Sunday, July 22, 2018

The Bruery Terreux Tart of Darkness


Fill date: 1/12/17

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 28B Mixed-Fermentation Sour Beer (base style: 20B American Stout)

AROMA: Strong sourness with a clean lactic acidity. Prominent fruity flavor akin to red or black grape; quite candy-like in character. Subtle woody/funky presence. Faint dark malt; no roasted notes or anything that would identify it as a stout. No hops nor alcohol. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Opaque black color (44+ SRM) with slight ruby highlights. Seemingly clear body. Large tan foam when poured, though it evaporates rather quickly and leaves no lacing (this is normal for the style). 3/3

FLAVOR: High sourness throughout; always with a clean lactic acidity (never vinegary nor acetic). There is a moderately-strong red or black grape taste likely due to the dark malt in conjunction with the bacteria. Brett-induced funky/tartness emerges at the apex and lingers well into the finish. Oak aging feature is rather subtle, but noticeable in background with a woody/vanilla flavor. Actual base stout brew is difficult to discern from the wild fermentation, as there is no roasted flavor. No hop flavor nor bitterness (none needed). No alcohol presence. Aftertaste is sour and tart; no residual sweetness or maltiness. 15/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-full body; low carbonation. Smooth texture, but noticeably under carbonated. Intense sourness may lead to low drinkability for some drinkers. Though only 6.6% ABV, it somehow feels like a much stronger brew. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: A delectable sour and funky brew. Meets the guidelines for sure, though a bit simplistic and repetitive IMHO. 8/10

TOTAL SCORE: 38/50

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