Rosé de Gambrinus – Cantillon

 

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Cantillon Rosé de Gambrinus 2014 cork date. .

APPEARANCE: Pours a star bright ruby red, with brilliant pink rim variations. Soft and gentle one finger of rose colored head that dissipated within moments leaving a slight halo. .

AROMA: Big bursting waves of fresh raspberries being muddled along with a second layer of raspberry jam that brings with it a nice light vinegar aroma. Strawberry lemonade swirling around with hay and barnyard funk. .

TASTE: Taste follows the nose almost perfectly, with a bit more brightness coming from the raspberries. The tartness comes dancing in with lemon, grape skins, pomegranate and cherries. A wonderful marriage of tart,sour and sweet fruits. It ends with fresh grass clippings, hay and a slight mustiness. .

MOUTHFEEL: Medium minus body with a lively medium carbonation. It manages to stay light and crisp with a lingering mouthwatering finish that just begs you to take another sip. .

OVERALL: This is easily in my top raspberry lambics and one of my favorite Cantillon beers. It has such a harmonious mix of tart, funk and raspberry while still being a very complex beer. Rosé de Gambrinus paired exceptionally well with the Chèvre. . .

Beer Review – Mystery Weisse 2014 – Night Shift Brewing

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APPEARANCE: Poured a soft, elegant grapefruit color into my glass. Slightly murky and cloudy with an appearance of fresh squeezed juice. A frothy, dish soap bubbled head rose quickly to the top of the glass,and then  dissipated as quick as it produced. What was left of the head settled into a spotted halo that blocked the lazy bubbles of carbonation that where rising from the bottom.

 

AROMA: Big sour notes consume the bouquet right away, once I get past that it really begins to reveal other layers. Lots of over ripe mango the kind you would pick up from the ground that are slightly funky. Peach skin mixed with a wet grain smell that reminds me of peaches and cream oatmeal from when I was a kid. Overall the sourness just keeps coming back bringing with it a heavy acidic aroma as well.

 

TASTE: Peachie-o’s! i mean spot on to the sweet sour candied peach gummies that i love.After the intial peach a  very tart fresh squeezed lemonade flavor with slices of mango floating in it comes in. The middle really opens up and becomes quite refreshing, and thirst quenching, right before that sourness smacks me in the teeth again. Ends same as it started peach,mango and lemon sourness.

 

MOUTHFEEL: Light body and Light carbonation, the lazy bubbles are surprisingly prickly on the tongue. A really great mouth watering long lasting sour finish that invites you to keep drinking.

 

OVERALL: A really interesting take on a Berliner Weisse, I think the fruit really adds to the overall drinking experience. It makes complete sense to do a fruited Berliner since its served to tourists/locals in Berlin with a fruited syrup to help calm some of the sourness down. I read so many different reviews that rated this beer from complete drain pour to outstanding. I’m guessing there is a huge bottle variation issue with it. Luckily for me my bottle was really great, i put it closer to the outstanding mark.

 

RAITING: 4.3/5 Zombie Heads!

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Review – Russian River – Temptation wild ale

 

 

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APPEARANCE: Pours a kings crown gold, with a brilliant star-bright glow coming from the bottom of the glass. Small thin white soapy head that dissipates into a halo that stays the entire time i’m drinking.

 

AROMA: Beautiful bouquet on this beer, huge sour tartness initially with loads of lemon and hay blended together. Perfectly ripe green apples, grapes, white wine notes with a great oakiness.

 

TASTE: My taste buds are playing celestial trumpets. A perfect marriage of sweet and sour, like drinking a chardonnay with lemon zest on top. Sour grapes and slightly sweet grassy notes, nice faint flavors of barrel and malt.

 

MOUTH FEEL: Light plus body with a medium dancing carbonation. Funky, dry long lasting finish.

 

OVERALL: This beer was the perfect outside, right before sunset 75 degree choice. Super refreshing and easy drinking. I am just starting to explore into the world of sours, out of all the Russian River sours I’ve had this is by far my favorite.

 

RATING: 4.5/5 zombie heads!

 

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