Freigeist Sauer Porter - Raspberry - Braustelle
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3.53/5 rDev -10.4%
Taking a script from the imagination that brewers are currently employing, the steadfast brewing culture of Germany are reaching into their goodie sack and pulling out flavors of toast, sour, char, chocolate and fruit. Seemingly of a homebrewed beer that was conjured after all those partial ingredients left behind from bygone recipes.
Freigeist Sauer Raspeberry Porter pours similar to most porters; capturing deep brown color with the hues of dark tree bark. But instead of the creamy and volumnous head that's most famed about English versions, a simmering ivory froth swirls on top the beer like coffee creme.
Nose piercing tartness strike the olfactories immediately. Sour grapes, tangy raspberries, lemons and green apple come to mind even while a somber tone of toast, cocoa and walnut stew below. Where any impressions of sweetness are foregone to acidity, the complex scent clearly gives way to the sourness to come.
Its first sip nearly locks the jowls as the tandem of sour fruit, fermented acidity and acrid char dominate the palate early and often. Where a chalky, toasty taste that's laden with cocoa powder, walnut and charred toast resides on the early palate, its middle sheds much of its malty influence in favor of the taste of true vine-ripened raspberries. Sour in its taste, this isn't a candied beer at all. Its finish comes with the acute sharpness of lime peels, brine, an a supreme sourness that hinges on white wine vinegar.
Giving impresisons of richness early, those toasted malts trick the palate into expecting balance. But there's none here as the beer's subdued sweetness allows the dry malt and tongue piercing acidity to saturate the taste buds with unrelenting force. The shock to the palate lacks any much needed finesse that better carbonation could provide. Its pectin-derived astringency gives a lasting bite to the throat and sides of the mouth that outlasts its sourness.
Its common to expect the notions of probiotic acidity to resonate with roast-derived astringency. However, any attempt here renders the beer complicated rather than complex. Roast and sourness simply seem to conflict on the palate and that limits Freigeist Sour Raspberry Porter's effectiveness.
04-30-2014 16:49:50 | More by BEERchitect
3.84/5 rDev -2.5%
Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at The Independent. Served in a flute wine glass.
A: Relatively dark brown, nearly opaque, with a fluffy tan head and low visible carbonation.
S: A bit surprisingly, this doesn't have a ton of aroma to it. There's tart vinegar, some berry sweetness and some maltiness with a touch of chocolate roast - but you've got to work at it a bit.
T: Follows the nose, but bigger - tart acetic acid, fruity raspberry, and tannic dryness with a chocolate and roasted malt base that plays second fiddle. The flavors fade into almost a vinous dryness with underripe berries in the hang.
M: A very thin body for a true porter. Alcohol well-hidden, and modest carbonation sensation.
O: This really doesn't resemble any porter you'd want to drink…but it is maltier that your standard sours/wilds. Despite being, perhaps, style-defying it was fairly enjoyable. I'm not sure I'd seek out a second pour, but worth trying once at least.
05-26-2014 16:29:07 | More by macrosmatic
3.81/5 rDev -3.3%
Pours a clear deep brown with garnet highlights and a lingering, frothy tan head.
Raspberry and nutty, chocolate malt form the initial aroma. Fairly sharp acid contrasts malt sweetness.
Flavor is puckeringly sour, very acetic, with notes of raspberry meeting light chocolate malt. Acid dominates the profile, but the chocolate and fruit are very characterful. There's a touch of bitterness at the finish.
Body is on the light side, with moderate carbonation and light alcohol warmth.
Sourness is dominant and outshines the chocolate malt character. A better balance would allow the raspberries to be more appreciated.
05-06-2014 23:27:39 | More by barczar
Freigeist Sauer Porter - Raspberry from Braustelle
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