97 / 100
(Best of the Best)
Tried on tap at Odd Culture at the Taphouse.
Pours a deep, opaque and staining crimson/purple—intensely coloured. Head is a subtle ring of mulberry inflected lace. Carbonation is very fine, but fast through the body. The weight is fairly light, but there's a slickness to the body. Looks very good, especially that colour.
Nose is excellent. Lots of wood right on the forefront. Oakiness comes through quite strongly, but there's also lots of freshly hewn timber and sawdust. Sweet fruit provides a broad sweetness underneath. But there's loads of complexity unfolding all over the top. There's obviously blueberry, but there's also notes of celery, cocoa, black raspberry, currants and aged balsamic. It's seriously wonderful.
Taste is also amazing. Soft tannins on the front, with a little vinous bite that develops into rounded, dark fruit. The back palate has wood and tartness, with juicy characters of stewed blackberries, overripe blueberries and pinot noir. It's sweet and slick through the mid palate, but livened by a judicious acidity in the finish. Feel is slick, and slightly grippy in the finish. It's so complex, but perfectly crafted.
This is almost certainly the best Australian beer I've had all year, and it's probably one of the best I've ever had. It's so amazingly complex, but with such coherence to its form. I'm incredibly impressed. No matter how high my expectations are for La Siréne, they always seem to find some way to exceed them.