Saturday, July 14, 2018

Freigeist Abraxxxas

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Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 27 Historical Beer: Lichtenhainer

AROMA: Moderately-strong dry smoke character akin to campfire. Sour/lactic presence is noticeable, but closer to subtle. Moderately bready aroma from the wheat (classic German malt character). No hops (none needed). No alcohol presence. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Orange/copper hue (7-9 SRM). Very murky body with sediment particulates due to age of bottle. Highly effervescent. Large off-white soapy foam mostly evaporates. 2/3

FLAVOR: Complex palette with a series of flavors that wouldn't seem to work, but somehow due. The initial taste is clean lactic sourness with a subtle citrus and white grape fruity character. Smoke is noticeable at first, but seems to fade with each swig. Smoke is most prominent on the finish as it lingers briefly in the aftertaste with just a hint of chocolate. The wheaty base gives it a bready character, though it is not especially rich or sweet as attenuation appears to be high. No hop flavor (none needed), bitterness is low, which is fine since the sourness provides balance. No alcohol. 17/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body; high carbonation. Smooth and refreshing. Highly drinkable for 6% ABV; this feels like something more intentionally sessionable (as would be traditional for the style). 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: One of the most interesting and impressive flavor combinations I can recall having. Would be World Class when fresh. 9/10


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