Cambridge Brewing Company Cerise Cassee

It’s time to review another beer that my parents got for me. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 9%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Once again a beer appears which firmly expresses your iconoclastic brewers’ commitment to fly in the face of tradition,
and boldly thumb our noses at the mainstream. Cerise Cassée is a complex beer in both process and palate. Multiple fermentations begin in stainless steel with our house ale yeast, then spontaneous refermentation and aging along with 300 pounds of sour cherries takes place in the infamous CBC barrel cellar. And there it ages for up to eight years in French oak wine barrels. Throughout this mysterious process a long, slow fermentation takes place with microflora such as Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus, and Pediococcus. Don’t let those things scare you, though, because these barrels and wild beasties of beer contribute a smooth acidity and significant complexity which could otherwise not be attained by ‘traditional’ modern brewing methods. In the U.S. craft brewing world’s first true Solera-style fermenting and aging program, a portion of each of the Solera barrels (the oldest barrels, which contain a blend of between one and eight year old beer) is blended for service annually. Beer from the Criadera (literal trans. – the nursery – barrels containing one- to two-year old beer) is blended into the Solera, and the year’s fresh production of new beer and cherries are sent down into the Criadera to begin the process anew. The resulting tart, effervescent, deep red ale combines aromas and flavors of stone fruit, malt, vanilla and oak tannin, with a pleasantly sour finish that defies description in its funky-yet-balanced uniqueness. Bonne chance! A la votre!”

Random: I like sour cherries paired with cheese.

The beer poured with less than a quarter finger of white head that dissipated by the time I took the photo. There was no lacing left on the glass. The body was slightly cloudy and a reddish-brown color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of vinegar notes along with some sour cherries. There was yeast as well. The taste was very, very sour. The sour cherries quickly followed up. It had some lemon as well, but before the sourness got overwhelming, oak and vanilla came through. There was some raisin and plum as well. The body had very light carbonation and was not thick. The finish was lengthy and sour. I liked this one a lot. It’s definitely not the type of beer that I’ve come to expect from CBC and was very impressed.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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Springdale Melange De Mures

A few months ago, I hit 3,000 reviews on the blog. I completely missed the milestone and only realized it after I decided to take a look out of sheer curiosity. At some point, I’ll have to take a look back and see what exactly was beer 3000. Anyways, let’s get to this beer, which hails from Massachusetts.

ABV: 6%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Saison, soured in foudres, aged on Marionberries, a type of blackberry, in wine barrels for 6 months. 6%ABV”

Random: I’m really loving the Springdale labels.

The beer poured with a quarter finger of white head that dissipated instantly. It left a slight crown on top of a brown body. It was slightly hazy with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was very fragrant with funk along with red berries, specifically raspberry and blackberries. There was some warm oak and vanilla as well. The taste started with blackberries and raspberries, but it wasn’t overwhelming. It then went into some tartness and quickly transitioned to red wine. The oak came through next with vanilla and crackery malt. Some lemon came through as well. The body was on the medium side with high carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with funk and tartness. This beer was another gift from my parents, so there is no commentary on the price. Either way, I really enjoyed the depth of this sour and that the berries didn’t overwhelm the rest of the taste. This is highly recommended.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Springdale Ghost Species

This is my first beer from Springdale Barrel Room, which is an offshoot of Jack’s Abby. All of these beers are barrel-aged and it’s where they allow themselves to experiment. The labeling is a bit different than Jack’s Abby (and honestly, I like it a bit more). Let’s crack this open and see how it was.

ABV: 6.2%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Inspired by the Flemish brown beers, a tawny-brown blend of wine barrels aged sour beers. Tart, vinous and complex. 6%ABV”

Random: This beer is available on draft and in bottles.

The beer poured with a two finger, off white head. It took awhile to dissipate and left some lacing on the glass and a slight crown on the body. The body was a medium amber color with some haziness to it. I could still see some moderate carbonation. The nose had a lot of funk to it up front with lots of oak and vanilla. The taste started with a lot of lacto and quickly went into some oak notes. It had leather and vanilla and toasted wood chips. There was no booze that made its way through. The body was on the lighter side with a lot of carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with tartness and oak. I received this beer as a gift, so I have no idea how much it was. I thought this beer was good, but it wasn’t very interesting. I wouldn’t rush back to have this.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Highway Manor Eagles Underdog Sour

Val and I went to Memphis Taproom awhile back (before the wedding) after looking at our rings at the jeweler. The Eagles were in the playoffs and of course, were underdogs. Thus, all of the dog masks during the Eagles games. They had never won a Super Bowl and one of the dates available in February at our venue was Super Bowl weekend. I said that with our luck, if we picked that weekend, the Eagles would be in the Super Bowl. Needless to say, they did make it to the Super Bowl, but this beer was on tap at Memphis Taproom to celebrate them making the playoffs.

ABV: 7%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: The brewery is in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania.

Random: There is no information about the brewery story on their website.

The beer poured with a quarter finger of white head that dissipated almost instantly. A small crown was left on top of the body, but no lacing was left behind. The body was a dark orange with moderate carbonation. It was also quite hazy. The nose was filled with deep funk along with bright unripe citrus notes to counter the funk. The taste was definitely tart and had a lot of kumquat and grapefruit and quickly went into funk. The body was on the lighter side with a lot of carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with citrus. I liked this beer a lot, but I don’t think I’ll ever see it again since there is no information on the website or Beer Advocate.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Off Color Market Rate

I’m finally getting through my backlog of beers and am almost a month ahead in posting. It makes life so much easier when I have posts scheduled, so I don’t have to worry that I’m going to miss one.

ABV: 6.5%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “At some point John and Dave were born. They did other stuff for a while and then they figured out they were better at making beer than at the other stuff. So that’s what they do now. They met while both studied at the oldest and most respected brewing school (of the two…and by the brewers that went to the one) in the US, the Siebel Institute, in 2008 and the brewery was envisioned while they both interned at Metropolitan Brewing afterwards. Most of Off Color’s business plan is based off of Doug and Tracy at Metro knowing what they’re doing, so you should go buy some of their beer too. After cutting their teeth at larger breweries, the two somehow convinced enough otherwise-very-smart-people to invest enough money for them to buy some big shiny things to make their own beer in. So that’s what they do now.”

Random: This beer is now retired.

This beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated as soon as I took the picture. It left no lacing on the glass, but did leave a small crown on top of the bright yellow body. It was hazy with no visible carbonation. The nose started with a lot of funk and quickly went into ripe strawberries. It was a pleasant combination. The taste was more of the same. It had a lot of brett and funk and tartness, but was quickly followed up by tons of ripe strawberries. The body was on the medium side with a lot of carbonation. It had a medium length finish with strawberries. I aged this beer for awhile, I forgot how much I paid for it, but this was another quality beer from Off Color.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Cape May Brothel Madam

I’ve never been to Cape May, but I definitely have a reason to go down there now that there’s a brewery. I hear it’s also nice during Christmas with all of the historic houses lit up.

ABV: 9.5%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to hauntedplaces.org, “Housed inside an 1880’s mansion, this historic inn was formerly a bordello and gambling parlour before its conversion to bed and breakfast accommodation. Guests staying in the Princess Louise Room have reportedly come across the apparition of a brothel madam, who has been seen and heard in the early hours of the morning. Others staying in adjacent rooms claim to have heard the whistling of a train, although the association of this recurring noise with the building is not clear.”

Random: This beer is named after the ghost that is in the Queen Victoria Inn in Cape May, New Jersey.

This beer poured with a half a finger of white head. It dissipated instantly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was very hazy and a bright pink color. There was no visible carbonation due to the cloudiness. The nose was filled with Brett and funk. It had a touch of warm berries as well. The taste started with a lot of yeast and Brett with some vinegar tartness. The same berry note came through with a touch of leather as well. The alcohol bite was apparent, which took away a bit from the flavor. The body was on the thicker side with generous carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with funk. I picked this up for $17.99, which came to $.82 per ounce. I thought this beer was good, I just wish the booze was dialed down.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Burial Bright Lights And Butterfly Blades

Since we live in a pretty rural area, we get our share of animals. One of the coolest things that we’ve seen is a newly born fawn. Our backyard is fenced, but the lock broke, so the deer have been going there. One day, I walked into the backyard and there was the smallest fawn that I have ever seen. It was absolutely adorable. I saw it again today and it’s finally steady on its hooves.

ABV: 6%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Residing in and revitalizing the South Slope District of Asheville, NC, the brewery began its life in summer 2013 as a one-barrel system that grew to a ten-barrel in just over a year. It is now fed from our production facility, barrelhouse and taproom brewery.”

Random: I need to make my way to Asheville at some point.

The beer poured with a finger and a half of reddish-tan head. It dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was hazy and had a lot of floaties. It was also sienna colored. The nose had a lot of tartness. It had some tropical notes with pomegranate and dragon fruit with some wheat and kumquat as well. The taste started with some sour wheat and quickly went into sour fruit as well. I picked up the same pomegranate, lemon and dragon fruit that was in the nose. There was also a significant yeast characteristic. The body was moderately heavy with lots of carbonation. It had a lengthy sour finish. Beer gifts are the best, so I have no idea how much it was. I thought this beer was interesting, but I wasn’t the biggest fan.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0