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August, 2016
Judges Rating: 
22 / 24
5 / 6
38 / 40
10 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

Bold lactic and Brett aromas are quickly followed by lemon and cherry tartness with notes of currants. As the beer warms, some pepper and woody tones come through along with a slight touch of vanilla. The beer is rather cloudy, a tarnished copper color with red hues, with a creamy, light tan head that drops off too quickly but leaves a slight ring of bubbles around the glass. The flavor presents tart cherries joined by currants, oak and vanilla. The sourness is complex and dominates the profile. Acidity provides the balance to the malt, rather than bittering hops. Toasty malt arrives in the dry finish and lingers long into the aftertaste where it is accompanied by some toasted coconut. This medium-bodied beer with moderate carbonation and some acidic bite is rounded off in the finish by a tannic, drying effect. The only real "off" note is a very low acetate flavor that appears as it warmed up, which dissipates as quickly as it appears. Some additional ester complexity and a touch more malt sweetness would move this beer into perfection territory, but it's still exceptional as is.