Monday, March 6, 2017

Destihl Wild Sour Series: Syncopathic

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20ChadPolenz (1769) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAR 6, 2017

DOC: 12/23/2016

2015 BJCP Category: 28B Mixed-Fermentation Sour Beer (base style: 18B American Pale Ale)

AROMA: Strong sour aroma of refreshing lacto presence; some citrusy qualities and a hint of salt or seabreeze. No distinctive malt character. No alcohol. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Golden, almost glowing hue; fairly clear body. Large, Duvel-like froth retains and laces extremely well. 3/3

FLAVOR: One of the strongest palettes of both sourness and tartness I can recall. Lacto is very strong and fresh, but in a good, delectable, refreshing way. Absolutely no vinegary or spoilage qualities. Lemonade-like flavor and tartness up front with a subtle citrusy flavor in the background. No especially hoppy or bitter, though. Strong sourness on the finish makes me wince at first. Seems to have a slight saltiness in the aftertaste. Probably better considered a strong gose than a hybrid style. Palette is repetitive but enjoyable. 17/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body; moderate carbonation. Smooth texture with a crisp, tart, dry finish. Seems closer to a sessionable ABV than 6% as it’s very refreshing and highly quaffable. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: A delectable, ridiculously sour ale that’s refreshing and fun to drink. Difficult to classify as far as style, though. 9/10