Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Prairie Americana

Fill date: 6/7/16

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 28A Brett Beer (base style: 25B Saison)

AROMA: Strong Brett-derived white grape/green pear/banana aroma. Moderate citrusy character likely due to dry hopping. Farmhouse character is present, albeit quite subtle. Faint wheaty character. No alcohol. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Highly hazy shade of amber/pale orange (5-7 SRM). Large, off-white, soapy foam retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Palette is Brett-driven for sure (which is not surprising considering the age of the bottle). Consistently tart in the background with classic farmhouse terroir character. Flavors of hay, wheat and pale malt are quite prominent. Alcohol is imparts a honey-like flavor and adds the only true sweetness. Fruity esters are present in the form of white grape/green pear/banana flavors (though much more subtle than the nose would indicate). Most of the balance is provided via the spicy phenolic character akin to crushed black peppercorn. Actual hop bitterness is moderate, though the attenuation is quite high so as to create for a bone dry finish. 18/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; high carbonation. Effervescent yet smooth. Not refreshing per se, but highly drinkable considering its potency of 8% ABV. 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Now THIS is a Brett-conditioned brew done right. Two years of conditioning has really brought out the nuances of Brett without impairing the base brew. 10/10

TOTAL SCORE: 46/50

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