, Bellatrix conjures an aura of freshly picked blackberries and luscious berry preserves with a twist of lemon acidity. Redolent of an overgrown thicket, this excruciatingly delectable sour will leave you spellbound.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Blackberry is intense with a fair amount of acetic and a bit of ethyl acetate. There's a lot of oak and earthy wet hay behind that.”

Flavor: “The moderate acidity in the aroma is more prevalent in the flavor. A nice clean lactic sourness is predominant, but a touch of acetic makes the moderate juicy blackberry character really pop. The sourness lingers for a while, making this a beer to sip rather than heavily indulge. A nice Brett barnyard complexity and pleasant malt rises over time.”

Overall: “Great juicy blackberry and the barrel character is really nice. The sour complexity is nice, and there’s enough of it there to make you slow down and appreciate the beer.”

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