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St. Dekkera Reserve: Forsaken Barrel Lambic - Destihl Restaurant & Brew Works

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BA SCORE
87
very good

37 Ratings
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.72%
Wants: 9
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Destihl Restaurant & Brew Works visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
One of our 2 oldest sour barrels in Normal. A Belgian-style lambic soured by wild secondary fermentation and aging for over 3.5 years in an unbranded red wine barrel.

(Beer added by: jrallen34 on 10-23-2011)
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Reviews by jrallen34:
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4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

draft in Normal... an outstanding unblended spontaneously fermented lambic in red wine barrels.... might be the best American sour I’ve had...dark gold with nice carbonation... smells outstanding, tart, lactic, sweet, red wine oak, tart sweet fruits apricots... taste is more of the nose, wonderful sweet fruit note that you can’t get enough of

jrallen34, Oct 23, 2011
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FIrst pour at the Great Taste, full glass. Straight up acetic vinegar. Very sharp and one dimensional, acetobacter has taken over apparently. More time in the barrel doesn't necessarily equal a better "lambic", it's clearly gone way downhill. Not surprising considering the foreshadowing two years ago. Hopefully they figure it out and turn this around, because this was pretty terrible, and nothing like a traditional lambic. A shame because it started out decent, but is way too acetic, like almost all of their sour beers now. Drinking vinegar isn't an enjoyable experience...

10-28-2011: 3.73
Two drafts served in a goblet at Destihl in Normal.

Murky orange, hazy with particulate matter... fruit skin, barrel residue, who knows... it doesn't resemble yeast. Thin ring of white foam at the edge, no lacing, a thin broken skim across the surface.

Fruity citrus and yogurt aromas, some wet hay as it warms, lactic tartness and fruity acidity. Soft and pleasant, straightforward though not especially funky or nuanced. Fruit forward with orange, lemon, and green strawberry notes.

Puckering acetic acid at first, fruity lemon and citrus flavors, residual brett yeast aftertaste of funky grains. Clean lactic finish that pratically vanishes without a trace. Well carbonated, effervescent and light bodied. Lacks a little bit in the complexity department, and too much acetic acid, but otherwise tasty. Definitely quenching and drinkable. Very reminiscent of Upland's lambic output, possibly due a similar inoculation of lacto and brett. Also comparable to an unfruited version of Destihl's Sour Strawberry.

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Thanks to a few of the Rejects for bringing this back. Lambic in a growler, cool.

A - Yellow beer, quite full of sediment and haze. Bit of a white head disappeared rather quickly with not much left on the glass.

S - Great must, funk, cheese, sweat, horse, barrel, fruit.

T - A little bit of tartness with some oak and brett character. Good funk, quite easy to drink and get down.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a dry finish.

O - Wow, this is shockingly good. If you get a chance to try this you should, great effort by Destihl, a real winner.

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On-tap at Destihl Bloomington and out of a growler split at a tasting. Poured into Kuhnhenn tulip.

A - Pours golden pale yellow, white head, spotty lace, thin collar.

S - Nice level of tartness with some sweet fruity notes and light acidity. Not too tart or too sweet, just about right. The fruity funky character is really nice along with the light acidity.

T - Similar to the nose, perhaps a bit better. Tart lactic acidity, sour fruity funk, some sweetness in there as well, perhaps a touch of oak. Really just easy to drink, light funk, perfect sourness.

M - Light to medium, good carbonation, dry finish.

O - I was really impressed with my first sour from Destihl. We spoke with the brewer at some length at the brewery and he really filled us in on what went into this beer. 3.5 years of barrel time...quite outstanding! Try this one if you get a chance, it's a gem.

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St. Dekkera Reserve: Forsaken Barrel Lambic from Destihl Restaurant & Brew Works
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