Central City/Parallel 49 2015 Craft Crossing Calendar Day #1 – Rock the Bells Cranberry Sour Ale

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Central City/Parallel 49 2015 Craft Crossing Calendar Day #1

Rock the Bells Cranberry Sour Ale – Parallel 49 Brewing Co., 7.0% ABV – 341ml., (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

-This is the other craft beer calendar available in BC; Oh actually Spinnakers (Victoria) has a 12 days of Christmas Calendar, but only 2 of 12 are unique brews. Nah, pass.

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-compared to last year, which sadly, I have yet to finish:

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on the front-left label:

“Sometimes the holidays can be sour, and we aim to uphold that tradition with this sour cranberry ale. It’s nice and tart, crisp, and stuffed with cranberry flavour and a hint of brett. But unlike your aunt Helen’s turkey, this one won’t leave a bad taste in your mouth.”

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  • Style: (cranberry) Sour Ale
  • Taste: Very tart-sour-tangy cranberry fruity malt bearable barnyard
  • How much for the Calendar: $72.40 CAD, November 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: only okay, not terribly complex

Visual: Pours opaque reddish brown with a small 2mm dissipating head, thin ringed retention, a few micro bubbles here and there, otherwise no visible activity.

Nose: fruity cranberry juice, hints of sourness, rather clean. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: superTART, very acidic sour, crisp bite, PUCKERY

Mid-palate: continuous sourness, (lvl-3)-sweetness, (MAIN) cranberry, sour-tangy malt, barnyard funk

Finish: lingering sour cranberry tartness and fruity malt exhale.

Summary: Wow, super aggressively tart and sour, starts to mellow out near the backend. Despite the big sourness, there is a general sense of balance.