Tasting Notes: Marionberry Sour from Rogue Ales

RogueMSpourFor this edition of Tasting Notes, our week takes a delightfully sour turn as we get into a pour of Marionberry Sour from Rogue Ales (Newport, Oregon).

Originally introduced back in July with the intent of being “the most Oregon of all Rogue Farms beers”, Marionberry Sour is a “vibrant violet-hued” American Sour Ale made with Rogue Farms-grown prickless marionberries – “a bigger, juicier and more flavorful variety of blackberry . . . originally developed by Oregon State University researchers in 1956.” Marionberry Sour (6.5% ABV) was specifically brewed “to highlight the tart side of the Marionberry while ensuring a pleasant balance through the fruit’s natural sweetness.”

Marionberry Sour is out now and will be available through October 2018.  You can find this Seasonal brew in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Rogue’s nationwide distribution area.

Now that the introductions are out of the way, it seems this is the appropriate time to pucker up and lean in for some Tasting Notes!

Tasting Notes for Marionberry Sour from Rogue Ales

Appearance: A gentle pour fills the glass with a rose-kissed, cranberry-colored brew that is capped with over a finger of loose, pink-tinged foam.  When held to direct light, the beer glows brilliantly as its pink, purple and red tones all gain an intense vibrancy.  Despite having a slight cloudiness to it, a serious amount of tiny carbonation bubbles can be seen surging throughout.  The head dissipates quickly to a creamy ring that does what it can to leave a few spots of lace behind on the glass.

Aroma: Lush berry goodness abounds as massive notes of blackberry and raspberry billow from the glass.  A touch of dark fruit and sweet grape sneak in to add a bit more depth and complexity to the fruity character.  The profile closes with sweet grains that are quickly overcome by an earthy, musty and slightly funky presence.

Taste:  As one would expect, marionberry is the star here as it quickly grabs hold of the taste buds with tart notes of fresh blackberry and raspberry.  That said, there is also a mixed berry jam note that offers some balancing sweetness to the beer’s more tart and acetic qualities.  Bready, slightly sweet grain further reinforces that balance, creating a note that is similar to toast and jam.  The flavors close out with a soft touch of musty grape and earthy funk.

Mouthfeel:  Medium bodied with a medium carbonation, Marionberry Sour actually has a bit more weight than most sours out there these days.  Both tart and sweet on the palate, this thing is nicely balanced and dries out beautifully.  The 6.5% ABV is nowhere to be found.  Aftertaste is all berry.

Final Thoughts: There is no denying that this offering is an absolutely gorgeous representation of the marionberry, but the truly impressive thing about Marionberry Sour is its overall balance.  Sure, it leads with a sharp, attention-grabbing level of tartness, but that is quickly tempered with the perfect amount of sweetness from the grains and the marionberry’s more jam-like side. The experience is not jaw-clenching sour or overly sweet. It is a balancing act that is teetering confidently somewhere in the middle, resulting in an impossibly dry, incredibly refreshing, and supremely easy-drinking Sour Ale.  Around here, those marks earn this summer beer some space in the beer fridge.  Be sure to check out Marionberry Sour before its Seasonal run comes to an end in October.  Prost!

 

 

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Rogue Ales Introduces Marionberry Sour

Marionberry_Sour_6-Pack_Bottles_AngleRogue Ales (Newport, Oregon) has officially announced that it will release Marionberry Sour in July as the latest beer to come out of the Rogue Farms project.

Now known to be “the most Oregon of all Rogue Farms beers”, Marionberry Sour is a “vibrant violet-hued” American Sour Ale made with Rogue Farms-grown prickless marionberries – “a bigger, juicier and more flavorful variety of blackberry . . . originally developed by Oregon State University researchers in 1956.”  Marionberry Sour (6.5% ABV) was specifically brewed “to highlight the tart side of the Marionberry while ensuring a pleasant balance through the fruit’s natural sweetness.”

“We made Marionberry Sour this year because it celebrates the delicious berry we love so much,” says Rogue Brewmaster John Maier. “I’m constantly inspired to brew new beers based on the crops we grow at the farm. They come to the brewery at peak ripeness and I always know exactly how the crops were treated when I get them. That quality matters.”

 

“We grow our own ingredients because it gives us an unlimited well of inspiration and innovation,” says Rogue President Brett Joyce. “If we add a new crop that is delicious and tastes great in a beer, we’ll increase the acreage and brew more beer with it. We’re all a part of the relentless innovation here at Rogue, but the farm is our greatest inspiration.”

Marionberry Sour will officially enter distribution in July and will hang around through October 2018.  You can expect to find this new Seasonal offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at craft beer retailers, bars and restaurants located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Rogue’s nationwide distribution area. Prost!

Vital Information for Marionberry Sour from Rogue Ales

Release – Seasonal, July – October 2018
Style – American Sour Ale
ABV – 6.5%
IBUs – 5
Malts – Rogue Farms Dare™, Munich, C-15 & Acidulated
Hops – Rogue Farms Liberty & Rebel Hops
Yeast – Kolsch II
Added Ingredients – Rogue Farms Marionberries & Plums
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://finder.rogue.com/

Rogue Ales Releases 2018 Product Calendar

RogueHop_editedRogue Ales (Newport, Oregon) has come forward this week to unveil a 2018 Product Calendar boasting 13 Year-Round offerings, 9 Seasonals, and 10 Special Releases.

It appears that beer calendar season has caught a second wind as we kick off the week with a look at Rogue Ale’s 2018 Product Calendar.  The brewery’s full calendar is available below, but let’s go over a few highlights real quick.

That should cover most of the new releases, but there are still quite few beers left for you to find on the calendar below.  Give it a good look and settle in for another tasty year of beer from Rogue Ales in 2018.  Prost!

2018 Rogue Beer Calendar update