Grape marc-soured wild ale brewed for GABS 2017. Tried at the festival on tap.
Pours a champagne colour, very cloudy/sedimenty with cream-coloured foam on top that dissipates to a disappointing ring of lace. Looks flat and cloudy. Eh.
Smells tart, with great vinous character. Puts me in mind of a good champagne, with some more sour notes including lime and a slight vinegar character. Quite pleasant
Tastes vinous too, and tart. Champagne, blending with unripe green apple and some citrus character towards the back. Fair acidity on the back with a touch of oak wildness and some more of that vinegar character. Really popping with sourness, and quite fresh and pleasant for it.
Decent body, a little bit puckering especially late-mid but not unpleasant.
Not bad at all; good crisp, tart beer. Good cleanser and just enjoyable in its own right as well.
61 / 100
On tap at the Local Taphouse.
Pours a malty red amber colour, head is beige, quite dense but sunk to a thin creamy film. Lacing is pretty decent. Doesn't amaze me but looks quite tasty.
Smells mostly of coffee. Big roasty espresso character, with some fruity and spice notes at the fringes, maybe some berry and caramel custard sweetness from the malt as well. Pretty enjoyabl,e but I wish the coffee didn't dominate quite so much.
Taste is a bit more desserty, but is it better? Hmmm. There's a big rich treacle kind of character running through all of that, with a thick syrupy sweetness that just keeps getting sweeter with every sip. Besides that, there is a nice coffee spice character, some dried fruit, and maybe some caramel notes that give a more buttery sweet note. It's obviously meant to be sweet, but it feels a bit dark and weighty and needs a bit more cut-through. It's like having a chocolate fondant without berry coulis. And I mean that as a compliment too, because it is sweet and desserty and rich which is nice, but it's also too much of all those things and needs something more to balance it all out.
Decent mouthfeel, big thick body that kind of coats the tongue as it goes down. Could use a touch of drying in the back.
Nice drop and could see it going really nicely with some fruity Yulli's desserts, but it needs basically more fruity notes in the beer itself, as it's all just a bit rich.
On tap at the Keg & Brew. A double IPA should be a safe bet at this place because it should retain character despite poor handling/storage.
Pours a rich russet amber colour, cloudy with a nice skim of bubbly foam on top. Retains nicely. Lacing is a bit thin, but nice as one expects from the style.
Smells like it's served too cold, firstly. When you get past that there's some nice sharp citrus aromas - grapefruit with some tropical notes behind it. Good grainy malt too. Is there rye in this? Has a nice earthy spice to it. Possibly a bit on the sharp side but pretty nice.
Taste is yeah, very rye-PA-esque. Notes of malt throughout but in particular an earthy, almost chocolatey rye spice late-mid. Hops are on early and they don't disappoint with a sharp stab of citrus early-mid that trails off to a bitter finish with mandarin, melon and stonefruit characters. Possibly a bit too bitter on the back, it just feels a bit astringent and lacks the citric twang that might keep the tastebuds interested. Not a bad DIPA construction though.
Bit of pull and loads of texture - too much, even. Palate stripping at times but ends up just a tad dry, not too much.
Decent DIPA but feel like it doesn't get the full potential of conplexity out of its elements - just seems to flatline a bit even while remaining big and brash and bold.
On tap at Cammeray Craft.
Pours a pale gold, Berliner colour, very cloudy. Head is white, dense but sinks to just a rim of lace. Nice texture to the head when it was there though. Looks pretty standard for style but that's a nice look.
Smells very funky. Fruity notes of melon combined with champagne vinous characterss, grape and melon with an off, festering note too. Could use more fresh or sour notes as it's a bit too much funk on there.
Taste is far more zingy, and pleasant. Melon fruit with cantaloupe and watermelon vying for attention. Zesty and fresh on the mid palate then finishes with a bizarre milky creamy note. Not so bizarre as I know how it's made, but bizarre in how palatable it is. Finish is quite sweet but with lingering sourness and funkadelic flavours playing at the edges. Fresh and cleansing and really quite bizarre. But pretty great.
Inevitably thin, with a big pull from all the bugs in there. Tart and puckering at times but not bad.
Quite a pleasant summery drop. Feel like the fruit could be used to sweeten as well as tarten and it would be beautiful, it's really very sour and funky and weird overall, but well enough handled.