The Rare Barrel In Other Words
What the brewers say
“The flavors and aromas of ripe blueberries and puckering boysenberries in this sanguine sour illicit the patois of the beloved. In other words, this is an ode to fruitful sour beers.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “The blueberry is subtle but distinct, with dark fruits, berries, red wine, a little lemon and tartness. The effect is so deep and rich it’s almost like port. A straw-like musty, funky, earthiness is present, with a bit of spice.”
Flavor: “Rich, vinous dark fruits quickly give way to intense acidity, which isn’t overly harsh or overwhelming. The sour notes are funky and tart, cutting the sweetness. High carbonation takes the tartness just a little too high, but the overall effect is very dry and not overly harsh. The finish is light lactic, with low sweetness and a moderate tartness.”
Overall: “The fruit flavors are excellent, very rich, and full of raspberry, but don’t deliver quite as much on the blueberry. But the intensity of the acidity hurts the drinkability of the beer some. The earthy notes and sourness work well together. A very enjoyable beer with some interesting complexities.”
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