Friday, August 31, 2018

Destihl Wild Sour Series: Cranberry Criek

Fill date: 10/26/17

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 28C Wild Specialty Beer

AROMA: Signature lactic sourness, though quite strong. Prominent sourdough bread malty base. Cranberry and cherry create for a subtle fruity character. No hops or alcohol (none needed). 8/12

APPEARANCE: Rusty dark copper/burgundy hue (13-22 SRM). Body is hazy, but translucent. Small white foam mostly dissipates. 3/3

FLAVOR: Strong sourness immediately with prominent, clean lactic acid character. Tartness is quite high as well, especially on the finish. Wild character lingers and creates for a mouth-watering quality.  Malt base comes through as sourdough bread but without any richness or sweetness. No hop bitterness or flavor (none needed). Due to the age of the can, the fruit flavor is extremely diminished and appears only briefly on the backend (this is essentially a Berliner Weisse at this point). 10/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body; moderately-high carbonation. Tart, brief aftertaste; otherwise completely clean. Sourness cleans out the sinuses somewhat. Not refreshing per se, but easily drinkable at 5% ABV. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: While a tasty sour brew, it scores poorly due to the faded fruit character. Otherwise, this would be a great Berliner Weisse. 5/10

TOTAL SCORE: 30/50

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