Fonta Flora Brewery
from United States (North Carolina)
Highest RatedTorches Vol. II (85 / 100) Average score85 / 100 (Exceptional)
Lowest RatedTorches Vol. II (85 / 100) Number Tried1
Torches Vol. II
Reviewed by Jez on 12.10.19 in bottle
Overall:
85 / 100
(Exceptional)
750ml brown bottle purchased from Tasty Beverage Company in Asheville, NC. Brought back to Australia and shared with Sam during a brewday.

Pours a fairly clear, bright golden colour, with a boisterous head of white that sits lively, but loose-bubbled on top. Carbonation forms in refined streaks like a good champagne. Lacing is sudsy, and only forming in clumps. Body is light and clean. Looks good.

Nose is excellent, and quite interesting. Strong herbal aromas, with hints of nettle, dried apricot, crushed dandelion and chamomile tea. It's like walking through the countryside on a rainy day. It goes nicely with the hint of acidity, which is tied to the dried fruit note, creating a path to blend all of the good bits together. It's very nice.

Taste is beautifully restrained. It's not overly acidic, and that helps the other characters get their turn in the front. Again, dried apricot is quite prominent, blending the acidity and the other aromatic notes. The complexity is good, with hints of carob, crushed petals, pea pods and a pronounced aftertaste of elderflower. Really, the complexity here is excellent, and there's always something new exploding on the palate.

Feel is light and crisp with acid, and just enlivened judiciously by a fine carbonation.

This is a lovely beer, and an exceedingly interesting one to boot. I like the combination of fine acid and aromatic botanicals. These are picked with care, and in such a way to beautifully complement one another. Bravo.
appearance: 4.25 | aroma: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | drinkability: 4.25