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750ml brown bottle purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA. Shared with Sam and Andrew back in Sydney.
Pours a pinkish plum colour, with a very fine head of very pale pink that leaves expressive complex lacing. Carbonation is fine but very swift. Body is actually quite light, but it has a refinement to it which is pretty good. It looks a bit like very classy carbonated apple-boysenberry juice. That's a positive thing.
Nose is quite pleasant. It does have a sweetness from the berries, which give it a depth and roundness quite separate from the tartness, although the fruit does seem to contribute to the overall shape of the acidity as well. At times it seems a little bit dry, perhaps lacking some complexity. But I think it's honestly pretty solid and nicely made.
Taste is indeed a little simpler than it might be, but there is a refinement to it. The currant character is actually quite strong here, and quite connected to the acidity, which gives it a tart, almost pithy underripe fruit character. There's a slightly powdery, almost gritty character in the finish, which adds earthiness and a vegetative note. Hints of aspirin and seltzer in the finish.
Feel is a touch overcarbonated—it actually seems to exacerbate the acidity as well.
Overall, it's a nice beer—it's quite strong towards the acidity, which gives it a challenge to the palate. I've had similar beers which give you more complexity.