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Cascade Manhattan NW

Cascade Manhattan NW
Cascade Manhattan NW

Style: American Wild Ale
ABV: 11.2%
Bottled: Spring 2013
Size: 750ml C&C bottle
Price: $20
Bottle Count: Unknown

Awesome sour from Cascade, one of their tasting-room-only bottles. Lots of bourbon barrel to go with a cherry-based sour. Not usually my bag, but this pressed all the right buttons with me. Big lacto sour, like almost everything they do, paired with vanilla and marshmallow from the barrel. I want more, but it’s probably not worth the money or the chase.

Looks like we’re having a girl – Lost Abbey Framboise de Amorosa

Lost Abbey Framboise de Amorosa
Lost Abbey Framboise de Amorosa

Style: American Wild Ale
ABV: 7%
Bottled: 2013
Size: 375ml bottle
Price: $17
Bottle Count: n/a

Mrs. Asshole and I had a party recently to find out whether we were having a boy or a girl, so I decided I’d open a corresponding beer to celebrate afterwards. Luckily it’s gonna be a little she-demon, since I couldn’t think of a beer that actually looked blue — blueberry sours taste great but look more purple, which might send the wrong kind of message.

Anyway, I’m a total sucker for raspberries and framboise, so this is right up my alley. Strangely for a Lost Abbey beer, it actually contains bubbles. It smells like raspberry compote blended with a little sweet tart, and I could keep my nose in the glass all night. The taste isn’t quite that good, but it’s still pretty nice. More tart than sour, and the raspberries are more muted than in the nose. Long medium-dry finish. The ABV could be a little lower but it doesn’t get in the way, especially with this smallish format.

Pretty much a winner, one of my favorite seasonals from Lost Abbey. I like it more than Red Poppy, but it’s more of a pain in the ass to get a hold of for some reason; maybe the yield is lower for this due to the fruit used. But I’m gonna pretty much be perma-ISO this one — the little devil-spawn is gonna need a case or two of this instead of formula.

Almanac Farmer’s Reserve #3

Almanac Farmer's Reserve #3
Almanac Farmer's Reserve #3

Style: American Wild Ale
ABV: 6%
Bottled: 2012
Size: 375ml bottle
Price: $10-ish
Bottle Count: Unknown

I’d only heard a little about these before someone had sent them to me. I hadn’t paid much attention before, but maybe I should’ve been. Strawberries, nectarines, and wine barrels? Oh, yes please. Strawberries sours don’t always turn out great (Hanssens, I’m looking at you), but I’ll give it a shot.

So it smells nice enough — plenty of citrus, and the strawberry is floating around there somewhere. And there’s a little sweet-tart to it, too. The taste is all nectarine upfront, along with some red berry in the middle, all wrapped in a light lacto sourness. A little drying, from the wine barrel I assume, but pretty nice on a hot day (we have a shitload of those here; yesterday was another 105+ heat index day). Damned good, and worth finding more.

For some reason #4 was sold out almost instantly, and I haven’t tried #1 or #2 yet, so hit me up if you have some. As it is I’m definitely ordering more of this one.

Cisco Monomoy Kriek

Cisco Monomoy Kriek
Cisco Monomoy Kriek

Style: American Wild Ale
ABV: 6.7%
Bottled: 2012
Size: 750ml C&C bottle
Price: $15
Bottle Count: n/a (trade)

I’ve really enjoyed some of the bottles I’ve had from Cisco’s Woods series. Lady of the Woods was especially good — dry and a little dusty, nicely sour, kind of white wine or champagne-esque. This one, unfortunately, did not live up to its siblings.

To start off, it’s dead flat. If there’s any carbonation at all, it’s hard to see or feel. The cherry (I’m assuming, since it’s a kriek) is faint, and what I do get is little more than extract or HFC cherry flavoring. No complexity at all to it, which if it was done well wouldn’t be a problem, but this is just crap.

After having a 2009 Cantillon Kriek recently, this pales by comparison. A huge disappointment to say the least. Oh well, I guess I’ll stick to Lady of the Woods for now. Anyone got some to send me?

Weyerbacher Riserva

Weyerbacher Riserva
Weyerbacher Riserva

Style: American Wild Ale
ABV: 11.4%
Bottled: Late 2012
Size: 750ml C&C bottle
Price: $17
Bottle Count: n/a

I can hazily remember having a bottle of this at a tasting at Peg’s a year or so ago. Can’t say that I thought very highly of it, just lots of malt vinegar and not much else. So when I found one this year, I approached it with some trepidation. But… this was really good. Not stupendous, but just a good, gentle sour filled with raspberries (and I *love* raspberry beers). It’s a nice break from the face-melting sours that I seem to always open when faced with a choice. I wouldn’t have guessed that it was >10%, so that was a bit of a surprise. Not cheap by any means, but let’s face it, if you’re in this game then you have some cash to burn anyway.

The Bruery Sour in the Rye

The Bruery Sour in the Rye
The Bruery Sour in the Rye

Style: American Wild Ale
ABV: 7.6%
Bottled: 2013?
Size: 750ml bottle
Price: $22 (mail-order)

I was warned off this by not one but two people, but the descriptions in some of the reviews just sucked me in. Boy, was I glad I took a chance. It’s expensive, as Bruery bottles usually are, but it’s damned good. Juicy peaches, a little breadiness, and plenty of lacto punch. Kind of like a sour peach cobbler. I’ll be buying more of this.

Crooked Stave Bourbon BA Sentience

Crooked Stave Bourbon Barrel-Aged Sentience
Crooked Stave Bourbon Barrel-Aged Sentience

Style: Quadrupel/American Wild Ale
ABV: 11.5%
Bottled: Q1 2013
Size: 375ml bottle
Price: unknown (shared by Dave)

I’m not sure if this qualifies as a wild ale or a quad, but I’d lean more toward a wild.  It had some Consecration qualities for sure, like lots of black cherry tartness, but it also brought some plum and vanilla to the party.  Strong, too — more than 11% — but not too boozy.

I’m not entirely sure how much I really liked it, but we got through this one quickly.  Nice enough and I’m glad I got to try it but I don’t think I’d chase it down.

A Poor Man’s Blabaer

Poor man's Blabaer
Poor man’s Blabaer

Why bother chasing down a Blabaer and then trading half your cellar for it?  Go get a couple of easier options and blend them together and you’ll get roughly the same thing.  Yes, beer nerds, I’m aware that it’s not the same thing, but having had it a couple of times now I can tell you that this was close enough to make me happy.

Cascade Vlad the Imp Aler

Cascade Vlad the Imp Aler
Cascade Vlad the Imp Aler

Style: American Wild Ale
ABV: 10.91%
Bottled: Fall 2012
Size: 750ml bottle
Price: $30 (!)

Not sure what’s going on with Cascade and their recent pricing, but I’m still walking funny after the cornholing I took on this one.  I dunno if I’m remembering wrong but I’m pretty sure that this was only $23 last time around (2009).  But I sucked it up and bought a couple bottles so that I can post this mediocre picture on here just for you guys (yes, both of you).  Enjoy!

For some reason I remembered this being more of a barrel-aged tripel, with lots of vanilla and toffee, but it’s been so long that now I’m not sure any more.  At any rate, this one is more of a straight up lacto sour, with some vanilla notes hanging around in the back of the room.  Not too much booze evident for a 10%+ beer, but it really clobbers you when the bottle’s gone.  Can’t say that this is my fave Cascade but we’re talking maybe the lowest point on a really tall curve.  I wish this wasn’t so damned expensive, or I might grab another couple to see where it goes, but at $30 it’s hard to justify — and it also doesn’t give me a lot of hope for pricing on Bourbonic Plague when it hits this summer.  Oh well, I’ll just have to console myself with more Blueberry and The Vine…

 

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