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#52BottlesOfBeer: 01- Sons of Vancouver #82 Amaretto Wild Sour Ale

Mike S here with The Basement's latest brainchild: #52BottlesOfBeer!  The premise is simple- 52 weeks in the year, 52 reviews of craft beers.

Every Friday!

Surprise mother fuckers!

We're starting this series off with the #82 Amaretto Wild Sour Ale by Sons of Vancouver.

Let's start with the label.  It's a nice, elegant, old school style of label.  When combined with the long neck of the bottle, it brings to mind a nice bottle of wine.  I love the font used, and the colour palette.  It brings to mind the old black and white silent films, and classic saloons.  Just a nice stylish label.

Next up is colour.  It's got a nice straw to golden colour to it- though you might get a bit of haze to it.  Fairly standard for most ales, though.  Still pleasant to look at.

And finally, the really important thing: the taste.  The first sip made me go, "Huh."  Those that know me will attest that I love sour stuff (I ALWAYS eat the lemon/lime garnish that come with my drinks).  I wasn't entirely sure that a sour beer would be all that pleasing.

I was surprised, pleased, and impressed by how well it worked.  The sourness went well with the amaretto, and light apricot flavouring.  It was crisp and sharp- but not overpowering at first taste.  The taste was pretty balanced from start to finish- with very little change over time.

While I certainly wouldn't have more than one in a single sitting, I would absolutely treat myself to one after a long week.  If you enjoy a bit of bite to your beer, I would certainly recommend this 9.5% alcohol beverage.  It's going into "The Good".


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