Thursday, March 22, 2018

Weyerbacher Funky Monks

Fill date: 1/3/18

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 28B Mixed-Fermentation Sour Beer (base style: 26C Belgian Tripel)

AROMA: Fairly strong wild character with notes of green pear and apple; clean lacto/lemon juice acidity; and a slight farmhouse quality. Slightly wheaty base malt, but no other major distinguishable character. No obvious hop aroma. No alcohol. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Yellow/pale orange hue (2-4 SRM). Cloudy body. Very large foam initially, but mostly dissipates due to acidity. 3/3

FLAVOR: Wild character dominates the palette throughout. Lightly sour at first with a dry tartness on the backend. Sourness is clean lacto; almost candy-like (though intensity is moderate). Base tripel style is rather obscured with only a subtle spicy taste from hops/yeast esters. There is a lemon zest flavor that seems to be accentuated by the microbes. Alcohol is noticeable, but tame. While palette is enjoyable, it is a bit simplistic and base style is obscured. 13/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body; moderate carbonation (should be much more effervescent). Smooth and easily drinkable with little alcohol presence despite 9.3% ABV. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Interesting, commendable brew. Final product is a bit too simplistic and mainstream to score highly in this style. 6/10

TOTAL SCORE: 34/50

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